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The Main Camp program at YMCA Camp Kern is our heart and soul of the summer camp experience. Here campers get a feel for all the different types of activities that Camp Kern offers. Where imagination comes alive! Campers spend a week participating in cabin activities and choosing some of their own daily activities while making friends, developing skills, growing in confidence and creating lasting memories on Camp Kern’s beautiful 485 acres.

Main Camp is divided into four villages by age. All cabins are air conditioned and heated. Please choose the village most suited for your camper to ensure the best cabin placement.

Frontier Village

Ages 7-9

There is never a dull moment in Frontier Village. Each day is jam packed with exciting games and activities specially designed for Frontier Village. Counselors are trained to ensure a positive experience for younger campers. Frontier camps out as a village together and plays a special village game known only to Frontier each week!  Frontier campers enjoy their own pool time for one hour each morning, where they learn some basic water safety in fun and engaging games. Campers then choose two other activities to fill out their daily schedule. Frontier campers cook their own pizza dinner cookout on Monday night, and follow it up with a Frontier campout and campfire! Frontier is the best week in the world for any 7 to 9 year old, regardless of their camp experience in the past.

Register
$595 per week

Explorer Village

Ages 9-11

Explorer Village Campers will enjoy a thrilling week of fun and adventure. Each week includes the traditional charm of Main Camp including choosing your own activities, with specialized programs only for Explorer Village. Each Tuesday features games such as Capture the Coo Stick, which is both highly entertaining and exhausting. Explorer campers conquer the Giant Swing during their week of fun, and have their first shot at the Archery Range! To round things out, the week features optional Trail Rides, and access to all of the Add-on Programs for Main Camp! Spending a week at Explorer Village builds friendships for life, and independence for the future!

Register
$595 per week

Weekend Stay-Over

Ages 9-15

Want to experience the magic of camp for two weeks or more in a row? Stay the weekend in between at Kern!  The weeks must be consecutive weeks at camp.  Saturday is spent relaxing from the week by going to Kings Island, The Beach, The Newport Aquarium, and many other fun excursions!  Saturday ends with a movie night at camp.  All campers laundry is cleaned in between weeks.  Only available to campers ages 9 to 15.

Register
FREE

Adventure Village

Ages 11-13

During their Adventure Village experience, campers spend their days trying new activities and participating in some of Camp Kern’s most exciting events.  No two days are ever the same in this fun program, where campers choose their own activities for the week.  Adventure participates in the themed all-camp game, along with an individualized campout experience where they camp out with their cabin mates and prepare their own “Hobo Dinner” over a campfire!
Village Game night is spent playing Raptor Tag in the evening, a game on which the future of Camp Kern rests. Every camper spends time riding the Double Demon Zipline, and for the first time, shooting at the Rifle Range! If you are ready for Adventure, you will go home with new friends, great memories, and completely exhausted.

Register
$595 per week

Pioneer Village

Ages 13-14

Pioneer Village is designed for the teen who still wants the Main Camp experience, but is ready for new challenges. We combine all the fun and excitement of Adventure Village, with bonus features reserved only for Pioneer Village.  Pioneer Village campers will choose their own activities for the week, play themed all-camp games, and create traditions which will carry on for years to come. Pioneer Village is the only Main Camp program to do the High Ropes course, and features extra team-building and leadership activities.  Step up to Pioneer!

Register
$595 per week

Frontier Village

Ages 13-14

There is never a dull moment in Frontier Village. Each day is jam packed with exciting games and activities specially designed for Frontier Village. Counselors are trained to ensure a positive experience for younger campers. Frontier camps out as a village together and plays a special village game known only to Frontier each week!  Frontier campers enjoy their own pool time for one hour each morning, where they learn some basic water safety in fun and engaging games. Campers then choose two other activities to fill out their daily schedule. Frontier campers cook their own pizza dinner cookout on Monday night, and follow it up with a Frontier campout and campfire! Frontier is the best week in the world for any 7 to 9 year old, regardless of their camp experience in the past.

$595 per week
Register

Explorer Village

Ages 13-14

Explorer Village Campers will enjoy a thrilling week of fun and adventure. Each week includes the traditional charm of Main Camp including choosing your own activities, with specialized programs only for Explorer Village. Each Tuesday features games such as Capture the Coo Stick, which is both highly entertaining and exhausting. Explorer campers conquer the Giant Swing during their week of fun, and have their first shot at the Archery Range! To round things out, the week features optional Trail Rides, and access to all of the Add-on Programs for Main Camp! Spending a week at Explorer Village builds friendships for life, and independence for the future!

$595 per week
Register

Weekend Stay-Over

Ages 13-14

Want to experience the magic of camp for two weeks or more in a row? Stay the weekend in between at Kern!  The weeks must be consecutive weeks at camp.  Saturday is spent relaxing from the week by going to Kings Island, The Beach, The Newport Aquarium, and many other fun excursions!  Saturday ends with a movie night at camp.  All campers laundry is cleaned in between weeks.  Only available to campers ages 9 to 15.

$595 per week
Register

Adventure Village

Ages 13-14

During their Adventure Village experience, campers spend their days trying new activities and participating in some of Camp Kern’s most exciting events.  No two days are ever the same in this fun program, where campers choose their own activities for the week.  Adventure participates in the themed all-camp game, along with an individualized campout experience where they camp out with their cabin mates and prepare their own “Hobo Dinner” over a campfire!
Village Game night is spent playing Raptor Tag in the evening, a game on which the future of Camp Kern rests. Every camper spends time riding the Double Demon Zipline, and for the first time, shooting at the Rifle Range! If you are ready for Adventure, you will go home with new friends, great memories, and completely exhausted.

$595 per week
Register

Pioneer Village

Ages 13-14

Pioneer Village is designed for the teen who still wants the Main Camp experience, but is ready for new challenges. We combine all the fun and excitement of Adventure Village, with bonus features reserved only for Pioneer Village.  Pioneer Village campers will choose their own activities for the week, play themed all-camp games, and create traditions which will carry on for years to come. Pioneer Village is the only Main Camp program to do the High Ropes course, and features extra team-building and leadership activities.  Step up to Pioneer!

$595 per week
Register

General Activities available at Camp Kern include: canoeing, digital photography, archery, tango tower, BBs, drama, nature, radio, arts and crafts, sports, swimming, disc golf, rock climbing and many more.

All of Camp Kern’s campers come together during our unique and exciting evening activities! Games such as Under Siege, Star Wars, Toy Story, Pokemon, and Harry Potter Day make fantasy a reality, while building camper teamwork and leadership skills.

Our progressive programs allow for new skill orientation each year a camper returns to camp with specialized activities for each age group and village. No week at Camp Kern is complete without the traditional campfires, songs, night hikes and Camp Outs! Come spend the summer with us and watch your child grow!

 

2017 Summer Camp Themes!

Session 1 – Star Wars

Session 2 – Color Wars

Session 3 – Ultimate Kern Week

Session 4 – Medieval

Session 5 – Pokemon

Session 6 – Star Wars

Session 7 – Minecraft

Session 8 – Harry Potter