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Camp Sessions

2019 Dates: TBD




Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

2019 Dates: TBD




Spring Friends + Family Day

2019 Dates: TBD




Make the Magic

2019 Dates: TBD




Meet the Team




I’m Caramel and I’m a 4th year Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts. If I could be anyone I’d be Kate Middleton. My favorite camp song is 60’S PARTY. My favorite camp activity is star-gazing! As someone who has been affected by a parent’s cancer I feel that it is my responsibility to give back to a community that I strongly relate to.
Camp is: Best Summer Camp!


I’m Matcha and I’m a 2nd year Psychology major. If I could be anything I’d be a koala bear, they spend 18 hours a day sleeping which is the dream. If I could live anywhere I’d definitely live in the Harry Potter universe where magic in a literal sense is real! My favorite camp song is Button Factory. My favorite camp activity is arts and crafts. I Kesem for the kids in order to have a week of absolute fun without the weight of responsibilities, so kids can be kids again. Camp is: Crazy, Fun, Magic


I’m Croissant and I’m a 2nd year Economics major. If I could be anything I’d be a dolphin. If I could live anywhere I’d be in Montunui with Moana! My favorite camp song is Button Factory. My favorite camp activity is song time. I Kesem to spread happiness and have fun! Camp is: Joy. Love. Family.


I’m River and I’m a 3rd year Human Biology major. If I could be anything I’d be an elephant. I’d like to live in the world of the Fairly OddParents. My favorite camp song is button factory. My favorite camp activity is swimming. I Kesem to be surrounded by the most genuine people I’ve ever met and to make the people that make me smile, smile even bigger; I do it for the infinite amount of love that these small human beings possess. Camp is enjoying life fully.


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.

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

Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director – chelsea.saurer@kesem.org

Chelsea joined the Camp Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Director for the Southern California region in 2018. A Sacramento native, she made the jump to SoCal to attend UCLA, where is was involved with Kesem all four years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Education, and a passion for working with children. Even though she misses her dog back in Sacramento, she loves living in LA. In her free time, you can find Chelsea eating ice cream, catching up on the latest in pop culture, going to concerts, or exploring the city.

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.