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Camp Dan Beard

All 2017 Camping Dates Available Jan. 3

Starting at 8am on January 3, you can book online or call 855-YES-CAMP.

Address: 200 Portwine Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062 (map)
Phone: 312-636-9860
Email: info@cookcountycamping.com
Availability: Open year-round—closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
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A Boy Scout staple for more than 50 years, Camp Dan Beard now features renovated rustic cabins perfect for group or family campers. The site also includes open fields for group tent camping. The camp’s shelters and picnic sites are great for events. Programs and activities are available throughout the year.

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Small Cabin

Capacity: 8 people | Availability: 5 Cabins

A simple three-season (spring through fall) cabin that accommodates eight people on bunk beds. Includes ceiling fan and porch, as well as picnic table and fire ring with grate.

Reservation Date Cook County Resident Non-Resident
April – October
(Thu – Sat Nights)
$80/night $90/night
April – October
(Sun – Wed Nights)
$50/night $60/night
November – March
(All Nights)
Not Available** Not Available**
*Cabin rentals include a $100 refundable deposit due at time of reservation
**During winter, groups that book the Organized Group Campsite can book the cabin(s) at an additional cost.
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Organized Group Campsite

Capacity: 60 people | Availability: 2 Sites

A designated open field that can be reserved for organized groups’ tents and activities. Includes a picnic table and fire ring with grate. Reservations not available online. Click here for reservation options.

Reservation Date Cook County Resident Non-Resident
Year-round $20/tent/night $30/tent/night

Large Cabin

Capacity: 10 people | Availability: 1 cabin

A heated and air-conditioned year-round cabin for ten people. With bunk beds for eight and a separate room with two single beds, it’s perfect for a small youth group with two adult leaders, a family or a group of friends. Also includes ceiling fans, a private ADA restroom with toilet and shower, a hallway with two sinks, a porch, a picnic table and a fire ring with grate.

Reservation Date Cook County Resident Non-Resident
April – October
(Thu – Sat Nights)
$100/night $110/night
April – October
(Sun – Wed Nights)
$85/night $95/night
November – March
(All Nights)
Not Available** Not Available**
*Cabin rentals include a $100 refundable deposit due at time of reservation
**During winter, groups that book the Organized Group Campsite can book the cabin(s) at an additional cost.

Programs

Every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Forest Preserves staff lead free programs open to all registered campers, including:

  • Friday and Saturday night campfires
  • Special Friday and Saturday evening programs
  • Saturday afternoon activities and hikes
  • Camping skill demonstrations

We also offer regularly scheduled programs including Camping 101 workshops, staff-led Family Campouts and even a comprehensive Camping Leadership Immersion Course (CLIC) for leaders of organized groups. Read more about our camping programs here.

Each campground will also have a limited number of FREE Camping Adventure Backpacks available for check-out, that include binoculars, field guides, a compass, activity sheets and other aids to nature exploration.

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