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Camp Tosebo
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Clubhouse
Location 7228 Miller Road, Red Park, Michigan
Nearest city Onekama, Michigan
Built 1914-1918
Built by Charles A. Anderson
Architectural style Bungalow/Craftsman, Late Victorian
NRHP reference No. 00000644
Added to NRHP December 21, 2000

Camp Tosebo, on the south shore of Portage Lake in Onekama Township, Michigan, was established in 1912 by Noble Hill, the headmaster of the Todd Seminary for Boys in Woodstock, Illinois, as one of the first summer camps in the United States. The name of the camp is an acronym derived from the school's name, TOdd SEminary for BOys, and meant to sound like a Native American Indian word. The camp was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

History

Camp Tosebo opened in 1912. Its founder, Noble Hill, was a pioneer in progressive education as a teacher and then headmaster and owner of the Todd Seminary for Boys. Hill wanted to create a summer camp program as an extension of the school program. Originally planned for a Wisconsin site, his son Roger insisted on the Portage Lake location because of its excellent lake with access to Lake Michigan for larger sailboats. The Hill family operated the camp through three generations from 1912 to 1962.

Many stories exist about Orson Welles attending Camp Tosebo. While he did attend the Todd School, he only visited the camp.

The camp ended in 1977. Today the camp operates as a resort rental on its 56 acres (230,000 m2) wooded and fully restored buildings.

Camp Tosebo, also known as Old Camp Tosebo Inn, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 as District #00000644.

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