Summer 2022 Staff Training has begun! Our hills are alive with laughter, singing and cheering voices. These voices are our 2022 Summer Staffers preparing to pour into over 1000 campers this summer at Asbury Hills. While we are so confident in the folks we have, we are looking to hire more counselors for Summer 2022. YES–Staff training has already started BUT there is room for more.
You read that right, we are still hiring for Summer 2022. Yes, staff training has already started BUT we are still in need of counselors and a few other positions. If you know anyone who would make a great counselor (male or female) at Asbury Hills, we would so appreciate you sending them our way.
What makes a great counselor? A great counselor enjoys spending time with children, likes pouring into campers, encouraging them to try new things and encouraging them in their faith. A great counselor also enjoys being with others, connecting with likeminded others, likes trying new things and enjoys the outdoors.
Why Asbury Hills? We work hard to provide a life changing experience for our summer staffers. We spend the entire year prior to summer preparing, praying and planning for each and every staffer that steps foot on our property. We believe in the power of camp for our campers but also for our staff. A summer at Asbury Hills could be exactly what someone doesn’t realize they need.
Maybe not a counselor? That is OK! We have a few other positions that are open for folks who are wanting to serve at Asbury Hills but maybe not as a counselor. We encourage all who are interested to apply.
Summer 2022 is getting very close! Checking in your camper is a process we are constantly working to improve. While we do our best to make it seamless and smooth, it does help to know what to expect. Even if you have been dropping your camper off at Asbury Hills for years, we suggest reading through this just to refresh your memory! As always, any questions can be emailed to Sarah, our Summer Camp Director.
Station 1: The Gate
This station is located at the gate entrance. You’ll be waiting behind the gate until we begin registration and open the gate. We typically open the gate as soon as we are ready for check-in so we appreciate your patience! You’ll get an email prior to arrival with an exact time based on your camper’s last name.
Station 2: Card Table
This station is down the hill after you enter the gate. These staff members will greet you at your car and ask for name(s) of your camper(s). Each camper will have a Green Card that you will get from this station. Green Cards are very important! These cards tell our staff which camp your camper is registered for, which cabin they will be staying in, if they have a balance, if they are missing forms, if they have medications, etc. There are also last minute questions on the back that our staff will ask to see if any information has changed since you submitted your forms. At this station, our staff will be sure to run through the registration process and clarify any questions. There will also be a quick health screening and temperature check for each camper in your vehicle. If anyone presents with a fever higher than 100.4 degrees, we will ask for you to return home. We will be operating based on the current standings of Greenville County Level for COVID-19 cases at the time of your camper’s check-in. You can stay up to date on this by visiting the SCDHEC website. We will be sure to communicate any changes to you prior to your camper’s scheduled arrival.
Station 3: Rock Pile
This station is a holding station. In order to avoid cars getting backed up and causing excessive traffic, you will wait at this station until a runner is available.
Station 4: Card Tent
This station is in the grass across the road from the Office. The staff at this tent will be checking your Green Card(s). If you answered yes to any of the last minute questions on the back of your Green Card, a red card will be placed on your windshield. If you are missing any forms, or need to drop off medications, a red card will also be placed on your windshield. If you have a balance or want to add money to your camper’s camp store account, you will take care of that at this station.
If you answered no to the last minute questions, you aren’t missing any paperwork, you don’t have a balance, you don’t have any medications to drop off and you don’t want to add any more to your camper’s camp store account, a staff member will sign the bottom of your Green Card.
If you are leaving the Card Tent with a signed Green Card, you will be directed by the traffic attendant to head to your cabin or lodge. If you are leaving the Card Tent with a red card on your windshield, the traffic attendant will direct you to the MASH Unit.
Station 5: MASH Unit
If you have a red card on your windshield, the traffic attendant will direct you to the MASH Unit. At the MASH Unit, a staff member will greet you and ask to see your Green Card. The Green Card will tell the staff member exactly why you have the red card on your windshield and they will be able to get everything squared away. Please be sure to have any missing forms completed and ready to hand to our staff members. If your campers have medications, please make sure they are out and ready to give to the nurse. Medications should be in the original containers and clearly labeled with your camper’s name.
Once everything is taken care of at the MASH Unit, a staff member will sign the bottom of your Green Card and direct you to a traffic attendant. The traffic attendant will direct you to your camper’s cabin or lodge.
Station 6: Traffic Attendant
There will be a traffic attendant who will be able to direct you towards your camper’s cabin or lodge. From here, you will drive to your camper’s cabin or lodge. We have two pods of cabins and Rice Lodge where campers stay during the week. There will be traffic attendants and staff members to direct you on where to park and assist with unloading your camper’s belongings.
Remember to have your Green Card handy–your camper’s counselor will be asking for it. This is a final check to make sure we have everything we need to ensure your camper will have a fun and safe week with us! We are now allowing parents/guardians to enter their camper’s cabin to help them unload their belongings. We realize that many campers and their parents/guardians missed this so we are glad to be able to bring it back. Just like we mentioned above, we will operate based on the current standings of Greenville County Levels for COVID-19 cases. Any change to to what you have already received will be communicated with you. Once your camper is unloaded and you’ve said your goodbyes, you are free to head home and let us enjoy spending the week with your camper!
As you head out, there will be staff members to show you the way out and answer any last minute questions.
We are looking forward to this summer! See you in a few weeks!
We have heard time and time again from folks that working for a summer camp doesn’t sound like a real job. Maybe it sounds too fun? Maybe it seems like it couldn’t require more of you than just spending time with kids? Maybe you’re worried you won’t get the same experience that you could at a job in your hometown? We’ve heard it all and we are here to tell you the truth about working for a summer camp.
Over 60 years ago, Asbury Hills (then just called the United Methodist Camp) opened its gates to serve campers. We know of and have spoken to so many campers from all eras of Asbury Hills and their stories always include the impact their counselor had on them.
Those skills are incredible skills to have once you enter the work force or any career path! The ACA goes into further explanation here and we think it is worth the 2-3 minutes to read.
Still not too sure? Here are some testimonies from our very on summer staff alum.
“I sat down to gather my thoughts but I was at a loss for words–not necessarily because I didn’t know what to say, but because I believed I could not find the words that could sufficiently describe the impact Asbury Hills has had on my life over the past two years.” –Hailey L.
“After finishing my first summer at Asbury and arriving at Liberty things quickly changed. God placed Camp Ministry on my heart after seeing the impact it has for His kingdom during the summer. Due to this passion and conviction that God placed in me I changed my major to Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership the Saturday before classes started.” –Logan B. (Logan now works full time in camping ministry.)
“I knew that I needed more. More than my typical summer job working at a restaurant. More than staying home in Florida. More than the plan that I had created for myself. I needed an experience that would push me in my faith, help me grow as a leader and transform me, and camp did exactly that.” — Faith O.
There you have it! Straight from summer staffers themselves. We truly believe in the impact of camp for all involved–staff and campers. A summer job at Asbury Hills means personal growth, pouring into campers, meeting amazing people and preparing you for whatever is next in your life.
Ready to support our summer staff?! Sponsoring a staffer at Asbury Hills this summer means you will pray for and encourage them throughout the summer. This is such an impactful relationship and we hope you will join us in praying for and supporting our staffers!
What exactly does it mean to sponsor a summer staffer at Asbury Hills? Does it cost anything? how many staffers can you sponsor at one time? Can you pick your staffer? All these answers and more are below. Ready to sign up now?! Click here and fill out the Google Form!
What is an Asbury Hills Summer Staff Sponsor?
A sponsor is someone who volunteers to pray for and support a staffer throughout the summer. We hope you will pray for your staffer throughout the summer. You are welcome to take it a step further and send notes of encouragement through the mail. Who doesn’t enjoy getting happy mail?! This small act goes so so far! If you feel so led, you are also welcome to send care packages. We just ask that you avoid sending perishables, anything that can melt or contains allergens.
Does it cost anything to be a sponsor?
There is no cost for this. We do ask that you consider making a donation in honor of your staffer but that is not at all a requirement.
How many staffers can I sponsor?
The limit does not exist! We recommend not taking more than 5 just so you can be sure to focus on those.
Can I pick my own staffer if I know someone already hired?
Absolutely! You can also opt to have your staffer picked at random for you.
When will I know who my staffer is?
These will be sent out at the end of May/beginning of June. Once our staff arrive, we ask them to fill out an information sheet including some quick facts about themselves. Once this is complete, we will assign sponsors and send the information out via email.
How do I sign up?!
Easy! Click here and fill out the Google Form. once you submit it, you are good to go! There is no need to fill out the form again once you’ve submitted already.
I filled out the form. Now what?!
Well, first we want to say THANK YOU! We have received your request. Our Marketing Director, Paige, will be in touch soon with more details. There is no need to fill out the form more than once.
Thank you for supporting our staff, and, in turn, supporting our ministry. This summer will be an amazing one and we are very appreciative of your prayers and support.
Asbury Hills hosts an annual Open House event every year and it is totally free. We open our gates and invite the community to come and explore Asbury Hills. Why should you go? Here are a few good reasons!
Family Day Trip
Plan to spend the day with us! Our gates will open at 1pm and you’re welcome to pack food for a late picnic lunch on property. This event is totally free so if you want to bring your entire family–we would love to have you!
Take a tour of Asbury Hills! Does your camper want to see the a cabin? Maybe it would help for you or your camper to picture themselves at Asbury Hills and visiting during Open House is a great opportunity. This is a great idea if you’ve already registered for summer camp!
Try Some Activities
We will have a few activities open for you to try with your family or friends. The activities available will be open a first come first served basis and will be dependent on weather. A waiver may be necessary for some activities. Don’t worry–all of this information will be available when you arrive!
Show off camp to your friends
Maybe your camper is wanting to bring a friend to camp this summer. Invite all your family friends to see Asbury Hills and picture their campers having a blast. We will have plenty of staff available to answer any questions you may have about camp.
Maybe your Sunday School class, small group or business is looking for the perfect place to retreat and reconnect. Asbury Hills is ready to host you! Come during our Open House and see the property–it is stunning! You can see our dining hall and lodges to get an idea if it is something that would work for your group.
You’ve heard this before but now, more than ever, we need your help. Our ministry is so important to so many people. We want to ensure it is around for many many years to come. It is because of people like you that we are able to continue what we do.
So what is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving to your favorite non-profit organizations. This is something much bigger than just happening across the US. Giving Tuesday is worldwide! Giving Tuesday officially started in 2012 with the intention to encourage folks to simply do good. Just in the US, billions of dollars are raised every Giving Tuesday. How amazing?!
When is Giving Tuesday? The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is known as “Giving Tuesday’. We ask that during this season, you keep SC Camps & Retreat Ministries in mind as you plan out your end of year giving.
How can you participate in Giving Tuesday? This is simple! First and foremost, share with others. Share with your friends and family about this day. Sometimes, all it takes is telling someone the opportunity is there to give. If you are able, we hope you consider giving to SC Camps & Retreat Ministries. No give, small or large, will go unnoticed. We know times are hard right now and finances are different so we appreciate anything you are able to give. If you are unable to give, encourage people you know to give!
What impact does Giving Tuesday have on SC Camps & Retreat Ministries? Giving in general impacts SC Camps & Retreat Ministries significantly. Giving Tuesday is a well know day of giving so it helps that the idea of donating is already encouraged. We work to steward every dollar as effectively as possible so we truly appreciate your generosity.
So what is next? Here are a few steps you can take to prepare for Giving Tuesday 2021.
Save the date. Write it in your planner, save it to your iCal, be sure Google Calendar has it recorded, or write it on your fridge. Be sure you know November 30, 2021 is #GivingTuesday.
Plan to take action. Whether you plan to share with others or plan to give. Have a plan.
Give if you can. We know that times are different and financially difficult. We understand that any gift is a generous gift so we truly appreciate it.
Share. Sharing with your friends and family about Giving Tuesday is important! The more people know about it, the more of an impact it can make.
There you have it–a full rundown of #GivingTuesday2021. Thank you for your support, your prayers, and your generosity. We are so thankful for our camp family. Our ministry wouldn’t be possible without you.
One of the most memorable parts of summer camp, aside from all the FUN, is worship. Our campers and staff always rave about how much they enjoy worship.
Olivia, our Worship Coordinator, worked hard to curate a list of the most popular worship songs. You can listen to the full playlists on our Spotify Account. We have linked each song on Youtube for you if you prefer that.
**Keep scrolling for a link to our very own playlists via Spotify!**
We have a Spotify account! You can find all of these songs already in a playlist ready for you to just press play on. Check out our Upbeat Playlist and our Mountain & Lake Chapel Playlist. If you listen, share it on your social media and tag us!
“When I reflect back over Summer 2021 at Asbury Hills, there are two words that immediately come to mind: resilience and joy.” –Sarah Moseley, Summer Camp Director
This summer at Asbury Hills was certainly one to remember. After not being able to host our traditional summer camps last year, there was an extra level of excitement and nerves leading up to the start of our summer season. The excitement and joy of staff training and each week of camp quickly overshadowed those nerves. When I reflect back on this summer at Asbury Hills, there are two words that immediately come to mind: resilience and joy.
While this summer was incredible in so many ways, it also came with its own sets of challenges. Staff recruiting leading up to summer was more difficult than ever this year, and there was serious concern about finding enough staff to properly run our programs. While our day-to-day operations were not completely changed, our new procedures due to COVID took some getting used to and adaptation. Even though our procedures had a positive impact, we unfortunately did have to make the heartbreaking decision to cancel a week of camp due to a positive COVID case on staff.
Even with difficult challenges facing us this summer, our staff and campers learned resilience. We learned to trust in God when things didn’t go as we planned or hoped. We learned how to mourn and how to support each other when our brothers and sisters struggled and needed a hand. We learned how to accept support when we needed it and do it with grace and open hearts. Most importantly we learned that even in times of trials we are not alone.
We are surrounded by, and a part of a great cloud of witnesses, encouraging us and cheering us along in this race of life. When we stumble, when we are sick, when we feel all the pressures of life crashing around us all at once, we are not alone. God is there with us in our valleys, on our mountaintops and in the walking in between. This summer was a reminder of how resilient we can be, when we fully rely on Christ.
Along with our challenges, there were so many sweeter moments of overflowing joy. Seeing old friends, making new friends, stepping outside of comfort zones, worshipping together, soaking in the beauty of God’s creation, and list goes on and on! Our prayer each week this summer was that each person realized that while we are each running this race for the prize, we are not competing alone. There are those who have gone before us, those who will come after us, and those who are running with us. We are all competing together. And how sweet it has been to be together again.
Family Camp at Asbury Hills is just around the corner and we are so excited. Rev. Martha Timmons back as camp pastor!
This will be her 4th summer serving at Asbury Hills as a camp pastor but she is no newbie to camp. She grew up going to Asbury Hills and then served as a summer staff for a few summers.
When Martha isn’t at camp, you can find her serving PS I Love You Ministries, which is a non profit organization that serves children and families in foster care. She also serves as the Children and Youth Director for St. James UMC in Spartanburg.
We asked Martha what she hoped our campers learned during their week of camp.
“What are you competing for in this world? Competition is around us everywhere and we all like to win prizes or medals, but in our relationship with Christ we must keep our eye on the prize and run the good race. We have to stay focused, persevere, and join others in the race. This is a way for you tow in the race and help others win the race, too. We are called to help one another win the race and to not leave others behind. I hope we can learn to join in on the race together this summer!”
“My favorite movies are anything Disney. My favorite is probably Raya and The Last Dragon. This is a good movie that displays this summer’s theme really well. It shows how different people come together for the common goal, but it took competition and trials along the way.”
Martha said that she absolutely loves the creek at Asbury Hills. What better way to cool off in the middle of the summer!?
Martha’s goal this summer is to grow in Christ while being in fellowship with others in God’s creation. Her favorite part of family camp is getting to participate in family camp with her own family!
Her best advice on what to pack–never leave your cabin without a flashlight, rain jacket and water bottle.
“I am looking forward to meeting you this summer and I can’t wait to spend time with your family at camp!”