Early in 1942, under the leadership of Doctor PD Reinersten, membership of the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, YMCA, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the Indian Guide Tribes formed a corporation known as Canton Youth Organization. This organization entered into a lease with the City of Canton whereby 7 acres of land adjacent to Lake Canton could be used for the activities of the young people of Canton and Fulton County.

By 1947, other service organizations and churches joined in sponsoring this organization and the name Youth Acres was chosen for the site. Material and labor were contributed by various business enterprises in the area, including the digging of two wells.

Within a few years, under the chairmanship of Fred Hand, the facilities at Youth Acres was completed, a road was built, a field house erected, and the official opening date was June 10, 1950. Since that time the area has been used continuously for a youth camp and picnic ground by various youth organizations of Canton and surrounding countie

Modern day Youth Acres takes up two peninsulas of Lake Canton and boasts 60 acres of woods and open fields. There is an abundance of wildlife present, lush hardwood forest located throughout the camp. Youth Acres has for several decades provided a natural setting for overnight camping, day trips, church services, picnics, fishing, boating, nature walks and much more.

Limited United Way funding is the only consistent funding that Youth Acres receives in addition to income generated from facility use, but over the years that funding has decreased and does not keep up with the need. Youth Acres does not have paid staff or maintenance personnel, but has been in existence for over 50 years due in large part to the goodwill and volunteerism of the Board Members and the people of Fulton County. We have the ability and opportunity to make sure Youth Acres remains a great asset in the community so that it can exist for another 50 years. Youth Acres is a non-profit organization and any donations received are tax deductible.