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About Us

Camp JYC is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Franklinville, New York 

and has existed since 1951 to reach the youth of our area for Christ.


"JYC" is an acronym for "Jesus Your Comrade".


What's a "comrade", you ask?

Merriam-Webster says, "an intimate friend, associate, or companion", but we prefer Proverbs 18:24b: "But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Jesus is that friend!

Camp JYC is a non-profit organization that is entirely funded through donations.

If you would like to make a donation, please click the button above.


Camp JYC is an extension of the First Baptist Church of Franklinville, a Christian camp where:


The Gospel of Jesus Christ is presented as the only means of salvation by grace through faith alone


Anyone can gather to learn and study God's truths, build God's kingdom, and have Christian fun


Individual Christian commitments are nurtured, and

Christian leaders are developed.

The Hatches

Martin and Cassie Hatch have been serving as the Directors of Camp JYC since 2014. Martin has literally grown up at Camp JYC, having first visited a few days after being born. He has served in a variety of capacities over the years, including junior counselor, counselor, groundskeeper, and assistant director, before assuming the current role of director. Cassie’s involvement began in 2009, since which time she has served as a member of the Camp JYC oversight committee, a Discovery Group leader, activity leader, and Program Director.


Martin and Cassie love serving the Lord together with their own children as they minister to the children and youth of our area. They truly enjoy watching kids’ lives being transformed through the unique experiences that Camp JYC offers. Martin and Cassie are both graduates of Houghton University (classes of 2004 and 2005, respectively).


The Palmisanos

Mark and Kara moved to Franklinville in October of 2021, when Mark accepted the call to become the pastor at the First Baptist Church of Franklinville. They and their young children love to serve at Camp JYC: Mark as the Spiritual Director and Kara as the Aquatics Director. They are both an integral part of the Camp JYC team.

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