For more than 80 years, boys and girls have been given the opportunity to create a very special community focused on acceptance, friendship, self-discovery and independence at YMCA Camp Benson. YMCA Camp Benson is an overnight summer camp located in the rolling hills of northwestern Illinois, a short 2.5 hour drive from Chicago. YCB’s mission can be summed up in two words, BUILD STRONG. We strive to build stronger campers and help them become the best version of themselves.
Ask our campers for the #1 reason they come back to camp each year. They won’t say that it’s because of the zip line or the cave or the swimming pool. They will most certainly tell you they are returning to YMCA Camp Benson to see their old friends and to make new ones. This is because friendship is at the very heart of our camp community. From the moment campers step foot on camp, our counselors and activity staff concentrate on helping them build friendships and improve their social skills. Activities become much more fun when done with friends.
Each day campers have the freedom to choose which activities they want to do. Through the varied activities and the daily routine at YMCA Camp Benson, campers develop a sense of accomplishment and belonging during their stay. Learning new skills and self-reliance builds confidence and promotes a healthy lifestyle for the future.
YMCA Camp Benson Activities:
LARPing (Live Action Role Playing)
High Ropes Course
Twilight Zone (200 foot tube slide)
YCB offers a number of overnight summer camp programs that are perfect for campers of all ages.