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Are you interested in a unique outdoor teambuilding retreat for your students? We have the answer!
Camp Manitowa manages two properties in southern Illinois:

  • Camp Manitowa – Rend Lake, a 40-acre property 90 min from St. Louis
  • Camp Manitowa – Cedar Point, a 257 acre property in the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge about 2 hours from St. Louis

We offer a comprehensive, reasonably priced school retreat program ideal for:

  • field trips and retreats
  • sports teams, student govt., leadership groups
  • teacher professional development
  • end of year reward trips

We’ve hosted dozens of elementary, middle, and high schools from St. Louis, Chicago, Central and Southern Illinois, and Indiana, as well as a number of college student groups.

Our program includes:

  • 50 ft. climbing wall, challenge course and 400 ft. zip line @ Camp Manitowa-Rend Lake
    tree climbing and rock climbing with Vertical Voyages professional facilitators @ Camp Manitowa-Cedar Point
  • 40 acre lake Hamilton: canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding @ Camp Manitowa-Rend Lake
  • 1200 acre Little Grassy Lake: canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding @ Camp Manitowa-Cedar Point
  • in-ground swimming pool @ Camp Manitowa-Rend Lake
  • low ropes team building exercises and challenges
  • 9-hole, professional quality frisbee golf course
  • many sports options – full court basketball, GA GA dodge ball, large softball field, biking
    arts & crafts projects, expert tie-dying
  • Crab Orchard park rangers facilitates archery, guided hikes, and comprehensive outdoor education programs
  • horseback riding at Rend Lake stables and Giant City stables (extra cost involved)
  • talent shows, scavenger hunts
  • large campfire circles with s’mores!
  • Excellent food prepared by our professional chef

Accommodations include:

  • Camp Manitowa-Rend Lake – total capacity 180-200
    • 10 round yurt cabins in two separate villages. Each yurt accommodates 16 and
    • 8 heated/air conditioned dorm rooms that accommodate 4 each.
    • Bathrooms in buildings
    • two dining halls
    • front office meeting space
    • wig wam rec hall with stage
  • Camp Manitowa-Cedar Point – total capacity 340+
    • Bunkhouse with 7 private rooms, kitchen, two bathrooms, dining room, living room, deck. Heat & a/c. Accommodates 25
    • 2 large lodges that accommodate 24 students and 2-4 staff in separate room. Includes common area with fireplace, heat & a/c, bathrooms, showers
    • 2 small lodges that accommodate 8-10. Includes heat & a/c, one bathroom and shower
    • 8 very cool rustic villages with screened in hogan cabins (4 per cabin), platform tents (4 per tent), campfire circle and pavilion with fireplace in each village
    • Large dining hall
    • Large gazebo


Dan Grabel, MSW MEd
Owner/Camp Director
Camp Manitowa