Norman B. Barr Camp

On the shores of beautiful Lake Geneva





Norman B. Barr Camp is committed to ensuring a safe environment for all campers and cottagers. Prior to working with children, our staff members are all background checked and are trained in our Child First Protection & Prevention program. We perform regular inspections of the property, provide advanced first aid and CPR training for key staff members, and meet the standards set by the State of Wisconsin found in DHS 175 for Recreational and Educational Camps.

First Aid & Advanced Care

Our counselors and staff are certified in the American Red Cross "Responding to Emergencies" advanced first aid. A local doctor is on call and we have an agreement with Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center, less than 10 minutes away. Our local emergency response services are familiar with our camp buildings and grounds.

Water Safety

Norman B. Barr Camp complies with water safety standards established for Lake Geneva and hires qualified, certified lifeguards to ensure safety during swimming hours. In addition, counselors are trained and designated as Aquatic Observers to assist the lifeguard in monitoring safety. Lifeguards and counselors are trained in Lost Swimmer Procedures, and counselors are trained in basic water safety and rescue techniques. Campers use the swimmer in/out tag system to ensure safety.

Swimmers are evaluated and designated as non-swimmers, intermediate or qualified swimmers. Based on this, swimmers are restricted to specific swimming areas with non-swimmers limited to areas in which they can stand. Campers are provided swimming lessons by Water Safety Patrol Instructors. We do our best to ensure that campers will develop both swimming skills and water safety awareness during their stay at Norman B. Barr Camp.


Tornado Shelter

The safety of our campers, cottagers, guests and staff is our first priority. The Barr Camp tornado shelter is in the basement of the children's dormitory. There are bench seats and room for every camper and cottager in the shelter, which is equipped with a radio, flashlight, bottled water and games to keep the children occupied. Camp cell phones have emergency weather alert apps to assist with early notification of dangerous weather. The camp office has an emergency weather radio for early notification of severe weather and will make PA announcements directing all campers & cottagers to take shelter. If severe weather is threatening after hours, procedures are in place to ensure a member of the staff is in contact with emergency weather communications.


Insect Bites/Stings

In all situations, the main thing to remember is prevention! Counselors assist campers with frequent and regular application of insect repellent and ensure other measures to prevent insect bites are taken. In addition, swimmer's itch is easily avoided by towel drying after swimming and following up with a shower.

Preventing Lyme disease is easy with regular tick inspection and appropriate use of insect repellent. The tick needs about 12 hours to transmit the disease. Therefore, following hiking activities counselors instruct campers to perform tick inspections. After removal of any ticks with TWEEZERS, we will monitor for flu-like symptoms and seek early treatment for a FULL recovery. Caregivers are informed of any concerns related to ticks.


AED (Defibrillator)

Norman B. Barr Camp recognizes the importance of early defibrillation in saving lives. There are 2 AEDs strategically located on the camp's grounds. Staff are trained in AED application and are certified by the American Red Cross.

Don't forget to participate in one of the two brief training sessions held each summer. Check your calendar for details! AEDs save lives if people are trained to use them properly. You can also review the Demonstration Video below.