Group and Family Retreats

Tucked in among the rolling hills of northwestern Illinois, YMCA Camp Benson, is the perfect setting for groups and families to connect with one another and the natural landscape around them. YMCA Camp Benson offers top-notch accommodations, excellent food service and programs tailored to meet every group’s needs. Our cabins can sleep up to 180 guests for overnight retreats. YMCA Camp Benson hosts family and group retreats during weekends from March through May and from September through November. Please contact our Camp Director, Eli Rolli, at [email protected] or at (815)-244-8722 for more information or to book your next retreat.

Family Camp

Spring and Fall Family Camps at YMCA Camp Benson gives families the opportunity to spend a weekend together and partake in a wide assortment of camp activities, all at an affordable rate. When parents see the world through their children’s eyes—the awe and the joy—and when kids meet their parents’ inner child for the first time, families grow closer. Families spend their nights in our comfortable cabins, enjoy delicious meals in our dining hall and participate in a wide variety of fun and exciting camp programs, ranging from zip line to candle making to nature hikes! Spend some time with us at a Family Camp, bond as a family, make new friends and create lasting memories.

Spring Family Camp
When: May 6-8th, 2016
Cost: $25 per family member. Meals, programs and an entire cabin for your family are included in the cost. Want to bring along some family friends? Our cabins sleep up to 15 guests, so invite another family or two to join you!

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Adventure Guides and Princesses

YMCA Camp Benson is proud to partner with Adventure Guides and Adventure Princess groups from all over the Midwest. The Adventure Guide program aims to develop strong bonds between parents and children, laying the foundation for positive lifelong relationships. A weekend retreat at YMCA Camp Benson is just one of the many ways that this program fosters strong family ties.

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Groups and Conferences

Whether you are a business developing a long-term business plan, a college training for the upcoming Student Orientation, or a church spending time in devotion and celebration, YMCA Camp Benson will work closely with you to design an experience that meets your group’s goals and needs. We can provide programs, conference rooms, audio/visual/technical support, comfortable lodging, Wi-Fi, and catered meals.
Our facility has numerous conference rooms that can accommodate anywhere from 10-200 people. Holding a conference or retreat at YMCA Camp Benson allows your group to meet in a natural setting that is free from the typical distractions of daily life and helps your group focus on the real reason you are gathering together. YMCA Camp Benson is an excellent location to build your team, vision, and future.

Girl Scouts

We have chosen to work exclusively with the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois to host Spring and Fall Weekend Campouts at YMCA Camp Benson. Follow the links below to sign up for these overnight campouts or call (815)-235-8777 ext. 7110 for more information.
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SDP Retreat

SDP (Staff Development Program) retreats take place twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. SDPs are students in 8th-11th grade that are interested in learning what it takes to transition from camper to camp counselor. The SDP retreat focuses on developing leadership skills are important for camp counseling and life outside of camp.

Spring SDP Retreat
When: March 18-20, 2016.
Drop Off Time: 6-7 pm on Friday night. Pick Up Time: 9-10 am on Sunday.
Cost: $50 per SDP. This price includes leadership programming, food and lodging. Payment can be made at check-in.

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Day Camp Staff Training

Every spring YMCA Camp Benson hosts a weekend long Day Camp Staff Training geared specifically towards YMCA Day Camp counselors and leaders. We bring in amazing keynote speakers and presenters that will inspire and educate. Day Camp Staff Training is designed to help new staff forge a strong bond before the onset of Summer Day Camp.

Day Camp Staff Training 2016
When: May 20-22, 2016
Cost: $30 per staff member. This price includes education sessions, five meals, two nights of lodging and Sunday morning camp activities.
But wait. I really want my staff to attend but I have not hired all my summer staff yet. No need to worry. We just need an estimate of the number of people you plan to bring. We will confirm a final number of attendees two weeks before the training and we will invoice you after the training.

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