Monthly Archives: November 2016

Something to Celebrate

The holiday season is here and celebrations are beginning.  While you are celebrating this time with your family, we are celebrating with you because this camping season has been a huge success!

  • We just wrapped up our 55th camping season at Asbury Hills! You read that right! Asbury Hills has been serving campers and retreat members for 55 years.
  • We are also celebrating our biggest summer to date!
  • Thanks to your generosity, we extended scholarships to all campers in need this past summer.

It gets EVEN BETTER!

A donor has eagerly agreed to match all new gifts and all increased gifts from current donors up to $10,000.

Go ahead and reread that sentence because it is that good.

What this means is that the gifts from any NEW donors will be matched.  This also means that any current donors can INCREASE their gift and that will be matched, as well.  Doubling your gift is that easy! What a great thing to celebrate!

Double your gift this #GivingTuesday on November 29th.

We all have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about the day after that? Giving Tuesday is a national day to kick off the season of giving.  Last year, over 700,000 donors from over 70 countries participated.  Let’s join the giving!

Your continued gifts will provide assistance to campers in need and preserve our beautiful outdoor spaces.  As you consider your gift this year, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Kick off the season of giving with #GivingTuesday!

 

We cannot say thank you enough for your holiday gift and continued prayers for our ministry.  Consider this a huge THANK YOU from the Asbury Hills summer campers, retreat group members, the summer staff, full time staff, the volunteers and the parents and guardians.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Visit our website or click here and give today!

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More Change is in the Air

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

–Romans 12:11-12

New and exciting things are happening at Asbury Hills & we are so excited to announce it!

We would like to welcome Sarah Moseley as our new Summer Camp Director. 

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Does her name sound familiar? It should!

Sarah has grown up attending Asbury Hills.  She attended for 11 years as a camper, was in the CIT program, served as a worship leader, program coordinator, retreats coordinator, retreat host and camp pastor. Chances are, you have seen Sarah on site in some capacity or another.

“I am beyond excited to come back to Asbury Hills and serve as Summer Camp Director!  I truly feel like I am coming home.  Asbury Hills has been a vital part of of my life since I was 6 years old and has helped to shape me into who I am today.  I still remember realizing that Jesus wanted a personal relationship with me while sitting at Mountain Chapel watching the sunset as a camper.  For over half my life I have been blessed to be at camp as a camper, CIT, Worship Leader, Program Coordinator, Camp Pastor, and a volunteer, getting to experience camp from all different places and positions.  I am very excited to see how God continues to move in my life and works through me in this new position to serve others and the Kingdom through the Asbury Hills ministry.”

Sarah comes to us from Newberry, South Carolina where she was born and raised.  Sarah attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.  Sarah has been serving at New Beginnings UMC in Boiling Springs as the Director of Youth Ministries.

Please join us in praying for and welcoming Sarah to Asbury Hills as the new Summer Camp Director.  We look forward to all that God has in store for next summer and years to come!

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#CampTShirtDay

If you follow Asbury Hills on social media at all, then you know that November 15th was International Camp T-Shirt Day.

Summer 365 and It’s A Camp Thing sponsored this event.  You can find all the details about it at Summer Camp Culture‘s website!

A camp t-shirt is an important part of summer camp.  Why, do you ask? Keep reading!

1. Summer camp t-shirts are important because anytime you see that t-shirt, all the wonderful camp memories come rushing back to you.

2. Summer camp t-shirts are important because if someone sees you wearing it, they will probably ask about it.  This gives you the PERFECT excuse to talk about camp for hours.

3. Summer camp t-shirts are important because someone will see you wearing it and wonder why you love that shirt so much.  More than likely, they will want to come so they can have great memories just like you!

These 3 reasons bring us right to number 4.

4. Summer camp t-shirts are important because you can wear it on International Camp T-Shirt Day, take a picture, post it on social media and tag Asbury Hills!

We had a lot of people participate in this event from Asbury Hills! They used the hashtags #CampTshirtDay and #AHcamptshirtday and were sure to tag Asbury Hills.  Below you will find a round up of some photos ranging from our full time staff members, summer staffers and alumni!

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Full Time Staff

Summer Staffers & A Camp Pastor!

Asbury Hills Alumni

 

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A Part of the Story

Stories are what make camp so great! How often do you find your self starting a story off with, “One time at camp…” or “That summer at camp…”? Probably fairly often.

Working as an Asbury Hills Summer Staffer allows you to be a part of that story!

 

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Courtney King is a long time Asbury Hills Summer Staffer and truly has the heart for camp.  She has served in so many different capacities from being a counselor to lead staff and hosting retreats.

According to Courtney, “Whether you impact a kid, a summer staffer, a full time staff member, a facilities manager, a kitchen worker, you get to be a part of someone’s story.”

Courtney says that Asbury Hills has an atmosphere like no other. What can you expect from working a summer at Asbury Hills? Let’s ask Courtney!

“You get to have fun for a summer while making an impact on a kid’s life.  YOU get to change the future!

You get to spend the summer in a community of believers!!!”

Keep reading for more from Courtney on what it is like to be a summer staffer at Asbury Hills.

“I have gotten to spend 5 summers at Asbury and they have all been blessings in their own way.  My first summer, I got to be on rec staff.  I got the opportunity to learn new skills that I never thought I would have learned and challenged myself physically.  My second and third summers were full of counseling.  Being there for kids and leading them week after week was the literal best.  You learn so much about kids after working with them directly.  Asking them deep questions about faith opened doors for so many opportunities to minister, but also to listen.  Whether I was rafting or tubing down a river, walking them up the hill to team building courses or jumping up and down with them at worship, I could see a little light in them that I just wanted to encourage more and more.  I learned how to lead my peers during my fourth and fifth summers.  The most difficult part was adjusting to not working directly with kids.  But to be able to plan something that the kids (and counselor) would enjoy and see it through is something very valuable.  This something I can easily see translating into the real world.  Being a leader was full of its ups and downs making this time so important to learning about me.

No matter what I did or how long I served in a particular role, camp has shaped me into who I am today!!! I am more of an adventurer and more willing to step out of my comfort zone after being on rec staff.  I am more confident in my leadership skills and know where I can better myself after lead staff.  I am more apt to listen to people’s stories and genuinely care for them after counseling.  Camp life really is the best life.  Countless situations and life lessons learned from camp can translate back into real life. (Just ask all my friends back at school… When is there a time that I DON’T talk about camp?!)

There is absolutely no other way I would have spent my summers.

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