Our History


The story of Norman B. Barr Camp begins in the late nineteenth century with a young graduate from the University of Nebraska and the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Just prior to his graduation from McCormick in 1897, Rev. Barr was asked to be the interim pastor of Olivet Memorial Church located in a rough section of the near North side of Chicago. The neighborhood was a poor area with high unemployment and crime. It became known as "Little Hell" and this was where Rev. Norman B. Barr thrived. He preached and drew followers as he walked the streets, grew his church and developed the Olivet Institute which provided a wide range of social services including medical and dental care, an "Old People's Home", day-care, music, sewing, sports, and camping. He saw camping as a respite for those living in the crowded tenements around Olivet and used property on the North shore of Lake Michigan at Glencoe Beach as a camping site.



100+ years of camping

NBBC has been changing lives since 1909. 



36 cottages for families

We have about 50 families that come to NBBC every summer. Families enjoy the lake, chapel and candy store. Camp Families are also key to keeping camp running!



Groups of kids per summer

12 boys 12 girls 5 days of summer camp fun and learning about God.