Join Our Team

YMCA Camp Ernst is Greater Cincinnati’s favorite overnight camp. Our programs (for kids ages 6-15) combine safety, creativity, and good clean fun, and include horseback riding, nature, hiking, archery, fine arts, crafts, swimming, boating, a waterslide, high ropes course, sports, leadership activities, spiritual development and so much more.  We strive to promote positive character values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility in young people through the healthy development of spirit, mind, body, and friendship.

Think you would be a good fit for our summer team?  Please see below and complete the appropriate application.

  • Rising Juniors in High School- Please read about the application process and frequently asked questions first.  Spots are limited.  In person interviews will be scheduled based off your selection on your application (reference forms required for your interview can be found here).  When you are ready, click here to apply.
  • Rising Seniors in High School and higher- All Junior Counselor positions for summer 2017 have been filled.  We hope you will consider applying next summer in early Fall of 2017.
  • 18 and Older Staff- (includes cabin counselors, leadership staff, and ranch staff)- Please read this first.  To be considered in the first round of contracts, please submit your application by December 31st.  All staff members must be able to commit to Staff Orientation Week (June 3-8).  Most positions are filled by February.  When you are ready, click here to apply.

Interested in being a camp nurse or cook?  We are always looking for qualified adults to join our team in this capacity during the summer.  Please click here to apply

For questions or more information, please contact Megan Gierhart or 859-586-6181.

Rewarding Excellence in Leadership

In memory of Scott and in honor of those counselors who impacted his life a college scholarship for Camp Ernst counselors has been established. The purpose of this scholarship is to continue the legacy of leadership excellence by awarding two counselors in good standing funding that will supplement their summer salary and help defray the cost of higher education. The 2017 Season is closed. College students may apply again beginning in October, 2017 for summer, 2018.