Into the Wild (aka Back to School)

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in LLYC: The Beat

Well folks, the summer is officially over and the Fall has begun at breakneck speed. Most kids are sitting quietly in orderly rows inside air-conditioned classrooms- a far cry from the “What are we going to do today?” that they were used to just weeks ago. What’s a family to do to keep their eyes on the […]


Familiar Faces

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in LLYC: The Beat

If you head out to Family Camp this fall, you’ll notice that some LLYC favorites have taken up their posts as this year’s Family Camp interns. Laura Niehues and Richie Reitmann have both served several summers at Echo Valley and Singing Hills (respectively) and are gearing up for their biggest camp gig yet. They’ll be […]


Camp Scenes: Passing Through the Front Gates

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Camp Fun, LLYC: The Beat

There’s just something about the air that changes as our car approaches the Canyon. It’s fresher, drier. It smells like home. The scrub-brush hilltops and dusty roadside junipers give the impression that we are surrounded by desert, but we know what hidden beauty awaits us. Ahhh, here we are. The front gate: H.E. Butt Foundation Camp. […]


Speaking of Camp

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in LLYC: The Beat

Sometimes the hardest thing about going home is knowing how to put the last two weeks into words. How do you explain why it was the best two weeks of your life? Where do you start?   This is one of the best resources a parent (or grandparent, brother, sister or friend) of an LLYC camper […]


Blast from the Past: Hey, John Vizuete!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in LLYC: The Beat

I had to share this fantastic interview from Brittany Williams over at the Alumni site: the subject is John Vizuete, an old friend and LLYC counselor extraordinaire who is now a husband, father, and doctor in San Antonio. His memories paint a beautiful and truthful picture of summers in the canyon; you’ll feel like you’ve […]


Camp Scenes: Hike to Blue Hole

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Camp Fun, LLYC: The Beat

The mid-morning sun is blazing on our backs as we splash down the river road and up onto bright white caliche, winding slowly through the trees and cliffs on the way to Blue Hole. The walk is a long one. There’s time to ask questions and to listen, really listen, to answers. Every shadow brings a bit of […]


Camp Scenes: River Walk at Dusk

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in LLYC: The Beat

Every evening in the canyon as the sun settles behind the steep limestone walls that hem in our beloved Frio River, something amazing happens. Walking down the river road between Singing Hills and Echo Valley, I am humbled and astounded by the beauty God has surrounded us with at camp. Unseen frogs are croaking their good-night song. Cool water […]


Catching up with Karla Heath

Posted by on Jul 06, 2015 in LLYC: The Beat

It’s no secret that Karla Heath is one of my favorites. She has been such a breath of fresh air at Echo Valley, and I love hearing about what she sees God doing in the Canyon as the summer goes on. Here’s Karla’s post from this month’s newsletter in case you missed it, and here’s an interview […]


The Perfect Package

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in LLYC: The Beat

What to send, what to send? If you’re having a hard time coming up with a box-load of goodies that will remind your kid that you love them, try some of these ideas or login to The Inside View and have the lovely ladies of the Sugar Shack put one together for you. For an awesome homemade […]


When It Rains

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in LLYC: The Beat

Ahhhh, they’ve waited all year for their time at LLYC, and now it’s raining. As a camper of many years, I remember… Before LLYC, I had never seen rain as anything but an unfortunate impediment.  However, some of my most treasured camp memories come from those exhilarating days in the canyon, where a storm only makes things more […]

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