McCracken County boys and girls each attended alternating weeks at the Kentucky Sheriff's Boys & Girls Ranch in Gilbertsville in July.

The Boys & Girls Ranch, which celebrated its 45th season, is a nonprofit organization serving Kentucky's youth through a free camping program supported by sheriffs, members and contributors.

Campers participated in arts and crafts, swimming, fishing, archery and other activities including a climbing wall. Campers also enjoyed visits from local volunteer organizations, including a fire safety program by the Gilbertsville Fire Department, K-9 Fox and a drug awareness education program by the Marshall County Sheriff's Office and a McCracken County Child Watch program.

"On behalf of the campers and staff, we send our heartfelt thanks to all who have helped, not only this year, but since our inception," executive director Jerry Wagner said. "Were it not for you, we would not be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives, and your support is greatly appreciated."

For more information about the ranch, or how you can invest in a child's life, call 270-362-8660.

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