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!

Theme Camp Packages

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!


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!


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!


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.


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 (Sold Out)

Horseback riding literary camp

Immerse yourself in the world of Ranger’s Apprentice! This week is fully-themed, and you will be instructed on horseback riding, trail riding, archery, tracking, survival skills, stealth and missions throughout the week.

For more information, see the Ranger’s Apprentice Page.

Note: Due to the 4th of July, Session 3 is a shortened week. Camper Pick Up will be at 6pm, Friday, July 3rd. (Please subtract $50 from the cost of this program for Session 3 only.)


Horseback riding literary camp

advanced rangers

For those who love Ranger’s Apprentice camp and are looking for more, Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice is for you. Build on your Ranger skills in horseback riding, archery, and stealthing while taking on even more challenging missions. This week will test Ranger’s Apprentices to see if they have what it takes to become a Ranger.

Previous participation in Ranger’s Apprentice Camp is recommended for Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice. Advanced Ranger’s Apprentice can be combined with Ranger’s Apprentice to create a two week Ranger experience!


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.


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  • Session 7

Kids Dressed Up Like Minecraft Playing with Foam Swords

2020 Summer Camp Themes

Session 1 – Star Wars
(June 14 - June 20)

Session 2 – Harry Potter
(June 21 - June 27)

Session 3 – Ultimate Kern Week
(June 28 - July 4)

Session 4 – Neverland 
(July 5 - July 11)

Session 5 – Agents of K.E.R.N.
(July 12 - July 18)

Session 6 – Willy Wonka
(July 19 - July 25)

Session 7 – Color Wars
(July 26 - Aug. 1)

Session 8 – Harry Potter
(Aug. 2 - Aug. 8)

Session 9 – Jurassic Camp
(Aug. 9 - Aug. 15)