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Important Dates

Please use the "Contact Us" button above for questions on dates, times, or event details.

Camp Sessions

Week 1: July 22-27, 2018

Week 2: July 30-August 4, 2018

YMCA Camp Kern

5291 State Route 350

Oregonia, OH 45054

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 29, 2017


Lether’s Pumpkin Farm

2920 State Route 203

Radnor, OH 43066

Spring Friends + Family Day

March 25, 2018


Location TBD

Make the Magic

April 21,2018 at 5:00 pm

Ohio Union – Archie Griffin West Ballroom

1739 N. High Street

Columbus, OH 43210

Tickets available here

Meet the Team



I’m Moose and this will be my third year of camp & first in the CITeen position. I am also a 4th year History Major. In my spare time I enjoy being outside, watching movies, reading, and hanging out with friends. I spend a lot of time in the gym, and I love trying to discover the best places to eat in Columbus. My favorite part of camp is Messy Games & the high ropes course. I’m most looking forward to having more responsibility as a part of camp this year, and getting to meet the new counselors and campers.


Hi. My name is CareBear, and I am a senior Biology major with a minor in Bioethics. I loooove camp, and I’m really excited for my fourth year with Camp Kesem and my second year on coord! My favorite part of camp is the talent show and hanging out with the campers! In my free time I enjoy running, hiking, and watching Netflix, so you can find me either outside or on the couch. A fun fact about me is that I’ve been to the highest point in the United States!





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.