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Camp Yungvelt

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Located in: Ajax/Pickering
Location #3480
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Location Owner:spydrgyrl
Creation Date: 11/13/2011
Last Updated: 9/23/2016



Description
Nestled in the trees to the east of Church Street, just north of its junction with Rossland Road West in Ajax, sits a little cluster of buildings all in a row, hidden from view, abandoned and forgotten by time.

For forty-five years, this site served as a camp for Jewish children. Camp Yungfeld (Youth World) was established by the Toronto Workmen's Circle in 1925, as an extension of the school curriculum of its two yiddish secular schools in Toronto, on Beverly and on Mariah Streets. The original site was on Lake Wilcox, but moved to the Pickering site after its first year.

In 1927, Itche Goldberg took over as camp director. Goldberg is an internationally reknown Yiddish writer of children't books, poet and literary critic. He was a passionate life long activitist for the preservation of the Yiddish language and secular Yiddish culture. At Camp Yungvelt, he created "Yungvar", a journal recording camp activities, which eventually became a children's magazine.

Camp Yungvelt closed its doors in 1971, selling the land. One of the cabins was lost to a fire on July 26th, 2011. Boarded up and abandoned, these buildings that hold so much history and so many memories, quietly await their fate, most likely victims of a wrecking ball making way for a widening of Rossland Road.

On Nov 14th, 2009 an alumni reunion took place at the Workmen's Circle Centre.

2012 - owner lives on site


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Status: Demolished
Category: Recreational


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highwayman says:
5/3/2016 12:23:32 PM
Drove past here today. They're cutting down all the trees on the property and there's a Coughlan Homes fence around it. There's a development proposal sign which I believe said they're going to build a subdivision. It appears as though this location doesn't have much time left.
NickMusicMan says:
5/20/2012 11:48:52 AM
last summer's fire here was in fact an arson...I have the misfortune of knowing the idiots who were responsible.
Also: Is anyone aware of the current ownership situation? I have heard that the owner of the land lives in one of the buildings, close to church street, meaning the property may not be fully abandoned and thus may pose a risk to explorers. (info as of last summer)
Adriana says:
1/28/2012 3:11:03 PM
This location looks awesome! And yes....very interesting :)
abandonment_issues says:
1/24/2012 8:14:59 AM
Explored this with Dallas1983 & Emceeay a few days ago. Absolutely fascinating.
clay70 says:
1/14/2012 8:33:05 PM
never even knew it was there
that-girl says:
1/2/2012 2:53:44 PM
these cabins look like an interesting adventure!
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