Counselor Info

Camp Kesem counselors are fun, energetic, and caring.  They relate well with our campers and are good listeners.  Camp Kesem counselors also become great friends and share a special bond.

Applications to be a counselor for CK Notre Dame 2015 are LIVE! Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to having you serve in this most important aspect of Camp Kesem.

BEFORE BEGINNING, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION, BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE DONE IN ONE SITTING! 
And then….
1) Scroll down to the “Notre Dame Volunteer Application.”
2) Click “ADD” and then press “CONTINUE” in the “YOUR SELECTIONS” section on the RIGHT side of the screen.
3) Enter your email (returners should have an account already/new volunteers should follow the prompts to create an account)
4) Make sure you are registering yourself.
5) Answer all of the questions!!
6) Fill out your Driver Information if you are a returning counselor (we won’t make you drive, but I would like to have all the records just in case)
7) Click “CONTINUE TO CART”
8) Submit the Application!
9) Voila! You did it!!

Please contact Waldo at notredame.volunteer@campkesem.org if you have any questions about being a counselor!

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All of our Camp Kesem counselors are students at the University of Notre Dame. At Camp Kesem, everyone gets a nickname, including our counselors! Here’s a little bit about them (Editor’s note: Frozen was not allowed as an answer for Favorite Disney Movie because that’s cheating):

 

 

 

 

 

MEET OUR COUNSELORS!

 

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Burnsville, MN (Editor’s note: This is a lie. He lives in the Canadian wilderness)

Major: Civil Engineering

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Tie-Dying T-Shirts

Favorite Disney Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Why I Kesem: “Because not everyone can be strong 100% of the time, and without a support system in those tough times, we crumble.”

Other Info: I PLAY DRUMS

MUFASA

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Political Science and History

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Capture the Flag

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King, duh!

Why I Kesem: “Because all kids need camp. Even the grown up ones.”

Other Info: “I enjoy listening to the musical stylings of Kenny G while walking barefoot along the beach at sunset.”

 

PRETTY BOY

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Glenview, IL

Major: History

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Empowerment

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King

Why I Kesem: “Camp=Family”

Other Info: “Eagle Scout Pride”

QUESO

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Palatine, IL

Major: Marketing

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: The Camp Kesem Olympics

Favorite Disney Movie: Up

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem because the kids and counselors are absolutely amazing!!!”

 

RAPUNZEL

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Heath, OH

Major: Graphic Design

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Campfire

Favorite Disney movie: Tangled (duhhh)

Why I Kesem: “I like to let out my inner kid. The campers are so full of life, and they make me appreciate what a beautiful thing Kesem is for them and for me.”

RIBBONS

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Saginaw, MI

Major: Consulting

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Ride my Pony

Favorite Disney Movie: Monsters, Inc.

Why I Kesem: “Because I love becoming a family with everyone at camp.”

Other Info:  “I love a good game of hide and go seek, extra swim time, and football season.”

 

SCOOTER

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Queens Village, NY

Major: History and Classics

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Chillin’ with our cabins.

Favorite Disney Movie: The Emperor’s New Groove

Why I Kesem: ”Because I needed family, and I found them.”

 

SEABISCUIT

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Niles, MI

Major: Psychology

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Gold Rush!!!

Favorite Disney Movie: Tangled

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem for the kids who need to just be kids for a week–they deserve anything and everything! Those kids seriously rock!”

 

SNASA

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Laredo, TX

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: The Impossible Maze

Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules

Why I Kesem: “To gain an unbelievable bond with a new family that reminds me that I’m not alone.”

 

STOOP KID (ALT. STOOP DOGG)

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Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Oxford, MS

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Funyaking

Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules

Why I Kesem: “Because I’ve learned more about life from one week with those kids than I could ever give back to them (not that I’m going to stop trying).”

YEAH YEAH

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Major: Finance/Applied Math

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Swim Time

Favorite Disney Movie: Can’t be answered, too many good ones

Why I Kesem: “I love magic”

Other Info: I tend to joke around

CHEWY

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Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Western Springs, IL

Major: Science Pre-Professional

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: GaGa!

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem to help and put a smile on the face of some of the greatest kids I have ever met, and give them a week they will never forget.”

 

FREESTYLE

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Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Winter Park, FL

Major: Pre-Professional (Pre-Med)

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Swim Time!

Favorite Disney Movie: Lilo and Stitch

Why I Kesem: ”I’ve been in the kids shoes, so giving these kids one week to escape the stresses of cancer is one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had; It’s truly one of the most rewarding weeks of my life!”

 

MAVERICK

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Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ

Major: Biochemistry

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: SPORTS!

Favorite Disney Movie: Toy Story

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem because I want our campers to know that they are never alone, that we will always have their backs.”

 

MR. BACON

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Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Batavia, IL

Major: Psychology and Pre-Professional

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Singing camp songs!

Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules

Why I Kesem: ”I Kesem to see the smiles on all the amazing kids’ faces during camp!”

PENNY

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Year in School: Junior

Hometown: O’Fallon, IL

Major: Physics-in-Medicine

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Capture the flag!

Favorite Disney Movie: Can’t decide between Lion King and Mulan (Editor’s note: This originally read “Too close to call” but we here at CKND enjoy decisiveness)

Why I Kesem: ”I want these kids to be able to enjoy childhood without its added stresses, and having fun with them just brightens my entire summer!”

SPIKE

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Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Major: Science-Business

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Empowerment

Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules

Why I Kesem: ”For the amazing campers that have taught me so much about how to love those around you and how to bond together and become a family.”

THE SQUID

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Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: Spanish and Arabic

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: GaGa. And water balloon fights (but only when I get to throw the water balloons)

Favorite Disney Movie: Fun and Fancy Free (Editor’s note: since none of us have any idea what this means, he reluctantly agreed to Tarzan as well)

Why I Kesem: “CK means family, and family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.”

TONKS

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Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Orono, MN

Major: Marketing and Environmental Science

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Capture the flag

Favorite Disney Movie: Toy Story

Why I Kesem: “Because when your heart breaks and smiles at the same time, it must be something good. And it is. This is a fun-loving family you can never forget.”

Other Info: “DON’T call me Nymphadora.”

WALDO

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Year in School: Junior

Hometown: Hooper, NE (Editor’s note: Town population was 830 as of 2010)

Major: Accounting with minors in Int’l Development Studies & Entrepreneurship

Favorite Camp Kesem activity: Gaga

Favorite Disney Movie: Up!

Why I Kesem: Because I learn just as much from the people around me and have just as great an experience as all the campers.  Such a mutually awesome experience.

Other Info:  I am doing Camp Kesem in honor of my grandmother who passed away just over a year ago.  This opportunity has given me one of my greatest personal assets, which is that of communication. Kesem has allowed me to grow as a person, because I now can talk to just about anyone, and relate to them, making the interaction more meaningful every time.

MUSTANG

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Hometown: Farmington, CT 
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Finance 
Non-CKND (a.k.a. slightly less cool) Campus Activities: Flag football, volleyball, Student International
Business Council 
Favorite Disney Movie: It’s a toss-up between Mulan and Finding Nemo!
What Animal Best Represents Your Dance Moves?: A cockatoo! 
Why I Kesem: Because everyone deserves to have fun and be a kid. I can’t wait to share some Kesem magic!

SKIPPY

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Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Year in School: Junior
Major: Science Pre-Professional and Psychology
Non-CKND (a.k.a. slightly less cool) Campus Activities: Volunteering at Memorial Hospital in Pediatrics, hanging out
with kids in the Infant Studies Lab (we study how they learn language), BP Hall Council, and hanging out with friends :)
Favorite Disney Movie: Lion King
What Animal Best Represents Your Dance Moves?: A penguin like Happy Feet!
Why I Kesem: I Kesem because I want to help kids to have a chance to just be kids and have fun. I want to help them to have a place where they can share their feelings and know that they are not alone.

REMY

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Hometown: Glenview, IL
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Undecided
Non-CKND (a.k.a. slightly less cool) Campus Activities: Student International Business Council, Campus Ministry
Favorite Disney Movie: Mulan
What Animal Best Represents Your Dance Moves? a turtle (specifically Squirt from Finding Nemo)
Why I Kesem: To give the campers hope and the support they need.

D.W.

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Hometown: Kokomo, IN

Year in School: Senior

Major: International Economics

Non-CKND (a.k.a. slightly less cool) Campus Activities: BAND

Favorite Disney Movie: Tangled

What Animal Best Represents Your Dance Moves?: A wild pigeon