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- History -


BUTMAN METHODIST CAMP & RETREAT CENTER

In 1926, the "Committee on Camp Grounds" of the NWTX Conference reported that negotiations were underway to purchase a site in Palo Duro Canyon for a Conference Camp Ground. From these humble origins Ceta Canyon Methodist Camp & Retreat Center got its beginning. The old Stamford District held its camps at the Leuders Baptist Encampment. The Abilene District was using the Presbyterian Encampment at Buffalo Gap. Conference leaders, especially those in the southern part of the Conference, began to see the need for a camp to meet needs of campers in the south end of the Conference. Sam Butman Sr. , a long time resident of Mulberry Canyon, had two daughters, Lottie and Mary, who were most instrumental and influential in getting Mr. Butman interested in donating land for a camp. It was Rev. Edgar Irvine who was important in suggesting to Mr. Butman that good farmland was not the most ideal for camping activities and a more rugged terrain with more acreage was needed.

Sam Butman
On May 14, 1953, Sam Butman Sr. , signed the deed for 231 .9 acres of land in Mulberry Canyon, about three miles southwest of the Pioneer Memorial Methodist Church, to the NWTX Conference for a campsite. The NWTX Annual Conference met at St. Paul Methodist Church, Abilene, and during the afternoon session on Thursday, May 28th". the Conference accepted the gift of land Mr. Butman offered to the Conference. Dr. Darris L. Egger, Sr. put it quite well in his book, Butman Methodist Camp in Mulberry Canyon.

"After a number of years of hope, dreaming, planning and praying, a camp in beautiful Mulberry Canyon, to be used by thousands of young and old alike, then awaited construction ...Let's put the picture into perspective. The Conference then had 231 plus acres of rocky, hilly, mesquite and cedar covered land. What lay ahead? What would rise from these seemingly rugged acres? To answer this question all we have to do is to visit Butman Methodist Camp and see all the facilities that house and feed hundreds and hundreds of people each year. We can walk the trails that children, youth and adults walk, see the shelters for small group sharings, listen to the singing , the sharing of experiences of the various camps, and to hear testimonies of changed lives by experiences led by Christian leaders." "We thank God for the vision of Sam Butman Sr., for the dedication and commitment of laity and clergy across a wide area , for their generosity in bringing to pass dreams that have been dreamed and prayers that have been uttered for His guidance and blessings."

"In 1956 Samuel Butman, Sr. died at the age of 92 and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Merkel, beside his wife, Madge Bell Butman. What a long life, working hard , saving money, investing it in land, cattle, sheep and people. He shared with his children and his church. What a wonderful legacy."

- Facilities -


Click below for information on each facility.

Irvine Lodge
& Meeting Center

Meeting room for 250 people, sleeping for 144, with covered walkways.

Irvine Lodge
• 24 guest rooms, with 6 beds per room
• Private entrance
• Private bath
• Carpeted
• 6 rooms handicapped accessible
• Sound system
• TV/VCR • Overhead projector & screen
• Piano
• Ice Machine

Separate kitchen area in Knowles Meeting Room with sink, coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator

Irvine Lodge
Irvine Lodge

Hillside Lodge
& Meeting Room

Meeting room for 75 people, sleeping for 66.

Hillside
• 11 guest rooms, with 6 beds per room
• Private Bath
• Carpeted
• TV/VCR
• Overhead projector & screen
• Piano
• Ice Machine

Separate kitchen area with sink, coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator

Hillside
Hillside
Hillside

Moore Conf Room

Meeting room for 200 people in chairs.

Moore Conference Room
• Handicapped-accessible restrooms
• Sound system
• TV/VCR
• Overhead projector & screen
• Piano
• Ice Machine

Separate kitchen area with sink, coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator

Moore Conference Room


Wyatt Rec Center

12,000 sq ft recreational area with covered picnic area and "The Rock" indoor climbing wall

Wyatt Rec Center
• Basketball
• Volleyball
• Table Tennis
• Gaga Ball
• Camp Store
• Restrooms

Shep Chapel

Worship Center/Meeting Room for up to 300 people in chairs.

Shep Chapel
• Handicapped-accessible Restrooms
• Sound System
• Overhead Projector & Electric Screen
• Video Projector
• Electronic Keyboard
• Piano

Scott Chapel

Worship Center for up to 150 people in pews.

Scott Chapel
• Handicapped-accessible Restrooms
• Sound System
• Video Projector & Electric Screen
• Piano

Scott Chapel

- Leadership -


Butman Camp is a not-for profit ministry organization that relies on our Board of Trustees for leadership, guidance and support. Butman Camp's Board operates as a policy board, drafting policies that our Executive Director and staff follow. Our Board meets three times per year to discuss our ministry, our future and how Butman Camp can glorify and honor Jesus Christ.

BOARD of TRUTEES
Aleta Alexander
Merkel, TX

Ken Becker, Secretary
Sweetwater, TX

Robert Gillette
Abilene, TX

Jeff Graham
Clyde, TX

Russell Graham
Merkel, TX

Rev. C. Marvin Gregory
Abilene, TX

Paul Hawkins
Vernon, TX

Tom Hawkins, Vice Chair
Abilene, TX

Paul Jones
Snyder, TX

Roy D. Knowles
Abilene, TX

Kyle Lawrence
Sweetwater, TX

Bill McMaster
Nolan, Texas

Dr. Jerry Marshall, Chair
Rotan, TX

Jody Holland
Amarillo, TX

Richard Petree
Abilene, TX

B. Jack Reed
Midland, TX


Northwest Texas Annual Conference, Ex-Officio Trustees
Director of Mission and Administration: Wendell Horn, Lubbock, Tx
Abilene District Superintendent: Rev. George Price, Abilene, TX
Conference Camping Task Force, Chair: Rev. Lloyd Stice, Wolfforth. TX

- Get Involved -


At Butman Camp, we are always looking for ways for the community to get involved with what is happening at camp. From volunteering in the Garden of Eatin’, painting buildings and handrails, hanging Christmas lights, and even working one of our camps in the summer, there is usually something around camp to help out with. If you would like information on how you or your organization can further enhance the work camp is doing, head on over to our Contact Us page and ask about volunteering! If physical work is not your strong suit, you can feel free to head over to our - Donations page - and help us monetarily, every little bit counts.
We look forward to hearing from you, God Bless.


- Meet the Staff -


Jeff Robinson Jeff Robinson
Executive Director
jeff@butmancamp.org
Adam Reeves Adam Reeves
Facilities Manager
adam@butmancamp.org
Deborah Robinson Deborah Robinson
Guest Services Director
deborah@butmancamp.org

Ralph Lynch Jesse Benson
Hospitality Manager
jesse@butmancamp.org
Sarah Sara Neatherlin
Lead Cook

Jesse Benson  Buddy Warren
Maintenance Foreman
buddy@butmancamp.org


Nora Hernandez Nora Hernandez
Housekeeping/Kitchen

Maria Cano Ralph Lynch
Maintenance Assistant

Sarah Neatherlin Maria Cano
Housekeeping/Kitchen


Josh & Family Josh and Family
Program Coordinator

- Join Us -


If you are interested in becoming part of the Butman Camp staff ministry team, please submit an employment application. We consider all applicants who are qualified for any positions we may have open. You may apply online or download an application for employment and mail it to us.

We are currently seeking and taking applications for the following summer staff positions:
1. Program Interns (at least 18 years old H.S. Grad)
Program interns must be mature, responsible young adults, at least 18 years old, who want to directly influence our campers with the love of Jesus. You will facilitate the wilderness challenge course and climbing wall, help in the camp store, lead nature hikes and challenge games. You will be certified as a ropes course facilitator and as a lifeguard.


2. Maintenance Staff (at least 16 years old)
Maintenance staff must be able to pass lifeguard certification and will assist our Maintenance Director with various duties, such as groundskeeping, lifeguarding and maintenance tasks.

3. Kitchen Staff & Housekeepers (at least 15 years old)
Kitchen staff will help prepare and serve food, clean kitchen and camp facilities and assist our Hospitality Manager with various duties.



Interested candidates should or download and complete our for employment and send it along with your resume to jeff@butmancamp.org, fax to 325-846-3231; or mail to Butman Camp, 158 County Road 674, Merkel, Texas 79536.
If you have questions call Jeff at 325-846-4212