How do you know when you have arrived at camp?
Is it the sound of the gravel road crunching beneath your tires? Or the sound of splashing water when you drive through the river? When you spot that first wooden sign, pointing the way to camp? Maybe it’s belting out your first camp song at Roundup? Or when you step out of your vehicle and breathe in the fragrance of the cedars? Is it sinking your teeth into that first bit of Corpus Christi cake? Hugging your friends from last year or meeting this year’s counselors? ...or that first moment you get really still, away from your phone, and sense God’s nearness?
All the familiar sights and sounds are waiting for you. Are you dreaming of them yet? If you are new, this special place is eager to meet you. Can you imagine just how warm the welcome will be?
2019 Dates & Prices
2019 Registration timeline and information coming soon!
First Session, June 2 - June 15
Second Session, June 16 - June 29
Third Session, June 30 - July 13
Fourth Session, July 14 - July 27
Jam Session, July 28 - August 3
1-week Jam Session—$1000
Opening and Closing Day
CHECK INCheck-in on Opening Day begins at 2:00 p.m. and should conclude by 4:00 p.m. on each opening Sunday. You will be directed to the check-in area, where your camper will find out their cabin assignment, turn in last-minute paperwork, see staff bios and get any additional information you may require. LLYC clinic staff will also conduct a brief health-care screening and receive prescription medications. Each camp will have their own check-in table, so if you have campers in both Singing Hills and Echo Valley, you will need to check-in at each camp on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CHECK OUTCheck-out begins at 8:00 a.m. and should conclude by 11:00 a.m. on each closing Saturday. Families are invited to join us for brunch. You will have the opportunity to talk with your child’s counselors, visit our camp store, and check out our session video.
MEDICATIONSIf your camper will be taking medication, bring your camper medication card to Opening Day. The medication card form is included in your confirmation packet that is mailed out to you right before camp. Store prescription medications in original pharmacy-labeled containers.
LICE SCREENINGWe screen campers for head lice when they arrive. Lice are more common than you may think, and they affect everyone. We have witnessed an ever-increasing number of lice cases, to the point that we are no longer able to treat cases ourselves. As a result, LLYC is contracting with a specialty lice treatment company to handle our lice screening and treatment. If your child is found to have lice or nits, they will treat them at a cost of $250 on-site. They fully guarantee their treatment. Should you choose not to have your child treated on-site, we will require you to remove your child from camp to receive treatment. Your camper can then return to camp the following day, be rechecked and admitted to camp. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause you or your family, but we trust you understand the seriousness of this issue and its effect on the LLYC community.
NO PETS POLICYFor reasons of sanitation, public health, liability, allergies, environmental impact and safety of all campers, we ask that you not bring your pets to camp on Opening and Closing days. Thank you for honoring this policy.
If you are trying to contact a camper who is your child, the camper's parent will need to purchase an email package and invite you as a guest.
Why no devices? Our goal is for campers to build significant relationships during their time at camp as well as truly benefit from spending time in God’s beautiful creation. Experience has taught us that screens and electronic devices at camp can serve as a relational block. Camp is an incredible opportunity to unplug from technology for a time and we believe that experiences like this are increasingly rare and therefore even more important for today’s youth.
We understand that many campers wish to use their smartphones as cameras. Our media team will provide high-quality photos and video of your campers session. If additional personal pictures are desired, we encourage campers to bring inexpensive digital or disposable cameras. We have also made disposable cameras available for purchase in our camp store.
Echo Valley offers an on-site general store, Sugar Shack, where campers are given the opportunity to purchase candy, snacks, clothing and other merchandise. Parents can log into their accounts and load money on a camper's itinerary for campers to spend. On average, campers spend $2-$4 per day on snacks and drinks. Campers are discouraged from bringing cash to camp for camp store purchases.
Closing Day check out begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and should conclude by 11:00 a.m. Families are invited to join us for brunch on each closing Saturday. You will also have the opportunity to talk with your child’s counselors, visit our camp store, and check out our session video.
Each camp is staffed with a full-time, on-site registered nurse and a health-care assistant. There is also a volunteer licensed medical doctor on-call to both LLYC campsites 24 hours a day. The doctor makes scheduled visits in both clinics several times daily. Echo Valley and Singing Hills will be staffed each week with rotating registered nurses. We make every effort to practice the highest standard of health and safety for your child while at Laity Lodge Youth Camp. As a part of the registration process, campers submit medical information and a current physical for our clinic to have on file.
Echo Valley offers an on-site general store, Sugar Shack, where campers are given the opportunity to purchase candy, snacks, clothing and other merchandise. Spending money is not included in the registration fee, but parents or family are encouraged to add money for their campers by visiting My Account. On average, campers spend $2-$4 per day on snacks and drinks. Campers are discouraged from bringing cash to camp for camp store purchases.
Unlike Echo Valley, Singing Hills does not offer for-purchase snacks and drinks. Campers will receive these from the Singing Hills Cantina in monitored, modest amounts as part of the daily camp program. The cost for these snacks and drinks is included in the registration fee at Singing Hills. Note: The Singing Hills Cantina also offers clothing and other merchandise on Opening and Closing Days for parents.
YOUR LLYC ACCOUNT
CABIN & BUNK ASSIGNMENTS
Cabin assignments are made the day before camp begins, and all assignments are made based on grade. We do our very best to honor reciprocal roommate requests for campers in the same grade … one request per camper, please. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee your request, but we will sure try. Bunks are randomly pre-assigned by counselors prior to your camper’s arrival (there is no need to arrive early to get a bunk for your camper). If your camper has a special need that requires a certain bunk, please contact us so we can make arrangements prior to your arrival.
PHOTOS, EMAILS, CARE PACKAGES
Feel free to use your account to stay connected with your camper while they are at camp. You can do so by logging in to My Account at the top of your screen. We upload photos daily so LLYC families can have a peek at what their camper is experiencing. If you want to write to your camper and snail mail is too slow, we offer the ability to email your camper a sweet message and we will print and deliver it like regular mail. As an additional perk, you may send campers one of our special Sugar Shack care packages available for purchase.
TELEPHONE CALLS AND VISITS
We do not encourage phone calls to your camper or allow visits, because we have found that this disrupts the camp and camper experience. Mobile phones do not work at camp, so we encourage you to contact your camper through letters, care packages and emails in your LLYC account.
LOST AND FOUND
LLYC is not responsible for missing items; however, items found at the close of each camp session are brought to the Kerrville office to return, if identifiable. All returns will be made as soon as possible and mailed to the home address via U.S. First-Class Mail. All postage will be prepaid. We ask that postage be reimbursed for return of Lost and Found items. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity after two weeks.
SUPPORT LLYCFor many families, LLYC is too expensive without significant financial support, but we want everyone to have the opportunity to attend camp. Will you join the Butt family and so many others by partnering with us to ensure that vulnerable families in Texas have the same access to fun, life-long friendships, and the life-changing experience that LLYC provides?
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the Kerrville office during the week at 830-315-9220. Emily McRae or Gena Edwards are happy to assist you. To contact us on Opening Day or during the weekend, please call the Sugar Shack at 830-232-3627. We want Laity Lodge Youth Camp to be the best possible experience for you and your children. Please let us know what we can do to ensure this.
If you have a family emergency, call 830-232-4327. Wait for tone, then dial 01230. This will forward your call to the hand-held radio monitored 24 hours a day by the Camp Guest Services Manager. Our full-time camp staff take these calls very seriously, so please do not use this line except for actual family emergencies that require immediate attention.
SUMMER MAILING ADDRESS
All summer care packages and letters directed to campers should be addressed as follows:
c/o LLYC – EV or SH (whichever applies)
Session # _____
11756 N. US HWY 83 Leakey, TX 78873