Summer Camp near St. Louis

At Camp Manitowa, a summer camp near St. Louis in Southern Illinois, we strive to provide campers an environment that fosters all the skills that parents want their kids to develop early on in life.

Our 2nd to 9th grade campers gain independence, build self-esteem, and learn about cooperation and problem-solving, all while making new, lifelong friends.  We offer a small community for campers so that they feel like they are part of the Manitowa family.  By offering structured free choice activities we encourage kids to feel a sense of belonging and control over their experience, which leaves them feeling empowered and able to learn and grow.  View a typical day at Camp Manitowa, and a map of the grounds.

Our well-rounded summer camp near St. Louis provides children ample entertainment opportunities.  With so many water, art, sports and nature activity options, campers will want to return to Manitowa for years and generations to come. We serve campers from St. Louis, Indianapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, and the many communities of Southern and Central Illinois. Your child will make new friends from all over!

We have addressed many common questions on our FAQs page, but if don’t find you answer there and you have a concern or question, please feel free to call Dan: 314-348-6412 or Andy: 314-591-7771.  They will be happy to answer your questions over the phone or address any of your concerns through a face-to-face meeting.

Rising ninth and tenth graders have the opportunity to attend a Smokey Mountain Adventure Trip for 9th & 10th Graders June 19-25 and again July 17-23.  These week sessions will include leadership development in an adventure trip to the Smokey Mountains!


Food is a significant part of a camp experience…you eat everyday! We offer a balanced menu with a variety of food kids like. We have a relationship with, and buy produce from the local Benton Farmer’s Market. Each summer we hire a professional chef who can accommodate any individual camper’s dietary need or food allergy. We try to avoid frying food in our kitchen and bake foods that are typically fried. Camp Manitowa is a nut-free facility.

At camp we just take what we need so we don’t waste resources. We encourage our campers to take enough food to fill their belly and not to have excess food that gets thrown away. We teach the importance of food and how food keeps us healthy.

At Camp Manitowa no one goes hungry!


Our Health Center is staffed by a licensed registered nurse with school and camp nursing experience. One of our RNs dispenses all medications to campers as prescribed by your family doctor and treats campers at any time if they are ill or sustain an injury. Parents are always called when a child stays overnight in the Health Center, needs to see a specialist, or needs to be started on prescription medication. In the unlikely event of a more serious illness or injury, Camp Manitowa is 5 minutes from the Franklin Hospital in Benton. Parents are always welcome to contact our nurse before camp starts and during their child’s stay.


Session Dates
 2-week sessions
 Session 1: June 12 – June 25
 Session 2: June 26 – July 9
 Session 3: July 10 – July 23
1-week sessions
Session A: June 12 – June 18
Session B: July 10 – July 16
Taste of Manitowa: July – August 6 (low cost opportunity to sample camp)
 Smokey Mountain Adventure Trip for 9th & 10th Graders
 Trip 1: June 19 – June 25
 Trip 2: July 17 – July 23