Sylvia Dichner Weiss grew up on the near-southside of Indianapolis, in a neighborhood she called the “ghetto.” When she was about seven years old, a public health nurse sent Sylvia and her brother to a camp on the banks of the White River that served sickly and malnourished Jewish children who were at risk of developing tuberculosis. Initially homesick, Sylvia soon thrived in the outdoor environment. She returned the following year, and the year after that, and each year thereafter until she was grown.