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!
Polar Plunge: January 5, 2013
Rite of Passage Camp: July 3-5. 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 in 2013. Attend one or attend them all!
- Session 1: June 30 - July 5, 2013
- Session 2: July 7 - 12, 2013
- Session 3: July 14 - 19, 2013
- Session 4: July 21 - 26, 2013
- Session 5: July 28 - August 2, 2013
- Session 6: August 4 - 9, 2013
Kekoka Yoga Retreat: May 17-19, 2013
Kekoka Music Festival: June 7-9, 2013. 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 2-4, 2013
Mother/Daughter Retreat: September 20-22, 2013 info.
Couples Enrichment Retreat: October 4-6, 2013
WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW:
Parents, 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
I'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.
As 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!
Elizabeth 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
- 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
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