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Mid-South Youth Camp Opening, Bell Tower Dedication Set for June 5

Henderson, Tennessee - Jun 01, 2016

Mid-South Youth Camp will begin the 2016 camping season Sunday, June 5, with a special opening. The afternoon will include the dedication of the Amber Buckley Lyons Memorial Bell Tower at 6:00pm and a worship service with Bryan Britt speaking at 6:30pm

Brad Montague, new MSYC director, hopes the Opening Day will begin a new tradition at camp. He sees the event as a celebration of  “the beginning of a great summer at camp.” “I want to bridge the generations of camp,” he said, “by inviting former campers and counselors along with the community to come for the opening.”

Amber Buckley Lyons began attending MSYC at age 7. Summers spent there were “magical” according to her family and she retained a love of the camp throughout her life. Following her death in November, 2015, her husband Bill Lyons and her father Dale Buckley, memorialized her by establishing “camperships” to help youngsters who need financial help to attend camp. They also funded the construction of a bell tower that houses the bell rung many times daily to summon campers to meals, devotionals and Bible classes.

The plaque inscription reads: “This bell called Amber and a host of other campers to assemble. The tower now stands as a lasting tribute to Amber’s lifelong service to young people, support of missions and deep appreciation for all God’s creation.”

Freed-Hardeman University has operated Mid-South Youth Camp since the summer of 1957. The camp is open for eight weeks each summer and is available for retreats year-round. Camp sessions begin June 5, 2016, and continue for eight weeks. Junior camp, a day camp for younger campers, will be June 13-16, 20-23, 27-30 and July 4-7. Additional information about the camp is available at Contributions to the memorial fund may be made online at