Theme Camps

Star Wars Characters Dressed Up at Themed Camp

YMCA Camp Kern’s Fully Themed Camps are unique, fully immersive programs that give campers an experience that you can’t find anywhere else. From the second they arrive till the moment they leave, campers live and experience the adventures, challenges, and moments of their favorite characters and stories. A truly one of a kind experience!


In order to keep up with campers interests, our theme camps change each year, so don't be surprised if you don't see a camp available that was offered in the past!

May The The Force Be With You

The First Order is back and Camp Kern is in imminent danger! It is up to YOU to help us get rid of them! Join us for a full week of Jedi Training at the Jedi Academy of Camp Kern. Throughout the week, our Padawans will learn the ways of the Force, the art of the lightsaber, and how to calm their mind and trust their instincts. All these skills will be vital to help save our galaxy. At the end of the week all Padawan campers will appear in front of the Jedi council to see if they have what it takes to call yourself a Jedi!


  • Session 1 (Sold Out)

Harry Potter is coming for an ENTIRE WEEK at Camp Kern!

From the moment you arrive, until you check out on Saturday, you will cease to be a Muggle, and will enter the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a student. Do you have what it takes to learn Potions? Are you ready for daily Quiddich practice? Do you know your spellbook forwards and back?

Tons of activity, imagination, and fun will fill this week. Come prepared to immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter, while enjoying all that Camp Kern has to offer!


  • Session 2 (Sold Out)
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Do you feel different?

Have you always felt that you didn’t quite belong? Have things never seemed to look the same to you as they did to other kids? Does one of your parents seems suspiciously “god-like”? Then you are a great candidate for Camp Jupiter! Come spend a week at camp, training your body and mind into the hero’s physique you were build for. Daily quests, monsters to vanquish, and a god-written destiny await all who answer the call of heroes!


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Meet your favourite story time characters!


New For 2020! Spend the week with crowd favorites enhancing your magical skills. Learn to fly with Peter Pan, tackle the obstacle course with Mulan, and refine your archery skills with Meridah and Robin Hood. End the week with a magical quest and play your part in ensuring everyone lives happily ever after.


  • Session 4

Agents 2

Hero's unite! With an upsurge of suspicious activity in the area, a new outpost of S.H.I.E.L.D is being established right here in Ohio! Come train with your favorite characters from the Marvel Universe and test your hero skills to see of you have what it takes to be an Agent of K.E.R.N (Kern's Enforcement & Reconnaissance Nation)!


  • Session 5

Next level magic...become a Prefect!


Are you ready to take the next step in your Hogwarts Adventure? Graduate to Prefect status and prepare to lead your House against a variety of challenges, from both inside and outside the walls of Hogwarts! Designed for those who have already attended Harry Potter Camp and are looking for the next challenge!


  • Session 6

Horseback riding literary camp

Immerse yourself in the world of Ranger’s Apprentice! This is a fully themed week where you will be instructed on horseback riding, trail riding, archery, tracking, survival skills, stealth and Ranger missions. If you love Ranger’s Apprentice, this officially-sanctioned camp will test your strength, loyalty and commitment. Defend the kingdom from Morgarath’s Wargals, Skandian Raiders, and the fearsome Temujai warriors. Come as an Apprentice. Earn your Silver Oak Leaf. Become a Ranger.

All riding levels are welcome to this overnight horseback riding literary camp!


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Kids Dressed Up Like Minecraft Playing with Foam Swords

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)