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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Once again, this year's Children's Program Staff is top notch and will be providing our campers with an array of Activities, Adventure and Fun. This diverse group of young people, lead by our Program Director Megan, (back for her third year with us), include Alex from DeKalb, Courtney from St. Louis, Joe from Naperville and Tyler from North Carolina. We welcome them to our staff!


Programs To Look Forward To This Summer
NBBC's Water 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. During the past two summers, this has become one of our camper's favorite activities. Our campers love these outings and are always wowed by the experience!

NBBC's Guest Artist Program

Art is in the air with NBBC's Guest Artist program for campers and cottager children. Art sessions are held each week when the children are taught techniques by a professional visiting artist, focusing on different types and aspects of landscapes and other subjects. The results from some of our "art students" are truly amazing!


NBBC's Camper Program fills our campers' stay with totally fun BARR CAMP DAYS making sure they enjoy all the benefits the camp offers. A Barr Camp Day begins with a hardy breakfast served in our Dining Room followed by a Camper Devotional held in the Bowman Chapel. The remainder of the morning is spent on many different activities, including hiking and field trips. Following lunch, more activities include ...


in the clean spring-fed water

of Lake Geneva ...


Plus Motor Boat Rides and Rowing


on our Sports Court includes basketball, volleyball and more ...

Art & Crafts

in our Craft Building and outdoors on our Camp Grounds

After Dinner

Barr Camp Day

evening activities include ...


from our pier

Theme Nights

in the Craft Building

Talent Shows



in Bowman Chapel

Outdoor Movies

on the lake front with

popcorn and treats

from our Refectory


And then it's back to the dorms for a well deserved night's sleep!


The Best Days of Summer are


A Look Back At 2016's Camper Groups
Boys & Girls Club of Dundee's Barr Camp Week

NBBC's first Camper Group of 2016, the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee, enjoyed their second visit to our camp. The children participated in all of the best activities we have to offer including Kayaking, Fishing, Swimming, a Magic Show, a visit to Yerkes Observatory and more, including our newst activity this year, Yoga. Witness their fun-filled week by viewing this Slideshow created by Deedy Payne.

By The Hand's Altgeld - Murray Group's 1st NBBC Visit

NBBC's second Camper Group, By The Hand's Altgeld - Murray Group, enjoyed their first visit to camp. Their week included all of the regular activities each group experiences. The highlights of their week included their Fishing Night, where one of the campers caught a 20" bass, and a "standing room only" Talent Show last Friday night. Take a look at all the fun in this Slideshow created by Deedy Payne and Ford Colley.

Puente del Pueblo Returns to NBBC as Summer's 3rd Group

Puente Del Pueblo once again returned this season with a great group of campers, some attending for the second and third year in a row. Their Barr Camp Week was filled with many exciting activities Great Scott, the magician, a visit to Yerkes Observatory, plus kayaking, swimming and motor boat rides. Check out this slideshow highlighting their week created by Bill Tarver.

Boys & Girls Club of Elgin Returns to NBBC

Back for a third year, the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin enjoyed a wonderful Barr Camp Week filled with lots of fun and excitement including all of the camp's 4th of July activities ... the Water Carnival, the Strawberry Festival and viewing Firework from the Pier. Plus, a hike to Yerkes Observatory, fishing, kayaking, swimming and more as this slideshow created by Bill Tarver illustrates.

Visitation School Returns As 5th Group of Summer!

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 Motor Boat Rides and a Yerkes Observatory evening field trip, plus lots of fishing, kayaking and swimming! See all the fun in this slideshow created by Bill Tarver!

By The Hand Is Back As 6th Group of Summer!

The By The Hand Group was back for their third year in a row! This group really took to the water with kayaking, fishing and swimming.They were also our first group to experience our new lakeside fire pit, by the light of a beautiful full moon. Everyone truly enjoyed their Barr Camp Week! See all the fun in this slideshow created by Deedy Payne!

"St. Gall School" Continues Decade Old Tradition!

Visiting NBBC for over a dozen consecutive seasons, one of our favorite groups returned this year as our 7th camper group of the summer. St. Gall School's once again enjoyed a wonderful Barr Camp Week doing all of their favorite activities including our newest ... a visit from a traveling Reptile Show that slithered into camp to everyone's delight!

"Maria Kaupas Center" Enjoys Second Visit to NBBC!

We welcomed the Maria Kaupas Center group back for their second visit to NBBC as our 8th group of summer. Their Barr Camp Week was filled with all the fun activities that NBBC has to offer and they were once again astonished and impressed by the camp, our facilities and the programs we offer. Witness their experience in this slideshow created by Bill Tarver!

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

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 Bill Tarver!

"Community Support Services" Final Group of Summer

NBBC concluded our 107th 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 really had a blast again this year!