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Camp Sessions

Week 1: August 5-10, 2018

Redwood Glen

3100 Bean Creek Rd

Scotts Valley, CA 95066 


Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 4, 2017


149-111 Bradley Dr.

Santa Cruz, Ca 95060

Spring Friends + Family Day

May 19, 2018


149-111 Bradley Dr.

Santa Cruz, Ca 95060

Make the Magic

April 28, 2018 at 5:00pm

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

705 Front Street

Santa Cruz, Ca 95060

Tickets available here

Meet the Team




I’m Tide and I’m a 2nd year Global Economics and Environmental Studies major! My fun facts are that I don’t use tide detergent and that I love to cook! I Kesem because what we do truly makes an impact, and seeing that impact gives me hope.



Hello my name is Courage and I am a fourth year Neuroscience major. A fun fact about me is that my name comes from the cartoon Courage the Cowardly dog and I love scary movies and tv shows! In my free time I like to go to the gym, run obstacle course races (like tough mudders and spartan races), and get outdoors. I Kesem because of the impact I can make on other’s lives, the support I can give to those in need, the unforgettable bonds formed during camp, and to get messy during messy olympics.



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 the University of California Santa Cruz 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

Keandra Bryson, Regional Program Director – keandra@kesem.org

Keandra joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. Prior to this, Keandra was a member of the founding team at California State University, Fresno where she started as a Volunteer Coordinator, and then went on to serve as a Chapter Co-Director for two years. During this time, Keandra also served as a Risk Management Intern and as a member of the National Student Panel. Keandra graduated from Fresno State in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Family and Consumer Science. She is from Bakersfield, California and currently resides in Davis, California.

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.