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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.

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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.

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.

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

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2017 Camp Calendar

2017 Calendar

For a printable version of Camp Carew's 2017 Calendar, click here.

Camp Carew welcomes campers from all religious traditions.

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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.
Camp Carew's famous floating cross.
Camp Carew's famous floating cross.
One of our local bald eagles.
One of Camp Carew's local bald eagles.
The eagles' view of Camp Carew in early Spring.
The eagles' view of Camp Carew in early Spring.
Shaving-cream whiffle ball at Camp Carew.
Shaving-cream whiffle ball at Camp Carew.
Turtles sunning themselves at Camp Carew.
Turtles sunning themselves at Camp Carew. Photo used by permission of Cameron Jarrell.
Construction inside McNabb Cabin during 2016.
Construction inside McNabb Cabin during 2016.
Fishing from the bridge at Camp Carew.
Fishing from the bridge at Camp Carew.