YMCA Camp Benson
16355 Scenic Palisades Rd
Mt Carroll, IL 61053
Fall Friends + Family Day
2019 Dates: TBD
Spring Friends + Family Day
May 5, 2019
Please contact us for more details!
April 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm
435 East Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611
William “Pluto” Danziger: My name is Pluto. I am a senior studying bioengineering. My favorite camp memory is when I got to meet my friend Bubba the alligator.
Jenna “Spud” Goeke: My name is Spud and I am a junior majoring in health communication. I am a former camper and an interesting fact about me is that I went to Iceland this summer.
Magie “Ladybug” Vacchiano:My name is Ladybug and I am so excited to be co-Director this year! Last year I was outreach co-chair. I am studying biology on a pre-med track with the hopes of becoming a doctor one day. My favorite part of camp is definitely post-meal dance parties!
Nick “Groot” Ferguson: I am Groot. I’m a junior studying advertising. My favorite camp memory is color wars!
Olivia “Avocado” Ottenfeld: My name is Avocado! I am a junior majoring in advertising with a minor in public relations. My favorite part of camp is cabin chats and spontaneous dance parties!
Patrick “Cookie” Cooke: My name is Cookie and I am a sophomore studying actuarial science. A fun fact about me is that I play the accordion!
Antonio “Seabiscuit” Elizondo: My name is Seabiscuit. I am a junior majoring in atmospheric sciences. A fun fact is that I’ve skydived from 12,000 feet!
Michael “Genie” Adegoke: My name is Genie and I am a senior majoring in community health! This will be my fourth year of camp and my second year as MTM coord!
Maddie “Swizzle” Atwood: Hi I am Swizzle! I am a junior majoring in elementary education. My favorite camp memory is the talent show.
Sebastian “Luigi” Valdes: My name is Luigi! I am a junior majoring in environmental science/sustainability. This is going to be my 3rd year at camp, and my favorite activity is messy games!
Brooke “Nala” Frazier: My name is Nala and I am a junior in MCB! My favorite camp memory is helping the young girls cabin make a talent show skit.
Clark “Superman” Stevens: Hi I am Superman and I am a junior majoring in music performance! A fun fact about me is that I am distantly related to Princess Diana.
Grace “Thumper” Morgenthaler: My name is Thumper! I am a junior working towards a masters in social work. My favorite camp memory would be messy games.
Annie “Cleo” Czerwinski: My name is Cleo! I’m a junior studying molecular and cellular biology and minoring in chemistry. My favorite camp memory is dancing like crazy at the camp dance!
Megan “Meena” Parod: My name is Meena! I’m a senior studying molecular and cellular biology. My favorite part of camp was messy games!
Jack “Costco” Burke: My name is Costco. My name used to be Kuzco, but the campers decided to change it to Costco. I am a junior majoring in engineering!
Nick “Marlin” Lombardo: My name is Marlin and I am a senior majoring in MCB. This will be my 3rd year at camp and my 2nd on exec.
Bri “Nani” Oldenburg: My name is Nani and I am a junior majoring in kinesiology. This will be my 3rd year of camp and my 2nd year as the volunteer coord!
In addition to the year-round support, services, and training we receive from Kesem National,
we are grateful to those who provide support to our local Camp Kesem chapter including:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
Kesem’s national staff of over 30 professionals is involved in all aspects of establishing and supporting each of our 100+ chapters nationwide as well as the training and oversight of all college student leaders. Our leadership program has been developed over the last 17 years and, while both rigorous and demanding, is focused on providing the highest level of support, service and safety for the children who participate in our programs.
The Kesem Program Director for this chapter (see below) is involved in all aspects of camp and our additional services. While your local student leaders are your primary contact for questions, you are also welcome and encouraged to contact their Program Director with other specific questions.
Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Her passion for Kesem began when she joined the founding team at Brown University, where she served as an Alumni, PR, Marketing coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, and Chapter Co-Director her senior year. During this time, she also served as a Junior Camp Advisor and Camp Preparation Volunteer. Hannah graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in Public Health. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she now resides in Chicago, Illinois.