YMCA Camp Benson is owned and operated by the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA.  We are the official resident camp for many Chicago and Northwest Illinois area Y's including: Dixon Family YMCA, Greater Joliet Area YMCA, Kishwaukee Family YMCA, YMCA of Northwest Illinois and YMCA of Rock River Valley and Camp Winnebago.   

Take a look around our site and discover why the Chicago-Tribune called our property one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.  Why Men’s Health Magazine featured our Thunder Rolls Adventure Race host site, as the top adventure race in the midwest. And why the Nike Sponsored Sub 5 running camp chooses Camp Benson for girls from 28 states to come and train.  

April 10th 2013

Hilton Hotels, VA


Phone: 815.244.8722

Fax: 815.244.8723


Click the TV to the left to view our "Essence of Camp Benson" video.  It'll give you an amazing look at our camp and campers.  

Click the TV to the left to view our "Where Friendships Truly Begin" video.  "I am the person I am today become of my camp friends."

2015 Spring SDP Retreat and Family Camp Registrations Open Surprise Camp Benson offers 2 premier camp experience opportunities in the spring.  The first is for all the SDPs for summer 2015.  And the other is Memorial Day Family Camp.   Join us!  Visit the registration page by clicking the icon to the left.  

Summer 2015 Registration. Registration is up and running.  We have a brand new camp management system, brand new camp themes, and great new projects happening.  Sign up today!

Annual Camp Benson Fundraiser  We will kickoff at the Y in Sterling on March 8th.  You can participate any time after March 8th all the way until May 8th.  Important changes are in place.  Click the face to the left to read more about them them.     

YMCA Camp Benson....a premiere summer camp and retreat center


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Day Camp Staff Training Registration. Registration is up and running.  Check out all the info this amazing weekend of creating confidence and connections.