February 5, 2018

The Prayer of a 14-Year-Old

I recently attended the funeral of a dear woman just weeks shy of her 91st birthday. The morning of the service, people gathered in the sanctuary—her church home of more than 70 years—to honor her life and say goodbye. It was a lovely service complete with her favorite pink flowers, the hymns she loved, and a host of lives she had touched. But the most beautiful, most evident part of it all was the legacy […]
January 1, 2018

Relish the Moment – Chandler Pruitt, LLYC Senior Director

Another year has come and gone. What?!? My mind races to recall what happened this year. “Was that this year … no … that was last year.” If you have children, you know exactly what I am talking about. Your child was born yesterday. Today they are in sixth grade. Tomorrow, they are graduating high school. Looking back to when my children were young, we were working hard to pay the bills, making it from […]
December 4, 2017

The Struggle to Wait – Karla Heath, LLYC EV Director

The idea of waiting has been a constant struggle throughout my journey of faith.  Bible pages are covered with this word—as a command, as a virtue, as a source of pain, all over the story of Israel and the church, all over God’s rhythm and relationship with his people. All over my life. What does it mean to wait on God? Does it mean sitting around and doing nothing until he shows up? Does it […]
November 6, 2017

Gratitude and the Gift of the Canyon

Our family spends a lot of time in the Frio River Canyon and has made that drive out to Camp more times than I can count. Turning into the gate and driving down through the river feels like going home. This past week, we had the privilege of going to our beloved Echo Valley once again, but this time it was not for Camp. It was for my daughter Stella’s 6th grade class outdoor education […]
September 29, 2017

New Interns at LLYC

Fall brings great excitement to the LLYC office as the team welcomes new interns—Nicole Votolato and Jacqueline Brustkern. “Nico,” an Echo Valley veteran, and Jacqueline, a seasoned staffer of the Hills, are the perfect blend to serve alongside our full-time staff this coming year. Nicole Votolato If you’ve spent any time at Echo Valley over the last four years, you know Nicole Votolato—though you may only know her by her camp-given nickname “Nico.” After hearing […]
September 1, 2017

The Life-Changing Hum of the Canyon – Tom Bowyer, LLYC Director at EV

For three months ziplines race overhead, the shooting range booms, softball bats ding, group games and activities rage at full speed and full volume, and the LLYC Pavilions pulse rhythmically, like hearts that beat once a day at 8:00 pm. Profound worship and life-changing conversations bounce around the walls of the Canyon day and night. The river teems with the constant flood of piping hot campers and piping hot music. An audible hum of chaos, […]
July 18, 2017

Colin Thompson Celebrates Third Year at LLYC after his Harrowing Accident

On July 6, 2014, after finishing his work as a Singing Hills junior counselor, Colin Thompson was in a car accident that sent him to the ICU. For weeks, Colin was in a coma and his family didn’t know whether he would survive or what lasting effects his bodily or brain injuries would have. Family and friends prayed he would recover. It was a gut wrenching time of waiting with deep hope–hope that he would […]
June 29, 2017

Two Special Guests Remind Us of the Lifelong Influence of Camp

When our LLYC directors met Bill Boyd last year, they knew he would make a fantastic fit as our Staff Week speaker for this summer. A veteran pastor with a deep love and appreciation for camping ministry, Bill spent years as a counselor at Alpine Camp. The relationships he made during that time were formational not only in his life but also in the life of his family. His sons now attend and work at […]
May 29, 2017

Make a Kerrville Pitstop on Your LLYC Road Trip

Summer is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our staff is busy—bustling about the Canyon getting everything ready for Camp—deep cleaning cabins, setting up the waterfronts, stocking the Sugar Shack, and the list goes on. We imagine you feel the excitement too—tracking down trunks, sleeping bags, river shoes, rodeo outfits, and more.    Once you pack the trunks, think about that LLYC road trip. You may be interested in what Kerrville—the nearest decent-sized […]
April 24, 2017

How Can We Best Prepare for Camp? – Karla Heath, LLYC EV Director

Every year I take a trip the week before I move out to camp for the summer. The past three years I have gone to Colorado and secluded myself in a mountain cabin to sleep, relax, enjoy nature and quiet, and to pray. This year, I am going to Israel.   Those two are not even close to being the same. This opportunity came out of nowhere—my brother called me one day during lunch asking […]