* * * * Celebrating 30 Years in 2017! * * * *
Special Announcements!!! - In honor of the Fund's 30 years, the
following was announced at YMCA Camp Kern's annual Strawberries and Ice Cream event on June 15th, 2017:
- The next $30,000 in donations to The Carl B. Kern Fund received in the next 3 years, excluding estate gifts,
will be matched by the Fund's founder, potentially adding another $60,000 to the Fund's principal.
Please check out our Donor Form, where you have an
opportunity to make an honorary or memorial gift.
- An estate gift to The Carl B. Kern Fund in the amount of over $200,000 has been confirmed by
The Dayton Foundation, to be received within the next couple of months.
- A call for new members of the Kern Fund Advisory Board is now underway to lead The Carl B. Kern
Fund for generations to come. Contact us for additional information.
Welcome to The Carl B. Kern Fund, one of over 3,000 funds which make up
The Dayton Foundation,
a non-profit community foundation located
in Dayton, Ohio.
This Fund pays tribute to a person and an institution.
The person is 'C.B.'
Kern, Dayton Y.M.C.A. Boys' Work Secretary from 1909-1917, whose outstanding
work with youth was evident from the many
testimonials and resolutions made
in his memory after he died tragically and unexpectedly on June 3, 1917
at the age of 37.
The institution is organized camping, which 'C.B.' recognized as one of
those unique experiences which can have such a profound, positive impact on
the physical, mental, and spiritual development of youth. More of
permanent value can be accomplished with a week in camp with a boy
than months of casual contact, he wrote in a 1915 one-page report
of the activities of his summer camp, Camp Ozone, which was
subsequently renamed Camp Kern in his honor.
Please feel free to browse the Kern Fund web pages and learn more about
the person and character
of Carl B. Kern, the institution of organized
camping which he embraced so strongly, and the activities of The Carl B.
Kern Fund which serve to perpetuate the memory of 'C.B.' and
support "the experience that lasts a lifetime".
When Carl B. Kern established YMCA camping in the Dayton
area in 1910, he was continuing a tradition that began 25 years earlier in 1885
with the first YMCA camp, Camp Dudley.
A listing of YMCA Camps
on the Web by Region will enable you to check into YMCA camps all around
the country to see how far YMCA camping has come....
Descriptions of other summer camp funds are on-line, including a
developed by the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, Inc. (AGM) (current as of 5/22/2017).
Stuart T. Weinberg, MD;
Founder, The Carl B. Kern Fund
First placed on the WWW: April 5, 1995