Camp Kern

Literary Themed Camps

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

Each week offers a camp based on your favorite literary tales!

Session 1 : Super Hero Comic Adventures!

Session 2 : Percy Jackson

Session 3 : Star Wars

Session 4 : Harry Potter

Session 5 : The Hobbit

Session 6 : Percy Jackson

Session 7 : Harry Potter

Session 8 : Minecraft

Harry Potter Week – Ages 9-14

Sessions 4 & 7


Harry Potter is coming for an ENTIRE WEEK at Camp Kern! From the moment you arrive, until you check out on Saturday, you will cease to be a Muggle, and will enter the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a student. Do you have what it takes to learn Potions? Are you ready for daily Quiddich practice? Do you know your spellbook forwards and back?

Tons of activity, imagination, and fun will fill this week. Come prepared to immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter, while enjoying all that Camp Kern has to offer!

Percy Jackson Week – Ages 9-14

Sessions 2 & 6

You’ve always felt that you didn’t quite belong. Things never seemed to look the same to you as they did to other kids. One of your parents seems suspiciously “god-like”. You can read Latin. You are a great candidate for Camp Jupiter! Come spend a week at camp, training your body and mind into the hero’s physique you were build for. Daily quests, monsters to vanquish, and a god-written destiny await all who answer the call of heroes!

Ranger’s Apprentice – Ages 10-14

Sessions 3* & 7

Immerse yourself in the world of Ranger’s Apprentice! This week is fully-themed, and you will be instructed on horseback riding, trail riding, archery, tracking, survival skills, stealth and missions throughout the week.

For more information, see the Ranger’s Apprentice Page.

*Due to the 4th of July, Session 3 is a shortened week. Camper Pick Up will be at 6pm, Friday, July 3rd. (Please subtract $50 from the cost of this program for Session 3 only.)

Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice – Ages 12-16


Session 4, 8 (Co-ed)

For those who love Ranger’s Apprentice camp and are looking for more, Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice is for you. Build on your Ranger skills in horseback riding, archery, and stealthing while taking on even more challenging missions. This week will test Ranger’s Apprentices to see if they have what it takes to become a Ranger.

Previous participation in Ranger’s Apprentice Camp is recommended for Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice. Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice can be combined with Ranger’s Apprentice to create a two week Ranger experience!

Star Wars/Clone Wars Week – Ages 9-14

Session 3

Are you prepared to embark on the greatest adventure ever seen in a galaxy long ago and far away? There is war brewing between the Republic, Clones, Trade Federation, Outer Rim Planets…and there have been reports that the Sith are reemerging. Join forces with the greatest heroes of the universe and take down the darkest evil ever faced. Your week will train you in the ways and honor of the Jedi, while challenging you with the nightly missions. Gather your courage and prepare to become one with the Force!

This week of Star Wars fun was created in conjunction with Lucasfilm, LTD. Camp Kern was able to be a part of creating an awesome camp resource for use by camps around the country as they integrate Star Wars themes into their camp! Campers last year loved Star Wars camp, and 2013 is going to be another awesome year filled with new games and adventure!

Minecraft Week – Ages 9-14

Session 8



New for 2016! Come experience all of the wonders of Minecraft in real time! More information coming soon!


Super Hero Adventures – Ages 9-14

Session 1



“With great power comes great responsibility…”

Do you have what it takes become a superhero? To be the protector of Camp Kern? Spend a week learning the skills it takes to save Camp Kern from the perils of evil. Learn to Fly, battle evil, and be righteous while being fully immersed into a world of Comic Book Superheroes. Evil is afoot and only you can bring the light back to YMCA Camp Kern!


The Hobbit – Ages 10-15

Session 5

Few have ever lived-out a greater adventure than Bilbo Baggins in the story of The Hobbit. Now, for one week only, you have the chance to live that same journey. Travel all over camp throughout the week, living out one of the greatest stories ever told. You will be fully immersed in a journey like no other — starting from the shire and traveling along learning the skills it takes to survive!


To request any additional information, or if you have any questions regarding our Literary Camp programs, please contact Sam Aldredge at (513) 932-3756 ext. 1530 or saldredge@daytonymca.org.