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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: August 5-11, 2018

Camp Bethel

328 Bethel Rd.

Fincastle, VA 24090


Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 28, 2017


Byrd Park Shields Lake

600 S Bouldevard

Richmond, VA 23220

Winter Friends + Family Day

February 17, 2018


VCU T. Edward Temple Building

901 West Main Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 28, 2018

Richmond Flying Squirrels Stadium

3001 N Boulevard

Richmond, VA 23220

Make the Magic

April 14, 2018 at 6:00pm

Independence Golf Club

600 Founders Bridge Blvd.

Midlothian, VA 23113

Tickets available here

Meet the Team





Hey there! My name is Doc and I’m a senior studying Biology
and Chemistry. I am originally from Warrenton, VA where I went to high school and became bffs with Kit Kat who shared the magic of Kesem with me. My favorite camp song is “Hey burrito!” and I absolutely loved being a counselor last summer! I’m super excited to work with Stitch to make camp the best it can be!


Phong “King Bob” Truong is a junior at VCU, majoring in Biology and is from Great Falls, Virginia. I love meal times because it’s the best family dinner throughout the year! King Bob’s favorite song hands down (or is it “wrists up?”) is the – “The Jellyfish” song!



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 Virginia Commonwealth University 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

Kendall McKee, Regional Program Director – kendall@kesem.org

Kendall joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Kendall first became involved with Camp Kesem at Indiana University in 2013 as a sophomore. After her first year at camp as a cabin counselor, she knew she wanted to take on more of a leadership role within the organization. The next year she was a Make the Magic Coordinator, and during her senior year she was one of the Directors. During Kesem's National Leadership Summit her senior year, she decided she wanted to become a part of the National team. She is looking forward to spreading her passion within the greater Kesem community! Kendall graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is originally from Newburgh, Indiana and currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina.

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.