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Mid-South Youth Camp Celebrates 50 Years

A retreat has been planned to celebrate the past 50 years of the MSYC tradition.

Freed-Hardeman University’s Mid-South Youth Camp will celebrate 50 years of camp with a retreat weekend May 24-26, 2013.

Activities planned for the event include swimming, fellowshipping, recounting of old memories and singing around campfires. Plans also call for a talent show reminiscent of those held in years gone by. Former camp directors Hoyt Kirk, Roy Sharp, and Ben Zickefoose will deliver lessons during devotional periods. The retreat will conclude with worship Sunday morning.

FHU has operated a Christian camp for young people between the ages of 9 and 18 since 1957. In 1963, the university acquired a 77-acre campsite located west of U.S. Highway 45, about three and a half miles north of Henderson. MSYC is operated for eight weeks each summer. Facilities include cabins, small teaching shelters, a large pavilion, a crafts building, gym, bathhouses, and a swimming pool. A five-acre lake is available for boating and fishing and plenty of outdoor space may be used for hiking and other outdoor activities. The cabins are air-conditioned and include half baths. The bathhouses have been remodeled.

“I want to encourage all former MSYC campers and counselors to come back for this reunion,” said current MSYC director Frank Bradford. “We will have a great time renewing friendships and sharing memories. Over the last 50 years, Mid-South has had a tremendous impact on thousands of young people.”

The cost is $20 per person over age nine to cover meal costs. The camp offers 250 beds in the cabins, and travel trailers are welcome. Registration deadline is May 1, 2013. For more information, email Frank Bradford at

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Kim Cook   3/14/2013 9:45:39 AM
I CANNOT WAIT to be out there with all our old friends! MSYC has meant a tremendous amount to my home congregation, my family, and still my daughter! It's going to be fantastic!

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