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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Camp
  • Climbing
  • Ropes Course
  • Various Recreational Activities
Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 5 to 16

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Located on 485 beautiful acres in the Little Miami River Valley of Southwestern Ohio, YMCA Camp Kern is owned and operated by the YMCA of Greater Dayton.

As we close our 98th consecutive summer of camping programs, YMCA Camp Kern is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Developed exclusively for camps, this nationally recognized association focuses on program quality, and health and safety issues. ACA requires us to review every facet of our operation. Camp Kern has voluntarily submitted to this independent appraisal done by camp experts and has earned its mark of distinction.

Activities include canoeing, digital photography, archery, tango tower, BBs, drama, nature, radio, arts and crafts, sports, swimming, disc golf, rock climbing, and many more.

Our progressive programs allow for new skill orientation each year a camper returns to camp with specialized activities for each age group. Camp Kern�s unique and exciting evening activities are bursting with energy. Games such as Under Siege, Alien Hunt, Medieval, Willy Wonka, and Harry Potter Day make fantasy a reality, while building camper teamwork and leadership skills. No week at Camp Kern is complete without the traditional campfires, songs, night hikes, and Camp Outs.

Main Camp is divided into four villages by age. Please choose the village most suited for your camper to ensure the best cabin placement.