Theme Camps

Star Wars Characters Dressed Up at Themed Camp

YMCA Camp Kern’s Fully Themed Camps are unique, fully immersive programs that give campers an experience that you can’t find anywhere else. From the second they arrive till the moment they leave, campers live and experience the adventures, challenges, and moments of their favorite characters and stories. A truly one of a kind experience!

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In order to keep up with campers interests, our theme camps change each year, so don't be surprised if you don't see a camp available that was offered in the past!

Theme Camp Packages

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!

Availability

  • Session 3
  • Session 8

Have you always felt that you didn’t quite belong? Have things never seemed to look the same to you as they did to other kids? Does one of your parents seems suspiciously “god-like”? Then 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!

Availability

  • Session 2

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.

Note: 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.)

Availability

  • Session 3
  • Session 7

advanced rangers

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!

Availability

  • Session 4
  • Session 8

The First Order is back and Camp Kern is in imminent danger! It is up to YOU to help us get rid of them! Join us for a full week of Jedi Training at the Jedi Academy. Learn from our very own Jedi Masters how to harness the force, train in the art of lightsaber battling. Go on missions to help save the galaxy! And finally, appear in front of the Jedi council to see if you have what it takes to call yourself a Jedi!

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 2017 is going to be another awesome year filled with new games and adventure!

Availability

  • Session 1
  • Session 6

New for 2017!

Out of the American Wizarding World among the likes of “No-majs” and the MACUSA comes our newest Themed Camp at Camp Kern! Upon arrival, campers will be introduced to a new wizarding school (Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) and will be sorted into new houses (Pukwudgie, Thunderbird, Horned Serpent, and Wampus) and will discover a whole new wizarding world! Throughout the week, not only will campers attend classes with their new Ilvermorny Professors, but in the evenings they will also be going on adventures to help discover and protect some of the New and Fantastic Beasts that the American Wizarding World has to offer! Don’t miss your chance to sign-up for this brand new and exciting immersive week of the most magical week of wizarding yet!

Availability

  • Session 4

Gotta Catch 'Em All!

Do you wanna be the very best? Like no one ever was? Now for one week only, Kern Campers will have the chance to train under the best Pokémon Masters the world has ever seen! Learn the skills necessary to become a Pokémon Trainer, catch and battle with Pokémon, and even learn what it takes to beat the Elite 4! Don’t miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime!

Availability

  • Session 5

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

Kids Dressed Up Like Minecraft Playing with Foam Swords

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)