Little Grassy Camp - Reservations and Inquiries

Office: 618-457-6030
1 Methodist Camp Road
Makanda, IL 62958

Site Manager

Cassie Leitzen

(618) 457-6030

Cassie comes to Little Grassy by way of east central Iowa.  She received her B.S.S in Kinesiology and Secondary Education from Cornell College in 2008.  After spending time substitute teaching, she was encouraged to consider working at a local summer camp, which is where she found her passion in camping ministry.  She spent several years at Pictured Rocks United Methodist Camp in Iowa while also serving as Youth Leader at her church.  In her free time Cassie enjoys rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and reading in her hammock.  She is joined by her cat, Storm, bearded dragon, Toothless Rex, and newest addition adventure dog, Skye.

Associate Coordinator Camping and Youth Ministries

Curt Franklin

(217) 494-0417

Curt Franklin is an Associate Coordinator of Camping and Youth Ministries. He gives oversight to and provides training for other program staff and volunteers and leads a number of the activities, including team-building, tree-climbing, and archery.

Curt has been immersed in camping ministry since his brother "tricked" him into a summer leadership training event by dangling the prospect of fun in front of him. Curt was surprised to find that camping ministry was actually a good fit, offering him a place and purpose for his talents, including guitar-playing and worship leadership. As time went on, God gave Curt clarity about his call, and he moved into leadership positions in his local congregation and at camp.  In college Curt applied for a position as summer staff at East Bay and the rest, they say, is history.

Curt is married to Kristin, who works at Crossroads UMC as the Director of Children's Ministries. Together they have discovered that God has a purpose and plan for their lives, that they can keep each other on track, and that side-by-side ministry strengthens them and their witness.