The Beber Camper Life Cycle
Makor – Entering grades 2-5
The Makor division is home to Beber Camp’s youngest campers. During the summer, Makor campers are introduced to a well-rounded view of all program areas and the experience is focused on building relationships and developing new skills. Many of our Makor campers are away from home for the first time and their counselors make sure they get the attention and care needed to make the most of their experience.
First time Makor campers are given the option of coming to camp for our 2 week rookie program and can choose to extend their experience to 4 weeks. Please note, that after their first summer at camp, all kids must come for a minimum of 4 weeks.
Makor campers participate in all of the Beber Camp activities including our out-of-camp trips. As a division, they go to a waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells and campers who stay the full four weeks will also participate in a one night camping trip.
Kesher – Entering grades 6-7
Kesher is our division for middle school aged campers. Kesher offers campers a unique experience to learn new skills, further develop existing skills and create relationships in a safe and supportive environment.
Campers in Kesher participate in a variety of camp activities that allow them the chance to interact and socialize with other campers in a supervised setting. In addition to the bunk and hobby programming, they also have several exciting out of camp trips. These include a trip to the Wisconsin Dells and an amazing choice-based three day/two night camping trip. The camping trip options include backpacking, fishing, rock climbing, biking, canoeing, birdwatching and more!
Ramot – Entering grades 8-10
The Ramot division is the oldest of our camper divisions. The Ramot Program is designed to provide our older campers with the most enjoyable camp experience, while simultaneously enabling them to expand their leadership skills. This is done through a combination of classic Beber Camp programming, exciting out of camp trips (Water park, 3 Day camping trips) and age appropriate social activities. The Ramot experience at Beber Camp is steeped in amazing rites of passage and our oldest campers love being a part of 40 years of tradition.
Teen Leadership – Acceptance based program for campers entering grades 11 and 12
The Beber Camp Teen Leadership Program strives to build, strengthen and develop our participants, both as individuals and as a team, with the skills, knowledge and experiences necessary to prepare them to become active Jewish leaders at camp and in their communities at large.
Pioneer Program – entering grade 11
The Pioneer program is the first year of a two-year acceptance based program. The first four weeks, which take place at camp, focuses on leadership skill development, teambuilding, community service and further exploration of their Jewish identity. After the first four weeks, the Pioneers have the option of participating in a 3-week trip to Poland and Israel designed to strengthen their knowledge and connection to Judaism and the State of Israel.
CIT Program – entering grade 12
The purpose of the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is to further develop the leadership and teambuilding skills taught in the Pioneer program as well as teach the necessary skills to be an effective counselor, role model and Jewish leader as future staff at Beber Camp. The CIT experience is an 8-week program and the second summer of the two-year acceptance based Teen Leadership Program. Participation in the Pioneer program is not required, although strongly encouraged.
To learn more about Beber’s Teen Leadership Program, please visit our Teen Leadership Program page.
Program for Campers with Special Needs
The Inclusion program (Yad B’Yad) at Beber Camp is designed to provide life-changing experiences for campers ages 7-18 with learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities.
The program is fully inclusive and campers live in a bunk with all the other campers in their age group. This inclusiveness allows for an amazing experience for the campers who are disabled and non-disabled alike. It allows all the campers to achieve the ultimate goal of a safe and fun environment where they can learn valuable life skills and grow as people.
Inclusion campers receive one on one staff support as needed from a counselor who received intensive special training during staff week. At Beber Camp we pride ourselves on being a camp that promotes individual and community based growth and this applies to inclusion as well where programming is designed to increase independence and improve social skills.