SINGING HILLS

 
 
 
 

OVERVIEW

Singing Hills rests in the middle of the Frio Canyon property just downstream from Crazy Horse swimming hole, accessible by canoe or kayak from the camp's waterfront. The camp is one of our most historic, established in 1954 when the Butt Family first bought the Wolf Ranch to provide a place where young people who might not otherwise be able to afford it could have a first class camping experience. By the 1975, Singing Hills was hosting summer camp for Laity Lodge. Today, this historic campsite is shared between three programs—H. E. Butt Foundation Camp, Laity Lodge Youth Camp, and Outdoor School.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Phone: 830-232-3688 or 232-3690

Long distance calls can be made with a calling card. Cell phones do not work in the Canyon.

AVAILABILITY

Singing Hills is unavailable May through mid-August.

CAPACITY

173 total beds (heated but only the cooks’ quarters and cabins 9 through 13 are air-conditioned)

KITCHEN

The kitchen has a commercial LP gas range (six burners, a conventional oven, and a grill), a single LP gas convection oven, a reach-in refrigerator, a walk-in refrigerator, a reach-in freezer, ice machine, a pantry, a commercial mixer, and adequate counter and cupboard space. A dishwashing machine is available as well as a three-well sink for scrubbing pots and pans. The kitchen is supplied with plates, cups, bowls, tumblers, flatware, and serving pieces. A steam table/serving counter accommodates cafeteria-style serving. Food preparation utensils and containers are well-stocked, including large spoons, forks, ladles, spatulas, tongs, sharp knives, large bowls, sheet pans, roasting pans, a coffee maker, pitchers, funnels, strainer/colander, whisk, etc.

  • Please do not use disposable products such as paper plates, plastic cups, tableware, etc.
  • You must bring all consumable goods such as paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, dish towels, soap, cleaning supplies, etc.
  • Please plan to haul your garbage to a dumpster located on the property.
  • BBQ barrels are available, but you must bring your own charcoal, firewood, and starter.

DINING

The Dining Hall adjoins the kitchen. Folding tables allow the room to double as a meeting room or activity room between meals. A large open patio behind the Dining Hall can also be used for dining or activities. A large fireplace dominates one wall (bring firewood). A large bay window overlooks the river. The room is heated but not air-conditioned.

PAVILION

A covered, open-air covered pavilion with bleacher seating can be used for meetings, worship, activities, etc.

WATERFRONT

Two swimming areas plus abundant wading areas accommodate all ages and water activities.

  • A certified lifeguard must supervise all waterfront activity.
  • While fishing, please observe our “catch and release” policy.
  • Canoes are available. Personal flotation devices are furnished and must be worn in the canoes.

RECREATION

  • An amphitheater and campfire ring face the river. Firewood is not furnished.
  • A large grass infield near the cabins accommodates many activities including a Ga-Ga ball pit. Across the river, a lighted basketball court and a large playing field, suitable for soccer, softball, capture-the-flag, and other large group games are available. You must provide your own sports equipment.
  • Hiking trails are nearby.