Why Camp?

Why camp? Summer camping is most certainly a fun summer option for campers but is there more to camp than just fun? There absolutely is and we are here to prove it.

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When you are deciding the best possible options for your child’s summer, what are the main things you are looking for? Safety? Fun? Fellowship? Spiritual Growth? Mental Growth? There are plenty of other options to keep your camper engaged during the summer yet summer camp enrollment is remaining steady. In fact, registrations for Asbury Hills are tracking beyond where it has ever been in previous years. Why? We believe that families are realizing that there is way more to summer camp than just a fun time.

According research done by the American Camping Association (ACA)*, parents of accredited camps rate the most important benefits to camp to be

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Licensed clinical social worker Bob Ditter is a believer in camping. “It is in the crucible of this community that children gain self-esteem with humility, overcome their inflated sense of self, and develop a lifelong sense of grace and wonder.”

Seeing people from all aspects of our society give truth to the importance of camping only increases the validity of these studies. Peter Scales, Ph.D. (noted author/educator, and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute) says that “At camp, children learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase their self-esteem.”

Not only does research prove to increase your camper’s self-esteem, help them learn responsibility, and encourage relationship building, our own statistics at Asbury Hills show spiritual growth and the desire to try new things happen at camp.

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Every year, we survey both campers and parents to find out what is being done well and what can be done better. Every year, it always proves true that campers leave camp having tried new things, met new people, and grown spiritually in some way. Some learn a new worship song that resonates with them. Some campers climb the Alpine Tower for the first time. Some campers make a new best friend. Some campers learn something they didn’t know about their faith. Some campers camp out for the first time. Some campers try a new food and love it. Some campers reconnect with their faith.

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All campers are welcomed through our gates. All campers are encouraged and loved. All campers are met with the highest Christian hospitality. Every single staff member works to make your camper’s week the absolute best week of their life.

So, why will you send your child to camp?

*Portions of this post provided by the American Camping Association (ACA). For more information on ACA, accredited camps, and more, visit www.acacamps.org. Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center is accredited by the American Camping Association.
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February Birthdays

Let’s wish these Summer Staffers born in February a very happy birthday!

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FEBRUARY

Ada Carpenter

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Nicholas Castro

Nick C.

Ben Johnson

Ben J.

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From the Staff: Jaedon

Jaedon was a counselor at Asbury Hills for Summer 2019. We asked about his experience as a staffer and just had to share!

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“While working at Asbury Hills, everyone on staff became my second family! Everyone was so welcoming and it just felt like my home away from home. When I was with my kids as a counselor, it was such a blessing to get to know each one. We plan on teaching them so many things but we learn from them every single day.

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I didn’t think I’d be coming back to work at Asbury Hills but after my first experience on staff, it is impossible to not come back to work for such an amazing place!”

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

Don’t forget to check out 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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December & January Birthdays

Would you join us in wishing these 2019 Summer Staffers a very happy birthday?!

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DECEMBER

Kurt Owen

Kurt

JANUARY

Shelby Dunbar

Shelby

Rachel Long

Rachel

Anna Grace Vedane

Anna-Grace

Kassidy Rouse

Kassidy

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Summer Staff Christmas 2019

Every year our summer staffers gather to share a meal and gifts!

This year was no different.

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Our summer staff love any opportunity to get together so our annual summer staff Christmas party was a hit! Our staff get to come up to camp one last time before the new year and share a meal. They also bring a small gift to contribute to the gift exchange. Just like other gift exchanges, the rules are the same. Each gift can be stolen or a new one can be opened. The best rule? You can open and use the gift right away!

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Notice that the full time staff children love our summer staffers, too!

Merry Christmas from our Summer 2019 Staff!

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Why Give?

Why give? Why give the gift of camp? You’ve probably seen this on our social media a time or two and we’d like a chance to explain why.

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Giving the gift of camp is so much more than just a gift made around the holidays. Giving the gift of camp is ensuring that future campers will have the best possible camping experience at Asbury Hills.

When you give the gift of camp, you give a child an experience.

Your yearly gift to our annual fund is ultimately ensuring that every person who enters our gates is getting the best possible service as a guest at Asbury Hills. When you give to our Phase 1 Continuation fund, you are giving every camper and retreat guest from this point on the chance to enjoy new construction and facilities at Asbury Hills.

When you give the gift of camp, you give a retreat guest the ultimate escape from reality.

Not only does our ministry impact our campers and retreat guests, it also makes a huge impact on our summer and seasonal staffers. We are so blessed to be able to hire (and are still hiring) the best of the best to pour into our campers, facilitate activities, and host our retreat guests.

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When you give the gift of camp, you give a summer staffer a life changing job.

You see? Giving the gift of camp isn’t only a holiday thing. Giving the gift of camp is a year round thing that truly impacts our ministry for the better.

We can’t say thank you enough to our camp family because without each and every person, our ministry would not be possible.

We thank you for your prayers and support.

We thank you for your time and gifts.

We thank you for your continued donations and pledges.

We thank you for believing in camping.

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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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