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Spring Camp is Here!

By: sean Posted on: February 26, 2018 Comments: 0

The Arctic Dash 2017

By: sean Posted on: October 10, 2017 Comments: 0



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When: December 2nd, 2017 – First Wave at 10am and at 15 minute intervals after that.

Where: YMCA Camp Kern – 5291 State Route 350, Oregonia, OH 45054

It’s time to Dash again! We can’t wait to see familiar faces and new faces alike at this years race, our 6th event at YMCA Camp Kern.

As always we will be tinkering with the course and changing up a few of the obstacles, so even experienced Arctic Dashers won’t know what is around every corner!

  • Finishers Medals for every runner (don’t worry you still get a t-shirt as well!)

  • This is a timed race and ankle bracelet timers will be provided to all runners at check in.

  • Free parking, hot showers and a vendor area will all be available, well as free beer or soft drinks for every runner.

You must be 16 or older to compete in this race, and anyone under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian sign their waiver.

Interested in volunteering, becoming a vendor or sponsoring the event? Email Sean at skline@daytonymca.org.


The Arctic Dash was born out of a desire from the YMCA Camp Kern team to bring obtsacle and mud running to the area and to use Camp Kern for an event that was truly unique in its history. We want to show off our beautiful 485 acres and what better way than to have people race through it!

The Arctic Dash raises money for our Annual ‘Strong Kids’ Campaign,  which provides scholarships to allow kids, whose families otherwise may not be able to afford it, to have that magical summer camp experience.

YMCA Camp Kern is a place for families, and we encourage you to bring your kids to the event.  (Free mini mud dash for the little ones!) Warm water hose-offs and showers are available for all dashers, as well as weekend cabin rentals.

The event is also a proud sponsor of ‘Toys for Tots and we encourage all runners, sponsors, volunteers and spectators to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the event, to help local kids have a magical holiday.

2017 Fall Calendar of Events

By: sean Posted on: September 26, 2017 Comments: 0

Parent & Child Weekend!

By: sean Posted on: September 19, 2017 Comments: 0


Dates: September 29th – October 1st 2017
Cost: $195 per pair; $65 per additional child

Unpack those sleeping bags and join us for a fun-filled weekend at YMCA Camp Kern. This program is designed for a parent and their sons and/or daughters age 6-12. During your adventure here, you and your child will have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities including archery, climbing, trail rides (ages 8 & up), pony rides, games, hay rides, arts & crafts, and much more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to spend time with your family and meet new friends.


To Register

Register today by calling our office at 513-932-3756

For more information, please e-mail Sam Aldredge at saldredge@daytonymca.org

Thank you for a great summer!

By: sean Posted on: September 12, 2017 Comments: 0

We wanted to take a moment to thank everyone involved for making this summer so special: our curious, fun and energetic campers who taught us so much, our camper families who put their faith and trust in us with their most prized possession, our wonderful volunteers who keep us focused, and our incredible staff that once again delivered an exceptional, meaningful and important experience to kids from all over the country. More than 2000 campers this year, making it the 3rd year in a row of record breaking attendance, and we are so grateful that we get to be a part of something bigger than ourselves; bringing growth, friendship and leadership to the world. Thank you again for being part of our story. Until next summer….

Open House — May 21st!

By: sean Posted on: April 14, 2017 Comments: 0

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Spring Camp Is This Weekend!

By: sean Posted on: March 9, 2017 Comments: 0

First Flyer Spring 2015

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Register by Phone at 513-932-3756!

2017 Summer Camp Brochure

By: sean Posted on: February 20, 2017 Comments: 0

Check Out the 2017 Summer Camp Brochure!

Thanks for a Great Summer!

By: sean Posted on: August 24, 2016 Comments: 0

Summer 2016 was a HUGE success and we could not have done it with you! We at YCMA Camp Kern would just like to extend a giant Thank You to all of the campers, families, volunteers, and staff for helping us create a magical experience for over 1900 campers! We can’t wait to see you all back here in 2017!


2016 Summer Camp Brochure!

By: sean Posted on: March 13, 2016 Comments: 0

Check Out the 2016 Summer Camp Brochure today!