Health & Safety
The health and safety of our campers and staff is our number one priority. Our veteran medical staff treats each camper as an individual and our process to ensure everyone’s needs are met begins months before the first campers arrive in Mukwonago. All of our administrative team and hobby leaders are CPR and First Aid certified. At each hobby activity area, there are set policies and procedures for safety. All safety and protective equipment is provided by camp and required to be worn at appropriate sporting activities.
Our state-of-the-art air-conditioned health center is located on-site and is staffed by an amazing wellness team. We have a doctor onsite at all times, 3 full time nurses-that live in the health center and a health center administrator to provide the highest level of service to our parents. In addition, we have two local clinics and a doctor on call 24 hours every day. Beber Camp is just minutes from a full ER and trauma center in Mukwonago.
The health center team places emergency backpacks at program areas throughout camp, as well as in our dining hall and on out of camp trips. These backpacks are filled with supplies like emergency inhalers, epi-pens, as well as basic first aid equipment. On any out of camp trip, campers health forms are sent to expedite necessary treatment.
All medications, except inhalers and epipens, are kept with the nurses and dispensed at meals and before bed. New for summer 2016, we have partnered with Camper Pharmacy to insure campers medication is packaged and dated daily by a pharmacy.
Food and Nutrition
Food and nutrition is an extremely important aspect of life at Beber Camp for two reasons: tradition and health. Beber is a Kosher facility that serves only foods which have been produced under rabbinical supervision. Since Kashrut is an indispensable part of Judaism, we believe that our camp goals of knowledge, love and pride for Jewish culture, heritage and religion could not be fulfilled without it.
In addition to maintaining the desired level of Kashrut, we ensure that the meals we offer are nutritious, balanced, and filling. Our two-week rotating menu provides enough variety so that our campers’ interest in their meals is kept alive throughout their stay at camp. Fruit is offered at every meal, a breakfast bar is available each morning, and salads are available with every lunch and dinner. We are pleased to notice a trend towards healthier food choices from our campers in the past few years. We are also pleased to offer some fruit and vegetables from our own biodynamic garden which campers look after during the summer.
All cookies and cakes are made from scratch in our own pareve bakery and every Friday morning some of our older campers participate in the making of challah bread for Shabbat. Each camper participates in the Challah baking program over the course of their camp session and is sent home with the special Beber Camp recipe!
Many parents have questions about food allergies. We prepare meals that are nut free and our bakery is also nut/dairy free. The salad room serves sunbutter and jelly in individual servings. Our kitchen staff works hand in hand with the health center staff in dealing with individual camper and staff food allergies.
Excellent supervision is a cornerstone of the Beber Camp experience. Our cabins house 12-16 campers and 3-4 counselors, depending on overall bunk numbers. The Beber philosophy of supervision is based on appropriate, full-time supervision at all times. This includes activities, meals, programs, out of camp trips, informal and free time activities. Our staff are the very best in the business, and our selection process is extremely competitive. We demand trustworthiness, enthusiasm, creativity, responsibility, and dependability from our staff. 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 look for individuals with a strong self-image, outgoing personality, fun nature, and demonstrated leadership capabilities.
Beber Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). This accreditation assures families that camps have made the commitment to a safe, nurturing environment for their children. For more information about the ACA, click here. For more information about ACA accreditation, click here. Beber Camp is also part of the Association of Independent Jewish Camps (AIJC), which unites us with other independent Jewish camps who believe in excellent child care, world-class programming and inclusive Judaics.