Traditional Camp

2024 Camp Information - Under Construction!

Please note that program information on this site will be changing over the next few weeks as we get the site up-to-date with all the fun camp descriptions, new and updated programs, availability and pricing. 

The Traditional Camp program at YMCA Camp Kern is the heart and soul of the summer camp experience, where campers experience a little bit of everything that a Camp Kern offers. Campers spend a week participating in cabin activities, camper chosen activities, evening programs, free time and more, with a focus on making friends, developing skills, growing in confidence and creating magical, lasting memories on Camp Kern’s beautiful 485 acres. For more details check below the program listings (in the blue boxes) for "A day in the life"!

2024 Summer Camp Registration Coming Soon!

Traditional Camp is divided into four villages by age. All cabins are air conditioned and heated. Please choose the village most suited for your camper to ensure the best cabin placement. 

If you have any questions on our Traditional Camp program, please contact Jesús Castaño, Summer Camp Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (513)932-3756 ext. 1528.

A day in the life

General activities at YMCA Camp Kern include: canoeing, digital photography, archery, tango tower, BBs, drama, nature, arts and crafts, sports, swimming, disc golf, rock climbing and more.

In addition, some programs will make use of our low ropes course, high ropes courses, obstacle course, wetland, fossil ravine, access to Little Miami River, zip lines, gaga, bouldering, and more.

All of Camp Kern’s campers come together during our unique and exciting evening activities; Camp Dance, Pool Parties, Campfires and our 'all-camp' games such as Under Siege, and our BIG GAME that make fantasy a reality, while building camper teamwork and leadership skills.

Our progressive programs allow for new experiences each year for returning campers, with specialized activities for each age group and village. No week at YMCA Camp Kern is complete without the traditional camp songs, night hikes and camp-outs. Spend the summer with us and watch your child grow!

We pride ourselves on providing a safe space for all campers to be themselves, expand their horizons, take measured risks and build resilience and problem-solving skills. Our intentional programming and the nature of our facility allows us to do this with every camper, guided by positive role models who are committed to your camper.

Each week, everyone at camp takes part in one giant game. The theme for the "Big Game" changes each week.

2024 Weekly Big Game Themes

Session 1 – Outer Space

Session 2 – Magic World

Session 3 – Greek Olympics

Session 4 – Pirate Adventures

Session 5 – Space Invaders

Session 6 – Wizard School

Session 7 – Myths and Legends

Session 8 – Under Siege

Session 9 – Medieval Quest

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2024 Summer Camp Sessions

Session 1: June 2-7

Session 2: June 9-14

Session 3: June 16-21

Session 4: June 23-28

Session 5: June 30-July 5

Session 6: July 7-12

Session 7: July 14-19

Session 8: July 21-26

Session 9: July 28-August 2