Our Family of Programs
The H. E. Butt Family Foundation runs five distinct programs tailored to varying needs at different seasons of life.
The H. E. Butt Foundation Camp partners with more than 250 qualifying churches, schools, and nonprofit groups each year to provide exceptional facilities, free of charge, for camping experiences conducive to Christian character development. The program especially targets children and youth in Texas who would not otherwise be able to afford such an experience.
Laity Lodge is an ecumenical Christian retreat center established in 1961 in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Scholars, theologians, musicians, artists, and guests from all walks of life gather in our outpost along the Frio River for the purpose of encouraging and renewing the laity—the people of God. We aim to recover a sense of the sacred: God at work, in and among us, in the most ordinary of activities.
Laity Lodge Youth Camp (LLYC) was established in 1966 along the Frio River Canyon as a co-ed summer youth camping program for boys and girls who have completed second through tenth grades. Today, LLYC focuses on spontaneity, fun, and relationships to show kids the best two weeks of their lives, while sharing with them the Gospel message and love of Jesus Christ. LLYC is dedicated to providing campers with healthy fun in an emotionally safe learning environment.
Laity Lodge Family Camp offers Christian retreats for families on the weekends throughout the school year and during five weeks in the summer for uninterrupted time together for refreshment and growth through shared adventures in the Texas Hill Country.
Steeped in outrageous hospitality in exceptional facilities, Laity Lodge Family Camp creates moments to connect with family, God, and other guests. Our program is tailored to accommodate a broad spectrum of age ranges and to allow families to be enriched through a mixture of worshipful rest and structured activities.
HEBFF Outdoor offers adventure recreation and outdoor education in partnership with Texas schools to provide transformative and educational 3-day, 2-night outdoor experiences, each set within the rugged beauty of the Texas Hill Country.
Beneath steep canyon bluffs carved by the beautiful Frio River, we make a variety of retreat campsites available to qualified groups at no cost. Each self-contained campsite affords discovery, adventure, hospitality, and renewal to individuals who might not otherwise have the ability to experience such a beautiful outdoor setting.