Camp Kesem UGA is run by a dedicated team of college students. General questions for our staff may be directed to email@example.com
Executive Board Members
Goose – Executive Co-chair
Goose knows how to spend her time wisely. She can text in her sleep and watch entire TV shows in the blink of an eye (once, instead of studying, she watched 4 entire seasons of “How I Met Your Mother” during finals week). She prefers to dedicate her time doing more important things, for example: doing arts and crafts, working on Camp Kesem, and reading the entire Harry Potter series 6 times. She loves playing the Animal Game at camp, during which she usually picks the giraffe (her favorite animal).
Click here for the donation page of Jenna “Goose” Barnett.
Honey – Executive Co-chair, Campus Founder
There are only two things that Honey loves as much as Camp Kesem: coffee and costumes. If this information made you guess that early mornings are Honey’s least favorite thing about camp and theme days at camp are Honey’s favorite part of camp, you guessed right! She also enjoys any silly repeat-after-me song that comes with a dance routine. Her current favorite is “It’s a Sixties Party”. Honey’s claim to fame is that she once danced on-stage with Britney Spears.
Click here for the donation page of Jess “Honey” Valle.
Jaws – Fundraising Coordinator
Calico’s name is very fitting for her, because she shares her name with half of the world’s calico cat population. (Funny, because she is actually a dog lover.) When she’s not playing with her puppy Sadie, you can usually find her dancing (even though she’s not very good at it), baking cupcakes, or running (she wants to do a triathlon this summer). Oh yeah … or doing homework. Her favorite fun fact is that she once caught a shark while deep sea fishing with her family in Hilton Head. Calico has such good memories from her time at camp and is counting down the days until Camp Kesem this summer !
Click here for the donation page of Callie “Calico” Abernathy.
Muggle – Fundraising Coordinator
Some know her by her accidental email handle, Ms. Scoggan Smith, but we just call her Freckles, a nickname given to her by her dad (for obvious reasons). Freckles was voted as having the Best Smile in high school, but her real claim to fame is that she can name every single U.S. president- in order! Our little history buff’s dream job is to one day be the curator of the Smithsonian institute. She’s not a total nerd, though. Her varied interests include polar bears, fried pickles, and celebrities.
Click here for the donation page of Sarah “Freckles” Smith.
Chiquita – Camper Care Coordinator
If you want to feel like you’re really funny you should approach our dinosaur-loving coordinator Chiquita with any joke, no matter how lame it may be (For example: What do you get when dinosaurs crash their cars? Tyrannosaurus WRECKS!). Chiquita will laugh at almost anything, dinosaur related or not. Her favorite thing to do at camp is make up new songs. Chiquita is also a great coordinator to come to if you need help with your Spanish homework- it’s her favorite subject!
Click here for the donation page of Lindsay “Chiquita” Carrick.
Taco – Camper Care Coordinator
Taco agreed to her camp name only after Goose and Honey promised to bring her one Taco Bell taco a week for a year. Says Taco, “Essentially the only thing I care about in life, aside from Kesem, is finding a good taco.” That’s Taco in a nutshell: camp, tacos… and cats. Taco loves all kitties of the domestic and jungle variety. One day she would like to become a wildlife (specifically: wildcat) photographer, but if that falls through she would also consider taking over Dumbledore’s role as headmaster of Hogwarts. Taco’s favorite things about camp are creek stomping and making Duck laugh.
Click here for the donation page of Mary Hampton “Taco” Farr.
Bear – Student Support Coordinator
The designated father figure of Camp Kesem is Bear (or Papa Bear, as we sometimes say). Our camp dad is a man of many talents. He has accomplished such amazing feats as fitting 16 jalepeno peppers into his mouth at one time, catching a fly between his index finger and thumb, and running into Chipper Jones at the Varsity. When he grows up, he would like to be the next Spiderman. Bear’s favorite camp game is the Winking Game…
Click here for the donation page of Ben “Bear” Means.
Danger – Student Support Coordinator
Danger’s camp name is very fitting. One time, she even rode her bike without training wheels! Danger’s dream is to one day become… Santa Claus. Lucky for us, she’s a cute little blonde girl who’s much better suited for the job of Camp Kesem coordinator than Old Saint Nick. She loves to spend nights at camp star-gazing, but she doesn’t like when it gets too dark outside. In fact, Danger still sleeps with a frog-shaped night light. In high school, she was voted “Most Likely to Eat Cake,” but her favorite food is actually pickles dipped ketchup. Danger’s claim to fame is that she won first place in the Donut Dare, a 5k that involves eating a dozen donuts in the middle of the race.
Click here for the donation page of Janette Gee.
Gravy - Camp Programming Coordinator
All aboard the Gravy Train! Gravy is always up for anything! He took his own training wheels off of his bike at age 3, then immediately crashed it in the front yard and got back up to try again. All while wearing a helmet, of course- safety first! This classy gentleman’s all-time favorite eatery is Waffle House, which may have something to do with his breakfast-themed camp name. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to experience Gravy leading everyone in his favorite camp song: the Jellyfish Song.
Click here for the donation page of Justin “Gravy” Valle.
Nugget – Camp Programming Coordinator
Nugget’s name came from none other than her love of Chick-Fil-A nuggets, of course! A fun fact about Nugget is that her birthday is the only command on the calendar: March 4th (March forth! Get it?) Nugget is our resident hair-braiding expert, so if you find yourself in need a new ‘do at camp, she’s the one to call. Nugget loves to play Ride that Pony at camp, but in real life she’s lucky to have had the chance to ride another really cool animal… an elephant!
Click here for the donation page of Allie “Nugget” Herndon.
Lightning – New Media Coordinator
Always ready for an adventure, Lightning loves trying new things. Tie-dyeing, archery, and the Winking Game are some of his favorite camp activities. Because Lightning knows there is so much to do, he likes to bolt (safely, of course) from one activity to the next on his yellow motorcycle. It doesn’t take much to convince this guy to tag along on an epic journey! Lightning can’t wait for another adventurous week at Camp Kesem!
Click here for the donation page of Leighton “Lightning” Tso.