Wow, Spring Campout Is Almost Here!
We are ready for an exciting weekend at camp!
Nation Pride Day – Wear your vest to school to show your pride in the Oakwood Nation!
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Arrive at Camp Kern. You will need to check in at Singerman Lodge to get your wrist bands. A signed waiver will be required
7:00 PM – Dinner in Singerman Lodge
9:00 PM Insect catch and categorize with Brian Menker Location TBD
Evening around tribal campfires
8:00 AM – Breakfast in Singerman Lodge
9:00 PM – Wildflower Walk meet at Nature Center with Brian Menker
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Events including Fishing, Trail and Pony Rides (for those who signed up), Archery, MIni Mine Shaft, nature hikes and Pete’s Tower
Noon – Lunch in Singerman Lodge
1:00 PM – Model Rocketry building session in Singerman Lodge
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Afternoon events including Canoeing, BB-Guns, Climbing Wall, MIni MIne Shaft,, Nature HIkes, and Pete’s Tower
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Model Rocketry in the main field
6:00 PM Kids Dinner
6:30 PM Dads Steak Dinner
8:30 PM Astronomy demonstration by Dr Tamara Payne
Evening around tribal campfires
8:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Checkout time – cabins must be cleared
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Zipline (no reservations required)
YMCA Camp Kern
Google Maps to Camp Kern
Located on 485 beautiful acres in the Little Miami River Valley of Southwestern Ohio, Camp Kern is owned and operated by the YMCA of Greater Dayton.
5291 State Route 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
Toll Free 1.800.255.KERN
People may begin arriving between 5 and 7pm on Friday. Camp Kern does not appreciate arrivals before 5 pm without prior agreement. Cabins must be swept and cleaned out and the grounds picked up by 10am on Sunday.
Cabins & Sleeping Arrangements
Dad’s share the cabins with the kids. Each cabin sleeps about a dozen campers (10-14 depending on the cabin). The bunk beds have mattresses with plastic covers. It is up to you to bring sleeping bags or other bedding. We encourage bringing a bottom sheet even if you will be using a sleeping bag. The cabins have electricity, heating and air conditioning (PTAC units). Floors are wooden and need to be swept clean before leaving on Sunday morning.
Toilet and Washrooms
Toilets and washrooms have full running water showers, toilet and washbasins. The toilet blocks are located about 50 yards from the cabins and are shared by the whole camp. Camp Kern is actively working on updating the toilet facilities and the new facilities will be opening in time for Spring camp 2017. They are lit but the dirt path leading up to them isn’t. At night you will want a flashlight to find the way.
Friday Dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner and Sunday Breakfast are provided. We eat food in the Camp Kern cafeteria located in Singerman Lodge. Food is provided by Camp Kern and is school cafeteria fare. The exception is Friday and Saturday dinnertime where we up the ante with catered food and ‘dad’ grilled steaks. Most dads bring a cooler of snacks & drinks to keep their own kids going between meals.
Expect clothes to get dirty / wet and to stink of camp fire smoke – it’s what happy memories are made of!
• Don’t have the kids bring electronic games/gadgets they get lost or broken.
• Cell phone reception is deplorable at camp.
• Fishing is fun, nearly everyone catches something. If you don’t have any equipment head down to Wal-Mart and buy a $20 starter set and some worms. Camp Kern’s Pine Lake is catch and release.
• Lawn chairs are a must for sitting around the campfires.
• Smores and other camp fire snacks always go down well.
• On Saturday afternoon there is usually a group of dads launching rockets. Bring your own rocket to join in. Many campouts feature a build your own rocket session. Check with your chief to see if that will be offered at your campout. The field is small so we recommend small engines only, never more than a size C engine.
• On Friday evening and Sunday morning you will be able to drive up to your cabin to load and unload. The rest of the time access is not available. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE ON THE GRASS.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP CHECKLIST
GUIDES & PRINCESSESS
– Tribal vests
– Sleeping bag/ bedding
– Fitted single sheet (optional but highly reccomended even if you have a sleeping bag)
– Shower shoes
– Toiletries, Toothbrush and toothpaste, Medicines
– Sturdy shoes/ closed toed-shoe for horseback and campfire
– Boots (it’s going to be muddy & wet someplace at Camp Kern)
– Hat or cap
– Jacket/Raincoat/ Gloves or mittens/Umbrella and/or ponchos – we will be outside a great deal of the time so bring appropriate clothing to keep you warm and dry
– Change of clothes – and possibly second/third/fourth change for active kids
– Extra socks and shoes
– Flashlight and extra batteries
– Insect repellent
– Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats
– Snacks/Junk food (cookies, crackers, candy, muffins, Pop Tarts, fiber bars, etc.
– Healthy snacks! This doesn’t have to be a junk food fest.
Above items plus
– Something interesting to share at the campfire (feel free to be creative)
– Firewood for your tribal campfire
– Drinks (water, pop, or Dad’s choice of personal beverage for washing down the junk food)
– Kleenex and hand wipes (e.g. Wet Ones)
– Paper towels
– SMORES – Roasting sticks, marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers (or substitute Keebler fudge stripes for last 2 ingredients)
– Fishing supplies (hooks, bobbers, weights, jigs, worms)
– first aid kit (including insect sting relief medication, antibiotic ointment and personal medications
– Games for kids: Frisbees, balls, bats, etc
– Emergency contact numbers for participants.
– Cell phone to deal with homesickness. Remember that reception is not good.
– Camping knife (Swiss Army type), scissors
– A small amount of cash for pony and trail rides or for the camp store
– Ear plugs, possibly for all (it’s amazing the snoring some spouses put up with)
– Alarm clock
– Crafts for kids
– Grill, pots & utensils if you want to cook a “little snack” or in-between meals
– Plastic bag / trash bag
– Tarp/ Rope (if rain is forecasted)
– Lantern / extra fuel
WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME-
– We strongly encourage leaving electronic toys and other devices at home. They do not fit with the Camp Kern environment or ideals and can get broken or lost
– Valuables, this should go without saying
– Fireworks are illegal in the state of Ohio without a permit and insurance. They will not be tolerated at Camp Kern
– Silly String can cause paint to peel and is difficult to clean up. It is not welcome at camp
– Poppers and caps have can leave burn marks on the items they hit. They also make a mess. Please do not bring them.
– Firearms are not welcome even if you have a conceal carry permit. Notice is posted at camp (law enforcement officers exempted of course).
Its going to be a great campout! Look forward to seeing everyone there!
aka Millard Mier