Camp Registration


Select the option below which best describes your camper. If you are not sure, select 'Returning Summer Camper Registration' and you can check if you have an account with us.

Please note: As of February 2019 we switched over to a new summer camp registration system called 'CampMinder'. If you have a camper that attended Kern in Summer 2017 or 2018 you already have a 'CampInTouch' account with us. Select the 'Returning Summer Campers' button and enter your email address to get started. Further instructions for CampMinder can be found here. 



Check Program & Session Availability

Use the Dates & Rates Tool linked below to check program availability, and to help find programs your camper is eligible for based on factors such as age, gender, and preferred camp dates. Enter your camper's basic information in the Dates & Rates Tool, along with your interest in Financial Assistance and any specific camp dates you might be looking for. It will also ask you to choose a program category. Additional information on each program category can be found here. Camper age eligibility is determined by their age at the start of each camp week/session. 

Dates & Rates Tool: Check Program Availability for your camper

Important Registration Information

Summer Camp:

  • A $100 deposit per session is required at the time of registration along with a $2 administrative fee. Your deposit is refundable until March 1, 2024. On and after May 1st,  portion of your full payment ($100 per camper week for standard registrations and $25 per camper week for Financial Assistance applicants) is considered a non-refundable deposit. 
    • On and after May 1, 2024, full payment will be due at the time of registration. Those interested in Financial Assistance who are submitting their application after May 1st should check that they are paying by check on their Camper Application. 
    • If interested in applying for Financial Assistance, please indicate this on your Camper Application. Financial Assistance applicants will pay a reduced deposit of $25 per session. Learn more about Financial Assistance here.
  • Full payment for camp is due by May 1, 2024. When submitting your application before May 1st, you will have several payment options to choose from:
    • Pay in full with application - Submit full payment for all camp dues with your application.
    • Pay deposit(s) with application and sign up for monthly payment plan (available for registrations received before May 1st)- Submit payment for deposit(s) with your application, then your remaining balance will be broken up into installments and your default card will be charged automatically on the first business day of each month. The final automatic payment on the payment plan will be charged May 1, 2024. The sooner you sign up, the smaller your monthly payments will be with the payment plan!
    • Pay deposit(s) with application then make payments anytime through May 1st (available for registrations received before May 1st)- Submit payment for deposit(s) with your application then make payment(s) anytime online in your CampInTouch account at your convenience. Full payment will be due May 1, 2024. NEW for 2024: Any unpaid balances remaining on May 1st will be automatically charged to the default card on file on May 1, 2024. 
    • Pay deposit(s) or in full by mailed check (unavailable for registrations submitted on or after May 1st) - Submit your registration online then mail a check to camp for your deposit(s) and/or full payment. Please note that if your deposit payment is not received within two weeks of submitting your application, your registration will be cancelled and spots will be released. 
    • Third-Party Payment - If a government agency, charitable organization, or similar entity will be paying for your camper's registration, please select the appropriate deposit payment method (credit card if you will pay deposit, or check if third-party paying deposit) then select "Third-Party Payment" as your billing method. On or after May 1st, please select that you will be paying in full by check with your camper application if a Third Party will be paying for your camper's registration. Please reach out to our Director of Administration, Loretta Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (513)932-3756 ext. 1513 after submitting your registration to provide additional information on how we will receive payment.
    • If a family member, friend, or someone else is paying for a deposit and/or all or part of a camper's registration, the parent or guardian will still need to submit their initial Camper Application for their camper online as several components of the registration process require parent/guardian signatures. If a family member/friend/someone else would like to make payments directly to camp, please have them call the office to make payments by phone at (513)932-3756 after the camper's application is submitted.
  • If spots for a program sell out, a waitlist will begin forming. Programs with a waitlist will be marked on the Camper Application and you'll see a pop-up window notifying you that there is a waitlist for the selected program/session. You can submit your Camper Application for the waitlisted program and you will not be charged a deposit for the waitlisted program/session until you are contacted by camp about an opening for your camper and you accept the open spot.
  • After May 1, 2024, full payment will be due at the time of registration. Those interested in Financial Assistance who are submitting their application after May 1st should check that they are paying by check on their Camper Application. 
  • If you are registering your camper with a friend, there will be place on your camper application to indicate preferred bunkmates/cabinmates. We make every effort to honor bunk requests, but they are not guaranteed. Please note, requested cabinmate(s) will need to be the same gender as your camper and registered for the same session and program/age group to be considered. If you have a group of friends that wish to stay together please work with other parents to coordinate cabinmate requests on your applications. Please note that cabin/lodging capacity varies across programs. Most of our lodging areas hold 8-10 campers per cabin/lodge room, but our teen program lodging areas hold fewer campers. If you have concerns regarding your camper's preferred group of friends all fitting in the same cabin/lodging, please contact our Administrative Office at (513)932-3756.
  • Please check your email after submitting your application. You'll receive a confirmation email with next steps if your application was submitted successfully. If you indicated that you were paying by check, you'll receive a reminder email that your deposit(s) will be due within two weeks of your submission. If there was a problem with your card payment we'll receive your camper's application but it will be put on hold until we hear from you about how you'd like to resubmit your payment.
  • Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions on the registration process!

Seasonal Camps (Spring Round-Up Day Camp, Special Events, etc):

  • Full payment for seasonal camps is due at the time of sign-up. 
  • Camp forms will be available to complete in your CampInTouch account after registering and are due prior to arrival for the program. If the seasonal camp includes horseback riding lessons (ie. Spring Round-Up Day Camp) there is a riding experience questionnaire that is included with the forms that should be completed ASAP after registering.
  • You'll receive a reminder regarding drop-off, pick-up information and locations, suggested items to bring, etc about a week before the program starts. We'll also send reminders about any missing forms. 

YMCA Camp Kern does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, income or immigrant status, in any of its programs or operations.