Scholarship & Financial Assistance

Camp Is Important, For Every Child

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YMCA Camp Kern is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Camp matters. It’s that simple. Every camper at YMCA Camp Kern will learn how to make friends, gain independence , and take risks in a safe environment. Disconnecting from a digital world and learning how to connect in the real one is now more important than ever…

And that’s why, here at Camp Kern, we are proud to offer Camper Scholarship opportunities to those families who may not be able to afford a summer camp experience.

Every family is eligible to apply, and need will be determined to ensure we are assisting those families who need the most help.

To start the registration process, please register your camper(s) online and mark that you are interested in Financial Assistance on your online application. Applicants pay a reduced deposit of $25 per camp week + $2 administrative fee. 

After the camper application is received, Loretta will send a Financial Assistance application to the applying parent/guardian listed on the online registration.

Once the completed Financial Assistance application and supporting documents are received and reviewed, Loretta will reach out with the amount of assistance camp can offer and will detail next steps. Please note that if your Financial Assistance paperwork is not received within two weeks of submitting your application, your registration will be cancelled and spots will be released.

For additional information please contact Loretta Deters Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 513-932-3756 ext. 1513.

Every year we offer camper scholarships to hundreds of families, and this is made possible through generous donations to our Annual Campaign from our alumni, volunteers, guests and staff. Please help us reach our 2024 goal of $110,000 by donating today.