FALL Family Adventures

We are so excited to offer FALL Family Adventures at Asbury Hills starting now through mid November! How is this different from Summer Family Adventures? How can families book?

You may remember our Family Adventures that we offered over the summer. Our hope was to offer an option for families to still enjoy camp while remaining safe. We did have to cancel our traditional summer camp for Summer 2020 but Family Adventures was the perfect opportunity to still give folks the opportunity to come to camp.

While Summer Family Adventures were exclusive to Summer 2020, we are really excited to bring a new, FALL version for Fall 2020.

The Bottom Line: The general idea is still the same–families can book a cabin (2 night minimum, pricing below) for their family, enjoy classic Asbury Hills activities, delicious meals, and the great outdoors. While the general idea is the same, our full time staff have taken it up a notch to add different activities that are exclusive to fall at Asbury Hills!

What is Fall Family Adventure at Asbury Hills? How is it different than Summer Family Adventures?

You and your family now have the opportunity to book an extended stay at Asbury Hills (minimum of 2 nights) as it fits your individual schedules. Your price per night (below) includes meals, a cabin just for your family, and your favorite, classic Asbury Hills activities and experiences.

Along with our classic Asbury Hills Activities, Fall Family Adventures will also include the option to use our slack lines, new bouldering experience on site, use our ice cream churns, a fall craft, and the option to camp out at one of our tree houses!

Fall Family Adventures will also be able to have a ‘Home-in-the-Woods’ evening dinner experience. This will include building a fire and cooking your dinner over that fire. This dinner would be either a classic Hobo meal or hotdogs. This is included in pricing.

We have dates available starting now thru mid November. Call for details on availability.

If summer camp was cancelled and retreats are being postponed, is it safe to have Fall Family Adventure?

The decision was made to not allow summer camp because of the desire to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. You can read more about that decision by clicking here. Retreat groups are able to cancel or postpone their retreat based on the safety concern of their group. With Fall Family Adventures, we are able to limit the number of people coming and going on property. Since families have been staying home together, they are able to share a sleeping space at camp without worrying about social distancing where as summer campers would be coming from all over the share a sleeping space. We also know that if families are experiencing camp together, they are more likely to follow our guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy.

What the guidelines in place to help keep my family safe during our Fall Family Adventure?

We are asking that all people who step foot onto our property practice the 3 Ws. WEAR a mask when social distancing isn’t possible. WAIT to allow at least 6 feet between your family and other families. WASH your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer often. If anyone in your family is showing symptoms of COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC, or has been in contact with anyone who was showing symptoms OR tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home. We ask that you are monitoring you and your family’s symptoms at least 14 days prior to your arrival to camp. Once you register, you will receive more details on safety at Asbury Hills!

How do I book my Fall Family Adventure?

Call our office at 864.836.3711 and you can book your Fall Family Adventure over the phone with our Reservations Specialist. Easy as that! Once you book and confirm, you’ll receive your contract and waivers to get you ready to check-in.

How much does a Fall Family Adventure cost?

Our price is per night with a 2 night minimum. For $300 per night, your family of 4 will get 3 complementary meals (dinner after you check-in, breakfast the following morning and then lunch), a cabin to yourselves, and access to some of your favorite Asbury Hills activities.

What if my family is larger than 4 members?

No problem! Our price per night (with a 2 night minimum) is for a family of 4. If you have more than 4 members, the cost is $65 per person 5 years old and up. Additional family members under the age of 5 are free!

What if my family is smaller than 4 members?

Our price per night is created for a 4 member family. If your family is smaller than 4, you will still be asked to pay the set price per night. You are more than welcome to include other members of your family to join you!

How many family members are allowed per cabin?

We have a maximum of 8 per cabin.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

We have a lot more information including a recommended packing list and more questions and answers on our website! (Linked there.) Be sure to check it out and as always, feel free to email or call with any questions.

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Asbury Hills Pool Dedication

We held a Donor Luncheon and Pool Dedication on August 22 and we were so blown away by all the support! Here are a few photos just in cased you missed it!

Along with our SCCARM board members and full time staff, we welcomed Asbury Hills summer staff alumni, campers, 2020 summer staffers, camper parents and guardians, Asbury Hills friends, and Bishop Jonathan Holston.

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The Donor Luncheon provided such great community for old friends to reconnect and fellowship with all attendees while sharing their favorite camp memories.

We are so appreciative of all who attended our Donor Luncheon. We are also very thankful for every person who came to our pool dedication. We know this new pool and amenity building will serve campers and guests in the best way for many many years to come!

If you are interested in still being a part of this incredible vision and part of the Asbury Hills Master Plan, visit our website for details.

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Family Adventure 2020 | Thank You

That’s a wrap! This summer was very different than ever before at Asbury Hills. We are so thankful for the folks who were able to join us for our Family Adventures!

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After the decision was made to cancel our traditional summer camp due to the impact of COVID-19, our staff started working very hard to come up with an alternative for families. Our Family Adventure option was exclusive to Summer 2020 and the perfect opportunity for families who were staying home together to come to camp while still remaining safe.

Thank you to all of our families who took advantage of this once in a life time opportunity at Asbury Hills! You all helped make an out of the ordinary summer memorable!

Here are a few photos of families who spend a few days with us over the summer.

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Like many others, Asbury Hills and SC Camps & Retreat Ministries has taken a financial hit due to the impact of the pandemic. We are doing our best to ensure that our properties remain open for years to come but we need your help. Would you be willing to help us Fill the Hills and ensure that laughter of campers, retreat guests, volunteers, and staff will fill our hills again soon? Click here to donate. Thank you for your support!

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Construction Update: July 2020

Amidst all that is going on, we are still working with contractors to get the new pool and amenity building completed! Here is an update and photos to show progress.

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While events beyond our control have slowed this construction project, we are still really excited about the outcome.

This is a part of Phase 1 of the Asbury Hills Master Plan. This included the removal of the old pool (that used to be right across from Batson Lodge in Main Camp,) clearing and preparation for the new pool (just up the trail from the Creekview Center), construction of the new pool, amenity building, and sport courts.

Here are a few photos of progress as of July 7, 2020.

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It is not too late to be a part of this project.

While construction is still underway, we are still asking that folks consider making a donation towards this project. All tax deductible donations will go towards Phase 1 of the Asbury Hills Master Plan. To make a donation online, visit our website. To mail in your donation, contact Paige at info@sccarm.org for details. We hope you will consider helping us bring this vision to life!

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Pool Dedication at Asbury Hills

Pool Dedication at Asbury Hills

That’s right! The NEW Asbury Hills pool and amenity building is getting into the final stages of completion which means it is time to invite you to camp for a dedication.

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We are inviting any and all who are interested to attend our Pool Dedication on August 22, 2020 at Asbury Hills starting at 1pm. Space is limited. Information is below on how to RSVP to this event.

We are also excited to announce that South Carolina United Methodist Conference Resident Bishop Jonathan Holston will be our special guest. We have worked tirelessly through the last several months and years in preparation for this project. Our intentions are to do right by our donors, our conference, our staff, and our God to ensure this pool is ready to welcome campers and guests.

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We are offering an option for folks to attend a VIP Donor Luncheon before the Pool Dedication starting at 11:30am. Bishop Holston will be our special guest. This luncheon will have limited seating and will be exclusive to those who RSVP that they would like to attend. Our Food Services Director, Travis, will be preparing an excellent meal for attendees. All proceeds will go towards the continuation of the ministry at Asbury Hills.

There will also be an option to purchase a box lunch to enjoy anywhere on property before the start of the Pool Dedication. Boxed lunches can be picked up at 11:30am.

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We are asking that everyone RSVP to this event regardless of if you just want to attend the dedication or are interested in one of the lunch options. We do have limited space available for attendees. In order to maintain social distancing and all safety guidelines, we will need every person to RSVP. To RSVP, please click here.

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The Details: (And more to come!)

Will there be symptom screening?

Upon arrival, you may be subject to a health screening for symptoms of COVID-19. If you have had symptoms or have been around anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, as defined by the CDC, please stay home. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home. If you are still awaiting results from a COVID-19 test, please stay home.

Should you wear a mask?

We suggest bringing a mask for instances when 6 foot social distancing isn’t available. All of our staff will be wearing masks for your safety and our own.

What about social distancing?

Luckily, we have over 2000 acres of fresh, open air to utilize. We will be sure to space out all locations and encourage you to bring your mask to wear if you feel it necessary.

Will everything be properly cleaned?

Absolutely. Our standard is always high when it comes to cleaning and preparing for our guests. All high traffic surfaces will be wiped down and disinfected regularly. Your food will be prepared following the highest standards of sanitation and cleanliness. There will be locations available for hand washing. We suggest bringing hand sanitizer for when hand washing isn’t an option.

 

We are looking forward to having you at camp! Please be sure to RSVP to this event as space is limited.

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Fill the Hills with SCCARM

Moving forward after making the decision to cancel our traditional summer camp for Summer 2020 means ensuring camp will still be around after this season has passed.

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Dear Camp Family,

We can only imagine how difficult things have been for you to navigate over the last few months, and again we are saddened by the cancellation of our traditional summer camp this year. We know the life changing impact of a positive summer camp experience at Asbury Hills. We would have completed our 59th summer of camping. As we begin to sift through our current status as a ministry and look ahead to what is on the horizon, we know that we will not be able to do it with you. As with the financial hardships of so many of our camper families, we here at Asbury Hills and Camps & Retreat Ministries find ourselves seeking out a path to future sustainability. Although many adjustments have been made with staff and resources to try and insure that we are financially viable and able to show up strong next summer, we are asking those who are able, to join us on our “Fill The Hills” campaign. After a devastating loss of revenue this past spring and summer we will need your help to insure that Asbury Hills is here for years to come, and that the surrounding hills are once again filled with fun, fellowship, laughter, and the loving spirit of Gods people, long after we get through a time such as this.

Your donation of any size will be truly appreciated. Your graciousness to consider helping our ministry is a true blessing and we are so thankful to call you a member of our camp family.

Making a donation online is simple. Just click here to be redirected to our donation webpage where you can choose the tax deductible amount you wish to give. Be sure to select our ‘Fill the Hills’ fund. Thank you in advance for helping to insure that Asbury Hills will be here for generations to come.

With Deepest Respect & Gratitude,

Arthur W. Spriggs

Executive Director

 

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Family Adventures for Summer 2020

As you may have seen, we did have to suspend summer camp for Summer 2020. The safety of our staff and guests is our first priority and while knowing camp as we all know isn’t happening this summer, we are excited to do something a little different.

For Summer 2020, and possibly the only time this will ever happen, we are thrilled to introduce our Family Adventure at Asbury Hills! What is Family Adventure? Who gets to go? How do you register? When can you go? This blog post will answer any and all of our questions!

The bottom line: We want to give our camp families the opportunity to set themselves apart from the busy world we live in while still maintaining the excitement of camp. We also knew this had to be done with safety and health as the first priority. How could we still welcome folks onto property for a summer experience while still keeping safety and health in mind? Family Adventures at Asbury Hills is our answer!

What is Family Adventure at Asbury Hills?

You and your family now have the opportunity to book an extended stay at Asbury Hills (minimum of 2 nights) as it fits your individual schedules. Your price per night (below) includes meals, a cabin just for your family, and your favorite, classic Asbury Hills activities and experiences.

Why was summer camp cancelled if it is safe to have Family Adventure?

The decision was made to not allow summer camp because of the desire to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. You can read more about that decision by clicking here. With Family Adventures, we are able to limit the number of people coming and going on property. Since families have been staying home together, they are able to share a sleeping space at camp without worrying about social distancing where as summer campers would be coming from all over the share a sleeping space. We also know that if families are experiencing camp together, they are more likely to follow our guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy.

What the guidelines in place to help keep my family safe during our Family Adventure?

We are asking that all people who step foot onto our property practice the 3 Ws. WEAR a mask when social distancing isn’t possible. WAIT to allow at least 6 feet between your family and other families. WASH your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer often. If anyone in your family is showing symptoms of COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC, or has been in contact with anyone who was showing symptoms OR tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home. We ask that you are monitoring you and your family’s symptoms at least 14 days prior to your arrival to camp. Once you register, you will receive more details on safety at Asbury Hills!

How do I book my Family Adventure?

Call our office at 864.836.3711 and you can book your Family Adventure over the phone with our Reservations Specialist. Easy as that! Once you book and confirm, you’ll receive your contract and waivers to get you ready to check-in.

How much does a Family Adventure cost?

Our price is per night with a 2 night minimum. For $300 per night, your family of 4 will get 3 complementary meals (dinner after you check-in, breakfast the following morning and then lunch), a cabin to yourselves, and access to some of your favorite Asbury Hills activities.

What if my family is larger than 4 members?

No problem! Our price per night (with a 2 night minimum) is for a family of 4. If you have more than 4 members, the cost is $65 per person 5 years old and up. Additional family members under the age of 5 are free!

What if my family is smaller than 4 members?

Our price per night is created for a 4 member family. If your family is smaller than 4, you will still be asked to pay the set price per night. You are more than welcome to include other members of your family to join you!

How many family members are allowed per cabin?

We have a maximum of 8 per cabin.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

We have a lot more information including a recommended packing list and more questions and answers on our website! (Linked there.) Be sure to check it out and as always, feel free to email or call with any questions.

We are so excited to be able to offer Family Adventures and we hope you are excited, too! This will probably never happen again so be sure to book your Family Adventure soon!

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SCCARM Experiences Changes

South Carolina Camps & Retreat Ministries welcomes Chris Hulme as the Interim Director of Programs and Operations for SC Camps & Retreat Ministries.

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Chris has been with Asbury Hills for over 14 years and has served as a summer staffer all the way to the Director of Retreats and Recreation and now joins the ministry in his new position as Interim Director of Programs and Operations.

With the cancellation of summer camp this year, the ministry has had the opportunity to evaluate several different facets of how we operate. As of June 1, 2020, the position of Asbury Hills Director has been eliminated.

Along with new direction often come hard goodbyes. We pause to say, “Thank You, David Rouse!” for more than 5 years of service to Asbury Hills as Camp Director. It is has been a joy to watch David’s children, Scott and Kassidy, grow and mature at camp. The entire Rouse family has impacted the lives of so many people through this ministry. We wish David and his wife, Susan, the best in this new direction that God is leading them.

Chris will be responsible for programs and operating procedures at Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center, Camp Providence Day Camp, and Sea Islands Camp & Retreat Center. This new direction offers exciting opportunities that will allow us to put our faith and trust in God’s plan for this most important ministry.

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May Birthdays

Hello May and hello May Summer Staffer birthdays!

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Join us in wishing these 2019 Summer Staffers born in May a very happy birthday!

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Addie Reed

Addie

Jordan Bruner

Jordan

Logan Bragg

Logan B.

Megan Abbott

Megan

Sabrina Mannix

Sabrina

Seth Seidner

Seth

Trevor Brock

Trevor

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April Birthdays

Let’s wish these folks a happy April birthday!

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Ben Howard

Ben H.

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Abby

Ben Skelton2

Ben S.

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