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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: July 29 – August 3, 2018

Week 2: August 12-17, 2018

Camp Koinonia

850 Camp Koinonia Lane

Cle Elum, WA 98922

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 4, 2017

11:00am-3:00pm

Ethnic Cultural Center

3931 Brooklyn Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Spring Friends + Family Day

May 20, 2018

12:00pm-3:00pm

Magnuson Park

7400 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, WA 98115

Make the Magic

April 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

Husky Union Building – Lyceum Room

4001 E Stevens Way NE

Seattle, WA 98195

Tickets available here

Meet the Team

 

 

 

Hi y’all! My name is Samantha “Strawberry” Yi and I’m a second year student at UW hoping to major in either nursing or public health. This is my second year being involved in Camp Kesem. I am super excited to work with new and old counselors and be at camp again! My favorite camp song is “Reese’s Peanut Buttercup” and my favorite camp activity is Messy Olympics! The campers are such an inspiration and I am honored to be a part of such an amazing and supportive community that is Kesem.

 

Hi everyone! My name is Paige “Barbecue Sauce” Knickerbocker, and I am a senior majoring in Psychology. This is my third year being involved with Kesem. After a great experience as a Make the Magic Coord last year, I am super excited to focus on new aspects of Kesem as an Operations Coordinator! Camp is one of my favorite places on Earth, and I can’t wait for another summer of singing camp songs and getting covered in paint during Messy Olympics, as well as some new activities we’re planning!

 

 

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 Washington 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

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.

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.