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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: August 18-23, 2018

Week 2: August 25-30, 2018

Camp Collins

3001 SE Oxbow Pkwy

Gresham, OR 97080

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 19, 2017


Gerlinger Alumni Lounge

1468 University St

Eugene, OR 97401

Winter Friends + Family Day

February 17, 2018


Hillside Community Center

652 NW Culpepper Terrace

Portland, OR 97204

Spring Friends + Family Day

May 6, 2018

Times and Location TBD

Make the Magic

April 28, 2018 at 6:00pm

Urban Studio

935 NW Davis St

Portland, OR 97209

Tickets available here

Meet the Team




Hey there y’all! My name is Sparkplug, and I’m excited for my third year of Kesem. I got involved with Kesem my sophomore year after seeing how positive of an impact camp had on my friends, and after I saw the magic for myself, I knew I needed to get involved. I look forward to brining my experience from last year, as well as approaching every new challenge with a fresh and positive attitude so that I can do everything in my power to make this the most magical year of camp yet!



Hi CK friends! My name is Cashew and I am from Northern California. This will be my third year attending camp as well as my second year as an Outreach Coordinator. A couple fun facts about me are that I’m on the club tennis team at the U of O and I have an identical twin sister. What I’m looking forward to most about camp this year is watching new bonds form between both campers and counselors who share similar experiences!



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.