7:45 AM    Rise and Shine

8:00 AM    Morning Club

8:20 AM    Flag Raising

8:30 AM    Breakfast

9:15 AM    Cabin Clean-Up

9:45 AM    Morning Reflection

10:00 AM  CCAT

12:15 PM  Flagpole

12:30 PM  Lunch

1:30 PM    Siesta (aka Rest Hour)

2:30 PM    FCAT 1 & Camp Store

4:00 PM    FCAT 2 & Camp Store

5:30 PM    Flag Lowering

5:45 PM    Dinner

6:30 PM    QUEST

7:00 PM    Evening Program

8:15 PM    Slow Songs and Daily Reflection

8:30 PM    Showers and Prepare for Bed

10:15 PM  Lights Out

* The schedule at Camp Benson varies slightly based on a camper's age and the program he or she is registered for. For our youngest campers, the evening schedule is modified to get them to bed sooner.

Morning Reflection

This daily occurrence at camp has been traditionally called Chapel. After cabin clean-up all of camp gathers at the Chapel to listen to story or a poem told by one of our staff members. This story, poem or skit highlights one of our six core values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, dedication, and inclusiveness. We challenge our campers to really think about that core value and to think about how they can model that core value in their lives. This is one of the most serious and meaningful activities at camp.

Camper Choice Activity Time (CCAT)

As part of a camper’s experience, they will have the opportunity to choose activities during the morning hours. CCATs are progressive areas that throughout the week will build on the previous day’s skills to build skills in specialty areas. Choices are made on Sunday evenings afterthey get to view each program areas “commercial” performed by staff.

Free Choice Activity Time (FCAT)

During FCATs 1& 2 campers have the opportunity to do multiple activities at their leisure with their cabin mates and friends. Activities vary daily and can be anything from ropes, water activities, arts or unique activities planned by our staff. Campers are able to go from activity to activity as long as they are in a truddie, which is a group of three. The Camp Store is also open during FCATS 1 & 2 so campers can grab a snack or some camp merchandise. New in 2020, campers will have the chance to sign up for pool time during both FCATs Monday-Thursday.


QUEST is an opportunity for individual cabins to grow closer together as a cabin group. Cabins use this time to focus on the Core Values and get to know each other better. Examples of QUEST activities include doing the low ropes course, going on a trust hike, writing a skit for the Staff & Camper Show on Wednesdays and much more.

Evening Program

Each evening has a special time for campers to come together as a camp and participate in different activities until the sun goes down! We are on a rotating schedule so each week the activities change allowing a variety of sorts for all campers. Some common Evening Programs are an all camp game in the A-Field, Staff and Camper Show, and Closing Campfire.

“This time in my child's life will be remembered for her entire life as one of the most positive week of her childhood.  She was positively gushing with excitement and stories of the week.”- 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