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Important Dates

Please use the "Contact Us" button above for questions on dates, times, or event details.

Camp Sessions

Week 1: July 1-7, 2018

Week 2: July 15-21, 2018

Week 2: August 12-18, 2018

JCC Rainbow Day Camp

W3985 Trails End Rd.

Fredonia, WI 53021

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 29, 2017


Enchanted Valley Acre

5047 Enchanted Valley Road

Cross Plains, WI 53528

Winter Teen Hangout

January 28, 2018

Sky Zone Madison

2134 West Beltline Highway

Madison, WI 53713

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 22, 2018


Location TBD

Make the Magic

April 21, 2018 at 6:00pm

The Edgewater

1001 Wisconsin Place

Madison, WI 53703

Tickets available here


Meet the Team







Hi I’m Shadow! This will be my third year in Kesem! I am majoring in Human Development and Family Studies (Pre-PA).Ever since I learned what Camp Kesem, I knew it was something special. Watching members of my community battle cancer when I was young showed me how terrible the disease is, but also how important community support can be. That being said, Camp Kesem is one of the strongest, most inspiring communities I have ever known and I could not be happier to be a part of 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.

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

Annalisa Provenzano, Regional Program Director – annalisa@kesem.org

Annalisa joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and a Co-Director while in college, as well as a Camp Advisor and Intake Volunteer as an alumna. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Women’s Studies: Gender and Health. Annalisa also graduated with her Master's in Public Health from George Washington University in 2017 with a focus in Health Policy. She is from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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.