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. After registering, please make sure to complete all required camper forms in the Forms & Documents section of your CampInTouch account

Please review the latest Parent Planner booklet for suggested packing lists, drop-off/pick-up schedules, summer camp rules, etc!


New for 2023! We are using a new app (Bunk1) to help parents view camper photos during their session and also send messages or "bunk notes." Information on how to set up your app access is available in your CampInTouch account Forms & Documents section after registering. We'll also hand out a flyer on how to set up Bunk1 access at camper check-in. Some features on the app are still under construction but will be ready by the time camp rolls around!

Join us at New Camper Orientation!

Come out to Camp Kern for a day of family fun! Tours of camp, refreshments and summer camp food samples, 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! Formerly "open houses," these events have been redesigned and are now orientations geared toward registered first-time campers.

2023 New Camper Orientation Dates

Sunday, April 30: 1-4PM

Sunday, May 7: 1-4PM

Private Family Tours

Still trying to decide if camp might be a good fit for your family? We are in the process of setting up an easy-to-use online tour scheduling system. In the meantime, please reach out to one of our program directors if you are interested in scheduling a tour for your family:

Traditional Camp, First Camp, Taste of Kern, or Sunrise Day Camp: Jesús Castaño, Interim 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


Reasons to Choose Camp Kern

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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.

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