YMCA Camp Ernst
Where Treasured Memories are Made
YMCA Camp Ernst is one of the largest and most popular residential camps in the region, welcoming more than 3,000 children and teens from all over the world each summer to experiences unlike their everyday lives. Offering 365 acres of rolling hills, lakes, and nature-based activities, Camp Ernst helps kids broaden their horizons and become more confident, independent, and responsible people.
Under the leadership of a team of dedicated volunteers and long-time friends of Camp Ernst, the YMCA launched the "For the Love of Camp Ernst" Capital Campaign in 2010 with the goal of raising $4 million for improvements to our beloved facility. Thanks to the success of this campaign, in the summer of 2012, we opened two brand new bathhouses, much to the delight of our campers and counselors. In the Fall of 2012, we moved our administrative offices in to a brand new welcome center, named for the Schiff Foundation, near the lake. The new welcome center also houses the new Lakeview Health Center and a storm shelter. Summer 2013 will see the debut of a new pool and slide in the Valley area of camp, as well as a new horse stable and the beginnings of a remodeled Wallace Lodge/Arts Center.
We are so blessed to have great support from the community and camp alumni! Currently, we are in the midst of raising approximately $600,000 more in order to complete much-needed renovations to our Historic Dining Hall (built in 1930) and kitchen. Whether you were a camper in the Alonzo and Louise era or simply have fond memories of Mangey Moose and bug juice, please consider helping us take care of this treasured spot at camp! Use the form below to donate online, email ecochran@myY.org, or call Camp Director, Eli Cochran at (859) 586-6181 for more information.
Catch the Camp Ernst Spirit and Pass It On
There are two ways you can help (and remember every gift is important and every gift will help)
ANNUAL GIFT - Click here to make a gift to help scholarship a young person to camp this summer
CAPITAL GIFT - There is still time to be a part of the "New" Camp Ernst by making an investment in the future. Why not show your "Ernst love" and make a gift today by using the following options:
Contact Eli Cochran at (859) 586-6181 with questions.
Donors Over $5,000
We’d like to thank all of our donors to the Capital Campaign. We acknowledge and thank those who have made a substantial commitment to the future of camp.
Patricia Borland – Deceased
Clifford Borland Jr. – Deceased
Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Fdn/
US Bank Foundation
CoFre Family Foundation, Inc.
Margaret Ann Edmiston
Margaret Greer Edmiston
George H. Edmiston
Frank & Jacqueline Kloenne Fdn
Suzanne Ernst Geier
H.B.,E.W.,& F.R.Luther Charitable Trust,
Fifth Third Bank and
Narley L. Hailey, Co-Trustees
Harold C. Schott Foundation
Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts
John Hauck Foundation
Louise Taft Semple Foundation
Oren and Jane Long Trust
Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Pediatric Associates, PSC
Reakirt Foundation – PNC Bank
Procter & Gamble
R.C. Durr Foundation
Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation
Scripps Howard Foundation
Sutphin Family Foundation
Thomas J. Emery Memorial Foundation
Toyota Motor Manufacturing
W. Bruce Lunsford Foundation
Western-Southern Financial Fund