For more than 90 summers, YMCA Camp Benson has provided engaging, positive and life changing overnight summer camp programs for boys and girls ages 6-17. This has been accomplished through innovative, value-based programming supervised by experienced and caring staff members in a wonderful natural setting. Summer camp is what we do and summer camp is who we are.

YMCA Camp Benson’s 113-acre campus has been home to countless friendships, life lessons and summertime memories for generations of campers, earning YCB a reputation as one of the premier overnight summer camps in Illinois.



At YMCA Camp Benson we truly believe in the potential of every
child. Our mission is to build stronger campers by creating opportunities in the outdoors for personal growth and character development. YMCA Camp Benson's summer camp program is designed to help campers discover who
they are, who they want to be, and then - with the support of our
nurturing staff – build the confidence and character to actually
become that person.


  • To create an inclusive community where campers are respectful and mindful of one another

  • To have fun in a safe and friendly environment

  • To instill courage, confidence, and character in all of our campers

  • To encourage an appreciation and awareness of the natural environment


Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Dedication and Inclusivenss are the six core values that serve as the foundation of everything we do here at YCB. These are the character values we strive to instill in our campers and staff through intentional programming and relationship building.

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Give Today, For Tomorrow

Thank you for choosing to donate to YMCA Camp Benson. With your support, we can make sure that everyone who needs the Y has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Together, we have a meaningful and lasting impact on our community, one person at a time.


Together We Can Make a Difference

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with friends like you to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or ability can grow and thrive through Y programs and services.

Make A Positive Impact

You are a partner with the Y in this mission of helping those less fortunate. Rest assured, your investment will reap dividends to help a struggling child or family for the rest of their life. Your gift will make a positive impact to change a life forever.

“My child insists on going to Camp Benson. She loves it, can't wait get there, and comes home happier and more mature.” - Camper Parent

YMCA Camp Benson

16355 Scenic Palisades Rd.

Mount Carroll, Illinois

Have Questions?

Please contact Gwyn “Mama G” Bemis”

Camp Director

E: gwyn@ymcacampbenson.org

Madison “Pawz” Vandersee

Assistant Camp Director

E: madison@ymcacampbenson.org

YMCA Camp Benson