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The Magic of CAMP!



Another amazing summer has passed, and there was so much to be excited and proud about. This summer we provided 300 youth from Chicago the opportunity to experience an outdoor adventure in one of the most beautiful environments, with some of the most caring adults. Every day at CYC Camp Rosenthal, our campers experience magical moments. For me, the magical moment is watching our campers participate in our program: from scaling the wall at our ropes course and zipping down our zip line, to learning how to operate our sail boats while a good wind pushes them to the middle of our lake, and smiles takes over their faces. It is so special to witness these kind of moments, especially when you see a camper is second guessing their ability, but an invested staff member consoles their fear and motivates them to step out of their comfort zone to learn something new.

Yes, camp is a special place where one day to the next things change and the entire camp just rolls with the progression and maintains a Positive Mental Attitude. No storm, power outage, or mosquito bite could stop the magic of camp. In fact, those shared experiences just increase the community’s bond. Camp Rosenthal has truly been a magical place for children from the start and we continue to strive to provide a safe space where children and teens will grow and learn new things about themselves each day.

Tales from Chippewa trails…

Adam Perez Sr.
(Guest blogger and Director of Camping Service at CYC – Camp Rosenthal)


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Chicago Youth Centers’ Camp Rosenthal is located along Michigan’s southwestern fruit belt in quaint Dowagiac, Michigan and is just 45 minutes from the Indiana/Michigan boarder allowing convenient access from Chicago, Indiana and Michigan. Set within 330 acres of scenic woodlands CYC-Camp Rosenthal boasts an abundance of nature, a 90 foot climbing wall with zip line, a full archery range, picturesque hiking trails and a private 30 acre lake. A variety of affordable housing options and a full service dining hall make it the perfect spot for a group getaway and our residential youth summer programs offer life changing experiences to over 300 campers each year. We are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed by the State of Michigan.