The YMCA Camp Benson offers a terrific site for your non-profit, church, sports team, alumni group, scrapbooking club, school, youth group, student organization or support group to plan a retreat. Located on 113 acres along the beautiful Wakarusa River, YMCA Camp Benson’s site and facilities provide an experience unmatched in Northern Illinois.

Our Goal
We strive to provide high-quality, committed staff who are motivated to ensure that your stay at YMCA Camp Benson is everything you want. There will be one staff available during the entirety of your stay checking in and on call to provide support and assistance when needed. Logistics can be stressful, and that’s where YMCA Camp Benson can lend you a hand. We’ve got you covered and we’ll do our best to make sure that you can enjoy your experience without the stress or worry of organization. Let us know how we can help and we’ll lend a hand. We hope that you walk away from your event feeling energized and eager to return to the place “where adventure begins”.

The Camp Experience

Nestled in the woods along the Wakarusa River, YMCA Camp Benson is a unique venue to hold your group’s retreat. Get in touch with nature, disconnect from distractions and invest in your event while you’re here. Our staff will work hard to cover all of your needs, from room set up to tech support. We’ll set up tables, chairs, screens and projectors to your needs. Your experience is our priority!


We offer a multitude of programs to compliment your stay.  Whether you are looking for a relaxing float down the Wakarusa River or an afternoon of teambuilding on our ropes course we have something to match every goal of your program.

Find out more information and book your next retreat online HERE!

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