38 Signs Camp Kesem Has Taken Over Your Life

38 Signs Camp Kesem Has Taken Over Your Life

Because falling asleep to Razzle Dazzle is totally normal, right?
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Camp Kesem, a camp for kids affected by a parent's cancer, allows kids to replace worry with fun for a week and just be kids. There's nothing quite as special as a week of gibberish songs, crazy games, powerful stories and meaningful relationships. Spending a week at Camp Kesem can really change a person.

1. Some of your biggest heroes are 6 years old

You never thought you could be so inspired by someone in kindergarten, but after seeing the strength and resilience of Kesem campers, you feel so lucky to even be in their presence.

2. You get strange looks on campus when you scream hello to your camp friends

What? Have you met my friends Pitchfork, Bucket and Window?

3. Your non-camp friends get annoyed when you can't stop talking about camp

"And then we put on the Whip Nae Nae and ... maybe you had to be there."

4. You constantly have camp songs stuck in your head

It's fine. You've gotten used to "Jellyfish" being your lullaby every night.

5. There's always that one kid who gets on your nerves - but they have a breakthrough

All I'm asking is for you to please not run away from camp today - do you think you can handle that?

6. You tear up just thinking about the empowerment ceremony

While the stories are heartbreaking, it's happy tears knowing how brave each and every camper is.

7. You wear your Kesem gear while traveling, just in case you run into someone from Kesem at another school

Knowing you're connected to a national network of the coolest kind of people makes you want to meet them all.

8. You dread the day you will have to watch EOTs yet again

Oh, so you're saying I shouldn't leave 5-year-olds unsupervised in the lake? Got it.

9. Your Facebook friends are probably annoyed that you keep asking for donations

Hi. Have you heard of Camp Kesem? Oh, you saw this yesterday? Well, you'll hear about it tomorrow, too. And the next day. And the next day, And ...

10. You're never short on ice-breaker activity ideas

"Nice to meet you, professor. Do you want to gather a group of people and hold hands and try to untangle ourselves?"

11. Knowing you're surrounded by your Kesem family helps you get through any difficult situation

You laugh together, cry together and dance together. Camp Kesem is the best support system in the world.

12. Camp Kesem has made you a better person

Camp Kesem is just one big lesson in compassion, understanding, patience, responsibility and friendship.

13. Trying to explain the magic of camp to others is impossible

It's kind of just like the greatest thing ever because, you know, it just is.

14. You force everyone you know to do Wow Pow Chow with you before bed

OK, Mom, what was the best thing you ate today, though?

15. Explaining your entire summer to someone means 99 percent of it will be about the one week of camp

Yeah, I went to Spain, but on the first day of camp ... .

16. There's no other student group you are more proud to be a part of

You believe nothing could possibly be as fulfilling as helping a child overcome their parent's cancer.

17. You can't listen to that Miranda Lambert "Little Red Wagon" song without thinking about a bunch of kids yelling at each other

"The front seat's broken and the axle's dragging."

18. Before camp, you never thought you would get up in front of everyone at the talent show

But next thing you know, you're on stage with your favorite people doing a ridiculous dance you made up without a care in the world.

19. When someone says Karl, you assume they're talking about a fluffy caterpillar

Oh, your name is Karl? But you're like -- a human?

20. You have almost accidentally signed an email "CK Love" to someone not in Kesem

That would've been a fun one to explain to your boss.

21. Unexpectedly seeing a camper outside of camp is always a blessing

Fate knew it couldn't possibly keep you apart for a whole year.

22. You take up every opportunity to hang out with camp people

Camp: check. Make the Magic: check. Debrief: yep. Volunteering: I'm there. Training: not even mad. Scrubbing the floor of the hockey arena: I can do that, too.

23. You never think you'll ever actually make it to your fundraising goal, but somehow pull it off

How in the world am I supposed to raise $500 when I only have like 27 cents in my bank account?

24. You can't make toast without breaking out into a rap

Toast definitely deserves its own rap, considering that's what you lived off of all week at camp. Just remember this pro tip: If it pops up too soon, push it back down.

25. You know camp friends better than friends you've had for years

You went into camp as strangers, but then you saw each other drenched in sweat and paint and mud with your haven't-showered-in-four-days hair, twisting your body into unnatural positions, all while singing gibberish camp songs, and there's nothing really more connecting than that.

26. You're amazed at how well your crew cleans up at Make the Magic

Wait, so this is what you look like when you've showered?

27. You get upset when you have to take off all your friendship bracelets

What do you mean 30 friendship bracelets on my arms and ankles isn't professional for my internship?

28. Campfire has become your new favorite scent

Nothing really brings you back to camp quite like the memories of sitting by the campfire, sweaty after a long day, taking in the night sky and singing songs.

29. You feel really old when you realize you have no idea what celebrities your campers are talking about

Who? Aaron Carpenter? You mean Aaron Carter? No? You don't know who Aaron Carter is?

30. You try to explain made-up camp games to your friends, but they just don't get it

"Well, basically, you run around with socks filled with flour and hit each other."

31. Your friends have accepted your made up vocabulary

Oh, a le le. A le le tiki tonga.

32. You wish it was socially acceptable to be as goofy as you are at camp every day

I guess starting out a class presentation with a "repeat after me" song isn't a normal thing to do.

33. You've tried to figure out how to become a professional camp counselor for the rest of your life

There has to be a way. We must find the loophole.

34. You find yourself looking at old pictures and notes and reminiscing about camp

Only 360 days until camp next year.

35. There are just too many things that remind you of camp


It's hard to even make it through the day without something to trigger your mind back to camp.

36. You love watching movies about summer camp

"What are you watching?" "Oh, this foreign film from the 1970s. It's completely in Portuguese, but it's about a summer camp."

37. Camp has made you even more motivated to fight against cancer

Cancer sucks and Camp Kesem won't stop until cancer is 100 percent cured, but giving kids a place to forget about worry and just be kids is a good place to start.

38. You can't wait to go back

Above all, you know Camp Kesem is the most special place on earth.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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it seems almost like a page

in someone else's book now


how there was

a time that i thought

i could have been happy

with someone like you


a million years before

i knew who i was

and that i should mean so much more

than i ever did to you


i almost can't remember

the way you held your elbows or

the way you said the letter o or

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it seems now

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the fear that this was the love

that everyone spoke about


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was what id have to live with

for the rest of my life


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looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then


but you kept me

my misery maintained until

i felt like nothing


that night was the record scratch

When I knew my life

Shouldn't be like this.


It wasn't until I finally broke our ties

That I started to remember

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But my mind is clear now.

I can remember

How strong I am,

How perfectly happy I am

On my own.


It seems almost like a page

In someone else's book now.


You're finally fading away.

I just wish my scars could fade as quickly.

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