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Camp Sessions

Week 1: July 29-August 3, 2018

Forest Glen Springs

557 County Rd. 331

Rosebud, TX 76570

 

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 21, 2107

9:30am-12:00pm

6221 Main Street

Houston, TX 77030

Kesem On Campus Event

February 17, 2018

9:30am-12:00pm

Sewell Hall

6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 7th, 2018

12pm-2:30pm

Hermann Park

6001 Fannin St

Houston, TX 77030

 

Make the Magic

April 13, 2018 at 6:30pm

Cohen House

6100 Main Street, #2

Houston, TX 77005

Tickets available here

Meet the Team

I’m Kangaroo and I’m a senior from San Jose, CA, and my favorite camp song is Humpty Dumpty! I absolutely love the excitement and groovin’ that naturally accompanies the song.

 

I’m G.O.A.T. and I’m a sophomore from Dallas, TX, and my favorite camp song is Tarzan because I love being energetic!

I’m Skittles and I am a junior from Lisle, IL, and my favorite camp song is Razzle dazzle because it is a sassy and cutesy song, and I’m all for that combination!
I’m Cosmo and I’m a junior from Houston, TX, and my favorite camp song is Tarzan because bananas are great!

 

I’m Redwood and I am a sophomore from San Jose, CA, and my favorite camp song is Tarzan because it’s a very energetic song and there are some silly and fun components to it!

 

 

 

 

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 Rice University was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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

Kirsten-Jean-Olivarez
Kirsten Olivarez, Regional Program Director – kirsten.olivarez@kesem.org

Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.

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.

Kesem
Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

Kesem
Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

Kesem
Friends + Family Day

Regular gatherings for existing and interested camper families, alumni, supporters and Kesem student leaders for a day of community building.

Kesem
Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.