Love Gift Ceremony 2019

It is that time of year again! Every year, we end our summer with a dinner to celebrate our staff followed by our annual Love Gift Ceremony. It is always a special time for our staff!

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What is our Love Gift Ceremony? It is exactly what it sounds like–a ceremony that our summer staffers exchange a love gift. What is a love gift you ask? It is a gift that each staffer makes for someone else, of which they drew their name at the beginning of the summer. The entire summer staff all draw a name and keep it a secret all summer while they work to make (emphasis on ‘make’) a gift for their person. At the end of the summer, the surprises are revealed and there is so much love!

This is such a special event for our staff. Usually, these gifts are gifts that they will treasure for the rest of their lives. Camp is a special place in and of itself so if you tack a meaningful gift on to it, it really holds a special place in your heart.

You may have noticed a theme with the outfits. Each year, our staff decide on a theme for the event. Our Food Service director prepares a meal based on that theme and we decorate the dining hall to tie it all together. We also encourage our staff to dress up! Can you guess the theme for this year?!

Here are a few photos from our 2019 Love Gift Ceremony!

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Banquets at Asbury Hills

That is right! You can book a banquet at Asbury Hills and pick from our menu full of options sure to please anyone in your group. Our Food Services Director and his team are eager to prepare a meal and serve you!

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How do you book a banquet at Asbury Hills? Is there a minimum or maximum of people required per group? What is on the menu? Are there holiday options? All of these answers and more can be found in this blog post!

Who is preparing and serving your meals?

Travis, our Food Services Director, is experienced in the food service industry in many capacities. Travis owned his own restaurant, food truck, and catering business for over 16 years and then moved on to serve as the Food Services Director for summer camp. We are thrilled to bring both the skill set and hospitality Travis has to your group.

How do you book a banquet at Asbury Hills?

Just like our retreat booking process, you can call our Asbury Hills office and talk with Bonnie, our Reservation Specialist, to book your banquet. Be prepared to give Bonnie a number of people in your group, your date preferences and menu choices.

Is there a minimum or maximum of people per group?

We are capable of serving up to 200 people in your group. In order to make it worth your while, we do ask that you have at least 8 people in your group.

What is on the menu?

We have an entire menu complete with entree options, side dish options, deserts, bread, and drinks available on our website. Click here for our Banquet Menu.

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Are there Holiday Menu options?

We are working on developing a menu specifically for the holidays so be sure to check back and keep up with our social media for updates!

What is the ideal time of day to book a banquet?

We are equipped to serve banquets for lunch and dinner.

Are banquets an option during every day of the week?

At this time, we are thrilled to offer banquet bookings on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Are banquets served buffet style?

Our banquets can be served buffet style or family style. We can also serve plated meals for an additional charge. We also have a list of available upgrades for your banquet. Check back soon for a list of upgrades!

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Hopefully this answers all your questions about Banquets with Asbury Hills. If not, feel free to call our office at 864.836.3711 or email foodservice@asburyhills.org.

We hope to serve you soon!

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Family Camp 2019

We just wrapped up Family Camp 2019 at Asbury Hills and it was a blast! What is Family Camp? Who can go to Family Camp? Should you plan to go next summer with your family?

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All those answers and a few photos of our awesome weekend are below!

Family Camp is a weekend session we host each summer. We do our best to squeeze as much camp into a weekend as possible for families to experience together. Families arrive Friday evening and stay the weekend with us. Each family gets their own cabin.

All meals are in our dining hall with the other families and staff. We open activities Saturday for families to do together. While some of our ropes activities do have an age requirement, it is still fun for younger children to watch their parents try some activities!

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Who can go to family camp? Anyone! You are NEVER to old for camp. Family camp is the perfect opportunity to experience camp as a family.

Here are a few photos from our Family Camp 2019. Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see more photos!

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2019 Mock Camp Fire at Annual Conference

This year, during the SC United Methodist Annual Conference in Greenville, SC Camps & Retreat Ministries hosted a mock camp fire for folks to enjoy a little bit of Asbury Hills right there in the Greenville Convention Center.

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Complete with ‘flames’ and a little smoke, folks stood around the ‘fire’ singing songs and telling camp stories. We encouraged everyone to stop by for songs and stories but we also held a drawing for a pair of round trip air fare tickets. Everyone was able to enter the drawing at our table in the exhibit hall. We had a great response to the drawing with over 150 entries!

Congratulations to Joann for winning our drawing!

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Once the drawing was over, we encouraged folks to stick around for a few more songs, stories, and s’mores. We couldn’t quite give the full s’more experience since the fire was fake but we did have all the ingredients to get as close to the real thing as we could!

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for our mock camp fire. We are so thankful for this ministry and truly appreciate each person who helps us keep it going!

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Golf Tournament 2019

We just wrapped up our 7th annual golf tournament! Here are some photos and details about our fundraising event.

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What is our golf tournament? It is an annual event we put on right before the SC United Methodist Annual Conference. We encourage folks to come a day early to Annual Conference and play a round of golf. All the proceeds for this event go towards our camper scholarship program.

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Thanks to our golfers, sponsors, and volunteers, we were able to put a significant amount towards our scholarship fund to help campers attend camp who otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

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Thank you for a great event! We are already looking forward to next year’s golf tournament and we hope to see you there!

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Sponsor a Staffer

It is that time of year again! Each year, our Summer Camp Director hires around 60 college aged summer staffers to work for the duration of the summer. Some are already at Asbury Hills starting their training while others will start arriving over the next week.

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Along with hiring our summer staff, we try to get just around 50-60 folks who are willing to sponsor a staff. Some sponsor more than one! What does it mean to sponsor a staffer? Who can sponsor a staffer? Why should you sponsor a staffer?

All that and more is answered below.

What does it mean to sponsor a staffer at Asbury Hills?

This simply means that you are volunteering to pray for and support a summer staffer (or more than one). You are saying that you are willing to keep them in your prayers for the duration of the summer. We also encourage our sponsors to send their staffer little notes of encouragement or small care packages. There are few things more exciting than getting fun mail while working at camp!

Who can sponsor a staffer?

This is open to anyone! We like to have folks who already have a relationship with Asbury Hills because you understand our mission. Whether you were a camper or staffer, have a camper or staffer at Asbury Hills or know someone who went to Asbury Hills, we would love for you to volunteer! We have had Sunday School classes, small groups, couples, groups of friends, and individuals sign up to sponsor. This is really open to anyone!

Why should you sponsor a staffer?

We encourage folks to sponsor a staffer to show support for our staff! Our staff spend their summer living at Asbury Hills pouring into our campers and ensuring that they have the best summer camp experience possible. Can you imagine how encouraging it would be to know someone outside of our gates was praying for you? Our staff truly appreciate it!

When will I know who I am sponsoring?

As soon as all of our staff are at Asbury Hills and training, you will start hearing from Paige, our Marketing & Communications Director, about your staffer. Once our staff arrive, we have them fill out a small info sheet so you can get to know them a little. Once they fill out that sheet and we can compile all the info, Paige will send it your way via email.

How are staffers assigned to sponsors?

Randomly! When you fill out the Google Form to sign up, you can select if you’d prefer to pick your staffer or have one assigned to you. If you elect to have one assigned to you, then they are paired with sponsors randomly. If you request a certain person on our summer staff, this is on a first come first serve basis. If no one else before you requested that person, then you’ve got them! If not, you’ll be asked if you’d like to have one assigned randomly or have a different preference.

How often should I send a letter or note of encouragement?

As often as you want! We suggest to send at least 2-3 letters throughout the summer–one at the beginning to introduce yourself, one a few weeks later and then one at the end of the summer. Of course, the more the better! Our staff love getting mail during the summer so feel free to send as often as you’d like.

Can I send a care package?

Sure! Just be aware that if you are sending food, be sure it is packaged well. Depending on the staffer’s schedule, it could sit in our office for a few days. We also want to make sure we aren’t inviting unwanted critters into the living spaces. Some suggestions to include that aren’t food items are coloring books, stickers, glow sticks, journaling supplies, books, fun t-shirts, etc.

How do I sign up to be a sponsor?

By filling out this Google Form, you can sign up to sponsor a staffer. We ask that all sponsors fill in the Google Form entirely. We ask for your email address so we can send you updates and information regarding your summer staffer. We ask for your mailing address so we can encourage our staff to send back to you. We also like to send thank you notes at the end of the summer to all of our sponsors and we would hate for you to get left out!

Hopefully this answers all of your questions! If not, feel free to email Paige. She handles all things staff sponsoring. We are so grateful for your support of our mission at Asbury Hills. Without your prayers and support, our ministry would not be possible.

Thank you for volunteering to sponsor a staffer!

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25 Days Until Camp!

25 days?! YES! Summer 2019 at Asbury Hills is just 25 days away from getting started. We are thrilled that camp is finally here!

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Our first session of Summer 2019 kicks off in just 25 short days. What does that mean for us? What does that mean for you? Check out this blog post to find out.

What does this mean for us?

Well, our Summer Camp Director, Sarah, just welcomed our 2019 Lead Staff to camp for the summer. They move into camp before the rest of our staff so they can get a jump start on preparations and their training. Who is our 2019 Lead Staff? Our Lead Staff is a group of five summer staffers selected to work in a leadership position for the summer

Sarah is also working with Lead Staff to put her final touches on training for the rest of our summer staffers. Lead Staff will take part in leading that training.

We are doing our final checks on activities to make sure they are in tip top shape and ready for campers!

Devotion booklets for Summer 2019 are being made as we speak along with training books for our summer staff.

What does this mean for you?

Get excited! This means that your camper’s session of camp is right around the corner!

Get a head start on packing! We have plenty of packing lists specific for your camper’s session on our webpage. This year, we are asking parents to pack campers as if they are packing to travel on an airplane. One piece of luggage, a carry on (backpack!), and a pillow. This will help with our new check-out procedures. More info coming soon!

Make sure your medical forms are up to date. Save some time and get that taken care of before you arrive to camp to check your camper in.

Go ahead and put some money in your camper’s Camp Store account. We do not allow campers to bring money during the week so go ahead and make sure they are set.

Keep us in your prayers! We are working hard to ensure this summer is the best it can be. Would you say a prayer that our staff stay in good health, that they seek the Lord, that they are great examples for our campers, that they make wise choices, that they are able to be the best they can be? We would appreciate it!

Summer 2019 may be less than 25 days away but we still have spaces available! It is not too late to register your camper for Summer 2019 at Asbury Hills! We hope to see you this summer!

 

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Lead Staff 2019

Introducing our Summer 2019 Lead Staff! Our lead staff start their training a week before everyone else does to prepare to lead our summer staffers throughout the summer.

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Each year, we hire five people to fill our lead staff positions. This year, we are so excited to introduce you to the 2019 Lead Staff team!

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Faith Olson

Program Coordinator

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Program Coordinator

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Recreation Coordinator

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Trip Coordinator

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Worship Coordinator

 

Summer camp starts in a few short weeks! We can’t wait to see you this summer!

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New for You! | Summer 2019

New?! Yep! New stuff coming your way! We are so excited about our new activity that is ready just in time for Summer 2019.

Introducing The Summit Challenge Course

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What is The Summit? Where is it? Who can use it? All those answers and more are below!

We are also excited about our new tree houses! YES! New tree houses! We have added two tree houses giving us a total of four. Below are some photos of the new ones. We have also done some updates to the two existing tree houses.

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–FAQ SECTION–

THE SUMMIT Challenge Course

What is The Summit?

The Summit is a ropes challenge course incorporating obstacles for users to navigate while harnessed in.

Where is The Summit?

Just up the trail past the Alpine Tower is where you will find The Summit. This is the perfect location for this course because we have future plans to add on to it.

Who was The Summit built for?

Right now, elementary aged campers will be the ones using The Summit.

What about Funky Site?

We have decided to upgrade from Funky Site to The Summit. What is the difference? Updated challenges and obstacles for starters are a part of The Summit. We also intend to build onto The Summit which was not an option with Funky Site.

Summer camp is just around the corner! We hope to see you this summer!

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Camp Pastor Travis | Week 7 2019

We have a newbie! We are so thrilled to welcome Camp Pastor Travis to the Asbury Hills Camp Family! Travis, and his family, will be with us for week 7 at Asbury Hills–August 4-9.

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Travis, his wife Becky, and their 2 children–Lorelei and Asher–live in Columbia, South Carolina. Travis is the Director of Discipleship at Trenholm Road UMC. Travis has been going to Asbury Hills since he was 12 but he’s never been in the summer. He will definitely need you all to show him the ropes (literally) of Summer Camp!

Interested to get to know Camp Pastor Travis? He shares his favorite activity (no matter the temperature) and he even introduces us to his lovely wife. Click the thumbnail image below to watch is intro video–you don’t want to miss it!

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Are you interested in attending ECLIPSE with Camp Pastor Travis? Spaces are still available for August 4-9 at Asbury Hills. Click here for more info and to register.

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