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Welcome to Rustic Youth Camp

Watch for news about camp sessions for 2021

For further details and updates, visit the Rustic Youth Camp blog.

About RYC

Rustic Youth Camp was begun four decades ago by the Richardsons in the northwestern area of Jefferson County, Alabama. The facilities consisted of one small three-room cabin, an outhouse, a fairly good well, and an antique gas refrigerator (yes, gas) and stove. All this finery was in the midst of a 40 acre burned-off strip mine. The heat was hot and the ground was dry — summers were hot then. Did we mention there was no electricity?

Shortly, the state of Alabama offered a blessing in disguise when it wanted to build a maximum security prison on the property.

Then, the camp migrated north to Franklin County, Alabama. The camp has continued to grow and the facilities now consist of a commercial kitchen and dining hall, multiple bunkhouses, classrooms, a woodworking shop, sports facilities (including a softball field, a volleyball court, a human foosball court, and a disc golf course), an outdoor stage theater, and a multipurpose building which will seat 200-300 people. The camp is so successful because of the people — the wonderful, all volunteer staff.

Our Location

The camp is located at 3150 Shady Grove Road, Russellville, AL 35653, on the northern banks of Cedar Creek Lake, one of several TVA lakes in the area. No mail is received at this address.

Things to Know

This year's Winter Session is scheduled for December 27-30. See the Home page for registration form link.

For further details and updates, visit the Rustic Youth Camp blog.

Contact Information

Mailing Address: RYC, 17703 Brownsferry Road, Athens AL 35611

Telephone: 1-256-277-9375 (telephone not always attended)


Store: RYC Store

RYC Blog:

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