YMCA/APYC CAMP KEKOKA

Skiing, knee boarding, tubing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, you name it and we get crazy with it! Windsurfing? We got it! Swimming pool, recreation hall, archery, campfires? We got it! Character development, team work, better self-esteem, WE LEAD IT! What are you waiting for? Sign up your kid today!

WHY WORK AT CAMP KEKOKA?
It's the hardest job you will ever love.

“Camp Kekoka is more than just a summer job; it becomes a part of you. From day-one I knew this was the place for me. The connection the staff forms, the kids we met and got to know...all of it made me truly feel like I belonged and that I was making a difference. The summer ended with tears of not wanting to leave, new friendships that will never break, and a new home I know I can always come back to. I returned for three more years, and to this day still think about the talent shows, the dances, the Olympic Games, and the cabin talks. Working at Camp Kekoka is an experience you never want to forget!”

 

YMCA CAMP KEKOKA
1083 Boys Camp Road
P.O. Box 580
Kilmarnock, VA 22482
Map It!

P:(804) 435-3616
F:(804) 435-2227

To contact your camper in case of an emergency during a session, please call
(804) 435-3616; if there is no answer, please call (804) 435-0223.

Our Y staff welcomes your questions and comments.

Cassie Leichty
Cassie.Leichty@peninsulaymca.org



Camp Dates

Polar Plunge: January 11, 2014, fourteen plungers braved the freezing creek and raised $4,200 to help get kids into camp!

Rite of Passage Camp: July 2-4. This camp is for 8 year olds who want to test-out overnight camp.

Resident Camp: We offer 6 fun-filled weeks for boys & girls ages 9-15. Attend one or attend them all!

  • Session 1: June 29 - July 4, 2014
  • Session 2: July 6 - 11, 2014
  • Session 3: July 13 - 18, 2014
  • Session 4: July 20 - 25, 2014
  • Session 5: July 27 - August 1, 2014
  • Session 6: August 3 - 8, 2014

C.I.T. Camp (Counselor in Trianing) - This camp is for boys and girls, ages 15-16 who have an interest in become a strong leader and positively impacting children. We offer 2 weeks of tis camp; attend one or both of them:

  • Session 1: July 6-11, 2014
  • Session 2: July 13-18, 2014

Kekoka Yoga Retreat: May 16-18, 2014

Kekoka Music Festival: June 6-8, 2014. Let the sweet sounds of live music soothe your lyrical soul while you help give a kid the summer of a lifetime. Proceeds help fund scholarships for kids to attend Camp Kekoka.

Family Camp: August 1-3, 2014

Kekoka Mud Run - September 13, 2014. This is a seriously-fun 5K run with obstacles! It is sure to test your mental and physical toughness!

Mother/Daughter Retreat: September 19-22, 2014

Couples Enrichment Retreat: October 3-5, 2014


WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW:

Staff Information

diazParents, you can rest assured that your camper(s) are in safe and capable hands. All camp staff are CPR and First Aid trained and are screened against criminal and child protective service records. Since we are surrounded by water and have a pool, we guarantee that all water activities are lifeguarded by certified staff. With a counselor to camper ratio of 1:5, we always have our eyes on your child. Our staff can't wait to spend quality time exploring nature, teaching archery, water sports, and leading family time with your child! We spare no cost to make sure our staff exceeds your every expectation.

Meet The Director

staff1I've had the honor and privilege to work for the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA for the past 16 years. My personal mission and values lock up perfectly with the Y's mission and values; I believe that every young person is a unique individual who deserves to experience what YMCA Camp Kekoka offers. You have seen and heard all about the sun, fun and water-sports, but that isn't even the best part about what we offer! We give young people the tools to build character, form friendships, and develop leadership skills in a caring and nurturing atmosphere.

BuddiesAs a parent myself, I understand that sending your child away to an overnight camp can be scary. I can personally promise you that I place physical and emotional safety at camp as the top priority. - Cassie Leichty

Take It From a Parent

Our daughter Elizabeth has always had an adventurous spirit so after attending an informational meeting about YMCA Camp Kekoka, we decided this was the camp for her and allowed her to go. We are so glad we sent her; she had the most sensational camp experience!

staffjumpoffboatElizabeth could not wait to go back and returned to Camp Kekoka again last summer. She loves the tubing, kayaking, fishing, crafts, sailing, gardening, and hanging out with friends. She has developed great friendships and keeps in contact with her new friends from camp.

The camp staff have helped instill positive values, increased her self-confidence, and strengthened her sense of responsibility and independence! - Robyn and Thomas

 

facilities

  • 8 rustic cabins with six bunk beds - total of 12 per cabin (not air conditioned)
  • Dining hall - serves 200
  • Rec hall with pool, ping-pong, games, sound system, tv - and air conditioning!
  • Bath house
  • Sailing and fishing deck
  • Boats

History of our camp

The Alexandria Police Youth Camp has a long and proud history. In 1946 Lt. Henry Grimm and Lt. Robert Brenner, both with the Alexandria Police Department, came up with the idea of starting a summer camp for boys in Alexandria.

They went to the Alexandria Police Association (APA) and told them of their plans to start a camp. The APA endorsed the plan, appropriated $2,000, selected a Board of Directors, and authorized them to borrow $10,000 more to purchase a site for the camp. 

In June 1946, the current 97-acre site was purchased with a mortgage of $10,500 to be repaid in 11 years. Mr. Ashby Redmon, President of the Old Mutual Ice Company in Alexandria, agreed to back the loan. A campaign was started by the APA to raise $35,000 for the overall construction and operation of the camp.

In June 1947, the camp was incorporated under the name of Alexandria Police Boy's Camp, Inc.

The name Camp Charles Herbert Grimm was selected at a membership meeting.  Charles Herbert Grimm was the son of Lt. Grimm, who was killed fighting with the Fourth Marines on Iwo Jima on  D-Day. The well known athlete was 19 years old at the time of his death.

Later the name was changed to the Alexandria Police Youth Camp when girls were invited to attend.

2005 began a new tradition at Camp Charles Herbert Grimm when the Alexandria Police Department formed a partnership with the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA.

The YMCA invented camping, so who could run a better camp? In 2006, the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA began running the camp under a new name, Camp Kekoka (Kee-koh-kah). The YMCA brings to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay years of experience running camps for children. 

Board of Managers

Mark Aiesi
Chris Allen
Mike Antonio
Kevin Calvert
Bruni Cofresi-Toro
Marcus Downey, Chairman
Len Fouch
Lindsy Gardner
Pam Garrett
Don Helleau

Charlette Mitchell-Young
Eric Mouyal
Walter "Cap" Neilson
Micah Pasquarell, Secretary
Bill Price
Bill Smith
Sarah Smith
Greg Stevens, Treasurer
Mat Terry, Vice Chairman
Troy Wolfrey

 

Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.