In 2010 Dan Grabel and Andy Brown realized their professional dream of owning a summer camp and started Camp Manitowa in Benton, IL. We've since hosted thousands of kids, families, and groups. In 2017 we acquired Camp Cedar Point, a beautiful former Girl Scout camp founded in the early 1950's, in Makanda, IL. In addition to summer camp, we host yoga retreats, music festivals, weddings, scout groups, and individuals throughout the year. Since canceling many of our large group programs because of COVID, we've been able to offer hundreds of families a safe, private, physically distanced camp experience where they have access to everything our camp has to offer.
We offer a beautiful setting in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge with canoeing and kayaking on 1200 acre Little Grassy lake, hiking, hiking, basketball court, frisbee golf course, arts & crafts, campfires, and more! Zip lining, horseback riding, rock climbing available only 20 minutes off site. Guests should bring their own bedding and food that they can cook in the yurt village on bbq pit and propane stove.