“Where the Great Spirit Lives”

Camp Manitowa
Rend Lake, Illinois

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Camp Manitowa

Camp Manitowa is a residential summer camp that provides youth the chance to create meaningful and unique life experiences in a nurturing and inclusive natural environment.

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Get Outdoors in Southern Illinois

We believe everyone can use some time away these days. Camp Manitowa offers families, small groups, and individuals an opportunity to get out of the house, get out of the city, and get into nature.

Camp Manitowa is located just 90 miles from St. Louis, Missouri in the heart of scenic southern Illinois. Nestled in the humble town of Benton, IL, the 40-acre lakefront abode is located on a private cove on Lake Hamilton. With our proximity to beautiful Rend Lake, offering an additional 19,000 acres of fun and recreation, we believe we are located at the intersection of serenity and adventure.

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Why Choose Us

We believe everyone can use some time away these days. Camp Manitowa offers families, small groups, and individuals an opportunity to get out of the house, get out of the city, and get into nature.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Thank you for helping to build my child’s confidence, for opening his heart and mind, and for giving him the best summer! He loved EVERYTHING

My son enjoys these adventures so much so I hear about it all year long. He makes new friends and looks forward to seeing old returning friends too. His confidence and self esteem matures with each camp session. I'm ever grateful for all they do for each camper.

Camp Manitowa becomes more and more special to me each year I get to be a part of it and watch each group of people enjoy and grow from it. The happiness, positive energy, gratitude, connection, FUN and overall joy I felt and witnessed all summer was magical.

I truly believe this camp has made the biggest impact on my life. I’ve met the most incredible people at Manitowa and I don’t know where I would be without them. Camp has taught me so much and it really is hard to explain just how amazing it is.

My summers spent at Camp Manitowa have shaped me into the person I am today. It is my favorite place in the world and I can’t imagine a better home. I am so grateful for the role models and friendships that I've gained from this special place.

Manitowa has been a huge part of my life for the past 11 years. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without this remarkable place. The summers just keep getting better, and I’m already counting down the seconds until I get to go back. I am so proud to be a part of the Manitowa community.

I spent the majority of my childhood spending summers at Manitowa, and when they tell you that you'll form lifelong bonds, they aren’t lying. I always felt like I could be my crazy self here and live out my summers to the fullest. SO many special memories with amazing people whom I will never forget.

Camp Manitowa has been my home away from home. I came into my own here as an individual, a team member and eventually a leader and administrator. As always, it’s the people that really make the place special. All the friendships and memories I’ve made at camp are the most cherished in my life.

Manitowa was the place that taught me how to be independent, how to be myself, and gave me some of the most important and influential friends I’ve ever had.

Thankful for the place I walked into as a shy and quiet 16 year old and walked out 7 years later as a confident, 22 year old leader.

I love Camp Manitowa because it’s a place you go to be exactly who you are.

Camp Manitowa is a community like no other and I feel so proud to be a part of its magic! The friends you make truly become a part of you no matter distance or time.