Speaking of Hospitality

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in LLYC: The Beat

Be sure to check out the High Calling series of posts about hospitality- this one, by Kristen Schell, starts with the author’s memories of her time spent at Singing Hills: “The summer I turned nine, I survived leaving home for the first time. As a homebody, the thought of two weeks away at summer camp […]


Rooted and MOG: The Way We Study

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in LLYC: The Beat

For anyone who’s ever wondered, “What the heck is MOG, and why is my kid suddenly reading his bible?”- check out this post from Jenny Hendricks. This summer at LLYC, your kids took part in a rich study of the Word of God. Separated into guys and gals, they spent their mornings soaking up truth and […]


An Excellent Case for Camp

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in LLYC: The Beat

Even though the author, Chrissy Jones,  is referring to a camp in Maine (not the Texas Hill Country) and it lasts a whopping 8 weeks (not 2), this article has some incredibly strong arguments for the benefits of sleep-away camp for modern kids. Read it and weep, folks… then mark your calendars and register for […]


Movin’ On Up

Posted by on Aug 04, 2014 in LLYC: The Beat

An essay by the one and only Alex Vaio (longtime LLYC camper and staffer) was was recently featured in Houstonia and we couldn’t not brag about it here on the Beat, could we??? Read Alex’s story, and be encouraged to write your own story about what it’s like coming back- or sending your kids back- […]


What now?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in LLYC: The Beat

Everyone who’s ever been to LLYC has experienced the feeling of returning home and wondering, “What now?” With no structured cabin times or morning devotionals, not to mention the family-style encouragement that surrounded you day in and day out, how can a person cling to God? The good news is, He is clinging to you. He’s […]


The Very Beginnings of LLYC

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in LLYC: The Beat

This is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time! In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the H.E. Butt Foundation Camp, several journal entries written by Mary Butt have been contributed by her grand-daughter, Deborah Butt Rogers. The year is 1954, and Mary and Howard Butt, Sr. are trying “to […]


It’s Blue Hole Day, Folks!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Camp Fun, Camp News, LLYC: The Beat

 It’s Blue Hole Day, Folks!! Wait, what does that mean??  It means, let’s pack it up and head to Blue Hole for the day.  Let’s round up the entire camp along with every inner tube and fun noodle; let’s put on our running shoes or our river shoes; and let’s all go to Blue Hole. […]


9 Square in the Air!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Camp Fun, Camp News, LLYC: The Beat

Back in the day, 4 Square ruled here at Echo Valley. Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane.  You will no doubt remember standing in a long dinner line at the “old” open-air Ranch House, passing the time hopping in and out of the 4 Square rotation, all the while diligently watching that you […]


The Same Old Songs

Posted by on Jul 06, 2014 in Camp Fun, Camp News, LLYC: The Beat

Even before we reach the Singing Hills pavilion, I know exactly what’s happening inside. My 3-year-old, Ira, wonders aloud, ”Where are all the boys?” Before I can answer, we hear the first familiar notes of the High School Musical soundtrack, accompanied by the gleeful young voices of every girl at camp. This could only mean one […]


One More Reason to Watch the Tonight Show

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in LLYC: The Beat

I am really excited to share this post from Zach Hoag at A Deeper Story. Although the writer is talking about Jimmy Fallon, this is EXACTLY what we aim to do at LLYC, and I’ve never heard anyone explain it better. By middle school, these kids are well-versed in sarcasm and quick-witted comebacks. But using […]

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