Every child deserves an overnight summer camp experience. Just one summer at camp can positively influence a child’s life forever. As a non-profit dedicated to youth development, YMCA Camp Benson wants the overnight summer camp experience to be available to everyone. Below are some ways that can help make camp fit any budget.



Camp Scholarships

We understand that some families may still need some additional assistance to help get their children to summer camp. If your need is greater please do not hesitate to apply to our Camp Scholarship program which provides scholarship off of Member and Non Member prices. This confidential Camp Scholarship allows numerous children, who would otherwise not be able to attend, to experience all that YMCA Camp Benson has to offer. Applications for Camp Scholarships will be made available on our website beginning March 2, 2020, with submission being accepted after that.

Please click here to begin the scholarship application.

Please feel free to contact Gwyn “Mama G” Bemis if you have any questions.

Annual Candy Bar Fundraiser

YMCA Camp Benson has partnered with the Great American Candy Company to help get
children to summer camp. This is not a mandatory fundraiser. Here are some important
things to know about the popular Candy Bar Fundraiser.
Boxes of candy bars can be picked up from the front desk of the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA starting on Monday, February 3, 2020. Your camper or campers must be registered with the $50 deposit paid in order to check out a box of candy bars. Register online by clicking on the button in the top right corner of the page. Each box contains 60 chocolate candy bars: 18 caramel bars, 12 crisp bars, 18 almond bars, 6 milk chocolate, and 6 dark chocolate bars. Families are not allowed to have more than 4 boxes of candy bars checked out a time. Once a box is completely paid off you will be able to check another one out. Candy bars are to be sold for $1.00 a piece. This is a fundraiser, so $0.50 from each sale goes to the Great American Candy company to pay for the candy bar and the other $0.50 goes towards camper fees. When you check out a box of candy bars, a charge of $30/box will be applied to your camper account. This represents the actual cost of a box of candy bars and will be paid off when you bring back the money raised from selling a box candy bars. This helps us keep track of how many boxes of candy bars a family has in their possession. The other $30 will go towards the cost of camp.


YMCA Members receive a $50 discount off camp fees for being a valued member

  • Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA members and our Partner YMCA members receive $50 off of camp fees.
One-Time Sibling Discount
  • $25 off of camp fees per child after 1st child registered.
Refer-A-Friend Discount
  • $25 off of camp fees.
Early Bird Discount
  • $25 off of camp fees.
Multiple Session Discount
  • $50 off for each additional resident camp session.

Only the YMCA Member discount can be combined with other discounts.

“My children have been attending YMCA Camp Benson for the last five years and it's 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


Madison “Pawz” Vandersee

Assistant Camp Director


YMCA Camp Benson