Asbury Hills staff members have been travelling around the state this winter and spring telling people all about Asbury Hills. Along the way, we have encountered some questions we get asked on a regular basis and thought we could clear some up for you.
What If My Camper Misses Home?
It is hard to tell who might miss home and who might not. The younger the camper, usually the easier it is to engage them in activities, help them fit into a group, and forget they are missing home. Older campers are far less prone to missing home, but their emotions tend to be more serious. A general outline for how we handle the issue is: help them fit in, keep them incredibly engaged and having fun, listen to them, and treat them with respect. If we see any concerns – we try to talk to you ahead of time, let you know what we are seeing, and see if you have any advice.
Can My Camper Call Home?
Campers are not allowed to call home. Why? Because if you take a perfectly happy summer camper and put them on the phone with the one they love the most – they will instantly miss you and home. Yes, it is true even of those having the absolute time of their life. If an emergency comes up, however, and it is important you speak with your child – we will make it happen. Worried about your child? – give us a call or send us an e-mail and we’ll check in with them and get back to you.
Will my Camper Fit In?
One of the greatest parts about summer camp at Asbury Hills is kids can recreate themselves into the positive person they want to be. They are no longer stuck in the set of expectations their friends and school have for them, and they can reach out and grow in positive Christian fellowship. Fitting in, making friends, and finding acceptance are some of our top priorities for our campers.
I see Asbury Hills is a Methodist camp. What if my family isn’t Methodist?
Not a problem at all. We certainly are a faith–based camp – but our Christian summer curriculum is open and welcoming to all. Our summer camp is also so much fun that even if your child has yet to come to faith – they will have a blast. We believe the personal exploration of faith is a vital part of our mission and in this area, you and your child can expect each session to have: energizing worship, daily themes that integrate into the day’s activities and messages, small group discussions, and evening devotions. The rest of the week is filled with incredible camp activities and time to share fun times with friends.
What If My Camper has Food Allergies or a Special Diet?
We can almost always accommodate special dietary needs. Our kitchen is peanut free during the summer, but if you have another concern, let us know! We typically have a few vegetarians/vegans each week and have several gluten-free needs throughout the summer. We work with all campers needing special food considerations to determine which foods we are serving during the week will already accommodate their need, which meals we can make adjustments to, and which meals the parent will need to bring food to supplement.
Are you ACA Accredited?
Yes we are accredited by the American Camp Association. To learn more about what this means, please visit their website.
Can My Child and I Visit Camp Prior to the Summer?
If this will be your child’s first time at camp, please feel free to give us a call at 864.836.3711 to set up a tour. Let your child see the camp, explore the cabins they might stay in, and get excited about the experience. Take an imaginary hike from the campfire pit to the cabins, picture yourselves playing in the creek, and leave ready to come back soon! We are also having our Open House on Sunday, April 6 from 1-5 PM. Come check us out!
What Are the Cabins Like?
For many first time campers, it’s a comfort to have an idea of what to expect. All of our cabins are heated and air conditioned with bathrooms and showers attached. They can pick out their own bunk for the week and will share the cabin with a group of 14 boys or girls and 2 counselors. We want you to know that there will be times where everyone has to wake up and clean up the cabin, times when the whole cabin comes together for cabin devotions, and other times when it’s time for bed and everyone needs to settle in for quality rest time.
Can I Visit My Camper During Camp?
Each session’s schedule is packed full of activities, and we’ve found that mid-session camp visits disrupt the flow of camp and each camper’s experience. You are welcome to call in at any time to check on your camper, but please do not show up unannounced.
Can My Camper Bring a Friend?
Part of coming to camp is making new friends. At the same time, if your child wants to bring a friend with them to camp, or if they would like to be re-united in a cabin with a friend from a previous year, we will do our very best to honor up to 2 cabinmate requests. Requests should be campers of similar ages and in the same session. If you would like your child to be separate from another camper – these requests must be made in writing and sent two weeks prior.