At YMCA Camp Benson it is our goal to serve healthy, balanced and kid-friendly meals. Each meal is served family style, where we focus on the sense of community and fellowship. Campers are responsible for helping set the tables and cleaning up after themselves.


YMCA Camp Benson’s Dining Hall is a peanut free facility offering vegetarian and gluten free meals for campers with dietary restrictions. We have fresh fruits and other snacks available throughout the day for our campers and staff. Please remember to complete the necessary camper medical form which will list all dietary restrictions for camp to be aware of prior to your camper’s arrival.


Ice water is served at every meal.  Milk is served at breakfast and dinner.  Juice is served at breakfast and lunch. Peanut Butter & Jelly note: we serve Sunbutter (which doesn't contain peanuts).  The salad bar includes: lettuce blend, spinach, tomatoes, baby carrots, cucumbers, cheese, croutons, dressing and cottage cheese.

To view or print the menu, please click on a week below:

For further information or clarification about the menu please contact our Camp Director, Gwyn Bemis at gwyn@ymcacampbenson.org.

“My children have been attending YMCA Camp Benson for the past 5 years and it is simply the best experience of their lives. The lessons learned, fears overcome and friendships they have created are absolutely unmatched by any other activity or sport they are involved in.”- 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