location: River Jordan Camp for Boys & Girls
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is actually Camp Max Straus, a summer camp for disadvantaged city kids, which is run by Jewish Big Brothers & Sisters.
The address is 1041 Shirlyjean Street, Glendale, CA.
But that address is a bit deceptive. The location is actually far north of downtown Glendale, on the other side of the hills, just south of the Foothill (210) Freeway.
It's less than two miles west of the well-known Descanso Gardens (which is in neighboring La Cañada Flintridge).
is located on 112 wooded acres in the Verdugo Mountains. It was founded
in 1938, and offers urban kids a green refuge from their usual city
Here is a map of the camp grounds & buildings:
the Sydney Rosenberg Conference Center, near the center of the map.
And here's a Google StreetView of the camp's entrance road.
are two matching photos of the camp, sent to me by Mike from MovieshotsLA.com:
You can see more of Mike's photos of the camp on my True Blood page.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I had previously discovered Camp Max Straus when it appeared as a key location on the show True Blood. On that show, it was an anti-vampire church camp called "Light of Day", and I did a location page about it, at the time.
been used before in filming various productions, so when a summer camp
showed up on Dexter, this was automatically a prime suspect for
me to check out. And a little comparison of the screencaps from Dexter
and the screencaps from True Blood confirmed that
it was indeed
Camp Max Straus.
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