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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Megan Abbott

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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April & May Birthdays

We are thrilled to wish these staffers a very happy birthday!

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Megan Abbott

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Hailey Boonstra

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Logan Bragg

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Perry Fleming

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Shanice James

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Camp Pastor Ben | Week 6 2019

Ready to meet our Week 6 Camp Pastor? Back for another year, introducing Camp Pastor Ben! We are so thrilled to have Ben Sloan back with us for Week 6 at Asbury Hills.

Ben is the pastor at Bethany UMC in Albemarle, North Carolina. Not sure where that is? We have a lovely map below to help you out.

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Ben and his wife met at Asbury Hills while he was serving as a summer camp counselor! Ben and his wife now have 2 daughters.

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Curious to find out what Ben’s favorite activity at camp is? Interested to know what Ben has been watching with is oldest daughter? Spoiler alert–he sings! Click the link below to watch Camp Pastor Ben’s intro video.

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Would you like to attend camp while Ben is our camp pastor? We still have a few spaces available for Week 6–July 28-August 2. Ready to register? Click here. We can’t wait to spend the week with you!

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Less than 50 Days Until Camp!

You read that right! The first week of Summer 2019 is LESS THAN 50 DAYS AWAY! We are so excited to get Summer 2019 started at Asbury Hills and we hope you are, too!

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What are we doing to make sure Summer 2019 is a success in these last 50 days? What should you be doing to prepare your camper for their week of camp at Asbury Hills? Those answers are below!

What are we up to during these next 50 or so days?

Final hiring for Summer Staff

We are hiring our last few summer staffers for summer 2019! Would you be interested in sponsoring one of almost 60 staffers? Click here for more info.

Ordering T-Shirts

Yep! We are already ordering your shirt for Summer 2019. Don’t worry, we always make sure we have enough and prepare to make a second order about halfway through the summer for folks who haven’t registered yet.

Promoting Camp Pastors

Have you been following along on our social media accounts? We have been announcing our Summer 2019 Camp Pastors and we are thrilled to have some amazing folks pouring into our campers. Check out our other blog posts to see who is coming for Summer 2019.

Devotion Booklet Final Touches

We wrote our devotion booklets a few months back but now we are putting the finishing touches on them to send them to print. Each year, we spend months pouring over our curriculum making sure it is perfect. Click here to see exactly what is in store for Summer 2019.

Preparing New Activities

New activities?! Yep! Stay tuned for what those new activities are. We can’t wait to share with you!

Praying!

We are constantly in prayer for the ministry at Asbury Hills. Whether it is welcoming retreat group guests, summer staffers, volunteers or campers, we are always praying for any and everyone who steps foot on our property. Our prayer is that we can live our mission out through our guests and ensure their time at Asbury Hills is just what they need.

What do we suggest you do in these next few months leading up to your camper’s week at Asbury Hills?

Register!

For starters, if you haven’t registered, it isn’t too late! Be sure to register quick! Our spaces are over 75% full and we won’t be opening many more new spaces.

Download Your Packing List

Ready to start shopping for what your camper needs at camp? Great! We have BRAND NEW packing lists on the website ready for you to download. This year, we are asking folks to pack in luggage like you would pack to travel in an airplane–one suitcase, a carry on (backpack!) and a pillow. We will share details later but we are working on improving our check-out procedures and this will help immensely! Click here to see the packing list for CIT, Eclipse, Core, Drenched and Altitude. The packing list for Express and Family Camp can be found here. The Expedition packing list can be found here. When in doubt, feel free to reference our General Packing List!

Check out our YouTube Channel

Our YouTube Channel is packed full of all kinds of cool stuff! You can find the highlight videos from previous summers there. You can also find introduction videos for our Summer 2019 Camp Pastors. There are also videos on some of our most popular activities at Asbury Hills loaded on our YouTube channel. We hope watching these videos with your camper gets them excited for their week at Asbury Hills!

Follow Us on Social Media!

We post regular updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages with all things summer camp, retreats, and Asbury Hills in general! 

Subscribe to Our Monthly Newsletter

We have a newsletter! Each newsletter is packed full of upcoming events, announcements, updates about Asbury Hills and what is coming up. Click here to subscribe. Don’t worry–we won’t fill your inbox with tons of emails–just monthly and special newsletters!

Pray!

We ask that you are keeping Asbury Hills in your prayers as we prepare for Summer 2019. We ask that you keep our full time staff in your prayers as they have spent many months preparing for this summer. We ask that you remember our 2019 Staffers as they are giving their summer up to spend time with campers pouring into them and sharing God’s word with them. We ask that you pray for our campers and camper parents as they are preparing to send their camper to spend a week with us.

Sponsor a Summer Staffer!

Are you willing to sponsor a 2019 Summer Staffer? We simply ask our sponsors to pray for and keep their assigned staffer in their thoughts throughout the summer. We also encourage sponsors to send little notes of encouragement to staffers throughout the summer. If you are interested in sponsoring a staffer, click here to sign up.

More for parents is available on our webpage. Click here to find packing lists, online forms, access to photos and emails, and more!

See you in less than 50 days!

 

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We greatly appreciate your continued prayers and support of Asbury Hills and our camping ministry. Are you ready to be a part of our mission? Click here to give.

 

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