Monthly Archives: April 2014

New Beginnings

There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens:
    a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,
    a time for killing and a time for healing,
a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
    a time for crying and a time for laughing,
a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
    a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,
    a time for searching and a time for losing,
a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,
    a time for tearing and a time for repairing,
a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,
    a time for loving and a time for hating,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Although he will be missed, it is with much joy that we announce that Ryan Culby’s season as the director of Asbury Hills has come to an end. He has accepted a job with the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church as the Director of Buckhorn Camp in Bellvue, Colorado. Please be in prayer for Ryan and his family as they transition to life in Colorado. Buckhorn Camp has been faced with lots of challenges, and Ryan feels this is where God is calling him to serve.

It is with excitement that we also announce we have already begun the search process to find the person God is sending to Asbury Hills. Your prayers are also very appreciated as we are accepting resumes and creating our short list of candidates. We will keep you posted on the progress of the search.

In the meantime, camp continues to run strong with the staff going full steam ahead. Asbury Hills is also blessed to have Frances Hulme return this summer as the interim summer camp director. You may know Frances from her many summers at Asbury Hills both as a camper, CIT, and staff member. Most recently she has spent the past several summers as the summer office manager. She works during the school year as a guidance counselor at Pickens High School, and we feel she is the perfect person to serve as the director this summer.


We are looking forward with great anticipation to the next season at Asbury Hills…both for this summer and the summers to come under the new director. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to give our Executive Director, Arthur Spriggs, a call at 864.298.0125.

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48 Days to Summer Camp

In honor of it being 48 days until the first day of summer camp 2014 at Asbury Hills, here are 48 things that we will do between now and then.

  1. Have a volunteer group build a human fuse ball court
  2. Have a meeting with the South Carolina United Methodist Camps & Retreat Ministries board of directors
  3. Go to the Lexington Kids Fair to promote summer camp
  4. Host numerous spring retreat groups
  5. Order summer camp t-shirtsalpine tower
  6. Finalize summer staff manuals
  7. Finish staining cabin porches
  8. Finalize worship service and devotion topics
  9. Design and order camp store merchandise
  10. Create and print 1000 camper worship booklets
  11. Collect paperwork and add 60 summer employees to payroll
  12. Order supplies for the summer craft
  13. Purchase a small truckload of PowerAde, candy, and snacks for the camp store
  14. Thoroughly clean the pool and pool deckDCIM100GOPRO
  15. Buy a small truckload of salt and muriatic acid to keep the pool chemicals regulated throughout the summer
  16. Move most of the furniture in Batson and Creekside to storage so summer staff and the nurse can move in
  17. Clean and check all ropes and harnesses
  18. Create the 2015 summer calendar for early registration
  19. Reconcile Visa statements
  20. Deep clean all cabins
  21. Celebrate Memorial Day
  22. Design and build the worship setworship
  23. Design and print early registration postcards
  24. Buy enough gauze and Band-Aids to be able to completely cover the dining hall
  25. Send summer staff packets out to prayer sponsors
  26. Make sure all ACA documentation are in the correct notebooks
  27. Pray for all summer staff comingcreek
  28. Train the kitchen staff on the summer menu
  29. Train our lifeguards and ropes staff
  30. Create a worship set-list with the band
  31. Summer staff training
  32. Host the 2nd annual Camps and Retreat Ministries Golf Tournament
  33. Take summer staff to a Greenville Drive baseball game
  34. Attend and present at the South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference
  35. Summer staff camp outDCIM100GOPRO
  36. Collect any camper balances
  37. Be sure all campers have a completed health form on file
  38. Finalize CIT training materials
  39. Complete a registration run-through
  40. Draw names for summer staff love gifts
  41. Finalize schedule with summer retreat groups
  42. Take a summer staff picturestaff
  43. Make cabin and staff assignments for the first week of camp
  44. Pray for the campers coming
  45. Set up the dining hall for week 1 of summer camp
  46. Welcome the Week 1 summer nurse and review health forms with her
  47. Make welcome posters for campers
  48. Get into position to welcome the first week of Asbury Hills campers!


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But Why? The Closed-Toe Shoe Rule

Oh it is the bane of many a summer staffer’s existence. The closed-toe shoe rule. Summer is hot. The shoes generally take longer to dry when campers decide to jump in the puddle. In a cabin of 6-year-old boys, the counselor will end up tying approximately 43.6 shoes per day. Brand new Chacos are sitting unused in the bottom of a trunk. It all seems like a cruel joke. So why do we insist? Well, shoes that aren’t tied on can come flying off on this


or this


or this

or this

It is very hard to reach the top of this in sandals.


But most importantly we have lots of these


 and these


 and to get anywhere you have to walk here


 and here


And even though all of our staff are trained in first aid and we have a registered nurse on site, a week of camp is much more fun when your feet don’t look like this


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Olaf the Camper Snowman

Right around Christmas, we did a post on why Buddy the Elf would make a great camper. (If you missed that one, you can read it here.)  The movie Frozen has been out on DVD for several weeks. And if your kids are anything like my daughter, they have seen the movie (maybe multiple times) and the songs can run in a loop on YouTube for emergency entertainment. After driving to work many times with “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” playing in my head, it got me thinking that Olaf would also make a great camper. Here are five reasons why.

  1. Hi, everyone. I’m Olaf and I like warm hugs!
    Olaf is ready and excited to meet new people and make new friends. He is also ready to make anyone feel welcome with a big hug. He would make the perfect cabinmate…minus maybe the wet spots on the floor from his snow.1-DSC00625
  1. Olaf: And who’s the funky looking donkey over there?
    Anna: That’s Sven.
    Olaf: Uh huh. And who’s the reindeer?
    Anna: Sven.
    Olaf: Oh! They’re…Oh. Okay! Makes things easier for me.
    Olaf was meeting new friends, and logically wanted to learn their names. He gets it comically wrong, but instead of judging, he goes with it and becomes their friend anyway. (He does later learn both their names.) Maybe he should have started off with an Asbury Hills name game.


  1. Anna: Olaf! You’re melting!
    Olaf: Some people are worth melting for.
    Begins to melt, grabs his face to stay up.
    Olaf: Just… maybe not right this second.
    Olaf knows how to be a true friend. He knows that sometimes friendship requires sacrifice and putting another person’s needs in front of your own. He also knows that sometimes you have to protect yourself too. I would trust Olaf to spot me on the ropes course.


  1. [after getting pierced by an icicle] Oh, look at that. I’ve been impaled.
    So obviously icicles will not be impaling our campers. This does provide comic relief in the film because Olaf is a snowman so the icicle doesn’t hurt, but the point is Olaf goes with the flow. Most of the time, everything at camp is great. But sometimes, it thunderstorms during a scheduled activity or it takes much longer than expected to get a campfire going so s’mores are a little late. These things happen, and it is important to go with the flow when things don’t go as planned.


  1. Olaf LOVES the idea of summer

Just imagine how much cooler you’ll be at Asbury Hills…this summer!

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