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Camp Sessions

Week 1: August 13-18, 2018

Camp Wah-Nee

128 Wah-Nee Road

Torrington, CT 06790


Friends + Family Days

Spring Friends + Family Day

March 31, 2018


Location TBD

Make the Magic

April 14, 2018 at 6:00pm

The Quinnipiack Club

221 Church Street

New Haven, CT 06510

Tickets available here

Meet the Team

Hi! My name is Sprinkles and I am one of the Co-Directors this year. I am a junior from New Jersey studying Mechanical Engineering. I’ve been an Outreach Coordinator and a counselor and have loved every minute I’ve been involved in Kesem – it has definitely been one of the best weeks of my life! Outside of Kesem I am on the ballroom dance team and love doing graphic design and photography in my free time. I’m so excited to work with the coordinators this year to make camp happen in August.


Hi everyone! My name is Billy (though my friends call me Scooby), and I’m co-director of Camp Kesem this year! I’m a junior in Berkeley College here at Yale, and I’m majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics. I’m also part of the Education Studies program, because I truly enjoy working with kids and want to be able to have a positive impact in their lives (which also happens to be a reason why I Kesem!).


Hi! I’m Zia and this is my third year of Camp Kesem! Along with my very best friend Maple I am one of the Make the Magic coordinators. Camp Kesem is the highlight of my summer – I especially love jamming to camp songs like Mac and Cheese! Outside of CK, I study neuroscience and am captain of the Yale Ski Team along with being involved in Community Health Educators and Yale’s Canine Cognition Lab.


Hey! I’m Maple, I’m a Junior from Canada and this is my second year being involved with Camp Kesem! Last year I was on the Make the Magic Committee and this year I could not be more excited to be one of the co-coordinators along with my bestfriend Zia. Outside of CK I study Psychology with Neuroscience and am on Yale’s Swimming and Diving team and enjoy spending time with friends and being outdoors.

Hey! I’m Cocoa and I am an Operations Coordinator. I am a sophomore in Timothy Dwight and this is my second year being involved in Camp Kesem! Camp Kesem has been the highlight of my summer and definitely has been one the the most important things I’ve been involved in on campus. My favorite part about camp is singing camp songs with green unit campers and Messy Games. Outside of Kesem I’m involved in Community Health Educators and the Student Activities Committee for my college!


Hi! My name is Freckles and I am so excited to work with Cocoa as one of the Operations Coordinators this year! I am a senior at Yale studying Global Affairs, and have been involved with Camp Kesem for two years. My campers at Kesem have kept me grounded throughout my time at Yale, and I look forward to camp more than anything each summer! I can’t wait to work hard and make camp even better than last year!

Hi! I’m Chica and I’m soooo excited to be back on Coord Board this year now as an Outreach Coordinator! I had so much fun at camp this summer running ~logistics~, getting messy (read: getting others messy) in messy games, and learning from our always insightful 6-8 year old green unit campers! I can’t wait to be involved in Kesem for another year and to work more closely with our amazing CK families. Outside of CK, some of my other activities at Yale include: club soccer, the senior class council, napping, and eating lots of ice cream.

Hi my name is Rosie and I am one of the Outreach coordinators this year! I absolutely fell in love with Kesem this summer and can’t wait to be back to experience the magic again. As a green unit counselor I learned so much from my girls – especially that Little Sally Walker loves walkin down the street! At Yale, I study Neuroscience and the History of Science & Medicine and am a Community Health Educator.

Yoooo I’m Pluto, like the dog, not the (ex) planet. This year I’ll be the Camp Kesem Yale Treasurer! I am a sophomore, and this will be my second year in Kesem. Camp Kesem was one of the best weeks of my summer, NAY, of my life! I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to join CK, to sing silly camp songs and to share in the CK Love. Outside of Kesem, I am a history & political science major, am involved in Yale College Council and am in Davenport College.



Hello! My name is Donkey. I’m a junior majoring in Statistics and Data Science and I’m super excited to be one of the Volunteer Coordinator this year. This past summer was my first time experiencing Camp Kesem and it was honestly one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had during my time at Yale. Outside of Kesem, I’m a Communication and Consent Educator and I’m super involved in my residential college. I’m from San Luis Potosi, Mexico but moved to Las Vegas when I was 5.


Hey! My name is Thor and I’m a sophomore studying mathematics. I’m extremely excited to be a Volunteer Coordinator this year! Last year was my first opportunity to experience just how magical Kesem is, and all I can say is that I’m hooked. Outside of Kesem, I work as a magician, am in love with all things jazz, and play on the Yale Men’s Rugby Team. I was originally born in London, but I’ve lived in San Francisco for the past eight years. I cannot wait to return to camp! FTK!

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 Yale 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

Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director – lauren.borrill@kesem.org

Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.