To build stronger campers by creating opportunities in the outdoors for personal growth and character development .




A Message from our Camp Director

Gwyn Bemis

YMCA Camp Benson is more than just a summer camp where kids come to have fun. It is a summer camp where kids come to learn and grow, while having fun. Everything that we do at camp is done intentionally, with purpose and is driven by our mission. Boiled down, our mission is build stronger campers by helping them develop skills for life in the outdoors. After a week at camp we want our campers to go home more independent, self-confident, compassionate, respectful, accepting and with a greater appreciation of the natural world. That is why we are here.

“This camp was one of the best recommendations this family has ever received! We tell everyone about it.” - Camper Parent

YMCA Camp Benson

16355 Scenic Palisades Rd.

Mount Carroll, Illinois

Have Questions?

Please contact Gwyn “Mama G” Bemis”

Camp Director

E: gwyn@ymcacampbenson.org

Madison “Pawz” Vandersee

Assistant Camp Director

E: madison@ymcacampbenson.org

YMCA Camp Benson