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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: August 5-9, 2018

YMCA Camp Shaver

 22900 NM-4

Jemez Springs, NM 87025


Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

December 2, 2018


1780 E University Ave

Las Cruces, NM 88003

Spring Friends + Family Day

Date, Time, and Location TBD

Meet the Team

Hey everybody! My name is Luke Sanchez, camp name T-Bone, and I am presently two years into my pursuits of a bachelors of science in Biology here at New Mexico State University! I do Kesem because I believe by building a community based in love and support for the children of today, we are actively advocating for a better tomorrow. Kesem is truly magical and I could only hope the impact it has on the kiddos who participate translates to a happy future filled with love.




Hello! My name is Ethan, and my camp name is Gibson. I chose to be involved in Camp Kesem because it seemed like a great opportunity to give back to the community! This is my first year with Camp Kesem, and despite having not yet gone to a camp, I’ve seen first-hand what it does for the families and for the people who are involved in it. I’m so happy to be a part of what we do, and I’m excited to put my efforts into making camp great! 🙂




Our Supporters

In addition to the year-round support, services, and training we receive from Kesem National,
we are grateful to those who provide support to our local Camp Kesem chapter including:

Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.

Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.

The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University was generously provided by Anna Davis and Lewis Kaufman.

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

Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director – brittani@kesem.org

Brittani joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. She first became involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and Co-Director. Brittani loved volunteering as a part of Camp Kesem where she was able to apply concepts she had studied in the classroom and make an impact in the community. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She is from Lakeport, California and currently resides in Orem, Utah.

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.