Summer staffers spend the entire summer pouring into our campers and lifting each other up. Summer staffers work all week, every week, like it is the first week of camp to make sure our campers have the best experience possible! Sound simple? Oh, it couldn’t be farther from a simple task.
What is it like to be on summer staff at Asbury Hills?
Click this photo to read how Courtney describes being a summer staffer.
Click this photo to read how Brooke, Dillon, Jarvis, and Trevor feel about being on summer staff.
In the mean time, let’s just say that being a summer staffer at Asbury Hills can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend a summer!
Does this sound like something you want to be a part of?
We certainly hope so! Do you know the power of prayer? We sure do!
Would you be willing to pray for our summer staffers? We would truly appreciate it.
Would you be willing to start praying now? Summer Camp Director Sarah Moseley is right in the middle of working to hire our summer 2017 staff members. Join us as we pray for God to work His will into this summer as we begin hiring staff members. We pray that our God is preparing these future staffers’ hearts to live out our mission at Asbury Hills.
You can do more!
Our goal this summer is to have each staff member sponsored by someone. What does this mean? This means we would love to assign each summer staff member their own sponsor who is, at minimum, going to pray for them throughout the summer. Some sponsors in the past have sent things like cards or even care packages to their staff members, as well.
This may sound like something simple but it means so much more.
Is this something you are interested in?
Great! Click the link below and fill out the Google Form. This by no means will not automatically sign you up as a sponsor but will serve as a way to gather interested folks.
Click this if you are interested in receiving more info about being a staff sponsor.
Have questions about Sponsoring a Staffer? Feel free to call our Marketing & Communications director, Paige, at 864.298.0125 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have called the Asbury Hills Office over the last year and a half, you got the pleasure of speaking with Susan Rouse, Asbury Hills Site Director David Rouse’s wife. Susan was gracious and willing to fill the position of Reservation Specialist until our God sent us the perfect applicant.
We are happy to announce that the new voice on the phone will be Emily Eskridge.
Emily comes to us from Taylors, South Carolina where she lives with her husband, Franklin. Emily was born and raised in Greer, South Carolina and has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Christian Studies and Communications from North Greenville University. If Emily isn’t at camp, you’ll most likely find her antiquing or writing songs to play her guitar and sing to.
Emily is no stranger to the camp world!
She grew up attending Camp Marietta and Camp La Vida as a camper. In the summer of 2013, she was a counselor for Merriwood Christian Camp in Clemmons, North Carolina.
We asked Emily, “What drew you to Asbury Hills?”
“As a camper and as a counselor, I experienced how special and unique camp ministry is. My experience as a counselor marked so much growth in my life and the opportunity to see firsthand the growth in others. Because of that, I realized the importance of camp ministry–maybe today more than ever, when society is constantly plugged in and there are an array of distractions. The Lord brought this back to my mind as I saw the posting of the position at Asbury Hills and I knew I needed to apply.“
We cannot thank Susan enough for being able to be our interim Reservation Specialist and we are so thrilled to have Emily on board!
“Working for a camp full-time always sounded too good to be true for me so I am THRILLED to be a part of the Asbury Hills family!” –Emily Eskridge
We hope you enjoyed the holiday season!
Have you seen any New Years resolution posts on social media? Have you seen any “New Year, New Me” posts? What about the ones vowing to stick to the goals set? We have seen them and we are inspired to set some goals for Asbury Hills!
Of course, we can’t reach these goals without our awesome camp family so would you be willing to help us?
We currently have 2,743 Facebook likes. Our goal for Facebook?
We would love to reach 3,250 likes by the end of 2017.
How can you help? Facebook is a great way to share Asbury Hills with your friends. We keep our Facebook page up to date with current things going on at camp by posting photos and blog post links. Facebook is a great way for us to reach our camp family and an even better way to reach out to others! If you click the Facebook logo, you will go directly to our Facebook page.
We currently have 955 followers on Instagram. Our goal for Instagram?
We would be thrilled to get to 1,200 by the end of 2017.
Instagram is the perfect place for us to show off Asbury Hills by simply posting photos. Help us reach out to more people by sharing our Instagram page with your friends! If you click the Instagram logo, you will go directly to our Instagram account.
Thanks in advance for helping us reach our goals! Be sure to check our social media platforms often so you don’t miss out on new things and updates. We have some new things coming so if you are on our social media, you will see it first!
Don’t miss your chance to give the gift of camp this holiday season! Don’t know anyone who would want to go to camp this summer? No problem! You can still give the gift of camp.
How can you give?
Keep reading for a few ways to Give the Gift of Camp.
- Register your little ones BEFORE December 31st to take advantage of 2016 rates
- Make a donation towards camper scholarships
- Make an undesignated donation to SC Camps & Retreat Ministries
- Give your time & register your youth group for our Hands & Feet Service weekend
If you missed the last blog post about Giving the Gift of Camp through donations, take some time to go back and read it. (Click here!) Not only does that post share some information about donations but it also contains a lot of things we are really excited about here at Asbury Hills. This year has been our biggest summer to date and that is truly something to celebrate.
Ready to give now? Click HERE.
Have you already given the gift of camp? Great! Did you get a chance to download the free printable? It is hard to wrap up the gift of camp and put it under the tree so we created a certificate for you to print. Simply click the link below and print it out. Fill it in and wrap it up to Give the Gift of Camp!
Give the Gift of Camp this holiday season and register early for Summer 2017! After the New Year, rates will switch to 2017 rates.
MERRY CHRISTMAS from our family to yours!
The holiday season is here and celebrations are beginning. While you are celebrating this time with your family, we are celebrating with you because this camping season has been a huge success!
- We just wrapped up our 55th camping season at Asbury Hills! You read that right! Asbury Hills has been serving campers and retreat members for 55 years.
- We are also celebrating our biggest summer to date!
- Thanks to your generosity, we extended scholarships to all campers in need this past summer.
It gets EVEN BETTER!
A donor has eagerly agreed to match all new gifts and all increased gifts from current donors up to $10,000.
Go ahead and reread that sentence because it is that good.
What this means is that the gifts from any NEW donors will be matched. This also means that any current donors can INCREASE their gift and that will be matched, as well. Doubling your gift is that easy! What a great thing to celebrate!
Double your gift this #GivingTuesday on November 29th.
We all have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about the day after that? Giving Tuesday is a national day to kick off the season of giving. Last year, over 700,000 donors from over 70 countries participated. Let’s join the giving!
Your continued gifts will provide assistance to campers in need and preserve our beautiful outdoor spaces. As you consider your gift this year, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Kick off the season of giving with #GivingTuesday!
We cannot say thank you enough for your holiday gift and continued prayers for our ministry. Consider this a huge THANK YOU from the Asbury Hills summer campers, retreat group members, the summer staff, full time staff, the volunteers and the parents and guardians.
Visit our website or click here and give today!
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
New and exciting things are happening at Asbury Hills & we are so excited to announce it!
We would like to welcome Sarah Moseley as our new Summer Camp Director.
Does her name sound familiar? It should!
Sarah has grown up attending Asbury Hills. She attended for 11 years as a camper, was in the CIT program, served as a worship leader, program coordinator, retreats coordinator, retreat host and camp pastor. Chances are, you have seen Sarah on site in some capacity or another.
“I am beyond excited to come back to Asbury Hills and serve as Summer Camp Director! I truly feel like I am coming home. Asbury Hills has been a vital part of of my life since I was 6 years old and has helped to shape me into who I am today. I still remember realizing that Jesus wanted a personal relationship with me while sitting at Mountain Chapel watching the sunset as a camper. For over half my life I have been blessed to be at camp as a camper, CIT, Worship Leader, Program Coordinator, Camp Pastor, and a volunteer, getting to experience camp from all different places and positions. I am very excited to see how God continues to move in my life and works through me in this new position to serve others and the Kingdom through the Asbury Hills ministry.”
Sarah comes to us from Newberry, South Carolina where she was born and raised. Sarah attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Sarah has been serving at New Beginnings UMC in Boiling Springs as the Director of Youth Ministries.
Please join us in praying for and welcoming Sarah to Asbury Hills as the new Summer Camp Director. We look forward to all that God has in store for next summer and years to come!
If you follow Asbury Hills on social media at all, then you know that November 15th was International Camp T-Shirt Day.
A camp t-shirt is an important part of summer camp. Why, do you ask? Keep reading!
1. Summer camp t-shirts are important because anytime you see that t-shirt, all the wonderful camp memories come rushing back to you.
2. Summer camp t-shirts are important because if someone sees you wearing it, they will probably ask about it. This gives you the PERFECT excuse to talk about camp for hours.
3. Summer camp t-shirts are important because someone will see you wearing it and wonder why you love that shirt so much. More than likely, they will want to come so they can have great memories just like you!
These 3 reasons bring us right to number 4.
4. Summer camp t-shirts are important because you can wear it on International Camp T-Shirt Day, take a picture, post it on social media and tag Asbury Hills!
We had a lot of people participate in this event from Asbury Hills! They used the hashtags #CampTshirtDay and #AHcamptshirtday and were sure to tag Asbury Hills. Below you will find a round up of some photos ranging from our full time staff members, summer staffers and alumni!
Full Time Staff
Summer Staffers & A Camp Pastor!
Asbury Hills Alumni
Stories are what make camp so great! How often do you find your self starting a story off with, “One time at camp…” or “That summer at camp…”? Probably fairly often.
Working as an Asbury Hills Summer Staffer allows you to be a part of that story!
Courtney King is a long time Asbury Hills Summer Staffer and truly has the heart for camp. She has served in so many different capacities from being a counselor to lead staff and hosting retreats.
According to Courtney, “Whether you impact a kid, a summer staffer, a full time staff member, a facilities manager, a kitchen worker, you get to be a part of someone’s story.”
Courtney says that Asbury Hills has an atmosphere like no other. What can you expect from working a summer at Asbury Hills? Let’s ask Courtney!
“You get to have fun for a summer while making an impact on a kid’s life. YOU get to change the future!
You get to spend the summer in a community of believers!!!”
Keep reading for more from Courtney on what it is like to be a summer staffer at Asbury Hills.
“I have gotten to spend 5 summers at Asbury and they have all been blessings in their own way. My first summer, I got to be on rec staff. I got the opportunity to learn new skills that I never thought I would have learned and challenged myself physically. My second and third summers were full of counseling. Being there for kids and leading them week after week was the literal best. You learn so much about kids after working with them directly. Asking them deep questions about faith opened doors for so many opportunities to minister, but also to listen. Whether I was rafting or tubing down a river, walking them up the hill to team building courses or jumping up and down with them at worship, I could see a little light in them that I just wanted to encourage more and more. I learned how to lead my peers during my fourth and fifth summers. The most difficult part was adjusting to not working directly with kids. But to be able to plan something that the kids (and counselor) would enjoy and see it through is something very valuable. This something I can easily see translating into the real world. Being a leader was full of its ups and downs making this time so important to learning about me.
No matter what I did or how long I served in a particular role, camp has shaped me into who I am today!!! I am more of an adventurer and more willing to step out of my comfort zone after being on rec staff. I am more confident in my leadership skills and know where I can better myself after lead staff. I am more apt to listen to people’s stories and genuinely care for them after counseling. Camp life really is the best life. Countless situations and life lessons learned from camp can translate back into real life. (Just ask all my friends back at school… When is there a time that I DON’T talk about camp?!)
There is absolutely no other way I would have spent my summers.“
Fall Festival 2016 has come and it has gone! We had a blast! Everything ran smoothly and we had a great turnout.
If you came to Fall Festival, you got to enjoy some nice, fall weather. You also got to enjoy the sounds of the Saggy Bottom Boys as they played bluegrass music for all in earshot to hear.
If you joined us on October 22nd, you probably also ate lunch in our dining hall to get the true camp experience! You probably enjoyed a BBQ sandwich or a good old hot dog. You also probably took a hayride to get at tour of camp!
If you and your family came to our Fall Festival, I bet you, or a family member, tried to climb the rock wall. Maybe you opted for a bigger challenge and attempted the Alpine Tower! You might have also tested your abilities at our archery range. With either activity, hopefully you enjoyed trying something new or testing out your skills.
If this wasn’t your first Fall Festival with Asbury Hills, then you knew you would get a chance to get some Apple Butter that was made and jarred at Asbury Hills. You also knew that you would get to watch apples being pressed making fresh apple cider on the spot.
What kind of day would it be if you didn’t spend a few moments in a rocking chair beside an open fire? It wouldn’t be a day at Asbury Hills, that is for sure.
Hopefully you got the chance to bring your family or just yourself to our Fall Festival this year. If you did, then thank you so much for making the trip! If you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s Fall Festival because it is the perfect family activity with something for everyone! Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see more photos. As always, you can find more information about Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center right here and questions can be directed to 864.836.3711.
Fall festival is a week away and we are thrilled!
–Saturday, October 22nd from 10AM-5PM at Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center —
Fall Festival is an annual festival at Asbury Hills that is open to the community. You can expect a great view of camp and the sound of bluegrass music. You can expect to see your favorite summer staffers and try some activities. You can expect to see camp in a light that is very different from summer!
If you end up not making it to this year’s Fall Festival, here is what you will miss out on:
Bluegrass music filling the air.
The Saggy Bottom Boys will be sharing their gift of bluegrass music for all to hear. Nothing says the mountain air and fall like bluegrass music.
Activities you or your camper did in the summer will be open.
Do you remember hearing your camper go on and on about how they got to the top of the Rock Wall? Now they can prove it. Have you heard about the view from the top of our Alpine Tower? Now you can see it for yourself. (You get a full view of Table Rock and Caesar’s Head that is breathtaking.) Remember the great shots of the lake? Now you can see it for yourself in a canoe!
Summer Staffers will be there.
This is the greatest reunion between summer staffers and campers. Is there a summer staffer that your camper raved about? There is a chance some will make it Fall Festival.
Apple Butter and Apple Cider
We make apple butter on site throughout the year so it is ready for you to take home! You can even press your own Apple Cider on site during Fall Festival. These will be available with a suggested donation towards camper scholarships.
Hayride and Face Painting
What is a fall festival without hayrides and face painting? If you take a hayride at camp, you also get a tour of camp, too! Top the day off with a small pumpkin on your cheek and you’ve had the true Fall Festival experience.
We hope to see you at this year’s Fall Festival!
Click here for more information.
There is something about the fall in the mountains that is breath taking. Asbury Hills is over 2,000 acres of gorgeousness regardless of the season, we can all agree, but being at Asbury Hills during the fall is something special. The colors of the leaves reflect on the lake and Mountain Chapel has amplified beauty with fall colors in the trees. The paths are spiced up with reds, oranges, and yellows and the cool, crisp air makes a camp fire even more inviting.