Teen & Leadership Camps

Kids in Life Vest Having Fun in Water

YMCA Camp Kern prides itself on programming which helps develop our teens and campers into the future leaders of tomorrow. These programs focus on character building, leadership development, teamwork, and challenging oneself physically, mentally and emotionally. Whether your camper is looking to grow into one of the future leaders of Camp Kern or become a leader in the community, YMCA Camp Kern's leadership camps has a program for them. Each of the programs listed below offers something a little above and beyond a traditional week at camp, but they all share a focus on giving experiences and memories that will help teens and campers succeed in the future. Looking for Teen Equestrian programs? Click here.


This newly redesigned program is designed for the camper who has a spirit for adventure and is ready to take on new challenges. Test your sense of adventure while tackling challenges like our high ropes course, Ozone Zipline, 9-mile canoe trip, and other numerous high adventure activities!


  • Session 2 (Sold out)
  • Session 4 (Sold out)
  • Session 6 (Sold out)
  • Session 8 (Sold out)
  • Session 9

Learn to be a Leader!

While living in a rustic setting, campers participate in the main camp activities and programs while focusing on their leadership skills and program development. This training is a stepping stone for older campers who are interested in transitioning into future camp leaders, but still enjoy the magic of being a camper.


  • Session 1 (Sold out)
  • Session 3 (Sold out)
  • Session 5

Two Weeks of Growth!

This two week program is the first step towards becoming a Counselor at YMCA Camp Kern. You will learn from some of our very best counselors what it means to be a summer camp counselor and will gain valuable experience and skills that will help you change lives as a senior counselor. For more information, including how to complete the CIT Application and CIT Reference Check, please click here.


  • Session 1
  • Session 3
  • Session 5
  • Session 7

$750 for two weeks

Kids in a Group Having Fun at Camp Kern

2021 Summer Camp Themes

Session 1 – Star Wars
(June 13 - June 18)

Session 2 – Harry Potter
(June 20 - June 25)

Session 3 – Ultimate Kern Week
(June 27 - July 2)

Session 4 – Neverland 
(July 4 - July 9)

Session 5 – Agents of K.E.R.N.
(July 11 - July 16)

Session 6 – Willy Wonka
(July 18 - July 23)

Session 7 – Rainbow Royale
(July 25 - July 30)

Session 8 – Harry Potter
(Aug. 1 - Aug. 6)

Session 9 – Jurassic Camp
(Aug. 8 - Aug. 13)