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Counselor and campers fishing from the bridge.
Counselor and campers fishing from the bridge.

Our Purpose

Camp Carew provides a setting in which the Christian faith can be experienced in fellowship with others.

We seek to help people deepen their awareness of God, each other, and the natural world by providing a camp program and a setting in which personal growth can take place. Our goal is that campers will strengthen their own sense of personal worth as well as their relationship to Jesus Christ and to others.

American Camp Association.
Activities at Camp Carew are directed toward Christian community. Through group living in the small unit, campers and leaders are challenged to work, plan, play, study, sing, and worship together.

Camp Carew is a mission of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is accredited by the American Camp Association. It is also a member of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association.

Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association.
Camp Carew provides children and young adults with Christian summer camps and can host retreats for persons of all ages throughout the year. Established in 1952, the camp is nestled in the beautiful woods of Little Grassy Lake inside the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. Camp Carew is built on sixty acres nine miles south of Carbondale, Illinois.

Register Online for Summer Camps

Click on this link to register for summer camps and pay online.

Open House for Presbytery Youth Groups

There will be a special weekend event August 31-September 2 at Camp Carew for all youths in the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois. The cost will be $50 per person. You may register for the event and pay online here.

Confirmation CampOur 2018 Confirmands were from Champaign, First 
and Mt. Vernon, First.
Our 2018 Confirmands were from Champaign, First and Mt. Vernon, First.

Our April 2018 Confirmation camp was a great experience. Special thanks to ruling elders Rob Aarons, Dan Kingery, Sheri Moberley, and David Rozanski and to teaching elders Laurie Fields, Bill McLean, Stu Smith, Dan Whitfield, and Chris Williamson. We're confident these confirmands are prepared to be examined by their sessions.

Camp Carew Video

Camp Carew welcomes campers from all religious traditions.

The Camp Carew logo.
For a printable version of the Camp Carew brochure, click here.

Camp Carew is a drug- and alcohol-free environment.

Archery at Camp Carew.
Archery at Camp Carew.
Shaving-cream whiffle ball at Camp Carew.
Shaving-cream whiffle ball at Camp Carew.
Snacking and socializing at Camp Carew.
Snacking and socializing at Camp Carew.
The August 2017 eclipse viewed from Camp Carew. Photo used by permission of Cameron Jarrell.
The August 2017 eclipse viewed from Camp Carew. Photo used by permission of Cameron Jarrell.
The signpost.
The signpost.