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Camp Kesem University of Georgia
So where do I even begin? I know, I’ll start with the initial panic. In the few weeks leading up to camp, I was beyond nervous. I had only lead a summer camp once before and that was 4 long years ago. Although I felt our counselor training had prepared me, there was that though in the back of my head that the campers would be too cool for me (I know, it’s like middle school all over again).
However, when the first camper arrived and I began giving a tour of the campsite, the panic transformed immediately into a mixture of excitement and pure elation. It was actually happening. All the hard work we had put in through the year had all lead to this and it was like reaching the peak of the mountain. Now all that was left was the wonderful slide back down the other side. That’s how camp was to me. It felt exhilarating, exciting, and yet had a sense of awe and comfort behind it. We blobbed, we got messy, and we even took on the role of a couple of angry birds flinging balls at Lord Lighting’s castle. I not only had a stellar week feeling like a kid again, I learned so much about myself from every single camper and gained a newfound appreciation for the little things in life.
Every single camper is an individual, each with their own unique story and yet at camp, they come together and form one strong and incredible family. I think the part of camp that has stuck with me the most was something one of my campers in my cabin, Koala, said during one of our cabin chats. She expressed that she loves camp, because it is a place she feels like she can come to and just be a child. She gets to experience what a week is like without the constant worries of your parent’s cancer. What camp is about to me is exactly that; giving children back their childhood even if only for a short period of time, while showing them they have a Camp Kesem family who is there for them in whatever way they are needed. I couldn’t have asked for a better week or a better group of counselors and campers to be a part of my family; and I can’t wait to do it all over again!