Sports on our fields and courts form the athletic heart of CBF, including: baseball, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, gaga, tennis, volleyball, fitness, flag football, track and field, running club, and more!
With access to 3,100 acres of forest, fields, hills, and lakes campers can enjoy horseback riding, climbing, high ropes, camping, hiking, archery, fire building, science, nature, and more!
Our sandy beachfront on Little Grassy Lake is the perfect setting for aqua park, stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, beachfront, and more!
CBF has a rich tradition of performing and creative arts that include dance, drama, cooking, singing, guitar, ukelele, rock band, percussion, arts and crafts, creative writing, book club, and much more!
Camp Ben Frankel is an inclusive, pluralist Jewish community. We welcome campers from all Jewish backgrounds. We nurture a connection to Israel and impart the beauty, meaningfulness, and relevance of Judaism and Hebrew into our campers’ everyday lives.
Each morning, campers can choose from different options for services. Examples include a communal service in Hebrew, an English teaching service, guided meditation, nature exploration, a percussion service, a jogging service -- and more. The goals are to empower campers with the freedom to explore, learn, and find meaningfulness in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. Campers and staff who are interested are encouraged to learn how to lay tefillin, wear a tallis, and to daven.
We have a kosher kitchen and celebrate Shabbat and other Jewish holidays that fall during the session. Motzi and Birkat are recited at every meal.
We nurture a proud connection to Israel through special programs and daily activities that teach campers and staff about the religious, historical and cultural importance of Israel to the Jewish people. Our camp community includes Israeli campers and counselors from the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Camp Ben Frankel has partnered with Southern Illinois University Carbondale for more than 40 years to host camp at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center.
Our camp facilities include climate-controlled cabins, shower houses, a dining hall and multipurpose performance center, infirmary, basketball and tennis courts, athletic fields, and private beach. We are nestled within a 3,100 acre forest complete with a high ropes course, a team building course, and horseback riding.
Our cabins are air conditioned to ensure that our campers and counselors can get a healthy and comfortable amount of rest.
Our site at the Touch of Nature facility includes 3,100 acres of rolling hills and lush forests which provide the perfect atmosphere for outdoor education and adventure.
Boating, swimming, sports, and games on the beautiful sandy shores of Little Grassy Lake.
Our dining hall houses our kosher kitchen and is the center of our community. It's our Shabbat destination, the stage for performances and concerts, and home to our raucous song sessions.
Arts and Crafts Studio
Basketball & Tennis Courts
Beach and Waterfront
High Ropes Course
Neshama Roash/Firefly Universe Fine Portrait Photography