Parent Info

All the drop-off, pickup, packing list and general camp information you can handle! Please note that although we try to make this information as up to date as possible, occasionally there may be some slight changes to schedule or programs. Don't forget to check out our 'Forms' page to get electronic versions of all the paperwork you and your camper will need.


2020 Parent Planner (2021 coming soon!)


Join us at our Camp Kern Open House!

Come out to Camp Kern for a day of family fun! Tours of camp, refreshments and summer camp food samples, the Climbing Wall, Canoeing and the entire camp to yourself are yours to enjoy. Bring the whole family for this free Sunday afternoon at camp. Summer Camp counselors will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, and to lead tours. No reservations required, just show up on the day!

2021 Open House Dates:

March: Sunday 7th, 1pm-3.30pm - Online

April: Saturday 3rd, Online 1pm - 2pm then in-person self-guided tour option 2.30pm - 5pm. Register here

May: Sunday 2nd, 1pm-5pm - In-person

Reasons to Choose Camp Kern

We are affordable for everyone. See some ways that we are helping families make camp more affordable.

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  • Our first priority is the safety of our campers. This is shown through our continued accreditation with the ACA (American Camp Association) standards. In order to maintain compliance, Camp Kern must adhere to over 200 Safety, Health, and Program standards.
  • All staff go through a vigorous application process, including background and reference checks, as well as, an extensive interview. In addition, all summer camp staff are required to attend week long training at camp, with additional training offered for skills such as life guarding, archery instruction, ropes course instruction, and equestrian instruction.
  • We are situated on 485 beautiful acres in Warren County conveniently located between Cincinnati and Dayton.
  • We pride ourselves in the vast program choices we offer campers. There is a program to interest every camper at Kern. From horseback riding, to science, to teen adventures, we have a program for everyone!
  • We offer a progressive program that allows campers to return year after year to try new challenges and adventures.
  • At YMCA Camp Kern, we will do everything we can to accommodate campers with special medical or heath needs or dietary restrictions. Please contact us or call us at (513-932-3756) to discuss your campers needs so we can give them a great experience. 

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