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Welcome to Camp Kenan!

Offering overnight, day, and first experience camp options, YMCA Camp Kenan provides children and youth with an opportunity to experience camp life, develop essential skills, and make lifelong friends. Situated on Lake Ontario in Barker, NY, Camp Kenan boasts more than 50 acres of land filled with adventures and scenic beauty for every camper to explore. Whether it’s mastering aim on the archery range, scaling the climbing tower, swimming, being challenged on the high or low ropes courses, hiking down wooded trails, or singing by the campfire, summer at Camp Kenan provides the ideal camp experience.

Health & Safety Info

The health and safety of the children in our care is our top priority. The YMCA is committed to providing a safe and fun experience for your children, while following guidance from the CDC, Department of Health, and New York State Office of Child and Family Services. Children are allowed free time but are always under a counselor’s supervision. YMCA Camp Kenan meets the strictest requirements for YMCA resident camps, maintains accreditation by the American Camping Association (ACA), and is inspected annually by the Niagara County Health Department. A registered nurse lives on site, and our infirmary is equipped to care for temporary illness and accommodate overnight stays if necessary. Hospital facilities in Newfane, NY are less than fifteen minutes away. Camp staff receive training in First Aid and CPR, and many hold additional certifications such as Lifeguarding and Responding to Emergencies to help provide the safest environment possible.

Contact Camp Kenan
Camp Location

8571 Lower Lake Road
Barker, NY 14012

Business Office:

5833 Snyder Dr.
Lockport, NY 14094
P: (716) 434-8887
F: (716) 434-0227

Camp Kenan History & Tradition
Camp Kenan History & Tradition

The late philanthropist, inventor, humanitarian, and benefactor of many organizations in Lockport and elsewhere, William R. Kenan made it possible to establish the camp. The suggestion to develop a camp for children from the local area was made by John Tagg, the late general secretary of the Lockport YMCA, to Mr. Kenan.

Seven acres of land along Lake Ontario were acquired by Mr. Kenan in 1924, and the first camping season began. Although the facilities were primitive, it was deemed a huge success and plans were developed to expand operations the following year.

Generous grants were made each year by Mr. Kenan and are still made today by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and family to maintain, expand, and improve camp. These donations have made it possible to construct cabins for campers, build housing for staff, provide a dining hall, build a two-story recreation hall, provide program supplies, and recently rock the shoreline for erosion control.

Today YMCA Camp Kenan has over 53 acres and attracts hundreds of campers and their families each year. The Lockport Family YMCA and generations of campers and staff are forever grateful for the commitment the Kenan family has made to preserve and enrich the vision of William R. Kenan Jr.

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