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How long are your sessions and what is the tuition?

For campers entering 2nd – 10th grade, we offer two 4-week sessions.  We also have a 2-week rookie program for first-time campers only, entering 5th grade and younger. For campers entering 11th grade, we have an application-based 4-week teen leadership program and optional Israel experience. For campers entering 12th grade, they can apply for an 8-week counselor-in-training experience.  See our Dates and Rates page for specifics.

How many campers do you take each session?

We take around 350 campers at any one time. By today’s standards, this is a relatively small size for a major summer camp. It is, however, large enough to promote a diverse camper body. At the same time, the number is small enough so that everyone can know each other by first name. That is very important to us. There are roughly 120 summer staff members in all to support this number of campers. A majority of our staff lives with our campers. Typically, you will find three to four counselors in each cabin along with anywhere from eight to fourteen campers, depending on the age of the campers and size of the cabin.

What is your age and gender breakdown?

We are a residential co-educational camp for children ages 7-17, with an approximate 50/50 gender balance.

From where do Beber's campers come?

About 50% of our campers come from the Chicago area. The other 50% come from 24 other states. Cleveland, Louisville, Denver, and New York represent our next largest communities.

What percentage of eligible Beber campers repeat each year?


Does Beber provide Financial Aid?

Yes! Learn all about Beber’s tuition assistance program on the Getting Ready for Camp page, under “financial aid”.

From where and how do you select your staff?

We believe we have the best staff! Without caring, experienced staff members with a high degree of love for children – there is no true summer camp experience. 

At Beber, we have a strong core leadership group of educators and childcare specialists, many of whom are parents as well, and who are deeply committed to the principles upon which we stand. This group meets several times during the off-season to plan for the upcoming summer, and forms the nucleus of our staff training course that all of our staff must attend each year before Camp begins. 

Almost 70% of our staff return each summer. Typically, these are young adults, college and graduate students, or recent college graduates. Often they may be Beber alumni who have been through our two year teen leadership program. Many of our applicants apply from abroad — as far away as New Zealand, Israel and Argentina. Selection criteria are high in all instances. Apart from standard background checks and referencing, a staff applicant to Beber partakes in a thorough interview process, aimed at understanding much more about the applicant than his or her water-ski teaching skills. We prioritize common sense, quick thinking, role modeling, mentoring and motivational capabilities, maturity and selflessness, hard work ethic (it is 24/7 at Beber), and, of course, above all — love for children.

The range and number of applicants grows each year. We are immensely proud of our staff, who dedicate their summers towards making a lasting difference in a child’s life.

What type of training do camp counselors receive?

We provide a 10-day, intensive pre-camp orientation program that includes training in safety, communication, emergency procedures, behavior management techniques, child abuse prevention, leadership skills, camp expectations, and supervision procedures. Special training and certifications are also required for many of our activity specialists (i.e. waterfront, archery, outdoor adventure). Throughout the summer, staff are continuously evaluated and provided with feedback to enhance their performance.

What is the staff-to-camper ratio?

ACA standards require different ratios for varying ages and special needs. Generally, the ratios for resident camps are 1:6 for campers ages 7-8; 1:8 for campers ages 9-14; and 1:10 for campers ages 15-17. Beber Camp meets and exceeds ACA standards at all age levels. Typically, our cabins have 3-4 counselors.

What sort of facilities does Beber offer?

We are very proud of our facilities. Beber is located on the shores of the magnificent Lake Beulah which is home to one of the best camp waterfront programs in the country. All of our cabins have electricity and bathrooms and sinks. Many of our cabins have showers and there is a shower house that is centrally located for use by all campers. Our program areas are amazing and include swimming pools, basketball and tennis courts, soccer and all-purpose fields, and volleyball courts. There is a fine arts facility, indoor and outdoor stage, and indoor gym. We also have a beautiful Dining Hall that serves the entire camp. You can check out more on our facilities page.

Is Beber Camp accredited?

Yes, we are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Accreditation is simply the best evidence for parents that a camp is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for their children. It demonstrates our commitment to meeting government-recognized best practices and assures parents that we have had a regular, independent safety audit that goes beyond regulations in most states. Accreditation is different than licensing in that it is voluntary. To earn our ACA Accreditation status, we have to first comply with 26 mandatory prerequisite health and safety standards. Then, we have to demonstrate substantial compliance with up to forty additional standards in ten operational areas. Every three years, we are visited by ACA evaluators who confirm that we are continuing to meet all of their standards. Accreditation visitors ask over 300 questions regarding essential health, safety, and program quality issues important to our camp’s overall operation. Parents can (and should) verify the accreditation status of any camp by visiting or calling 1-800-428-CAMP.

How does Beber address the health and safety of its campers?

Safety is a priority at Beber.  There are gates at each entrance and a 24/7 security guard on-site while campers are present.

Campers and staff practice fire, aquatic, and other emergency skills and drills on a routine basis. Our health center is available with nurses on staff 24 hours a day and a doctor present during clinic call each day. All of our senior staff are certified in American Red Cross first aid and CPR. 

What kind of supervision will my child have at camp?

Most campers live in cabins with 12-16 campers and 3-4 counselors. We require that campers are supervised by staff at all times (even during informal and free time activities). Our staff selection process is very competitive and we value many of the same qualities sought by other employers – – trustworthiness, enthusiasm, creativity and dependability. The ability to adapt to a variety of situations, function under pressure, work well with others and care for children are important characteristics for all of our camp staff. We also look for individuals with a strong self-image, outgoing personality, and demonstrated leadership capabilities.

What about waterfront safety?

Every member of our waterfront staff has been certified for American Red Cross Lifesaving with the waterfront module and Water Safety Instructor in addition to the general first aid and CPR certifications. Campers in the youngest division receive personalized swim instruction. There are also a handful of strict waterfront rules— such as life jackets on at all times when at the waterfront.

What about off-site safety on trips?

On every trip, there is a leadership member of the trip team who is charged with carrying a complete first aid kit. On all trips that may include water exposure, a certified lifeguard is also in attendance.

Is there a hospital near the Camp?

Yes. We are also on the local 911 Emergency Medical System with a hospital 5 miles away in Mukwonago.

In case of emergency, how are parents notified?

As soon as possible by telephone.

What about the food?

Our food is nutritious and well prepared by our kitchen staff. Our experienced kitchen director collaborates with campers and staff to meet their unique needs. We understand that everyone has a unique palate, therefore we pride ourselves in the wide range of food options we provide. Every meal is accompanied with a fresh salad bar, fruit to take as you please, and other customizable options such as sandwiches. We have a daily salad bar and fruit is available at every meal. Snack is also provided twice a day.

Does Beber make provisions for special diets?

We do our best to accommodate special needs. Please contact Camp to discuss your child’s dietary needs.

What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s experience?

Our summer camp offfice is open from 9:00am until 8:00pm for incoming calls and we are happy to arrange a phone conversation between you and one of our Leadership Team members when necessary. When leaving a message, please be sure to state your name, your child’s name, your phone number, and the reason for your call. We ask you to be aware that things are busy at camp and we cannot always return your call immediately. Staff members spend most of their day outside with campers and are often unable to check their messages until late in the day. It may take time to gather the information necessary for the return phone call and while it is our policy to return all calls within 24 hours, we ask that you be patient with us as we try to give each situation our complete attention.

What do the cabins look like?

Most of our cabins accommodate 12-16 campers. There are bunk-style beds and cubbies where the campers put their clothes and personal belongings.

What if my child doesn't know anyone in the cabin?

Your child is likely not the only camper who does not know anyone in the cabin. Your child will be welcomed and included. We pride ourselves on the community we build and we ensure that cabin bonding occurs and new friends are made by the end of the very first day.

What if my child misses home?

Our counselors are sensitive to the emotions experienced by campers who miss home. Missing home is not unusual at any age, even for returning campers. Campers missing home are kept as busy as possible, with extra “TLC” to help them through this potentially difficult time. The Division Leader and our camp clinicians will also work with parents (behind the scenes) to help with the camper’s positive adjustment. Often, the best helpers are cabin mates. Everyone is different and we adapt the “cure” to the child.

How are homesickness and other adjustment issues handled?

It is our goal to make sure that each and every child has a positive experience at camp. We know that every child reacts differently to being away from home and our staff is prepared to give each child the individual attention they require. Our social workers are available to help with the adjustment process and talk through appropriate issues. If homesickness becomes so intense that it interferes with the child’s overall camp experience, parents will be notified by a member of our Leadership Team.

What if my child wakes up in the middle of the night?

Counselors live in cabins with campers and are always there for campers who may wake up in the middle of the night.

What if my child forgets to bring an important item or clothing to Camp?

Mail is picked up and delivered on a daily basis, and if your child forgets something, you will be contacted and arrangements can be made to have it delivered. If you discover your child left something, please contact us before you send it so that we can approve the package and don’t return it to sender.

Can my child bring electronics with them to camp?

While Beber Camp has a screen-free policy, some electronic devices are allowed. Learn more here.

How can I get in touch with my child or his or her counselor?

Parents are encouraged to write letters and emails. Parents may also fax letters. Communication via the telephone is not permitted.  Please call our office to speak to one of our leadership staff anytime about your child.

When can I visit?

While parents cannot visit camp while their children are in session, we do offer opportunities for parents to see camp before and after the summer.

Please see the blog for our latest events and contact the office if you would like to visit when your child is not in session.

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