December 2016 Newsletter!

Returning Camper Applications LIVE, Giving Tuesday Success, Fall Reunion, and more!

Posted by Cookie Monster and Jellybean on December 21, 2016

Happy New Year from Camp Kesem at the Claremont Colleges!

With the semester over, our Coordination Team is rolling up their sleeves and getting ready for the new year! We've raised $3,126 in the past 3 months! Be on the look out for camper applications and ways to help us meet our fundraising goal!

Chapter Updates!

We've raised $3,126 so far!

Thanks to generous donations received during #GivingTuesday, we are almost on track! But we have a long journey ahead of us. We need to reach $30,000 before our camp this coming August.

Help us fundraise!

From left to right: Scuba, Pogo, and Stitch at a #GivingTuesday fundraiser!

We need your help! We've booked an incredible campsite and now we need your support to meet our fundraising goal! We have to reach $30,000 before camp starts. Help us get there by sharing our page with family and friends! Here's a link to our donation page!

Create Your Own Donation Page!

You can also help by creating your own donation page! Simply click on this fundraising link and click "Become a Fundraiser". You will then be given instructions for completing your donation page profile which can be shared with friends and family!

If you have any questions or suggestions about fundraising or how you can get involved, simply send us an email at

Fall Reunion Success!

The Fall Reunion was a great time with over 15 counselors, alumni, campers, and family in attendance! Campers enjoyed making silly cookie designs, playing board games, and building friendship bracelets! If you couldn't make it, be on the look out for the next reunion in March.

Welcome New Members to our Kesem Family!

New AMP and Volunteer Coordinators!

Jellybean - Alumni, Marketing, PR
Poofy - Volunteer

Please give a warm welcome to two new members to our coordination team: Poofy (Co-Volunteer Coordinator) and Jellybean (Co-AMP Coordinator)!

We'd also like to welcome two new advisory board members: Professor Amy Kind and Stevella Lopez! Professor Kind is a phenomenal philosophy professor at Claremont Mckenna College and heard about Camp Kesem from one of her students! Stevella Lopez is the mother of three of our amazing campers, Pepper, Buggy, and John Cena.

We are super excited to have all of them on the team and with their help, camp will be 100x more fun!

Join the Advisory Board!

We're looking for more enthusiastic people to join our chapter's advisory board! Advisory Board members take more responsibility with fundraising and planning by meeting with coordinators at least twice a year. If you ever wanted to take a bigger role in helping the Claremont Chapter, this is the way to do it! If you're interested, shoot an email to

Save The Dates!!

Spring Reunion - March 26th

For those of you who couldn't make it to the Fall Reunion or if you're excited to see everyone a second time, come and join us for a fun-filled afternoon! Be on the lookout for updates from Scuba!

Location: The Claremont Colleges

Earlybird Applications (Returning Campers Only!) - OPEN

You can already apply for another exciting week with us!

Regular Applications - January 15th

If your child hasn't been to camp before, those applications open January 15th! Be on the lookout for more information on this or contact us at if you have any questions.

Call On Kesem!

We are excited to tell you all about a program we offer to help campers and counselors stay in contact throughout the year! While camp may only be one week, we have Call on Kesem in order to provide support to our campers year-round. These programs involve birthday cards, Welcome to Kesem Snail Mail, reunions, and grief support.

We really look forward to seeing more of our Camp families outside of the week of camp. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at