12770 N. Benton Road
Benton, IL 62812
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- Residential summer camp
- Local day camp
- School retreats
- Business team building retreats
- Church youth group and worship retreats
Hours of OperationWe're open year round and available for day trips and multi-night stays.
In February of 2010, Dan Grabel and Andy Brown realized their dreams of camp ownership. For months the two searched the country for camp properties before signing the lease on a site 90 minutes outside of St. Louis, which for 50 years was the site of Lake Benton Baptist Camp. The camp is adjacent to Rend Lake and borders Wayne Fitzgerell State Park. Grabel and Brown renamed the property Camp Manitowa — which means the Great Spirit — and put more than $1 million into renovations right away.
Camp Manitowa will provide each camper with lifelong memories, and will send campers home with more confidence, independence and maturity. It is our mission to gain the trust of each and every camper, so that he or she sends their kids to Camp Manitowa.
Through participation in our multitude of outdoor activities, creating lasting friendships and personal growth, we hope to bring campers back to Camp Manitowa for generations. Our summer camp program provides campers with a forum to experience new challenges, enhance self-confidence, develop skills, and establish enduring friendships in the safe, beautiful surroundings of our mid-west location. Each camper at Camp Manitowa brings something special to the camp atmosphere. Our unique gathering of kids and caring, mature, professional staff create a diverse and supportive community that we plan to witness for generations.