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Chicago Youth Centers - Camp Rosenthal

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Camp Location: 3384 Clawson Road, Dowagiac, Michigan, 49047,
Ages: 7-12, 13-15 and Family
Gender: Male and Female (Coed)
Camp type:Overnight
Session dates: 5 to 11 Day Sessions Between June and August
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Contact Person: Ryan Yepsen, Recruiter / Program Director
Phone: (269) 424-5272
Fax: (773) 762-5624
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Camp Rosenthal is a rustic summer residential camp located in Dowagiac, Michigan, just 115 miles from Chicago. Located on 530 wooded acres, it surrounds a 30-acre lake. It's the perfect place to make new friends, explore new activities, and learn leadership and team-building skills. The camp is divided into four villages, each of which consists of cabins, a bathhouse and an activity building. Campers are grouped in villages by age and gender and sleep eight to a cabin along with two counselors who maintain a consistent, caring, and attentive presence throughout the day and night. The Camp dining hall is large enough for all campers to eat together family style. The food is delicious and plentiful—no one leaves a meal hungry! Activities include swimming, paddle boating, canoeing, fishing, arts & crafts, hiking, environmental education, bicycling, dance, group games, talent shows, plays & skits, singing and music, campfire storytelling, cook-outs, environmental education, archery, ropes courses, and creative writing! Campers make life-long friends, learn self-reliance, and learn more about the natural world and their place in it in a safe, beautiful environment. -- -- -- -- Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is Chicago's largest independent, locally based, multi-site youth services organization. It was founded in 1956 by two visionaries, Chicago businessmen Elliott Donnelley and Sidney Epstein, who wanted young people living in poverty to have an alternative to the streets. CYC was born out of three boys' clubs that had fallen on hard times. With the merger of the American Boys Commonwealth Club and the Boys Brotherhood Republic in North Lawndale together with the South Side Boys Club (later renamed the Elliott Donnelley Youth Center) in Bronzeville, a new city-wide agency was formed: Chicago Youth Centers. From the very beginning, girls were admitted to all programs, a first in the city. In 1960, Fellowship House, a long-time immigrant settlement agency located in Bridgeport, joined with CYC and, two years later, CYC acquired a former YMCA camp in southwestern Michigan, Camp Makisabee (later renamed Camp Rosenthal), so that inner city children could enjoy a residential summer camp experience. The Young Men's Jewish Council Youth Center located in South Shore became part of CYC in 1977 as the South Shore Community Center, later renamed the Rebecca K. Crown Center. Centro Nuestro was the first new center opened by CYC, in 1979, offering programs in Humboldt Park to the Latino community. Other centers were added according to neighborhood needs as the years went on and, as neighborhoods changed, locations were consolidated or closed.

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