Summer Essentials


To access your camp brain account, please click here.

  • Camp Balance - pay at least two weeks before camper arrives
  • Health form- complete online by logging into your camp brain accountClick here to see a list of medications that will be stored in the camp health centers this summer.
  • Cabin assignments - review and call office with any questions or concerns (Cabin assignments are emailed approximately one week before your camp week) Note: We do not recommend it, but if it is necessary to pick-up or drop-off your camper(s) during the week, please make arrangements with your child, their counselor and the office. Special pick-up or drop-off must occur at the office and only during designated times; please call ahead.
  • Familiarize yourself with camp - click here if you would like a printable map and sample daily schedule to get your camper comfortable with camp before they arrive. 



  • Arrive in the order of the first letter of your last name:
    M-Z 3-3:30 p.m. and A-L 3:30-4 p.m.
  • Check in at cabin
  • Check out the Camp Ernst gear at the merchandise table and pick up your pre-bought items
  • Go to nurse table (only if you have any medication such as prescription/over-the counter/vitamins)



  • Pick up in the order of the first letter of your last name: A-L 9 a.m. and M-Z 9:15 a.m.
  • Pick up at cabin
  • Receive check out packet from counselor
  • Sign up for next summer!


There are many ways to contact your camper and keep up on what is happening at camp via the internet! You can become a fan of YMCA Camp Ernst on Facebook, check us out on Instagram and follow us on Twitter @campernst! You can also view photos, send an email, order an in-camp care package, or send mail.

  • Email– You can send your child a message during their week of camp by using our online form.  Messages are printed at 10am Monday through Friday and will be delivered during mail call.
  • Photos- You can view daily-updated photos of your camper(s) throughout their week of camp. Go to and browse away!
  • Camp Ernst's In-Camp Care Packages - Order your carepackage online or call the office to place your order. All carepackage forms must be submitted by Sunday at midnight of your camper's session!  To order online, login to your camp brain account, select summer 2018, and choose the in-camp care package option.  For a PDF copy of the order form, Click here.
  • OTR Candy Bar-  Our new partner, OTR CANDY BAR, is offering some cool new Camp Ernst care packages this year, too! You order those via their web site:

You can also mail or drop off letters and packages.

  • By Mail - Address the envelope or package as follows:

    Your Camper's Name
    Cabin # or Letter, Week #
    YMCA Camp Ernst
    7615 Camp Ernst Road
    Burlington, Kentucky 41005

  • Drop Off - You can drop these off on Sunday or during the week at the office. All weekday deliveries need to be made by noon in order to ensure same day delivery.