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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: July 29 – August 3, 2018

YMCA Camp Potawotami

7255 E 700 S

Wolcottville, IN 46795


Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 22, 2017


57754 Crumstown Highway

South Bend, IN 46619

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 15, 2018


100 Notre Dame Avenue

Notre Dame, IN 46656

Make the Magic

April 7, 2018 at 6:00pm

Club Naimoli

113 Joyce Center

Notre Dame, IN 46656

Tickets available here

Meet the Team


I’m Bay and I am from Baltimore, MD and I am a senior studying mechanical engineering. I have been involved with Camp Kesem for almost four years now. I sought out Kesem freshman year after hearing so many positive things about the club, but I have continued to work with Kesem because of the impact that the campers and counselors have had on my life. My favorite parts of camp are the daily all-camp games. A fun fact about me is that I have been to every state bordering the Atlantic Ocean.




I’m Playdoh and I am a junior from Atlanta, GA majoring in both Physics and Mathematics. I’ve been involved in camp for two years now. I heard about camp through a member of the drumline, and wanted a way to continue participating in camp things after my involvement with the Boy Scouts. My favorite part of camp is, of course, the camp songs. My fun fact about me is that I work with a particle accelerator outside of Chicago!





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.

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

Abi Yates, Regional Program Director – abi@kesem.org

Abi joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Her first experience of Kesem was in 2005 as a camper at Camp Kesem at Indiana University. After losing her father to cancer in 2010, Abi was inspired to give back by becoming a Camp Kesem counselor in college. In the years following, Abi went to Indiana University and was able to be a Coordinator for three years and served as Co-Director her senior year. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications. Originally from San Diego, California, Abi now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.