Norman B. Barr Camp

On the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva

  • Welcome to Norman B. Barr CampA Summer Camp Devoted to Children
  • SWIMMINGwith lessons for all campers.
  • HANGING OUTon the NBBC Playground
  • ARTS & CRAFTSin the Betty Mitchell Craft House.
  • DEVOTIONALS & VESPERSin the Bowman Chapel
  • SELFIESwith the counselors.
  • FRIENDSHIPSthat can last a lifetime!
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Season's Greetings From NBBC

The end of 2014 concludes NBBC's 105th year of proudly carrying on the legacy and mission of Norman B. Barr. The summer flew by hosting scores of camper children from nine different groups who all raved about their Barr Camp Weeks here at NBBC! To view stories, pictures and slideshows of these groups' visits, please go to the activities page. We also invite you to learn more about our camp's facilities and history by exploring this site. While we endeavor to expand on Rev. Barr's vision, and adapt our programs to the needs of the campers we serve, during the off-season we continue to maintenance and upgrade the camp's historic buildings and grounds.

NBBC's Celebrates Christmas With Worldwide Webcast
NBBC's 3rd Annual Christmas Celebration was held on December 6th in the Bowman Chapel and was attended by many cottagers and volunteers of camp. The service was once again led by Galen Thomas with music provided by Jim Carstens. The chapel was transformed into a Winter Wonderland with decorations designed by Toni Sergenian and looked absolutely fantastic!

This year's celebration was also special as it was broadcast live via the Internet to the world. "Live From Bowman Chapel", NBBC's premiere webcast, was viewed by many in our community who live out of reach from the area during the off-season. The entire celebration is available on NBBC's YouTube Channel. Following the service, the celebration continued with a luncheon hosted by Nancy Samuelson in nearby Delevan. A great time was had by all!

NBBC's Road Replacement Project Concludes
NBBC's Road Replacement Project, for which funds were raised for over a year, was finally completed on October 27th (see videos here or below). This mammoth project, the largest ever undertaken in NBBC's history, required extensive planning, coordinating with the five different construction companies involved with replacing the old sewer system, excavating and demolishing the old road, and building the new one, all thanks to a Matching Funds Program and all of our generous donors. This new road will provide increased safety for our children and vastly reduces the decades old flooding problems the camp has endured for decades.

NBBC's Need Continues In 2015
In order to continue to provide economically disadvantaged children and those with special needs with totally free summer camp experiences, our camp has become increasingly dependent upon the generosity of individuals outside of our operation for donations of goods, services and funding. NBBC has successfully operated this way for over a century.

NBBC Groups from the 2014 Season

Please help us help others by making a donation in any amount to insure that our camp's infrastructure, buildings, grounds and programs continue to operate properly. Thanks to donations NBBC receives and the devotion of our volunteers, our mission can grow with the tools and materials we need to succeed. Please click on the DONATE button below or visit our Donate Page for more convenient ways to assist our cause. Thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from NBBC!

NBBC Road Project Video Highlights

On Monday September 8th, ground was broken and the long awaited Road Replacement Project was officially underway. These videos review highlights from the entire six weeks of construction which included replacing the main sewer line from the upper hill to the lakefront, timber reconstruction and the pouring of concrete walls and sidewalks. The great crews from Stewart Excavating, JC Plumbing, Olsen Concrete, SMP Landscape and Merit Paving, working in tandem with NBBC Planning and Development Chairman Tim Hanafee, along with our "Road Crew" Ray Johnson and Bill Schueler, made this project a great success. You can see this entire process from beginning to end with the trilogy of videos below.

A Barr Camp Day

Relive the 4th of July at NBBC with this time lapse film created from over 12,000 still photos. View all of the activities along the Lake Geneva lakefront at Norman B. Barr Camp that took place on Independence Day, from 4:30am until 10pm ... in seven minutes! Created and produced by Ford Colley, who also composed and arranged the music soundtrack.