Please review this list before your arrival to make sure everything is completed before your campers stay. All items can be completed by logging into your Camp-In-Touch Account. Getting ready for a session for overnight summer camp takes some time and preparation.

  • Completion the Camper Profile and Health History Form two weeks before your camper’s session.

  • Camp balance is paid in full two weeks before the start of your camper’s overnight summer camp session.

  • Read through the YCB Parent/Guardian Handbook.


To help you decide what to pack for your camper, we have provided a basic packing list below. Remember to pack light. It will also be a big help to label all of your child’s clothing and equipment with his or her first initial and last name.




When*:  Sundays from 3:00-4:00 PM for Adventure/Mega campers.

Where: The Merrill Benson Pavilion (located right next to the parking lot)

Notes: Please bring all campers medications with you to the Pavilion, so that you can check them in with the Camp Nurse.


When:  Saturdays at 9:00 AM for all campers.

Where: The Merrill Benson Pavilion (located right next to the parking lot)

Notes: Do not forget to pick up your campers medication from the Camp Nurse. Make sure to stop into the Camp Store and check your balance.

*Campers attending Mini Week 1 or 2 will Check-In on Wednesday from 5:00-6:00 PM. For all other campers, please see above:



Staying In Touch with Your Camper

We want all of our parents and guardians to feel connected with their camper while they are at YMCA Camp Benson. The Communications Dashboard in your Camp-In-Touch account allows you to do just that. Through the Communications Dashboard you are able to: send one-way emails to your camper, view camper photos catch up on the day’s happenings by reading our biweekly blog. We will also be putting pictures up on our Facebook page almost daily. The one-way emails are printed daily and delivered to the cabins every afternoon. You welcome to mail care packages and letters as to camp as well for your camper. These are typically delivered after dinner. Please mail your letters and packages to:
16355 Scenic Palisades Rd.
Mount Carroll, IL 61053

Lost and Found

We highly recommend that you label all of your camper’s items that they bring to camp. On Check-Out day check the benches on the porch for any unclaimed lost and found items. If you do leave something at camp please contact us immediately and we will do our best to locate it and get it back to you. Note that YMCA Camp Benson is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Visitor Policy

We understand you may wish to visit your camper during their time at camp (especially if it is their first time), but we have strict no visitor policy during the week. Visits can be disruptive not only to your camper’s schedule, but also to the schedule of other campers on camp. Check-In and Check-Out day are specifically designed to give you the opportunity to tour camp, meet your camper’s counselor and the rest of the staff. There are no other visiting days during the week. If there are extenuating circumstances regarding this issue, please notify Gwyn “Mama G” Bemis, the Camp Director. She can be reached at or at 815-244-8722.

Post-Camp Survey

We truly value your feedback and we are constantly making changes based off of it. Once your camper’s overnight summer camp session has come to a close we will send you an online survey where you will have the chance to tell us what we do well, what we can do better and a little bit about our camper’s experience.

“The communication is fantastic from the beginning of the process to after.  I really appreciate feeling like I am part of my daughter's world while she is away.”- 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