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Friends of Kern, Inc. was established as a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to maintaining contact with friends and alumni of YMCA Camp Kern, preserving Camp Ozone & Camp Kern's history, and perpetuating the camp experience and life's work of former Boys' Secretary Carl B. Kern.
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HOW MUCH ACREAGE *DOES* CAMP KERN HAVE?



According to the Spring 1985 TOWER insert, the Dayton YMCA first purchased a 68-acre farm on the west bank of the Little Miami River in 1913. This was followed by the purchase of 123 adjoining acres at the top of the hill in June, 1943. The Nixon farm property was purchased in 1960, adding 114 acres. And the Poppe farm property with its 100.1 acres was added in 1966, pushing the total acreage to just over 405 acres.

In 1995-96, 4.4 acres (1.472 + 1.543 + 1.378) was transferred to private ownership for staff housing, leaving just over 400 acres to Camp Kern.

Online county records show similar figures, divided into 3 parcels:

Parcel IDAccount #AcreageComments
13043000020 5600278 186.65 acres 1913 and 1943 purchases
13043000090 5323622 109.874 acres Nixon Property minus 1.472 transfer
13031000050 4813146 98.079 acres Poppe Property minus 1.543 + 1.378 transfer
TOTAL: 394.603 acres

SO, depending on which figures you want to believe, it appears that Camp Kern's acreage is in the range of 395 - 400 acres.


ADDENDUM

On July 27th, 2006, the Dayton YMCA purchased the Clark property for $1,150,000.00. This property is comprised of 2 parcels: 1) a 58.5 acre parcel with home and barn located to the south of ELK Lake (the Nixon property) and to the west of Brisben (the Poppe property); and 2) a 39.79 acre parcel of vacant land located across State Route 123, west and south of the road.

Parcel IDAccount #AcreageComments
13031000010 4800532 58.5 acres Clark property - land south of ELK Lake with 2 BR home
13092510010 4800524 39.79 acres Clark property - vacant land south and west of SR 123
TOTAL: 98.29 acres

Updated acreage figures are now in the 493-500 acre range.


ANOTHER ADDENDUM

On March 2nd, 2007, the Dayton YMCA sold the 39.79-acre parcel of Clark's property to Steven D. Cobb, Trustee for $410,329.00.

So now we're somewhere in the 455-460 acre range.