Our Case For Giving

Gage's YMCA Camp Benson Story

Gage was a first year camper who was able to attend
MINI week at YMCA Camp Benson. He was able to
receive financial assistance to attend camp and fell
in love with the whole experience. He loved camp
so much that he went back a second time to attend
Adventure Week, which is a week-long camp.

Gage’s love for camp was expressed on his face every
single day. His positive attitude and excitement was
contagious to other campers and the staff. He was so
excited to try all of the camp activities, was always
asking, “What’s next?” and was never without a smile
on his face. His enthusiasm and passion showed in
everything he did, and he loved spending time with
the camp staff who served as mentors over the

Camp’s core values are: honesty, caring, respect,
responsibility, inclusiveness and dedication. From day
one, Gage lived and taught the core values to other
campers, which earned him the Merrill Benson Award.
He carried it around with him everywhere for weeks
and made sure to tell his friends and family all about
his adventures at Camp Benson.

With your support, we are able to help provide
financial assistance to help create memories like
Gage’s for other children in our community!