Traditional Camp

The Traditional 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.

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Traditional 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.

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.

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$595 Per Week

Explorer Village Campers will enjoy a thrilling week of fun and adventure.

Each week includes the traditional charm of Traditional 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 Traditional Camp! Spending a week at Explorer Village builds friendships for life, and independence for the future!

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$595 Per Week

No two days are the same!

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.

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$595 Per Week

Step up to Pioneer!

Pioneer Village is designed for the teen who still wants the Traditional 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 Traditional Camp program to do the High Ropes course, and features extra team-building and leadership activities.  Step up to Pioneer!

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$595 Per Week

5 days & 2 nights

Kids in a Life Vest

This is the perfect opportunity for first time campers to get acquainted with the magic of camp life under the careful and constant supervision of specially chosen counselors. Campers will spend Monday and Tuesday participating in Day Camp activities such as Arts & Crafts, Nature Center, Sports, Swimming and Adventure Games. On Wednesday campers will pack their bags and prepare themselves for some of the most fun they will ever have as they move into one of our air conditioned cabins. Campers will continue enjoying activities such as canoeing, campfires, inside climbing wall and nature hikes. First Camp follows a modified schedule: Monday and Tuesday campers spend the day at camp and return home each evening. On Wednesday, the campers are dropped off in the morning and spend two nights at Camp. Check out is on Friday evening beginning at 5:30 pm.

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6 Days & 2 Nights

Find out everything YMCA Camp Kern has to offer in this program specially designed for first-time campers. Spend three days enjoying the amazing activities of camp including canoeing, arts and crafts, rock climbing, nature hikes, and much more. On Thursday, pack your bags and head back to camp for two nights of intense fun! Spend Thursday night under the stars experiencing a traditional camp out complete with s’mores. Friday night is just as fun with a TOK slumber party unlike any celebration you’ve been to before! Taste of Kern follows a modified schedule: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are spent at Camp and campers return home each evening. Campers are dropped off Thursday morning and spend two nights at Camp. Check out is on Saturday morning.

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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.

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Climbing a Rock Wall at Camp Kern

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; Camp Dance, Pool Parties, Talent Show, Campfires and all camp games such as Under Siege, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Neverland 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 camp songs, night hikes and Camp Outs! Come spend the summer with us and watch your child grow!

2019 Summer Camp Themes!

Session 1 – Harry Potter

Session 2 – Color Wars

Session 3 – Ultimate Kern Week

Session 4 – Fantastic Beasts

Session 5 – Agents of Kern

Session 6 – Star Wars

Session 7 – Neverland

Session 8 – Harry Potter

Session 9 – Jurassic Camp

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2019 Summer Camp Themes

Session 1 – Harry Potter
(June 16 - June 22)

Session 2 – Color Wars
(June 23 - June 29)

Session 3 – Ultimate Kern Week
(June 30 - July 6)

Session 4 – Fantastic Beasts
(July 7 - July 13)

Session 5 – Agents of Kern
(July 14 - July 20)

Session 6 – Star Wars
(July 21 - July 27)

Session 7 – Neverland
(July 28 - Aug. 3)

Session 8 – Harry Potter
(Aug. 4 - Aug. 10)

Session 9 – Jurassic Camp
(Aug. 11 - Aug. 17)