Day Camp

19.9 Day Camp First Camp

Our 'Day Camps' consist of a few days of traditional day camp (morning to evening), followed by two nights of residential camp. Cost includes before & after care with drop off as early as 7:30am and pick up by 6:00pm. Breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner are all included! See below for individual program details.


Both our First Camp and Taste of Kern programs are designed for the first-time camper. With schedules specifially created to showcase almost everything, our specially trained staff help campers adjust to life at camp, and create a caring atmosphere to ease young campers into the residential camping experience. Campers will remain with the same counselors and group of campers each day, making sure they feel more at home everytime they return. 

Check out the details of each camp below.

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.


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.


Day Camp Awesomeness!

This Ranch Day Camp will teach beginning Ranchers the basics of horse care and horseback riding. Daily activities will include: safety around horses, grooming, tacking, leading horses, and horseback riding. Ranchers will have daily riding lessons along with guided trails! Ranchers will learn respect and responsibility through hands on care while learning about all aspects of horses. Other activities include swimming, rock climbing walls, and arts and crafts. Lunch and snack are included in each fun filled day!


Day Camp with Overnights!

This Ranch Day Camp will teach beginning Ranchers the basics of horse care and horseback riding, just like the above Boots and Bits, but with a twist! Pack your bags, because on Wednesday night, you’ll get to join the ranks at Elk Lodge as you become an overnight ranch camper for two days!


2020 Summer Camp Themes

Session 1 – Star Wars
(June 14 - June 20)

Session 2 – Harry Potter
(June 21 - June 27)

Session 3 – Ultimate Kern Week
(June 28 - July 4)

Session 4 – Neverland 
(July 5 - July 11)

Session 5 – Agents of K.E.R.N.
(July 12 - July 18)

Session 6 – Willy Wonka
(July 19 - July 25)

Session 7 – Color Wars
(July 26 - Aug. 1)

Session 8 – Harry Potter
(Aug. 2 - Aug. 8)

Session 9 – Jurassic Camp
(Aug. 9 - Aug. 15)