Alumni Spotlight: Splash!

Hey Camp Benson! My name is Splash, and I am currently a Freshman nursing student at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Some of my hobbies include shopping, binge-watching The Office, trying new foods, and learning how to raise succulents and cactuses without over-loving them with water.

I have been coming to Camp Benson since I was in the 4th grade, so for a total of 9 summers! Growing up, going to camp was always my favorite part of summer because I always loved being able to try new and adventurous things. As I grew up and continued to come to camp, my love for camp switched from a love of activities to a love of friendships. Camp Benson allowed me to meet some of my best friends today, people that I would have never met if it was not for camp. These are the people who have helped me through life since I've met them, they're always there for me even when it's not summer time.

I️ graduated from Marquette Catholic High School in May of 2018, and am currently attending St. Ambrose University in Davenport where I️ am majoring in nursing. While in school I️ have been working as a barista at a local coffee shop called Aroma. This upcoming summer I️ will be taking a class to become a certified nursing assistant, and I️ will be entering nursing school in the fall of 2019.

There's no place like Camp Benson, and there are no greater friends in the world than the ones you meet at camp. I hope everyone coming to camp in the summer of 2018 finds their forever friends, just like I did!


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YMCA Camp Benson

16355 Scenic Palisades Rd.

Mount Carroll, Illinois

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Please contact Gwyn “Mama G” Bemis”

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YMCA Camp Benson