Teen Camps

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Camp Kern is dedicated to developing our young adults into thoughtful, positive influencers in the world, through a variety of programs. Each of the programs listed below offers something a little above and beyond a normal week at camp, but what they all share in common is a committed focus on giving teens experiences and memories that will help them succeed in the future.

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Each of these programs keeps the same group of teens together with the same group of carefully selected counselors to ensure that real relationships can be formed and near-peer mentorship can happen. Check out the programs below, and decide which one is right for you.

Girls Leading The Way!

Come and experience a great adventure! We’ll live in rustic cabins; enjoy camp’s adventurous activities like low ropes, climbing, hiking, zip lining, tower climbing, and more! We’ll focus on building leadership skills, challenging fears, building self esteem, and making friends. We’ll finish the week with an overnight camping trip to a local state park.

Availability

  • Session 2

This newly redesigned program is designed for the camper who has a spirit for adventure and is ready to take on new challenges. Test your sense of adventure while tackling challenges like our high ropes course, Ozone Zipline, 9-mile canoe trip, and other numerous high adventure activities!

Availability

  • Session 2 (Sold out)
  • Session 4
  • Session 6
  • Session 8

Back by popular demand! Challenge yourself to a week of living in the outdoors while competing with and against friends. Living quarters will be rustic, challenges will be difficult and the opportunities to build character and meet new friends will be endless! At the end of each session we’ll name Kern’s Ultimate Character Survivor, who will receive a free week of camp the next summer.

Availability

  • Session 1
  • Session 5

Teen Survivor is back! This is the ulitmate program to test yourself, make lifelong friends, and experience Camp Kern in a way you have never imagined! Challenges will be greater and Survivor will have a brand new home! What challenges await you? Who will be this year’s Ultimate Teen Survivor?! The prize is still the same: a new and improved self-image, along with a free week of camp for the week’s winner.

Availability

  • Session 3
  • Session 7

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West Virginia is not for the faint of heart! Come prepared to push youself and meet some life-long friends as you make memories. Travel to West Virginia and begin with a run down the Lower New River in Class II to IV rapids (those are big!). Next, challenge and competition await on the paintball field. Run a professional vendor, this is your chance to show off some paint marking skills. Following paintball, the entire group is challenged to complete a unique Mud Obstacle course! To request any additional information, or if you have any questions regarding our Kern Adventure Trips programs, please contact Sam Aldredge at (513) 932-3756 ext. 1530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Availability

  • Session 3 (Sold out)

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On this adventurous trip campers will travel to West Virginia’s New River for a white water rafting and rock climbing adventure. The adventure begins with a run down the Lower New River in duckies (inflatable two person rafts), followed by a wild ride down the Upper New River in a Guided Raft. After they hit the rapids, it is time for some rappelling and rock climbing on the rock faces seen from the New River. To request any additional information, or if you have any questions regarding our Kern Adventure Trips programs, please contact Sam Aldredge at (513) 932-3756 ext. 1530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Availability

  • Session 7

Learn to be a Leader!

While living in a rustic setting, campers participate in the main camp activities and programs while focusing on their leadership skills and program development. This training is a stepping stone for older campers who are interested in transitioning into future camp leaders, but still enjoy the magic of being a camper.

Availability

  • Session 1
  • Session 3
  • Session 5

Two Weeks of Growth!

This two week program is the first step towards becoming a Counselor at YMCA Camp Kern. You will leran from some of our very best counselors what it means to be a summer camp counselor and will gain valuable experience and skills that will help you change lives as a senior counselor. For more information, including how to complete the CIT Application and CIT Reference Check, please click here.

Availability

  • Session 1
  • Session 3
  • Session 5
  • Session 7

$750 for two weeks

Fun All Weekend Long!

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 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.

Availability

  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 4
  • Session 5
  • Session 6
  • Session 7

2018 Summer Camp Themes

Session 1 – Star Wars
(June 17 - June 23)

Session 2 – Color Wars
(June 24 - June 30)

Session 3 – Ultimate Kern Week
(July 1 - July 7)

Session 4 – Lego
(July 8 - July 14)

Session 5 – Pokemon
(July 15 - July 21)

Session 6 – Superheroes
(July 22 - July 28)

Session 7 – Minions
(July 29 - Aug. 4)

Session 8 – Harry Potter
(Aug. 5 - Aug. 11)