Life at Camp Kekoka, shows photos of the cabins, water, and activities at camp kekoka

Facilities & History

FacilitiesKekoka Knee Boarding

Our camp facilities are designed keeping the safety of every camper and the magic, that only an overnight camp can provide, in mind!


Kekoka KayakingKneeboarding, kayaking, gaga ball, skiing, windsurfing, fishing, crabbing, swimming pool and waterfront, arts and crafts, archery, drama, basketball, cooking, spike ball, kan jam, glow in the dark bocce ball, and so much more!  Given our waterfront location, we take water safety very seriously.  Every camper and staff member must wear an approved life jacket when they are on a dock, swimming in the creek, or on a boat.  Certified lifeguards are on duty at our waterfront and pool at all times.

Kekoka Arts & Crafts

climbing tower, zip-line,
high ropes & low ropes course!

Ropes Challenge Course



Kekoka Dining Hall

Our Dining hall is brand new with state of the art cooking facilities.  Our wonderful cooking staff prepares healthy meals that campers are guaranteed to eat.  One parent commented, “I’m amazed you got my child to eat eggs, he never eats them at home!”  Another common comment is “This is not camp food!”  Campers also get the opportunity to pick vegetables and fruit from our camp garden to be used for our fresh salad bar at lunch and dinner.

Kekoka Dining Hall 2 Kekoka Sherman Kekoka Dining Hall Eating

sleepKekoka Cabins

Campers feel right at home in our newly built cabins.  Each cabin is climate-controlled with two toilets and two sinks.  Each cabin sleeps 10 campers (same age range and sex) and two well-trained staff.  Beds are bunk bed style with space below for campers to store their stuff. Our climate-controlled bathhouse is a short walk from the cabins with male and female sides consisting of 10 individual shower stalls, five toilet stalls, and four sinks.

Kekoka Cabin boys interior Kekoka Cabin Girls Interior

 Other amenities include:

  • Climate-controlled recreation hall with ping pong, foosball, billiards, board games, etc.
  • Art center
  • Waterfront stage
  • Main dock for fishing and crabbing
  • Waterfront swimming and boating area
  • Sailboats
  • Pedal boats
  • Kayaks and canoes
  • Ski / kneeboarding / tubing boat
  • Fishing boat
  • Windsurfing boards
  • Archery range
  • Vegetable garden
  • Basketball court
  • Campfire amphitheater


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 when the Alexandria Police Department formed a partnership with the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas.

The YMCA invented camping, so who could run a better camp? In 2006, the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas began running the camp under a new name, YMCA / APYC Camp Kekoka (Kee-koh’-kah). The YMCA brings to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay a traditional YMCA overnight camp experience for boys and girls from all over Virginia and Maryland.

Volunteer Board of Directors

Mike Antonio
John Mark Bergin
Kevin Calvert
Marcus Downey
Len Fouch, Treasurer
Lindsy Gardner, Vice Chair
Pam Garrett
Don Helleau
Tim Kyburz
Shawn Lasher
Kelly McCaskill
Patrick McCranie
Susan McFadden
Kevin McGrath
Charlette Mitchell-Young
Micah Pasquarell, Secretary
Marshall Sebra
Greg Stevens
Mat Terry, Chairman
Loren West
Troy Wolfrey
Valarie Wright


Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.