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Generosity from Generation to Generation

How should you live in your 20s? How do you redeem the time you’ve been given in a decade that many would describe as the prime of your life?


In 2016, contributor Sophie Davis offered an answer symptomatic of the times in which we live. Davis’ article, titled “12 Things You Should Do in Your 20s,” captures the essence of our culture’s postmodern focus on the self in her first line: “Your 20s are your selfish years… ensure you are selfish with your time, look after yourself, pay attention to your mental health, and love the people who are important to you.”


In an act that could easily be described as countercultural given the context of that article and the prevailing culture of the day, four young WKYC alumni and their spouses took a radically different approach to redeeming the time they’ve been given by supporting Western Kentucky Youth Camp in a remarkable way: sponsoring a cabin in memory of their grandparents, Murrell and Carolyn Fitzgerald. Read the full story here


Campaign Strengthened by Gift from Gunn Family

For more than 60 years, Western KY Youth Camp has lived out its mission of building strong Christians in partnership with area churches and their families. Together we’ve maintained a firm commitment to creating meaningful faith-forming experiences for our campers that lead to lives forever changed by the power of the Gospel.


WKYC is delighted to recognize one such partnership by highlighting a family whose generosity will continue to build strong Christians for years to come: the Gunn family.


Throughout WKYC’s history, donors have played a pivotal role in the lives of our campers, and our camp would not be where it is today without the foresight and generosity of families like Chris and Melissa Gunn. Read more about their support by downloading a PDF of their story.


1963 News Article - Opening of WKYC 

The charter, impressive with its Official Seal of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, opens with the words, "To aide parents in the development of their children spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically through Bible teaching in a Christian environment." With these words as a starting point, the directors of the Western Kentucky Youth Camp have developed a fine campsite near Marion, Kentucky, for young people of the churches of Christ to enjoy the slender of the West Kentucky countryside along with the power and beauty of God's word as taught by dedicated Christians. 

The campsite contains more than 40 acres, with access to some 50 acres more of rolling meadows and shady woodland. On the campsite there is a large dining hall, two completely furnished bathhouses and 5 completed cabins each of which will house 12 students and a counselor.