CAMP CAREW: Celebrating and Discovering God in Nature and in One Another 
CAMP CAREW: Celebrating and Discovering God in Nature and in One Another

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.

Confirmation Weekends

Our 2018 confirmands were from Champaign, First and Mt. Vernon, First.
Our 2018 confirmands were from Champaign, First and Mt. Vernon, First.

The dates for the Presbytery's 2019 Confirmation Weekends have been set. The first will be March 15-17 at the First Presbyterian Retreat Center near Danville and the second will be April 5-7 at Camp Carew. These weekend intensive sessions are great for churches with only one or two youths as well as for any youths who'd benefit from an intensive review before being examined by their sessions.

Confirmation Weekends

Confirmation Weekends Flyer Summer Camps Brochure

The Camp Carew logo.
Camp Carew welcomes campers from all religious traditions.

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

Archery at Camp Carew.
Archery at Camp Carew.
Feeding the yearling catfish at the Little Grassy Fish Hatchery.
Feeding the yearling catfish at the Little Grassy Fish Hatchery.
Recovering from shaving cream whiffle ball.
Recovering from shaving cream whiffle ball.
Tug of war at the beach at Camp Carew.
Tug of war at the beach at Camp Carew.
Snacking and socializing at Camp Carew.
Snacking and socializing at Camp Carew.
Horseback Camp at Carew.
Horseback Camp at Carew.