Northern Virginia Lions Youth Camp

The Northern Virginia Lions Youth Camp, Inc., is a non-profit, public service organization supported by the Lions Clubs of District 24-A.

Its purpose is to provide camping facilities to any youth group accompanied by adult leaders and supervisors.

The Camp Site is located on a mountain west of the Town of Boyce and the Appalachian Trail and just east of the Shenandoah River in Clarke County, Virginia.

Facilities include a 2000-square-foot Pavilion with fireplace and picnic tables, seven cabins, a modern wheel chair oriented bathhouse with toilets, hot and cold water showers, wash facilities for both male and female, an amphitheater with a 216-square-foot-stage, a large playing field and a caretaker's house. In 1995 with a Lions of Virginia Foundation grant, a meeting facility was constructed and has been named for Lion James Durant of the Falls Church Lions Club.


In 1958, Richard Kohlway, a member of the Herndon Lions Club was instrumental in obtaining support from his Club, and the Chantilly and Oakton Lions Clubs, to form the Northern Virginia Youth Summer Camp, Inc., a Virginia Corporation. A committee searched in Rappahannock and Clarke Counties for an appropriate campground site and recommended a 99-acre farm on a mountain in Clarke County, the present campground site. The site was purchased for $10,000, after some very trusting Lions signed personal notes to secure a loan.

From 1958 to 1972 nine Lions Clubs supported the project, raised money from various fund-raising drives, paid off the loan, built three cabins, a nice pavilion, and improved the property. The Pavilion was built on the site of the old homestead. A 1979 survey shows we have 120 acres. From 1986 to 1996 further improvements have been made to the roads and cabins; a pond, picnic tables at the pavilion and a bathhouse have been constructed. In 1995, the Clifton, Baileys Crossroads and Engleside cabins were built. Over the years youth groups have used the camp, Lions Clubs have had picnics and overnight stays and shared lots of good fellowship. Many Boy Scout Eagle projects, such as an amphitheater, orienteering trail, horseshoe pits, a maintenance building, bunk beds, and picnic tables, have enhanced the camp.

A new formal corporation was formed with its present title and an I.R.S. 501.3c tax exemption was obtained allowing donations to the camp to be fully tax deductible.

We have been financially supported by Lions and Lionesses of District 24-A, a $20,000 non-interest bearing loan and $103,000 in grants from Lions of Virginia Foundation. The camp is also supported through many Eagle Scout projects, as well as individual Lions' labor.

About the Camp

The mission of the Northern Virginia Lions Youth Camp, Inc. is: To provide camping facilities to any youth group accompanied by adult leaders and supervisors.

The objectives of the Northern Virginia Lions Youth Camp, Inc. are: