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We can’t wait to host all the Military families coming out to Camp Kern through Operation Military Kids!  You guys are awesome, thank-you for everything your entire families do for our country.  Hopefully your time at Camp is refreshing and rejuvenating! See you September 9th!

Check out the OMK website here.


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Happy Easter, Kern Family!
As or families gather for the holiday, we are all grateful for the support and love we receive year round from all the Kern family worldwide.
Enjoy this great weekend with your families, welcome spring with open arms, and get ready for summer!

(Shameless plug time: sessions are selling out, and this is a huge registration weekend. Don’t get shut out. Only a $75 deposit will hold your spot. http://www.mycampkern.com)

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We want to say thank-you to everyone who was a part of Summer Camp 2010 here at Camp Kern.  Every summer at camp is special, although this one certainly kicked off in very original style.  

100 years ago, Camp Kern was founded by a small group of boys from the YMCA of Greater Dayton, lead by a young man named Carl B. Kern.  Carl B. probably didn’t foresee a camp bearing his name still existing in 100 years, although we strive to follow his vision of a place for children to interact with nature, explore, and grow into exceptional adults.  Thank-you, Mr. Kern, for what you began so long ago.

And a huge appreciation goes out to our Alumni from the last 100 years, who came out on June 19th to join together and kick off the Centennial Summer with such style.  The party was excellent, and you placed all of the newly minted Summer Camp staff on the right path.

The seasonal Summer Camp staff did such an amazing job all summer long.  Their hard work, determination to go over and above, and attention to detail were all remarkable.  Thousands of happy campers came through Kern this summer, and all of them are better people after spending time with these young staff members.

Finally, again, everyone at Kern extends well-wishes and care to our Kern Families.

Whether you are a 4th generation Kern Kid, or you attended for the first time this summer, we enjoyed getting to know you and to learn from all of your amazing stories.  Campers from so many different backgrounds and outlooks share time here at Kern, it’s really special to see everyone come together in a common experience.

We are already geared up for 2011, accepting registrations (we’re already well over 100 registrations for Summer 2011…and it’s barely the middle of August!) and we’re preparing some new and fun programs based on the great feedback the kids gave all summer long.  We’re committed to remaining relevant to children’s lives, and to maintaining the vision Carl B. put out for us.

See you in 2011, keep in touch all winter long, come to Winter Camp and Halloween Camp for a break from school (and mom and dad can get come shopping and relaxation time!).  Everyone misses you all, this place seems too quiet without campers.


The Camp Kern 2010 Summer Team!

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Yes, you heard that right, Camp Kern’s brand-new (to us) trolley has officially arrived!  In this post are some pictures (more to come soon) and a short video of the trolley being unloaded from the flatbed truck that drove it to 5291 State Rt. 350 from Washington state! (more…)

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If you’ve come to camp recently (within the last 80 years or so), then there is a chance that we’ve uploaded a picture of you!  We’re in the process up putting together as many pictures of Kern’s history as possible.  We want to include as many eras and generations as possible.  This is a huge job, and one that is sure to be incomplete.  There’s so much history here, that we can’t possibly include everything!

Here’s where you come in.  First, go to Camp Kern’s Smugmug site, and check out the 100th Galleries.  There are roughly…7000 pictures uploaded so far.  This number will continue to climb, and we need help putting pictures in the correct categories.  If you’re looking around, and you know what decade the pictures come from, put a comment in the comments section, and we’ll begin the process of better organizing the photos.

Also, if you find a picture that you’d love to have printed out, Smugmug can do that!  We’ve put all the pictures up to be able to purchase, and at low prices.  Any extra money goes toward helping us capture more pictures and memories here at camp.  Hopefully you find yourself in some photos, and we can help you relive your Kern experiences!

Thanks for all you do to help Kern, and especially for any help you can give us in organizing these photos!

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The Holiday season is coming, and everyone is putting together their schedules for the next months.  Along with trips to see family and friends, we want to see you here at Camp Kern!

Winter Camp is a great chance to reconnect with friends, relive the great experiences of camp, and get outside during some of the coldest times of the year.  We will keep very, very busy doing all of these activities:

  • Rock Climbing
  • Mineshaft (and Mini Mineshaft)
  • Hiking
  • Campfires
  • Winter Camp Big Game
  • New Years Eve Eve Dance
  • Archery
  • Snow-man Building
  • And more…

Come and join us!  We want more kids than we had last year (and we had a lot last year!), because the more the merrier.  Invite your friends, this is a great time to get to know Camp Kern if you’ve never been away from home, and if you’re thinking about joining us for the summer.

Plus, you never know when you’ll see an appearance by the Grinch…  🙂

Call or email us if you have any questions,

513-932-3756   or   ldeters@daytonymca.org

Download the Winter Camp Registration Page Here

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Here’s a great article from USA Today.  It was written a little while ago, but really hits on some feelings a lot of parent’s have when it comes to sending their kids away.  Make sure you check out the Tips for Parents on the left sidebar.  Some good thoughts there!

If you know any parents who are hesitant to send their kids to camp (they may be your son/daughter’s friend and potential bunkmate!) make sure they read this, and they can always either email or call us (513-932-3756) to talk through any questions.

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