Taste of Beber

Taste of Beber is a two-night experience for campers currently entering first through fourth grade. This is a spectacular opportunity to explore a wide array of camp programs, including the aqua park, boating, swimming, climbing/zip line, arts and crafts, music, sports, farm, cooking, and more. Most importantly, your children will be under the care and supervision of our most experienced, skilled, and energetic staff.

Campers will enjoy delicious camp meals each day with many choices, all served buffet style in our air-conditioned dining hall. Taste of Beber campers also participate in evening programs and will sit around a campfire while roasting marshmallows and singing camp songs. Campers will sleep in air-conditioned Yurts.

This ‘taste’ experience is designed to help campers become comfortable sleeping away from home while giving them some basic independent life skills necessary for being successful at overnight camp. We know that sleepaway camp is an extraordinary opportunity for developing life skills and self-confidence.

Our goal is to help your child feel prepared for the possibility of going to overnight camp next summer. Our staff will provide a safe and positive environment in which your children will be able to explore and enjoy the different aspects of camp life.

Nightly updates and daily photos especially for parents.

While your child is experiencing an incredible few days at Beber Camp, we know that parents want to learn more about camp and the community their child will be a part of. We provide a nightly update with daily photos of Taste of Beber campers and their activities to give parents a taste of what their campers are experiencing.

Camper Forms

The Importance Of Camper Forms

Completing camper forms in a timely manner is one of the most important things parents do prior to sending their children to camp. To ensure the best summer for your camper, we rely on the detailed, personal information you provide. We review the information with our counselors, division leaders, medical staff, and camp clinicians. We understand that some information is extremely personal in nature, and we respect your reluctance to want to disclose this to us. However, our commitment to partnering with your family relies on an honest description of your child, including their strengths and weaknesses, special talents, fears and ambitions, and so on. Camper forms are due by April 1. If you register after April 1, please submit all forms to us within 10 days of registering. The Physician’s Exam form, Immunization Record, and Health History form are also due then. The Physician’s Exam form can be completed by your physician based on last year’s physical or the most recent doctor visit. If your child has a physical after April 1 and there are any changes to make on the form or if they receive any new immunizations, please notify the Health Center at healthcenter@bebercamp.com. All forms and instructions are available through CampInTouch or the Campanion app.

Packing List

Remember, this is a short time away from home, so we ask that you only pack the essentials listed below. Camp will provide linens, blankets, pillows and shower towels so you do not need to pack any of these bulky items. We understand that some campers will want to bring a special blanket, stuffed animal, or pillow from home and that is totally appropriate.

Please make sure that all personal items have campers’ names clearly written on them!

4 – T Shirts
3 – Shorts
1 – Long Pants
4 – Underwear
4 – Pairs of Socks
1 – Sweatshirt or Fleece
1 – Pajamas
1 – Sneakers
1- Flip Flops/Shower Shoes
1 – Rain Jacket
1 – Sunglasses/Hat
2 – Bathing Suit
1 – Beach Towel
1 – Sunscreen1 – Bug Spray
2 – Reusable Water Bottles
1- Flashlight
1 – Toothbrush
1 – Toothpaste
1 – Soap/Shampoo (Other toiletries as needed)
1 – Book/quiet game/stuffed animal (Optional)
1 – Camera (optional)


Beber is a screen-free community for campers. The only electronics allowed are screen-less music players (e.g. iPod Shuffles) and digital cameras. All other music players, iPads, eBook readers, portable game devices, video players, and smart watches should remain at home. Camp is one of the few places throughout the year where kids can truly unplug and we want to encourage our campers to play and create awesome new relationships!


We recognize that many campers have specific dietary needs. We firmly believe in creating a safe and inclusive environment for all children at Beber Camp. Beber does not use nuts in any menu items and we do not serve peanut butter at meals. It is impossible to guarantee that camp can be fully peanut or nut free due to manufacturing processes and labeling. Beber is proud to be able to provide alternative meals for those with food allergies such as gluten, dairy and egg. Vegetarian meals are also available and all food served is Kosher. Note: Please do not bring food to camp or for the bus ride. We will be providing a full menu and snacks will be provided throughout the program.


Please pack all medications in a plastic bag with the camper’s name clearly marked on the bag. Please include detailed dispensing instructions. Medications must remain in the original prescription bottles. Plan to give the medication to the camp staff who will make sure that the nurse receives it at camp. Please contact Trudy@bebercamp.com at least thirty days before Taste of Beber if your child will be bringing medication to camp. Trudy will send you a medication authorization form for each medication. This form needs to be completed and signed by you for over-the counter medications and signed by a physician for any prescription medications. 


Campers from the Chicago area must take the bus from the Chicago suburbs. We will pick up from the Chicago suburbs (Location TBD) on Tuesday, July 30th, aiming to get to camp around 4:30 PM. If you are driving to camp, please aim to get to Entrance D by 4:30 PM. We will be dropping the campers back off at the Chicago suburbs (Location TBD) at 3 PM on August 1. Those picking up campers and/or participating in a tour should plan to be at Entrance D of camp at 1:15 PM sharp on Thursday, August 1. Tours begin promptly at 1:30 p.m.

Communication During Taste Of Beber

CampinTouch, the system you used to register for the program, is a great way to experience camp as a parent. We plan to upload photos each day as well as write a blog post about camp activities. You will be able to access these by logging into your CampinTouch account via our website. Just select the News and Photos sections. You can also access this information via the Campanion App.

Emergency Contact
If you need to reach us during Taste of Beber, please call the main camp number at 847-677-7120, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. If there is an emergency and you need to reach us outside those hours, please call the main camp line and you will be directed to call an emergency number.

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