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.


Check out the list of programs below and find one that will be a great fit. We also have some Teen Programs that can be viewed by clicking here.

Girls Only!

Come and experience a great adventure! We’ll live in rustic cabins; enjoy camp’s adventurous activities like low ropes, climbing, hiking, zip lining, tower climbing, and more! We’ll focus on building leadership skills, challenging fears, building self esteem, and making friends. We’ll finish the week with an overnight camping trip to a local state park.


  • Session 1

A week with just the girls!

Participate in traditional camp activities like the climbing wall, canoeing, and arts and crafts, as well as, focus on specific topics such as self defense, friendship self esteem, and team building. We’ll finish the week off with a trip to yellow springs for a picnic and hike.


  • Session 7 (Sold out)

Boys Only!

This is a great opportunity for boys to experience all of Camp Kern’s exciting activities including the Double Zipline, Tango Tower, Mine Shaft, hiking, canoeing, and much more. The focus will be on leadership skills, overcoming fears, building self-esteem, making new friends, and most of all, having fun! The week will come to an exciting close with an overnight camping trip.


  • Session 4 (Sold out)

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
  • Session 3
  • Session 5

Two Weeks of Fun!

This two week program is the first step towards becoming a Counselor at YMCA Camp Kern. You will leran 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. Click here for more detailed information, including how to complete the CIT Application and CIT Refrence Check.


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

$750 for two weeks

Fun All Weekend Long!


 Want to experience the magic of camp for two weeks or more in a row? Stay the weekend in between at Kern!  The weeks must be consecutive weeks at camp.  Saturday is spent relaxing from the week by going to Kings Island, The Beach, The Newport Aquarium, and many other fun excursions!  Saturday ends with a movie night at camp.  All campers laundry is cleaned in between weeks.  Only available to campers ages 9 to 15.


  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 4
  • Session 5
  • Session 6
  • Session 7
  • Session 8
Kids in a Group Having Fun at Camp Kern

2019 Summer Camp Themes

Session 1 – Harry Potter
(June 16 - June 22)

Session 2 – Color Wars
(June 23 - June 29)

Session 3 – Ultimate Kern Week
(June 30 - July 6)

Session 4 – Fantastic Beasts
(July 7 - July 13)

Session 5 – Agents of Kern
(July 14 - July 20)

Session 6 – Star Wars
(July 21 - July 27)

Session 7 – Neverland
(July 28 - Aug. 3)

Session 8 – Harry Potter
(Aug. 4 - Aug. 10)

Session 9 – Jurassic Camp
(Aug. 11 - Aug. 17)