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Camp Ferguson

Camp Manitowa started #CampFerguson in the fall of 2014 as a response to the unrest and school closings following the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. We felt camp would be an ideal place for kids to come for a respite at the time, as well as a place where they could gain new skills and strengthen relationships with their peers. In the following months, we were able to raise money from individual donations, fundraisers with Yoga BuzzSugarfire Smoke House, and Brothers Lazaroff Band, and grants from Good People Fund and Wells Fargo to host five free retreats serving over 150 students from Westview Middle SchoolJennings High School, and the PAKT Community Center, plus students from Ferguson and the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Day School who participated together in Circus Harmony‘s Peace Through Pyramids program.

You can support future #CampFerguson retreats by visiting our Go Fund Me campaign or make a tax deductible donation to the American Camp Association here: ACA Donation Link

Please check out all the incredible stories and publicity we’ve received throughout 2015:

KSDK – Mike Bush – Making a Difference Article

St. Louis Jewish Light Article

Riverfront Times Brothers Lazaroff Hanukkah Hullabaloo Story

Good People Fund Article

St. Louis Magazine “Into The Woods” Story

Let’s Talk Camp Blog Story

YouTube Video of First Retreat


June 20, 2012. Benton Evening News – Local Mother is Singing Praises about Benton’s Camp Manitowa

Nov/Dec 2011. Pathfinder- Walking a Labyrinth to Clear Mental Chatter

August 10, 2011. Dan Grabel and Camp Manitowa are highlighted on the Daily American News site.

March 31, 2011. WJPF 1340 AM Carbondale – News Talk interviews Andy Brown
mp3 file of interview

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Three Area Men Buy Overnight Camp in Southern Ill
St.Louis Business Journal Warehouse of Dreams
St.Louis Jewish Light Signs of Jewish life at Maryville
Benton Evening Benton Lions Club Celebrates 75 years