Summer Camp


2024 Camp Information - Under Construction!

Please note that program information on this site will be changing over the next few weeks as we get the site up-to-date with all the fun camp descriptions, new and updated programs, availability and pricing. 


While Summer Camp at YMCA Camp Kern is dedicated to fun for kids and teens of all ages, it is so much more than that. With a focus on friendships, campers spend the week participating in activities they choose, with amazing counselors from all over the world. Each program is designed with specific age groups in mind, and counselors are trained to not only build campers up, but to encourage and empower them to become more, guide them through challenges and provide great role models. We believe Camp is important; that is why we are proud to offer camper scholarship opportunities to those families who may not be able to afford the summer camp experience. For more information, please visit our scholarship information page

2024 Summer Camp Registration Coming Soon!

Campers can spend as little as one week, and as long as eight weeks at Camp Kern each summer. There are programs for campers aged 6 to 17, filled to the brim with activities and programming specifically designed for them. Camp Kern is known for a dedication to 'Kids First' programming, and for innovative and engaging camps which truly make each week unique.

To check program availability, and to help find programs your camper is eligible for based on factors such as age, gender, and camp dates, consider using the "Dates & Rates" tool linked below. Enter your camper's basic information in the Dates & Rates Tool, along with your interest in Financial Assistance and any specific camp dates you might be looking for. It will also ask you to choose a program category. Additional information on each program category can be found in the sections below.

2024 Summer Camp Dates & Rates coming soon!

Along with our many specialty programs, Camp Kern offers five “Core” programs:

Traditional Camp 

19.9 Summer Camp Traditional

Our most traditional program at camp. Traditional Camp (formerly Main Camp) is made up of four different aged-based Villages: Frontier, Explorer, Adventure and Pioneer. The four core values of the YMCA run through this program and build a great foundation for a successful week at camp. Campers have the perfect balance of scheduled activities and choice acitivites from a long list of options including nature, archery, rock climbing, waterfront activities, BB range, arts & crafts, drama, and more! This program also features the “Big Game”, a themed all-camp game on Wednesday evening which truly embodies the word “magical”. Add to the mix night hikes, team building, campfires, a dance, pool parties and a one night cook-out/camp-out and this is a week that promises real growth, true friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. 

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Day Camp & Semi-Residential Camps

19.9 Summer Camp Semi Residential

Technically two programs, but these 'introduction' programs are the best option for young first-time campers. Learn about YMCA values with a specially chosen staff who works to build friendships and confidence in new campers. Day camp days are followed by overnight experiences later in the week, and every day is filled with great age-appropriate activities: Arts and Crafts, Swimming, Sports, Nature Hikes and more! These camps stick together throughout their time, so the bonds between campers and staff are built quickly and create trust that leads to increased resilience and confidence.

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Horse Programs

19.9 Summer Camp Horse

Whether you are an accomplished rider, or you are just interested in starting out in the Equestrian world, Ranch Camp is the place to be! Spend all week riding in various formats and programs, doing ring riding and lessons, along with trail rides all over Camp Kern’s 485 acres. Get to know your assigned horse, and learn how to ride on many others! With programs for ages 7-16 and with traditional camp activities thrown into each program, Ranch Camp is a perfect place if you are looking for something just a little different. 

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Teen & Leadership Programs

19.9 Summer Camp Teen

The opportunity for Teens at YMCA Camp Kern is unlimited! Kern Challenge is filled with canoe trips, laser kraze and Ozone Zipline Adventures. Ultimate Survivor involves tribes squaring off in all-day challenges in search of a victory at Tribal Council. The Leaders in Training and Counselor in Training programs prepare campers to step up into roles of leadership both at camp and in the real world. With these programs and more, there is plenty of choice for those campers looking for a challenging but rewarding week. Boundary pushing, safety net removing and thrown in at the deep end activities will build confidence and skills that will last well beyond a week at camp. Friendships built through shared experiences, creative thinking enhanced through problem-solving and life lessons such as teamwork, leadership and communication are all part and parcel of our teen and leadership camps.


Fully-Immersive Camps

19.9 Summer Camp Theme

YMCA Camp Kern’s Fully-Immersive Camps are unique, fully-themed 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. Our themes change each summer, so check out this summer's offerings below. A truly one of a kind experience based on imagination, creativity and shared interests. 


Why choose Camp Kern?

  • Safety is our number one priority, that's why we are ACA accredited and proud of it.
  • We're a unique place where kids escape screens, have positive role models and take safe risks.
  • See what others are saying about us on our Testimonials Page.
  • Financial Assistance, Monthly Payment Plans and no hidden fees.


If you have questions about any aspect of our summer camp programs? Feel free to reach out to us!

Registration, Forms, Billing, or Financial Assistance:

Loretta Deters, Director of Adminstration - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (513)932-3756 ext. 1513

Molly Fassig, Administrative Coordinator - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (513)932-3756 ext. 1510

Traditional Camp, First Camp, Taste of Kern, or Sunrise Day Camp: 

Jesús Castaño, Summer Camp Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (513)932-3756 ext. 1528

Ranch Camp, Advanced Ranch Camp, or Boots & Bits:

Jessica Mullins, Equestrian Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (513)932-3756 ex. 1531

Teen Programs or Fully-Immersive Camps:

MacKallie Householder, Teen & Family Director - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (513)932-3756 ex. 1530

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, sexual orientation, military status, income or immigrant status, in any of its programs or operations.

2024 Summer Camp Sessions

Session 1: June 2-7

Session 2: June 9-14

Session 3: June 16-21

Session 4: June 23-28

Session 5: June 30-July 5

Session 6: July 7-12

Session 7: July 14-19

Session 8: July 21-26

Session 9: July 28-August 2