From the Staff: Ada

Ada was a counselor at Asbury Hills for Summer 2019. We asked her to share you experience as a summer staffer and her response is incredible.

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“Working at Asbury Hills was the best decision of my life. I met people from so many different backgrounds, yet we were all working for the same purpose: to serve Christ. These people showed me what it means to show Christian love to others, and how to hold others accountable to this standard.

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I would highly recommend working at Asbury Hills to anyone. It has caused me to grow as a Christian and as a person.”

We are hiring for Summer 2020! If you are interested in applying or know someone who would be great at Asbury Hills, visit our website for more information and to apply.

Don’t forget to check out our blog post about our announcement for the new aquatic center at Asbury Hills.  For more information, check out that blog post or call 864.298.0125.

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November Birthdays

Help us wish these Summer 2019 Staffers a very happy November birthday!

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November

David Martin

David

Logan Parvis

Logan P.

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Give the Gift of Camp: Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2019 is coming up and Asbury Hills with SC Camps & Retreat Ministries is participating! What is Giving Tuesday? How can YOU be a part of this globally recognized day? All that and more is below!

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Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Last year, over 3.6 million gifts were made on Giving Tuesday totaling over $400 million! While that seems like a lot of money, the average gift size was just over $100.

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How is Asbury Hills participating? How can YOU participate?

Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center with SC Camps & Retreat Ministries is joining with the millions of other businesses across the world asking to be remembered during the holiday season.  You can participate in Giving Tuesday by making a donation (no matter the size) to the nonprofit organization of your choice on December 3rd. We hope you will consider making your donation to Asbury Hills so we can continue to make Asbury Hills better. When the day comes, donations can be made to our secure giving website.

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Thank you in advance for making your mark!

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From the Staff: Seth

“Asbury Hills Summer 2019 was one of the best summers of my life! My name is Seth Seidner and I am a college junior in Florida.

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I was never exposed to Asbury Hills while in elementary, middle, or high school. It wasn’t until one of my friends that moved from Spartanburg to Jacksonville told me about his experience and what an amazing place it is to encounter God that I began to become intrigued with the camp.  I decided to apply with two of my friends from Jacksonville and we began the adventure of being summer camp counselors for the 2019 season. Staff training lasts the first two weeks once you arrive and it was some of the most fun and memory-filled times I had this past summer. I began what would prove to be my strongest friendships those first two weeks. Over the course of the 7 weeks of summer camp each week would provide different struggles as well as different blessings. I had the opportunity to be with a kid and pray with him as he accepted Christ into his heart for the first time and ask for the forgiveness of his sins. I had never been in such a powerful and transformative moment with another human being and that moment alone made the summer one that I could not forget. I thank God for every trial, blessing, experience, adventure, growth opportunity, and friendship I gained this summer.

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When you return to “normal life,” people ask you how your summer was and what you did. The only answer I can think to give to them is that God moved in me and my heart and in every other person that entered the gates of Asbury Hills. God is always at work, but when you’re removed from the distractions of the world and in his beautiful creation of nature every day it gets a little bit easier to focus and see his love at work on a daily basis. The people that I now call family still stay in touch and we will be friends for the rest of our lives.

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If you’re on the fence about filling out an application I highly encourage you to take the time and do it. God works through each one of us in different ways and I promise you that you have a place in the Asbury Hills family this upcoming summer if God is wanting you to take a leap of faith through camp ministry!

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I can’t wait to see what summer 2020 and the “Compete” theme have in store!”

Written by Seth S., Counselor at Asbury Hills, Summer 2019

We are NOW HIRING for Summer 2020. If you are interested in applying or know someone who is, visit our website for more information and to apply! If you have any questions, you can contact Sarah, our Summer Camp Director, by emailing summercamp@asburyhills.org.

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Fall Festival 2019

Fall Festival 2019 at Asbury Hills was a great success! There was quite a lot of rain but our awesome camp family still showed up and had a great, rainy fall festival!

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This year, we welcomed over 100 people through our gates to our Annual Fall Festival. The weather wasn’t exactly what we would have hoped but it still was a successful event!

Folks got the chance to sample fresh apple cider that we pressed on site all day long. We also had a big batch of apple butter going and plenty already made apple butter for people to try. Not only did we have delicious apple butter and apple cider, our Food Services Director prepared some tasty treats. We also had lunch available for purchase.

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What would Fall Festival be without bluegrass music?! We were so happy to have Unbranded playing live bluegrass music throughout the day.

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Rain or not, this event was so fun and we are so appreciate of everyone who came despite the weather. If you did attend, you got to see some of our 2019 summer staffers! We are grateful for them being so willing to come back and help make Fall Festival a success.

Don’t forget to check out our latest blog posts including the announcement of the new aquatic center coming to Asbury Hills. For more information, check out that blog post, or call 864.298.0125.

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October Birthdays

We would like to wish a very happy birthday to our 2019 summer staffers with October birthdays!

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October

Ridge Clark

Ridge

Sarah Mercer

Sarah

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Faith

Katie Wray

Katie W.

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The Vision is Here: We Need Your Help!

We are constantly working to make Asbury Hills even better.

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Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center, which is governed by the South Carolina United Methodist Camps & Retreat (SCCARM) Board of Directors, has a multi phase master plan and just last week, the SCCARM Board gave approval to move forward with continuing Phase 1 of that master plan.

What is Phase 1? What exactly did the SCCARM Board approve? How much does it cost? How is it getting funded? How will it benefit campers and retreat guests? What will it look like? Where will it be at Asbury Hills? When will it be complete? All of these questions AND MORE are answered below.

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What is Phase 1 of the Asbury Hills Master Plan?

Phase 1 entails the removal of the old swimming pool and the addition of a brand new aquatic complex including a new, upgraded swimming pool, new bath house with restrooms and changing areas, basketball court, and volleyball court. Also included in Phase 1 is a multipurpose worship center, which is slated to go where the old pool currently sits giving the new building the perfect home right in main camp.

How will this benefit campers and retreat guests?

By continuing Phase 1, not only will this pave the way for new things to come, but this will also supply immediate benefits to our guests and campers. Once this portion of Phase 1 is complete, both campers and retreat guests will have access to a brand new, upgraded swimming pool, bathhouse, and sport courts. Once this portion of Phase 1 is complete, this will allow us to work toward approval for the next portion of Phase 1, which is the multipurpose worship center.

What exactly did the SCCARM Board approve?

The SCCARM Board approved the continuation of Phase 1. This approval includes preparing the site for the new pool, construction of the new pool, bath house, basketball court, and volley ball court. While this approval DOES NOT construction of the multipurpose worship center, this approval DOES help pave the way towards our next step in Phase 1, which is the multipurpose worship center.

How much does this continuation of Phase 1 cost?

With exciting, new projects like this, there is always a cost. Right now, the cost for this continuation of Phase 1 (preparing the new site and construction of the new swimming pool, bath house, basketball court, and volleyball court) is $1.5 million. While we have already started collecting funds, we still need your help! Your two or three year pledged contribution will go so far in bringing this project to life.

How is this getting funded?

SCCARM needs you. Camps & Retreat has launched an immediate fundraising campaign to secure the funds towards this continuation. Thanks to an early feasibility study several of our family and friends are ready to commit to this project, however, we know it will take all of us to bring this vision to life.  If you are interested in contributing to our vision of making Asbury Hills even better, we would love to talk further with you.

Where will this be at Asbury Hills?

Another great question! Imagine yourself walking from the Creekview Center (previously the Rec Shelter) up the road toward the Alpine Tower. About halfway up, close to the Craft Hut is where this new facility will be built.

When will this be completed?

We hope to be able to open by Summer 2020 but we need YOUR help!

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We are so glad to finally share this news! This will not be possible without the financial support and continued prayers of our camp family. If you are interested in helping bring this vision to life, please don’t hesitate to call or email. Feel free to reach out to Paige, our Marketing & Communications Director, for more information by calling 864.298.0125 or emailing her at info@sccarm.org. For major gifts, please contact our Executive Director, Arthur Spriggs, by calling 864.289.0125.

Thank you to your camp family for your support and prayers. Our ministry is a success because of you and we hope to keep moving forward and serving all people for Christian birth, growth, and renewal.

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We are grateful for all the gifts we receive that help keep Asbury Hills a thriving ministry. We ask that your gift to the Phase 1 Continuation campaign should not take the place of your regular gift to Asbury Hills, but be an additional amount, as you feel called to give.
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August & September Birthdays

It is time to start wishing our Summer 2019 Staffers happy birthday and first up is the August and September birthdays!

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Join us in celebrating these folks and wishing them a happy birthday.

AUGUST

Connor Bragg

Connor

Graham Lee

Graham

Mary Hanna Rodgers

Mary Hannah

Cameron White

Cameron

SEPTEMBER

Victoria Chappell

Tori

James Dalenburg

James

Elizabeth Efrid

Elizabeth

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DeVonte

Ellie Keeter

Ellie

Rebekah Martin

Rebekah

Jessica Mitchell

Jessica

Jacob Ragland

Jacob

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Lora

Andrew Wetzel2

Andrew

Jaedon Williamson

Jaedon

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Staff Tell All: Summer 2019

Our Summer Staffers work so hard to make sure our campers have the best summer camp experience they could possibly have. Not only do our staff work the summer pouring into campers, but they also spend the summer building new friendships and growing their faith.

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As we all know, Summer 2019 is over. Not only did we say goodbye to our campers but we also waved farewell to our Summer 2019 Staffers.  Of course, it is not goodbye forever but here are some of their final thoughts from their summer at Asbury Hills.

“Hands down the best summer of my life with some of the most amazing friends.”

–Mary Hannah, Counselor

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“This summer has helped me to develop my leadership skills as well as forced me to begin to actually lead a life led by faith.”

–Andrew, Lead Staff

“This summer I grew in ways I was not expecting to. I was blessed to be in a place surrounded by people who love the Lord and have the same goal as me: to share His love with everyone.”

–Faith, Lead Staff

Our staff work so hard to make in impact on campers but many staff will tell you that it is the campers that impact them.

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“I can honestly say that this summer has been the best summer ever and it has changed my life.”

–Hannah, Counselor

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“My experience as a staffer was SO fun and rewarding. Spending the summer as an Asbury Hills staffer taught me so much about being a better leader, follower, and believer.”

–Megan, Worship Team

We are now hiring for Summer 2020 and if you are interested in a summer that could change your life, we hope you will apply! Click here for more information or email our Summer Camp Director.

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Campsick is Definitely a Thing

Are you campsick yet? Campsick is totally a thing and we have a few ideas to help you with your campsickness!

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Summer 2019 is officially over and we miss campers already! Fear not, Summer 2020 will be here before we know it. In the meantime, here are a few things to help you relive your favorite Summer 2019 memories and cure your campsickness until you can get back to Asbury Hills.

Watch our Summer 2019 Highlight Videos

Everyone got a copy of their week’s highlight video on a flash drive at the end of camp. Did you know we have them all loaded on our YouTube channel in a playlist ready for you to watch? Click here or search Asbury Hills on YouTube, grab a snack and enjoy!

Search the hashtag for the summer on Instagram:

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Every post on our Instagram has the hashtag #FaithUnleashedAtAH in the comments. Search that hashtag on Instagram and get to scrolling! Feel free to add that hashtag to your photos, too!

Check out our Facebook page and look through the weekly albums from Summer 2019.

While every photo from each week isn’t loaded on Facebook, there are a few from each week organized into weekly albums. Check them out and be sure to share your favorites with your friends!

Schedule a Church Visit

Why not bring Asbury Hills to your church!? We are ready and willing to visit your church during worship or evening activities to share about opportunities at Asbury Hills. If you are interested in scheduling a free visit with Asbury Hills, email Paige and she will help you get it scheduled.

Join us for Fall Festival

Every year, just as the leaves start turning colors and the air gets a little crisp, we host our Annual Fall Festival. This FREE event is Saturday, October 19th from 10am-5pm at Asbury Hills. You can expect some activities to be open, hay rides, lunch available for purchase, and the chance to see your favorite summer staffers.

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Bring your youth group or church to Asbury Hills for a retreat!

Just because summer camp is over doesn’t mean Asbury Hills closes. We host retreats in the fall, winter, and spring so book your retreat now! Act quickly because spaces do fill pretty quick.

We hope these suggestions help cure your homesickness! As always, keep an eye out on our social media–we are constantly posting updates, photos, and videos. Registration for Summer 2020 at Asbury Hills is just around the corner!

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