Camp Kern

Chris Addison

Have Fun /  Try New Things /  Friendship /  Teamwork /  Fly High /  Imagination /  Tradition / 

Chris Addison

Executive Director


“My Kern Story begins back in 2005 when, as a fresh faced 20 year old, I crossed the pond from England to be a summer camp counselor here at Camp Kern.  After a little bit of a culture shock (singing Da Moose around a campfire wasn’t something I had experienced before!), I quickly fell in love with the kids, the camp and the staff and began to realize the impact a week at camp can have on a child. After graduating college the next summer I returned for, what I thought, was my last summer at Kern, but having realized that camp was a year round operation, I decided to come back for an 18 month internship. That was in 2007, and I’ve basically never left! I’ve been lucky enough to work my way through numerous positions: Outdoor Educator, Assistant Summer Director, L&C Facilitator, Ozone Zipline Director and Senior Program Director.

I feel very fortunate to be in my current position and my goal is to bring camp, in all its forms, to as many kids, families and groups as possible in the coming years.

I look forward to seeing you soon and please don’t hesitate to contact me for any reason”


Email: caddison@daytonymca.org

Phone: (513) 932-3756 ext.1512

Favorite Food: Mexican

Favorite Color: Black and White stripes

Favorite Vacation Spot: The Homeland (England!)

Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption

What he’s doing when he’s not at work: Playing football (soccer) and trying to find things I’ve never done before

Words to live by: “Never lower your expectations – aim for the moon and if you miss you will still land among the stars.”