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Update: Weather In The Frio Canyon

Posted Jun 17, 2015

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Posted Jun 09, 2014

“A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof, trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask, why do we stay up there if it’s so […]


Reverse Prediction

Posted Feb 04, 2013

 As an ex-public educator of 14 years, I’m no stranger to the laws of science—especially as they relate to life here in the Canyon. In fact, I don’t mind admitting that I’ve been working extensively on a precept that I hope to publish and eventually establish as scientific law. At first, I thought that my […]


To Live is Christ…and Camp!

Posted Dec 16, 2011

Please allow me to digress from my usual theme of camp humor for this issue, but this is a story worth telling. To start with, I will list some national highlights from the year 1912: New Mexico was admitted as the 47th state. RMS Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Democrat Woodrow […]


Useful People

Posted Oct 10, 2011

The way I see it, there are two kinds of people on this big blue marble—useful people and people like me!


Outdoor Education

Posted Jan 01, 2011

The Foundation Free Camps are thrilled to welcome Erik Silvius as our Outdoor Education Coordinator!


When Pigs Fly!

Posted Dec 22, 2010

No, I’m not kidding, this is a true story! Of course, to everyone who witnessed the event, it looked like the boar just fell off the cliff, but I know the truth. . . . That pig was trying to fly!


Our Skunks Ain’t Dumb!

Posted Sep 24, 2010

While driving back to the Canyon from Kerrville the other day, we passed by the odoriferous carcasses of several road-kill skunks. “Whowee, what a bunch of dumb skunks,” my son, Coleman, observed. “What do you mean?” I asked. “I mean why would all these skunks be standing out in the middle of the road waiting […]


A Sasquatch in the Canyon?

Posted May 10, 2010

Taken from Laity Connections, Spring 2010   Greetings from the Canyon to all friends of The H. E. Butt Family Foundation. By way of introduction, my family and I live on the camp property near Leakey. My main responsibility is to direct the Free Camp Program, which was envisioned and created by the Butt family […]


1912 Was a Very Good Year

Posted Nov 19, 2009

“Who is Roland Johnson, and why is he so special?” you may ask. Well, I guess Roland Johnson’s birth isn’t such a big deal on the national scene, but he’s pretty special to me.

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