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Welcome to Butman Methodist Camp & Retreat Center

158 County Road 674
Merkel, Texas 79536-6512

Working with Jesus to change the heart at a time.

Find us on the web at, or call us at (325) 846-4212


Our mission is to provide a spiritual place where the present and future body of Christ can experience the glory of God and be equipped to enjoy Him forever.


United Methodist

The types of camps we operate include:

Day Camp
Resident Camp

Programming We Offer:

Young Adults

Throughout the year, you’ll find the following special emphasis camps (or themes) during one or more of our sessions:

Outdoor Education
Team Building

Recognizing that some guests have special needs and may not be able to participate in regular camping programs, we set aside camp sessions specifically for guests with the following conditions:

Moderately Physically Disabled
Mentally Impaired
Visually Impaired

While you’re here, you may want to take advantage of the following activities we offer:

Ropes/Challenge Course
Soccer Field
Baseball/Softball Field
Basketball Court
Swimming - Outdoor

Interested in renting our facilities? We are happy to rent our facilities to the following groups/types:

Children's Groups
Youth Groups
Single Adults
Married Couples
Families (in one unit)

These are the types of accommodations we offer:

Tent Sites
RV Sites

Kitchen Facilities Use

Kitchen for Staff only

We are set up to handle the following group sizes in the various seasons:

During the summer, we can take care of up to 330 guests. In the spring, we can accommodate 330 guests. Our winter capacity is 330. Finally, in fall, we have enough room for 330 guests.

We also offer the following special activities and features:

We are affiliated with the Angel Tree, Prison Fellowship Ministry. We offer a camp for 4th through 6th graders who have an incarcerated loved one. We also help integrate Angel Tree kids into our other normal camps.


180 miles west of Dallas, TX. Located on FM 126 17 miles south of Merkel, Texas. We are 30 miles from Abilene, TX and 30 miles from Sweetwater, TX.


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