Family Camp at YMCA Camp Benson

Updated: Jan 9, 2019

YMCA Camp Benson wants families to enjoy the beauty of nature and spend quality time together in a relaxing, safe and fun environment. Aside from being a resident camp in Northwestern Illinois, YCB also hosts a number of events including Family Camp. It is one of the more popular weekend events that we offer during the off-season. Family Camp is usually offered twice a year, one in the spring and another in the fall. During this event, our guests can enjoy a variety of activities such as rock climbing, archery, candle making, or even zip lining!

The great thing about this weekend getaway is that you can select the activities you would like to participate in. We provide many options to choose from but ultimately it is up to you and your family how you would like to spend your time at YCB. Relaxing or reading a book in a hammock by the river, taking a nice hike down the grotto trail, or roasting a marshmallow by the campfire are some of the popular things families do while at camp.

Family Camp is truly our favorite event to host because it brings families together and gets everyone away from all their busy schedules for one weekend. Your family will feel so refreshed and relaxed after a weekend away from your daily routine.

The cost of Family Camp is $30 per person. This includes meals, lodging and activities for a full weekend! It can't get better than that. We know traveling or taking a vacation can be costly, especially nowadays. YMCA Camp Benson wants to make camp affordable for all families! This fun weekend begins at six in the evening on a Friday and you can stay until noon on Sunday. We encourage our guests to also visit our little town of Mt. Carroll while they are here. It is known for its quaint main street and cobblestone road. It is a small town so not much to do other than antique shopping, bowling and eating at the cafe. We are only a ten minute drive from the Palisades State Park on the Mississippi River and we highly recommend it- it's free!

During your stay at YMCA Camp Benson

you will stay in an updated cabin with an A/C Unit, twin bunk beds and electricity. All you need to bring is your choice of bedding! These cabins sleep up to 15 people; that means you can invite up to 14 of your closest friends and family members to come along and enjoy! We have two villages on main camp, Sunset and Sunrise Village, each village has 7 cabins- so space is limited. Each village has a bathhouse (remodeled in 2018) with shower stalls at a walking distance from the cabins.

Family Camp is very popular and it fills up right away so make sure you don't wait too long to register for this event. Hover over 'Group & Family Retreats' at the top of this page and click on 'Family Camp' for more information.

Registration is now open! Click on the link below to register. .

Our next Family Camp will be May 10- 12th.

If you have any questions about Family Camp or any other event please email our Retreat Director at

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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