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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: August 19-23, 2018

Camp St. Charles

15375 Stella Maris Drive 

Newburg, MD 20664

Friends + Family Days

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 15, 2018

Time and Location TBD

Meet the Team


Hello hello! My name is Kasey! I am a senior Public Health major and a Chinese language minor, on a pre-optometry track. When I’m not studying for exams, you can find me baking, watching hours of YouTube, practicing with Terpwushu, or going on food and/or travel adventures with friends! I also like to learn K-pop cover dances with my friends in my spare time. I am so excited for UMD’s first ever Camp Kesem this summer and can’t wait to meet everyone!


My name is Jasmine Zhu and I am currently a senior Information Systems and Supply Chain Management double major. This is my first year working with Kesem. As the Outreach Coordinator, I have enjoyed reaching out to organizations and families to recruit campers. My favorite thing about Camp Kesem is both the ability to make such a difference in children’s lives and also learn more about struggles the cancer community may face.



Nationwide Community

How Kesem National Supports This Chapter

Kesem’s national staff of over 30 professionals is involved in all aspects of establishing and supporting each of our 100+ chapters nationwide as well as the training and oversight of all college student leaders. Our leadership program has been developed over the last 17 years and, while both rigorous and demanding, is focused on providing the highest level of support, service and safety for the children who participate in our programs.

The Kesem Program Director for this chapter (see below) is involved in all aspects of camp and our additional services. While your local student leaders are your primary contact for questions, you are also welcome and encouraged to contact their Program Director with other specific questions.

Meet This Chapter's Program Director

Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director – zach@kesem.org

Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

Through and Beyond Support Services

Kesem Through and Beyond Support

Our free year-round services provide children impacted by a parent's cancer a continuum of touchpoints throughout the year.

Kesem Connections

Provides Kesem families with regular updates including important deadlines and events.

Camp Kesem

Kesem's flagship program operates over 100 free summer camps in 40 states for children ages 6 to 18 who have been impacted by a parent's cancer.

Kesem By Your Side

Provides customized support for children through the many challenges associated with a parent or guardian's cancer journey.

Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

Friends + Family Day

Regular gatherings for existing and interested camper families, alumni, supporters and Kesem student leaders for a day of community building.

Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.