Camp Director

Gwyn aka, Mama G, came to YMCA Camp Benson in the Spring of 2017 and brings over 20 years of Human Resource Management and Training Facilitation to YMCA Camp Benson. She provides leadership to all of the YCB Staff Members and assists them implementing a safe, fun, and educational experience for all her campers and guests. Contact Gwyn at


 Assistant Camp Director

Madison "Pawz" Vandersee has spent 13 summers at YCB first as a camper, then as an SDP, and finally on staff. She graduated from Augustana College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Environmental Studies. Pawz is extremely excited to develop a year round environmental education program, expand programming opportunities, and continue to make magical moments for campers at YCB. Contact Madison at



We hire dedicated role models from Illinois, across the USA, and
even other countries to supervise our campers during the summer.  Most of our seasonal staff are college-aged and were campers at Camp Benson. Our staff is committed to instilling the character values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and inclusiveness in your camper, while providing them with a safe and fun experience. All staff members are CPR/First Aid/AED certified and attend a week long training with sessions on child development, homesickness, and bullying prevention.  


If you are interested in applying for the upcoming summer, please
check out the job descriptions below and click the “apply” link when you are ready to apply.

“The professional, positive, friendly and welcoming demeanor of all the staff is what really sets YMCA Camp Benson apart from the other overnight summer camps my girls have attended. I drive away feeling fully confident I have left my kids in good hands.”- 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