Donate to Kern

Help Camp Be Around For Another 110 years

There are so many ways to support Camp. Keep scrolling for details on: Annual Scholarship Campaign, Monetary Donations, Planned Giving, Wish Lists and more.

YMCA Camp Kern is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Tough Times...

You've heard it a million times recently, 'these are challenging / uncertain / unprecedented times'.

Camp is not immune, and although we know we will be here for another 110 years, there is no doubt that resources are more limited than at any time in our recent history. We have utilized government assistance, funding from the YMCA National Organization, and have made difficult staffing decisions to help with our financial situation, but we could always use a helping hand...and we are not too proud to ask our Camp community for support.

Donations will help us make camp as safe as possible and allow us to continue to provide financial assistance to those in need. We are committed to never turning a camper or guest away for an inability to pay, and this pandemic will not change that.

If you are able to help please click the blue button, or check out the other ways to help below (please select 'Camp Kern' in the 'Campaign' drop-down box).     

DONATE ONLINE

If you'd like to donate over the phone, call us at 513-932-3756 or you can mail a check to YMCA Camp Kern 5291 State Route 350, Oregonia, OH 45054. Thank you for your support.

Amazon Wish List

Because who doesn't love receiving Amazon Packages! If you want to help us with some supplies and items that we need here at Camp, check out our Amazon Wish List. We will be updating this list regularly. Thanks friends!

AMAZON WISH LIST

Wish List

Below is a list of items that Camp would gladly accept as donations. We are happy to provide documentation recognizing the value of the donated item. Contact Chris Addison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 513-932-3756 x1512 if you are able to help.

  • Lumber
  • Power Tools
  • Cars or Trucks  
  • Golf Cart / Gator / Tractor
  • Horses able to be used for trail rides or riding lessons  
  • Flat sheets
  • Books for our Camp Library (camper appropriate)
  • Sand
  • Furniture (bed frames, closets, drawers etc.)  

Annual Campaign 2021

We believe every child deserves a Summer Camp experience. A chance to make new friends, connect with nature, face and solve challenges every day, and take risks in a safe environment dedicated to building character.

 DONATE ONLINE

(Remember to select Camp Kern in the 'Campaign' drop down box) 

2021 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN BROCHURE

Unfortunately, some families are unable to afford such an experience, which is where you come in! Our Annual Scholarship Campaign raises funds to help send hundreds of kids to camp every year, but we can’t do it alone! By donating to our Annual Campaign, you will be ensuring that we never have to turn a child away for their inability to pay, and you will be helping continue a tradition of camping excellence that is 110 years old. 100% of money raised is used to provide financial assistance to campers.

Bob Ross Donation

Please help us achieve our 2021 goal of $98,000. For more information, please contact Camp Kern 513-932-3756 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Planned Giving - Heritage Club

One of the best ways to support Camp Kern and our mission into the future is through a planned gift, as part of our 'Heritage Club'. There are numerous ways you or your family can participate; some of the most common are:

  • Bequest By Will
  • Life Insurance Gift
  • Retirement Plan Assets
  • Property

This helpful document provides some details on these options and your financial advisor can provide specific details on the most suitable method and any tax benefits. We are also here to answer any questions you may have and to make sure your wishes are clearly defined and met. To become part of our Heritage Club, complete the form below and return to Chris Addison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or via mail (5291 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia, OH 45054).

CAMP KERN HERITAGE CLUB INTENTION FORM