Fall Family Camp

at YMCA Camp Benson

Join us this Fall!

YCB is offering not just our typical one weekend of Family Camp this Fall, but a record 7 sessions. Our Family Camp sessions have been designed with your family's safety and peace of mind as our top priorities. Bring the whole family out for a chance to reconnect with each other and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


Spend 3 days exploring our 113-acre property in north-western Illinois and experience the beautiful fall weather while hiking through the woods, kayaking or tubing on the Wakarusa River, rock climbing in the river valley, practicing your shot at Archery, and more! Families will each have their own private cabin and bathhouse facilities as well as 5 activity periods of camp programs that you get to pick. Let our staff take care of the cleaning and entertainment and let your family reconnect and explore.

Sessions available:

  August 28th - 30th                        September 4th - 6th                              October 9th - 11th           

                                                        September 18th - 20th                          October 16th - 18th
                                                                                                                      October 23rd - 25th

                                                                                                                      October 30th - November 1st

Registration is OPEN NOW for Fall Family Camp:

3 cabin bookings per session available

Y Member Pricing:     $100 per person  (minimum of 4 and maximum of 15 people per booking)

Non-Member Pricing: $125 per person  (minimum of 4 and maximum of 15 people per booking)


Have questions or interested in weekday options this Fall? Give us a call at (815) 244-8722.


Each family has their own private cabin equipped with heating & air conditioning, 15 twin-sized beds, a table & chairs, as well as their own fire pit and cooking gear. Each family will also have their own private bathhouse only a short walk from the cabins. Families should bring their own bedding, toiletries, and food and our staff will provide cooking supplies (read more about food prep below).  

Our cabins are designed to fit up to 15 people comfortably. 


Each family will choose up to 5 activities of their choice to try with the

help of experienced YCB staff. 

Activities Options:

- Archery & Sling Shots                         - Tubing* or Kayaking**

- Hatchet Throwing & Atl Atl                - Tie Dye & Candle Making

- Twilight Zone Slides                            - Slip 'n Slide

- Mt. St. Benson Climbing Wall            - Grotto Hike

- Vertical Playpen *                                - Natural Rock Climbing*

 * Everyone must be  8 years and older      **Everyone must be 10 years and older

Food Prep

Families are able to bring their own food to cook at their cabin or can explore local restaurants in Mt. Carroll for meals.

Each cabin is equipped with a mini fridge, grill, fire pit, coffee station, pots, pans, cooking utensils, plates, bowls, cups, and eating utensils for the whole family. Additional utensils are available by request if needed.

You do the cooking and we do the cleaning!

Our staff collect dirty dishes and garbage after each meal and return

clean dishes in time for the next meal. 

Weekend Schedule


6:00            Check-In

7:00             Welcome Campfire


8:00            Breakfast

9:30            Activity Period 1

11:00          Activity Period 2

12:00          Lunch

1:00            Family Free Time

2:00            Activity Period 3

3:30            Activity Period 4

5:00            Dinner

6:00            Family Free Time

7:00            Closing Campfire


8:00            Breakfast

9:30            Activity Period 5

11:00          Check-Out

COVID-19 Information

We request that each family practice social distancing with all other members outside of their family while on YMCA Camp Benson Property. You are not required to wear your mask outside as long as social distancing requirements are able to be adhered to, if you are not able to maintain social distancing outside of your family we ask that you wear a mask. 

     -    YMCA Camp Benson Staff will be wearing masks at all activities when social distancing isn’t an option.
     -    Hand sanitizer will be available in all cabins and bathhouses.
     -    Staff will have hand sanitizer at each activity.
     -    All equipment will be cleaned and sanitized by YCB staff after each activity.
     -    The equipment check out table will have designated bins for equipment to be sanitized after each use.
     -    Regular cleaning and sanitizing of high traffic areas will be performed routinely by YMCA Camp Benson Staff.
     -    If at any time you have questions or concerns please ask to speak to Gwyn “Mama G” Bemis, all staff will be able to 

          contact her at all times.

Thank you to the 26 families who joined us for 12 fun-filled summer sessions of Family Camp. See a few of their reviews below!

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