October Family Newsletter
Welcome
We’re excited to deliver you the first official newsletter of the Summer 2022 season. The snow has not yet fallen in Mukwonago, but it’s never too early to think about summer and we are always looking forward to having your camper at Beber!  

Each month, we publish a newsletter to help you and your camper prepare for the upcoming summer. You can expect to read about topics that cover childcare, programming, Jewish life, health and safety, and more.

There are over 7 months until the first session and we recognize that your children might experience different emotions about camp. To be nervous and excited about camp is ok and we are always here to help. Our monthly newsletters will give you tips on how to make the transition to camp easier for all campers. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact the team via email or phone at 847-677-7130.  

New camp families should have received a welcome letter (and car magnet) in the mail. If you didn’t, click here for a copy of that letter introducing the team. If you would like an extra car magnet to display proudly around town, email me and we’ll put one in the mail for you!

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a Covid-19 update. Last summer we delivered an extremely successful summer with several Covid-19 protocols in place that were recommended by the American Camp Association and CDC. Since the summer, there have been no changes to those protocols. As soon as we receive new guidance, we will be sure to share what we know with you. Our goal is to make sure campers have a safe and fun camp experience. Beber can’t wait to celebrate its 46th summer with you.

Peace, Love, 3BC
Michael
Beber Programming Keeps Our Community Connected
Fall Fest
Thank you to all of the families who participated in tours and activities at this year’s Fall Fest! From painting pumpkins to fishing on Lake Beulah and enjoying apple cider, it was a beautiful and busy day at camp! An extra shout-out goes to the camp staff who volunteered their time to make this event so successful. It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying the fall weather and having fun around camp. If you did not get a chance to fill out the Fall Fest survey you can do so using this link. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as we continue to create meaningful year-round experiences for our camp community.

Notes from parents

 “Fall Fest is a special treat -- thank you for letting us pop in to get a taste of camp and breath of Mukwonago air before the winter sets in.”

“Enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing camp in person.”
Celebrate Shabbat and Hanukkah with us Virtually on Friday, December 3.
Join us for a very special virtual Shabbat and Hanukkah candle lighting with the camp community on Friday, December 3 at 6:00 CT. You won’t want to miss this evening of blessings, songs, and reconnecting with camp friends!
Community Care Corner
What is Love and Logic?
We want to introduce you to Love and Logic, the Beber Camp behavior management philosophy that we have been training our staff in for over 15 years. Staff receive strategies and specific skills they can implement to develop positive relationships with their campers as well as deal with difficult situations and challenging behaviors. The Love and Logic approach to parenting is built around the science of crafting caring and respectful relationships and it helps caregivers develop an authentic loving connection with children, one built on trust and understanding. 

Our newsletters will include tips and strategies for working with children - the same ones we give to our staff. We hope you will find them interesting and useful. 

This month’s strategy is an empathetic response. The empathetic response is a way of showing that we care and understand. When a child does something that might cause a problem for him or her, our first response is always to show that we understand and care about them. We do this by verbally responding in a loving and caring way. Some of us may say “ohhh,” or “bummer,” “that must be hard,” or “that’s rough.” Whatever we say needs to be genuine and sincere. It can’t sound sarcastic or angry. This locks in the empathy we have for the child without judging them or even trying to solve the problem. This skill takes practice. We suggest choosing one response that will work for you most of the time and just practice using it whenever you can. Some people post sticky notes with the phrase around the house to remind them to use it. It’s okay if your child notices that you are doing something different than you have in the past. You can just say, “I’m working on being a better parent and making sure you know that I care about you, even when things go wrong.”

If you find this interesting and want to learn more about Love and Logic, please check out loveandlogic.com. They have many free articles and even handouts for parents and educators. We also highly recommend their book, Parenting with Love and Logic.
Jewish Life
Jewish Life at Beber Camp - A Sacred Community
How do we incorporate Jewish life into practice at camp? At Beber, we develop all of our programming and community interactions using our core Jewish values. Check out all of our values here

Beber is proud of the way in which we cultivate the development of a strong Jewish identity in our campers and staff and we want you to know how we facilitate that. It starts with the value of Kehillah Kedosha (sacred community). By building a fun, welcoming, and inclusive community, we create a holy place where each individual is valued and connected to one another. At the beginning of each session, staff work with campers to create a B’rit Kehillah, a community contract, that sets a tone and outlines expectations for how we treat each other to create an atmosphere in the cabin and throughout camp that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive. We are proud of our Kehillah Kedosha and are thrilled to have your family as part of our sacred community.
Mazel Tov
Congratulations to:

  • Hannah Tennenbaum (September Bat Mizvah)
  • Allie Jacobs (October Bat Mitzvah)
  • Natalie Hochberg (October Bat Matzvah)
  • Abby Bardill (October Bat Mitzvah) - an extra special thank you for raising money for the Beber Camp Scholarship Fund!

Did we miss a milestone or celebration - email stacy@bebercamp.com to let us know what we missed and we’ll include it in the next newsletter!
Pie Drive
Elegant Farmer is a timeless Beber tradition loved by all campers, alumni, families, and staff. Support our scholarship fund and bring a small part of the Elegant Farmer experience to your home this Thanksgiving! Note, we have new items. We have added a 3-pack of Hanukkah sugar cookies this year (Dreidels and a Menorah).

Please note that all orders must be placed by Thursday, November 4. There will be pick-up locations in the Chicago suburbs and downtown Chicago.

Click here to order now. Also, check out the link to see how famous the Elegant Farmer apple pie really is. 
Join the Beber Camp Ambassador Program
We’d like to invite you to participate in the Beber Camp Ambassador Program! This is a family engagement and camper recruitment initiative designed to empower and utilize our most essential resources - our families! The goal is to create an invested network of families who have accepted the responsibility of recruiting future camp families within their communities and networks. The Ambassador families will serve as key Beber Camp representatives in their specific geographic areas.  

We still have openings for this summer for campers currently in grades 1-5 and would like your help to fill these spots. If you are interested in becoming a Beber Camp Ambassador, please email Michael.
Welcome New Campers!
Beber is excited to welcome these first-time campers for Summer 2022. 
Abigail, Wheeling IL
Aiden, Northbrook, IL
Alexander, Glenview, IL
Anais, Chicago IL
Anton, Pelham, NY
Aria, Chicago, IL
Asher, Hastings on Hudson, NY
Asher, Northbrook, IL
Asher, Northbrook, IL
Ashton, Lincolnshire, IL
Austen, Mill Valley, CA
Ava,Highland Park IL
Baila, Highland Park IL
Bennet, Lincolnshire IL
Caleb, Glenview IL
Cameron, Solon OH
Caroline, Rockford IL
Chandler, Deerfield IL
Charlee, Lincolnshire IL
Chloe, Louisville KY
Dash, Denver CO
Derrick, Vernon Hills IL
Dylan, Boulder CO
Elayna, Northbrook IL
Eleanor, Chicago IL
Eli, Carmel IN
Eli, Northbrook IL
Elijah, Boulder CO
Ellie, New Albany OH
Elliot, Boulder CO
Ethan, Cincinnati OH
Eva, Chicago IL
Gemma, Northbrook IL
Greyson, Glenview IL
Hailey, Vernon Hills IL
Hannah, Buffalo Grove IL
Hannah, Vernon Hills IL
Harper, Highland Park IL
Haven, Boulder CO
Hazel, Deerfield IL
Henry, Highland Park IL
Henry, Northbrook IL
Isabella, Moreland Hills OH
Isabelle, Boulder CO
Jacob, Highland Park IL
John, Denver CO
Jonah, Skokie IL
Jordan, Louisville KY
Joseph, Dunwoody GA
Josephine, Glenview IL
Josie, Highland Park IL
Julius, Brooklyn NY
June, Chicago IL
Layla, Deerfield IL
Leah, Highland Park IL
Levi, Englewood CO
Levi, Evanston IL
Lexi, Denver CO
Liam, St.Louis MO
Lila, Louisville KY
Lily, Buffalo Grove IL
Lily, Louisville KY
Lucy, Englewood CO
Madeline, Minnetonka MN
Matthew, Orange Village OH
Matthew, Wauconda IL
Max, Northbrook IL
Meira, Chicago IL
Mia, Deerfield IL
Mia, Northbrook IL
Mila,Denver CO
Mila, Highland Park IL
Natalie, Boulder CO
Nathan, Buffalo Grove IL
Noa, Northbrook IL
Noah, Pepper Pike OH
Noam, Glenview IL
Reese,Deerfield, IL
Rosalie, Memphis TN
Ruben, Highland Park IL
Ruby, Menlo Park CA
Ryan, Lafayette CO
Ryan, Northbrook IL
Sam, Moreland Hills OH
Sara, Buffalo Grove IL
Sasha, Chicago IL
Shayni, Deerfield IL
Simon, Pepper Pike OH
Sydney, Deerfield IL
Tatum, Lincolnshire IL
Taylor, Englewood CO
Taylor, Mill Valley CA
Theo, Glencoe IL
Theodore, Northbrook IL
Vivian, Deerfield IL
Wallace, St Louis MO
Zachary, Chicago IL
Zachary, Glencoe IL
Zachary, Highland Park IL
Zoey, Louisville KY
Meet the Mittleman Family - A new Beber Camp family
We would like to welcome Sara Mittlemen to the Beber Camp Family. She will be a second session rookie. Sara lives in Buffalo Grove, IL with her parents Lindsay and Monty and younger sister Adeline. Sara loves dancing, art, water activities, ultimate ninja, and baking. This summer Sara is looking forward to being by the lake, making new friends, water activities, and being in nature!
Would You Rather featuring Sara!
Check Out the Beber Canteen!
All Summer. All Year. All Life.

We provide swag for every season and will be releasing more in the coming months!

Check out some designs below, including the three designs made by campers/staff.
Beber Camp Logo Kids Hoodie
Vintage Style '53149' Unisex Adult Short-Sleeve T-Shirt
Beberite Pom-Pom Beanie
Valeria's Summer Unisex Youth T-Shirt
Elle's Summer Unisex Adult T-Shirt
Meredith's Summer Unisex Youth T-Shirt
Wear Your Beber Pride!
International camp T-shirt day is November 9. Campers, please wear your favorite Beber Camp shirt and snap a photo to share with us on social media. Tag @bebercamp #camptshirtday 

One lucky camper that we see promoting Beber this day will be randomly selected to win Beber Bucks to spend in the Canteen!