Who We Are

Laity Lodge Youth Camp is a Christian youth camp nestled in the Texas Hill Country’s stunning Frio River Canyon. Year after year, LLYC offers campers the best two weeks of their lives through a blend of high-energy recreation, wild adventures, peaceful renewal, and meaningful community. Campers are always encouraged to be themselves, develop deep friendships with their peers and counselors, explore faith, and encounter God.

Our Hope

At LLYC, we want to welcome young people into uncommon acceptance and unconditional love – and transform the way they experience the rest of their lives.

Every summer, LLYC has the most fun we can in the most beautiful place we know. Whether it’s with a rodeo or a dance in the river, we celebrate the wholehearted joy that comes from being accepted and loved just as you are. The days run from a million miles an hour to complete stillness and back again. Every moment of every day has the same intent: to create a place for you to belong, to be yourself, and encounter God.

Our Heart

At LLYC, most of our time is spent having fun, building relationships, playing outside, and enjoying the incredible Frio river canyon. Our staff and campers often dive into discussions along the way about God, faith, and life. Each day we have a few planned times where we prioritize spiritual matters.

Every morning, each camp has a short devotional time where campers will experience peace and quiet, an introduced topic or activity, scripture to consider, and usually some discussion led by our staff. Every night all of camp gathers for what is called “Roundup.” Campers are invited to sing, laugh, participate, and listen to a talk given by one of our leadership staff. After Roundup, campers return to their cabins to discuss the talk with their counselors. We call this “Cabin Time.” It is an opportunity for people to share and be vulnerable with one another, talk about life, faith, struggles, concerns, confusions, etc.

From night to night, the Roundup talks build on one another and differ a bit depending on the age group (Singing Hills vs. Echo Valley). Here are a few of the things we like to talk about:

God and Creation – We wrestle with understanding God’s love, goodness, power, creativity, righteousness, justice, trustworthiness, and presence. We often point to God’s creation for hints of God’s qualities and characteristics.

Humanity and Our Nature – We emphasize that all people are beautifully made children of God, created in God’s image, yet we are also sinful and broken.

Jesus’ Life and Teachings – We discuss various stories of Jesus from the New Testament and what we can learn from them. We talk about how Jesus accepted everyone, healed and restored the weak, and taught how to love God and others with our lives.

Jesus’ Death on a Cross – We discuss Jesus’ willing death on the cross and its significance. We explore the mystery of the cross and how it might reveal God’s gifts of grace, forgiveness, freedom, acceptance, worth, and sacrificial love.

Jesus’ Resurrection – We emphasize that Jesus’ resurrection demonstrated God’s victory over death and God’s intention to move things from death to life in our own lives. We talk about how this gives us great hope for the present and the future.

The Holy Spirit and our New Life – We discuss the Holy Spirit’s role as counselor and guide. We emphasize that listening to and “walking with” the Spirit leads to transformation and renewal which leads to abundant life.

Scripture – We teach that the Bible is alive, active, and applicable to our lives today. We talk about how its stories, wisdom literature and poetry can teach us much about God and his ways. We teach that Scripture is powerful and life-changing.

Prayer – We teach that prayer is talking to and being mindful of God. And we talk about how prayer can look different for everyone. We emphasize that in prayer we find a relationship with God which enables us to find peace, joy, hope, perspective and direction in our lives.

The Christian Life – We talk about what it means to “follow” Jesus. We teach the centrality of unconditional love, others-mindedness, and the value of trusting God. We talk about how faith isn’t only knowledge of God, but that it should cause us to live our lives differently. There are temptations, trials, and negative influences all around us. We talk about how we can respond to those things.

Christian Community – We discuss how Christian community should offer us a place to find love and encouragement, learn about faith and God, and be challenged to love and serve others more. We emphasize how everyone can contribute to a community like this in meaningful ways. We challenge our campers to prioritize a Christian community back at home, and to let us know if they have trouble finding one, because maybe we can help!

Going Home – As campers leave camp, we share with them our hope that their positive experiences and growth at camp would greatly impact their lives and the lives of their families, friends and communities. We desire for each camper to return home renewed, full of great stories and memories, and confident in who God has created them to be. We encourage campers to share with family and friends what they got to do at camp and what they thought about and learned. We encourage them to continue the conversations we began during camp throughout their year.

Our History

LLYC was established in 1966 by the H.E. Butt Foundation with the goal of becoming a premier Christian youth camp. Our founders, Howard Butt, Sr., his wife Mary Holdsworth Butt, Bill Cody, and Frog Sullivan crafted a vision for a different kind of youth camp – one that prioritized relationships, less structure, and a message of unconditional love.

Bill Cody eventually took some time to record the history of LLYC and the original vision that our founders articulated in 1966. Even now, after fifty years of fine tuning our camp program, we feel that this vision has never changed.

“First, we wanted every kid who came to camp to have fun. In fact, we wanted it to be the best time [they] had ever had in [their] whole life. Second, we wanted every child to discover and experience [themselves] as a person, as a Child of God, loved and worthy. Third, we wanted to create an environment of love and trust where every child would feel safe and feel that [they] had a place as a unique individual person under God and in this special community. Fourth, we wanted to teach the central truths of Scripture, but not in a classroom style, but rather through modeling and experience.”

Since its conception, Laity Lodge Youth Camp has been mindful of the needs of youth and young adults and passionate about offering them the very best summer camp experience. We are ever thankful for the unique vision of our founders, and as we survey the needs of young people in our world today, we are continually reaffirmed in the simplicity and beauty of this vision. We are excited to carry it forward for generations to come.

Our Camps

Check out our pages for each of our youth camp programs for more information about what camp is like.

Singing Hills

Grades 2 - 5

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Echo Valley

Grades 6 - 10

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