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Our History

Before settling in its current location, the first Western Kentucky Youth Camp session was held in Dawson Springs, KY from 1959-1962. After Floyd and Frances Beard generously donated 90 acres of land to the non-profit, WKYC was able to hold camp on its own property in 1963. While the girl campers were able to stay in the cabins you see on-site today in the summer of ‘63, the boys stayed in tents until their cabins could be completed.


A lot has changed since our first decade, but the most important things about our camp have stood the test of time.


WKYC is still the chief resource used by churches and families to support the spiritual growth of their young people.

We have hundreds of volunteers each year dedicated to making camp the best possible experience for the campers we serve.

We are as committed as ever to our mission of building strong Christians. For many of our alumni, WKYC is still their most favorite place on earth. We are constantly looking for ways to help create memorable experiences with Christ at the center of them all.

Another fact hasn’t changed: we are still stronger with you. Thank you for supporting our mission, encouraging us, praying for our work on behalf of the kingdom, and donating your time, talent, and treasure in support of a safe and exciting summer!

                   Read all about WKYC’s grand opening in the summer of 1963 in the link to the right.

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