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Q: Why should I send my child to CYC-Camp Rosenthal?
A: CYC-Camp Rosenthal offers an affordable, well balanced, full residential camping program that will give your child the experience of a lifetime, teach important life lessons, build essential 21st century skills and prepare them for success in the future and our diverse staff team is specially trained to work with youth and bring out the very best in them physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially. CYC-Camp Rosenthal is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) which means that the services we offer are recognized as meeting and exceeding industry standards in safety, programming and general camp operations. Click here to read more about ACA accreditation.
Q: What activities are available at CYC-Camp Rosenthal?
A: Camp activities include boating, swimming, biking, archery, field games, high ropes, fishing, hiking, nature studies, making, campouts and cookouts, storytelling, stargazing, creative arts, team sports and team building, variety shows, peer-mediation, conflict-resolution and more. Our programs are centered around building 21st century life skills (The 4 C’s – Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity) and implement S.T.E.A.M based activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) to provide a well rounded program that engages youth in hands on learning fun.
Q: How much does camp cost?
A: At CYC-Camp Rosenthal we believe that camp is an experience that every child deserves and we have made affordable options available to help make the dream of camp a reality. Our sliding fee scale is based on household income and camper scholarships are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment plans are available and encouraged to help balance the cost of camp. Information about payment plans and scholarship applications is available during registration or by calling Millie Perez at 269.424.5272.
Q: How do I register my child for Camp Rosenthal?
A: We are very excited to be introducing a new online camper software that will be available in January 2016. Stay tuned for more information.
Q: How will my child get to camp?
A: During registration you will have the option of signing up to drop off/pick up your child at camp or at the bus pick up location in Chicago. More information about transportation options will be provided during registration.
Q: How do I know that my child is safe at camp?
A: We take camper safety very seriously at CYC-Camp Rosenthal and that is why it is our #1 priority! All of our staff members are trained in our safety policies and procedures specific to our camp environment and campers are under the constant supervision of our compassionate cabin and program staff. A seasoned administrative team oversees the entire camp and are available 24/7 to both staff and campers.
Q: Where will my child sleep?
A: Campers sleep in our rustic villages which are community areas consisting of 5 cabins each with 6 bunk beds that sleep 8-10 campers and 2 counselors. Each village has a shower house/recreation room, a spacious field area and a campfire pit. Campers are grouped by age and gender and there are separate villages for boys and girls.
Q: What will my child eat at camp?
A: Camp meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as 2 snacks each day and the menu is planned to be child friendly and offer a variety of nutritiously balanced choices. Breakfast offers both hot and cold choices and there is always a salad bar at lunch and dinner as well as vegetarian options at all meals. We participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which provides guidance on menu planning for children and teens and we have regular inspections of our food service program by the Michigan Department of Education and the Berrien County Health Department. If you have questions or concerns about what your child will eat at camp please contact Millie Perez at 269.424.5272.
Q: My child has food allergies. How will this be addressed at camp?
A: Our health staff monitor all health related needs including food allergies and special diets and provide written communication to the Kitchen Manager regarding special dietary needs on the first day of camp. The Kitchen Manager works with the cooks and kitchen aides to ensure that dietary needs are met and that campers are not served foods they can not eat and that they are provided with a different food option. If your child has a specialized diet please include that information in the health section of the registration form. If you have questions or concerns about what your child will eat at camp please contact Millie Perez at 269.424.5272.
Q: Can I speak to my child while they are at camp?
A: Our experience has taught us that it is best for your child’s overall experience to be fully immersed in camp life and therefore we do not allow telephone communication between campers and parents except in extreme emergencies. We will provide your child with writing materials/stamps and encourage them to write home as often as they like. You may call our office staff at 269.424.5272 as often as you like to receive a report on how your child is doing while at camp. You may also send mail to your child at 3384 Clawson Road, Dowagiac MI 49047 or send emails to your child to email@example.com.
Q: What if my child gets homesick?
A: Our staff is specifically trained to help campers cope with homesickness and are provided tools to work with campers both 1:1 and in cabin groups. Our Health Officers and administrative team pay special attention to homesickness needs and monitor each child’s progress during their camp session. It is our goal to help all campers overcome homesickness and have a positive independent camp experience. If your child is extremely homesick you will be contacted.
Q: Will you call me if my child becomes ill?
A: Parents/Guardians will be contacted if your child spends a night in the health house, is very sick or is injured beyond the regular bumps and bruises of participating in a camp program.
Q: Who will take care of my child if they are sick or injured?
A: Our Health Officers are available 24/7 to care for sick and injured campers. Health staff receive special training specific to the needs of the camp and hold current certifications in first aid and CPR. The Camp Nurse consults with the health staff on a daily basis and is available for consultation 24/7. Health staff have access to several over the counter medications approved by our Camp Physician that can be given to campers with parental/guardians permission. If further care is necessary our local hospital is 15 minutes away and provides both walk-in and emergency services.
Q: My child needs medication daily. Who will be in charge of the medication?
A: The Health Officers will accept all medications before boarding the bus or upon check in at camp and are responsible for all medication during the camp session. The Camp Nurse reviews all medication with the Health Officers on the first day of camp and is available for consultation as needed during the camp session.
Q: Does my child need money while away at Camp?
A: Campers do not need any money while at camp.
Q: Can my child bring electronics to camp?
A: Electronics of any kind, including cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices are not allowed at camp. If they are brought to camp, they will be given to the Camp Director and will be returned at the end of camp session. Please note that CYC-Camp Rosenthal is not responsible for any lost or stolen property.
Q: What does my child need to bring to camp?
A: Please see the Packing List in our CYC-Camp Rosenthal Parent Handbook.
Q: What if my child does not know how to swim?
A: Campers are always monitored in the water and take a swim assessment at the beginning of the session so that our swim instructors understand each campers level in the water. There will be a swim instructor teaching swimming at all levels and certified lifeguards oversee all water activities.
Q: Can my child go to camp more than one session the same year?
A: Absolutely, and discounts are available for attending multiple sessions. Please note that you can only use one scholarship per summer.
Q: I lost The CYC Parent Handbook. Where can I get another one?
A: Download it be clicking here.