Summer Camp


Helping people grow in spirit, mind, body, and friendship since 1928.

YMCA Camp Ernst is the most popular residential summer camp in the Greater Cincinnati area. We offer week long programs each summer for campers ages 6-15. Steeped in tradition and built on the YMCA values of honesty, caring, responsibility and respect, Camp Ernst hosts campers who enjoy top notch counselors and make friends, doing a wide variety of activities including zipline, banana boat, 100 ft waterslide, giant swing, horseback riding, the BLOB, and much more! We hope you will make YMCA Camp Ernst YOUR camp this summer!

Camp Ernst is... "One of the best life experiences for my son.  A camp that is always improving, with a fun, wholesome, safe program that has been around for generations!"


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Week 1: June 7-13
Superhero: Bring a cape or make one for your favorite superhero.
Week 2: June 14-20
Wacky Tacky: Dig deep into your closet to make the mis-matchyest outfit you can find!  The week is full of loud clothes and crazy hairdoos.
Week 3: June 21-27
Birthday Bash: It doesn't have to be your birthday to appreciate a good party!  Dress up with the rest of us as we celebrate everyone's birthday in one week.
Week 4: June 28-July 4 
4th of July: Sunday night we'll be clad in our most patriotic gear.  Week 4 always has a fun Parade and we finish the week with a BANG!  Fireworks over the Lake!
Week 5: July 5-11
International Celebration: Pick your favorite country to represent and join us as we celebrate our heritage and the homes of our many international counselors.
Week 6: July 12-18
All-Star: Be whatever All-Star you want to be.  Movie-star, baseball hall of famer, chess world champ, whatever it may be!
Week 7: July 19-25 
Welcome Christmas 5 months early with our Christmas in July celebrations.  Dust off your Santa hats and jingle bells for a party rockin around the shade tree.
Week 8: July 26-August 1
Spy Week: Mission Fun!
Week 9: August 2-8 Reserved for military families' Camp Corral
Beach Party: We welcome Camp Corral and say "Aloha" to a week of a beach fun.  Dress in your favorite beach towel, bring a lei, and soak up that sweet Kentucky summer sun!