Norman B. Barr Camp

On the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva

  • Welcome to Norman B. Barr CampA Summer Camp Devoted to Children
  • LAKE ACTIVITIES
  • SWIMMINGwith lessons for all campers.
  • FISHING
  • BOAT RIDES
  • HANGING OUTon the NBBC Playground
  • ARTS & CRAFTSin the Betty Mitchell Craft House.
  • GAME ROOM
  • SPORTS COURT
  • SQUARE DANCING
  • FIELD ACTIVITIES
  • NATURE HIKES
  • TOURNAMENTS
  • LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
  • SCIENCE & NATURE
  • DISCOVERY
  • LIFE SKILLS
  • DEVOTIONALS & VESPERSin the Bowman Chapel
  • MENTORS
  • FELLOWSHIP
  • SELFIESwith the counselors.
  • FRIENDSHIPSthat can last a lifetime!
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2015 Camper Group Highlights
NBBC Successfully Launched New Kayak Program

In 2015. NBBC introduced Water Kayaks to enhance our Children's Program, allowing our campers to experience the beauty of Lake Geneva from an offshore perspective. Our campers loved their evening outtings and were wowed by the experience which will continue for our 2016 campers.

NBBC Adds Yerkes Observatory Evenings for Campers

One of the most exciting new additions to our camper program in 2015 was our evening hikes to nearby Yerkes Observatory, where our campers received a private tour of the facility, learned about the universe and got a view of Jupiter through a huge 24'' telescope (when viewing conditions warranted). This special program was enhanced by an evening hike from the observatory back to camp under the stars!

NBBC Introduced Guest Artist Program for Campers

Art was in the air during the 2015 season as NBBC introduced a new Guest Artist program for campers and cottager children. Art sessions were held both indoors and outdoors, and the children were taught techniques by a professional visiting artist each week, focusing on different types and aspects of landscapes and other subjects. The results from some of our "art students" were amazing!

2015's NBBC Camper Groups
"Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee" 1st Group of the Summer

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Our first group of Camper Children for the 2015 Season were new to NBBC, as we welcomed the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee, who enjoyed their time with us, in spite of the rainy weather that prevailed for most of the week. This hardy group managed to have a lot of fun on the lakefront in between rain showers, and were the first group to experience our new Kayak program. Their maiden voyage was successful as seen in the photos below.

"By The Hand" Had Fun As Our 2nd Group of the Summer

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The By The Hand Group returned to NBBC last season and enjoyed a slightly less "wet" week with us. This group really took to the water with our new Kayaking Program enjoying several outings on the lake. Other activities included outdoor Art Classes along the lakefront, a terrific Talent Show, and fun on the Sports Court. Everyone truly enjoyed their Barr Camp Week!

"Puente Del Pueblo" Returned As 3rd Group of the Summer

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Puente Del Pueblo once again returned last season with a great group of campers, some attending for the second year in a row. Their Barr Camp Week was filled with many exciting activities including special programs like Drum Circle, Getting Excited About Science and our first Yerkes Observatory evening field trip! They also enjoyed kayaking, swimming and motor boat rides, along with Vespers, a Talent Show and more!

Boys & Girls Club of Elgin Were Back As 4th Summer Group

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Back for a second year, the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin enjoyed a wonderful Barr Camp Week filled with lots of fun and excitement including a Drum Circle, a visit from "The Science Guy", a hike to Yerkes Observatory, plus fishing, kayaking, swimming and more as this slideshow created by last year's Assistant Manager, Carolyne Luna illustrates.

"Visitation School" Returned For Another Week of FUN!

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NBBC welcomed back Visitation School as our 5th group of the summer, marking the midway point in our Camper Program. Their Barr Camp Week was filled with many exciting activities including special programs like "Great Scott" the Magician, Motor Boat Rides and a Yerkes Observatory evening field trip! See all the fun in this slideshow created by last year's Assistant Manager Carolyne Luna!

"Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Group" Returned to NBBC

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NBBC welcomed back Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Group as our 6th group of the summer. This camper group enjoyed their Barr Camp Week swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and were treated to many special activities including our Weekly Dance Party on the Sports Court. You can witness all the excitement and fun in this slideshow created by last year's Assistant Manager Carolyne Luna!

"St. Gall School" Had Another Great Barr Camp Week!

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NBBC welcomed back one of our favorite camper groups, St. Gall School as our 7th group of the summer. They enjoyed perfect weather and all that Barr Camp offers including kayaking & fishing, plus motor boat rides, a visit to Yerkes Observatory and "The Great Scott Magic Show"as well as our new Weekly Dance Party! See all the fun in this slideshow created by last year's Assistant Manager Carolyne Luna!

"Maria Kaupas Center" Enjoyed First Visit TO NBBC

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We welcomed a new group of campers from Maria Kaupas Center to camp as our 8th group. Their Barr Camp Week introduced them to all the fun activities that NBBC has to offer and they were truly astonished and impressed by the camp, our facilities and the programs we offer. They hope to be invited back each year. Witness their experience in this slideshow created by last year's Assistant Manager Carolyne Luna!

"Seaspar" Returned to NBBC as 9th Group of Summer

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NBBC welcomed back one of our longest and favorite camper groups, Seaspar as our 9th group of the summer. Many members of this group have visited Barr Camp for several years in a row and were all anxious to return to enjoy another fantastic Barr Camp Week. They particularly enjoyed one of our newest features this season, the Weekly Dance Party! See all the fun in this slideshow created by Carolyne Luna!

"Community Support Services" Final Group of Summer

NBBC concluded our 106th Summer of service welcoming back Community Support Services as our 10th and final group of the summer. Some members of this group have visited Barr Camp for several years now and truly enjoyed another fantastic Barr Camp Experience. They particularly enjoyed their tour of the lake via boat, and really had a blast this year! We will be welcoming them all back again this year!

BARR CAMP DAYS!

2014 Camper Group Highlights