About us

Camping de Berken is a real family business. In 1960 Jaap & Lammie Heijn started the adjacent "Theehuis Heijn" and in 1967 they started the campsite. By now de Berken has been in the family for three generations!

Together we have worked hard to make Camping de Berken what it is today: a modern and high quality company (ANWB rating 4*) with still a lot of attention for individual guests. The different generations now run this small-scale and friendly campsite together. For you this means that there will always be room for a friendly chat.

We still enjoy our work every day, because we know how important your vacation is to you!

We hope to see you soon at Camping de Berken!

Team de Berken

Teamfoto Camping de Berken in Drenthe


Jos van der Weide


Hey, my name is Jos. Since 2011 I am co-owner of camping de Berken. My parents are Jan and Bea. Agnes and Henk are my aunt and uncle. Together we run our campsite. Before my parents were on the campsite it belonged to my grandparents. That makes me the 3rd generation! I have completed an education in real estate, but still chose to join team de Berken. Besides work, I enjoy playing tennis and padel.

Henk Kaptein


Hi, I'm Henk, director of field operations! I have been part of the campground since 1992. Together with my wife Agnes we ran the adjacent brasserie for many years. Here I stood in the kitchen and made my delicious apple pie. Now I take care of everything that needs to be done on the grounds, such as carpentry, chores and paving. In my opinion, the best place on the campsite is the tent field: it's always cosy and pleasant.

Outside of working on the campsite, I love to go for a walk or read a good book. In addition, I sometimes play a little guitar. But I still need a lot of practice.... ;)

Johan Wessels

Allround Campingmedewerker

My name is Johan and I started working at Camping de Berken since this season. I am 41 years old and I live in Stadskanaal with my wife and two children. On the campsite I am a real jack-of-all-trades. I do all the maintenance jobs that come along! The tent site is my favorite spot on the campsite. When I'm not at work I like to travel with my camper. From time to time i also like to grab my fishing rod to go out fishing!


Bea van der Weide

Allround employee

I am Bea. My parents started the campsite and "Tea House Heijn" in 1960. I have one sister, Agnes. She also works at the Camping de Berken! I am married to Jan and together we have two children: Lianne and Jos. I have worked at the campsite since 1979, that's 44 years! My work is very diverse: I maintain the flower table, help with the cleaning of the toilet buildings. I am slowly reducing my work, but I still enjoy it. When I am not working on the campsite, I prefer to be hiking, biking and enjoying nature. I also enjoy babysitting the grandchildren. And if I can, I am still regularly on the tennis court! I think my favorite spot is 59 or 60. It is quiet there and you have a beautiful view of the forest!


Jan van der Weide

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I am Jan! I am married to Bea and I have been working at the campsite since 1979. I have one sister, Sandra, and two children: Lianne and Jos. You will find me mainly on the grounds: I am responsible for all technical work. When I'm not working, I like to watch movies. I also like to play golf. Since this year I have a radio-controlled airplane, which I love to fly! And what is my favorite spot on the campsite? I think 89 or 90!


Harma Bartelds


My name is Harma! I have been walking around the campsite for 17 years now. I work in cleaning and I make sure that the whole campground is clean and cared for. My favorite spot on the campsite is the area from 106 to 109. Here it is nice and quiet and I love these studios! In my spare time I like to repair clothes, making something out of nothing is a beautiful process. Furthermore, I like to cycle and I have discovered many beautiful places in the Netherlands. From the campsite there are also beautiful routes. These we have compiled in a cycling booklet and is available at the reception!


Greet van Boven


Hi, my name is Greet. This is my 6th season at camping de Berken. I enjoy working in cleaning and besides my work I like to be creative. I'm in a choir, I'm a member of a music society and I love crafts and flower arranging. I made the flower arrangements that you find at the reception and in the rental chalets. Who knows, maybe we will meet soon at camping de Berken!


Anneke Winter


My name is Anneke and I have been working at Camping de Berken for two years now. I clean the campsite: from making chalets spick and span to cleaning private sanitary facilities! In my spare time I like to be creative: I do diamond painting. I also enjoy playing bingo! I hope to see you soon at Camping de Berken!

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Danika Scholten

all-round receptionist

Hi, I am Danika. I have been working as an all-round reception assistant since 1 March 2024. I also make videos of the campsite's activities for Social Media. I am a real animal lover. I have a cat of my own and I am studying paraveterinary medicine.

My favourite place on the campsite is the reception, receiving guests and having a chat. But also a favourite is the Berkabouter, I like playing games with children.

I like to be creative and also sporty. I play football and often go to FC Twente matches with my father.

Wenda Kral

all-round receptionist

Hello, I am Wenda. I have been working as an all-round reception assistant since 1 March 2024. I also keep the website up to date with photos, blogs and news. I live close to the campsite with my family.

My favourite spot on the campsite are pitches 142 and 141 close to the path to the forest.

In my free time, I like to go for walks, but I also like to hang out on the couch with a good book, and I regularly go scuba diving with my husband.

Photos from the past