Adventure Camp (Grades 3-8)


Adventure Camp is a week-long camp where campers are given the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and are encouraged to be themselves. Campers spend their days kayaking and tubing down the Wakarusa River, shooting archery or throwing hatchets in our target sports area, climbing and rappelling on the limestone bluffs found throughout camp or exercising their creative side in Arts and Crafts. Other campers will choose to explore the forest and learn outdoor living skills, while others will opt to dress up and battle orcs and trolls in order to restore peace to the land of Bensondom. Through the varied activities and the daily routine at YMCA Camp Benson, campers develop a sense of accomplishment during their stay. Learning new skills and self-reliance builds confidence and promotes a healthy lifestyle for the future.

In this summer camp setting, campers are free from the pressures of everyday life and leave feeling empowered, connected and with an “I can do anything” attitude. The independence and confidence built during a week of Adventure Camp is carried over into every other part of that camper’s life. Adventure campers will make memories and friends that last a lifetime.


“The YCB experience created memories our daughter will have for a lifetime. She has gained skills, tried new things and has made new friends.” -Kris

Early Bird Registration ends Dec. 31

Adventure Camp


YMCA Camp Benson has a brand NEW session for 2018! This mini camp is geared towards new campers to experience the Camp Benson life or for campers who have a limited time off in the summer. We know sports, family vacations and school are very important but we also want you to enjoy the community at camp! Join us for all the camp fun and water games with our theme: EXTREME H-2-0!!  


Mini Camp 2018                 

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Each day campers have the freedom to choose which activities they want to do in the morning and afternoon. We have a Camper Choice Activity Time, CCAT, which allows campers to pick a category of activities ,such as ropes or arts, to be a part of all week with the same group of campers. The Free Camper Activity Time or FCAT is where the campers have the opportunity to do multiple activities at their leisure with their cabin mates and friends. Here are just some of the activities your camper can choose to participate in.

Here are some of the ropes activities our campers do at our sleepaway summer camp.

A list of OWLS activities at overnight summer camp in Illinois.

Arts and Crafts at YMCA Camp Benson, a summer camp near Chicago.

Water activities at YMCA Camp Benson, an overnight summer camp near Madison.



Adventure Camp 1 (June 10-16): Wild West Week– – Howdy Partner! Bring your lassos and your Cowboy boots for Wild West Week! The pesky Bug Eyed McGraw and his league of Bandits are trying to make camp into a farm. Become a deputy to the sheriff and show that camp is the best place this side of the Mississippi. We’ll have a hoedown, horses, and special target sports!

Adventure Camp 2 (June 17-23): Holiday Week– What’s the best part about celebrating Holidays? Celebrating them one after another! Come and experience Halloween, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and many others as we rock through the calendar!

Adventure Camp 3 and Mega Camp (June 24-July 3): Extreme H-2-O!– Nothing like a week full of water activities to have fun in the sun! Extra time in the river with kayaks and tubes are dreams come true in 90 degree weather! So bring your towels and sunscreen!

Teen Week (July 8- 14): Survivor Week– Teams come together to win prizes and competitions. Team unity and strategy are key to success! No one gets voted off this island!

Adventure Camp 4 (July 15- 21): Jurassic Park Week- We have dinosaurs at camp and we need help finding them! Come dig for bones, track foot prints and play some loud all camp games to get them out of hiding!

Adventure Camp 5 (July 22-28): Superhero Week– Channel your inner Iron Man or Wonder Woman and find out your powers! Join the league of super heroes as we help the citizens of Camp Benson and defeat the evil villains!  



Overnight Summer Camp schedule in Illinois.