Your neighborhood YMCA has been providing outstanding day camps, overnight camps, and specialty programs for boys and girls, ages 2-15, for generations. Located in neighborhoods across Greater Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky, provide the perfect settings to appreciate nature, build skills, create memories, and establish friendships that will last a lifetime.


Your Child’s Safety: Our Top Priority


When we welcome campers each day, we watch over them as if they are our own children. We are proud of the steps we take to ensure your child’s safety. Our counselors and staff members are certified in First Aid, CPR, AED, Oxygen, along with recognizing and preventing child abuse. Certified lifeguards are always on duty at YMCA pools; programs are supervised by individuals certified in each activity including archery, hiking, team building, and more. So, once your child arrives, you can rest assured your child is in good hands – ours.

American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation requires us undergo a thorough (over 300 standards) review of its operation – from staff training to emergency management. The ACA collaborates with experts from The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Red Cross, and other youth service agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and the ACA have formed a partnership that promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.


Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles


YMCA summer camp programs, in alignment with the Ys focus on healthy living, emphasizes health and wellness and are designed to combat childhood obesity and lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Campers engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day, whether it be sports, team games, or swimming. The programs also utilize the Coordinate Approach to Child Health (CATCH) curriculum which not only has ideas for games that keep all kids active, but it also provides lesson plans to educate children about healthy lifestyles, such as better nutrition, drinking more water, watching less TV, not smoking, and getting more sleep. 


How to Register for Day Camp


Visit your local Y branch and pick up both the registration and parent information packet. You’ll then fill out the registration packet and turn it in along with a $25 registration fee ($50 maximum per family). You’ll also need to have immunization records for your camper when you register.


Summer at YMCA Camp Ernst

Steeped in tradition and built on the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility, Camp Ernst hosts overnight campers who enjoy top notch counselors, making new friends, and doing a wide variety of activities including zipline, banana boat, 100-foot waterslide, giant swing, horseback riding, the BLOB, and much more! Come see for yourself at our Open House Sunday on March 29, April 26, and May 31, 2015, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Visit the website or call (859) 586-6181 to learn more!

Exercise your Brain


Did you know that the average student loses the equivalent of one to two months of previously learned content during the summer months? At the YMCA, we make learning fun while giving children the opportunity to engage in creative problem solving and team building. Research shows summer learning benefits student achievement for up to two years after they receive it. All sites will include time for summer reading activities and programs integrating the arts with math and language standards.


Field Trips

Each week is highlighted by field trips or a special event to provide additional opportunity for education and fun. The dates and locations will differ from camp to camp and may include the zoo, a museum, roller skating, or exploring someplace amazing!


All Are Welcome

Every child deserves the opportunity to experience summer camp! The YMCA accepts Ohio Assistance Vouchers and is part of the Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program. For families who do not qualify for state assistance, the YMCA offers camp scholarships for qualifying families. Applications for scholarships can be found at the Welcome Center desk.

The YMCA opens the door to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. It is through the generosity of donors that your YMCA can improve the quality of life for all in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.


For more information please visit your branch’s webpage or Welcome Center.