Our Mission

Mission Vespers

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

Our Mission

"The YMCA of Greater Dayton, based on Christian principles, is a charitable organization with an inclusive environment driven to enrich the quality of family, spiritual, social, mental and physical well being for all."

Our Vision

"To unleash the potential in all through enriching outdoor experiences."

What we stand for

'More of permanent value can be achieved with a week in camp with a boy than months of casual contact' - Carl B. Kerncb1

Our goal is to provide every guest with a memorable experience that meets the goals of their visit, whether that be challenging themselves, disconnecting from the digital world, making new friends, reconnecting with colleagues or building new relationships.

We are passionate about our 'kids and guest first philosophy', meaning that it runs through every decision we make and while safety is always our number one priority, we strive to ensure that all our guests feel welcomed and comfortable during their time with us, aiming to provide a meaningful experience. Serving over 30,000 guests a year can be a challenge at times, but our team has a 'can-do' attitude that allows us to find solutions to any problems that may arise.  We are proud of our reputation for excellent customer service and we are confident in our ability to exceed expectations for all our guests. 

We are told time and again that camp is a place where, "I can be myself" or that "Camp is my second home" and we hope that all our guests leave with that same feeling. Camp is an inclusive environment, designed for all and we are adamant about making this a safe place for everyone to be themselves, learn about themselves and grow as an individual. We strive for diversity and inclusion in all we do and expect the same of our staff, volunteers and guests.

Click here to read what people are saying about their experience with us, explore the rest of our website then give us a call, schedule a tour and come and see what we can do for you, your family, your group or your company / organization. We can't wait to serve you.

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

YMCA Camp Kern does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, income or immigrant status, in any of its programs or operations.