Monthly Archives: April 2017

FAQs: First Time Camper Parent

While it is a big deal to send a camper to camp for the first time, it is also a big deal for parents.  We get it! Sending your child away for the first time is a big step.  We also get that some peace of mind will make it a lot easier.  Here are some frequently asked questions we get from first time camper parents.  Don’t see a question you have? Feel free to email Paige at info@sccarm.org with any questions or send us a message on Facebook!

How old will my camper’s counselor be?

Our summer camp counselors must be over 18 and we prefer for them to have at least one year of college completed. 

Can my camper call me during the week?

Your camper will not have access to a phone during the week.  Their schedule will be to packed full of activities to even have time to think about calling home!

Can I call my camper during the week?

We do not allow calls to campers.  If an emergency comes up, you can always contact our office and someone will deliver the message to your camper. 

My camper takes a daily medication, is there a nurse at camp to make sure he or she gets the medication?

We have a licensed, registered nurse on site at any time campers are.  This nurse will be able to administer any medications to your camper and deal with any medical needs, as well.

How does Asbury Hills hire staff members?

Asbury Hills promotes summer staff starting a few months after the previous summer has ended.  We run ads on our social media accounts, web page, and we even reach out different Wesley foundations from various colleges in South Carolina.  Our staffers apply online and are required to complete a background check and submit at least 3 references.

How can I see photos of my camper during the week?

You can see photos of your camper by going to our website and navigating to the “For Parents” page under the summer camp tab.  You’ll see a yellow button to access photos where you’ll provide your log-in information.  Need assistance? Feel free to call our office at 864.836.3711 and Emily can help you!

What time will my camper eat meals?

Campers will eat breakfast at 8am.  Lunch is at noon and dinner is at 5:45.  These times stay the same throughout the entire week!

What if my camper is a picky eater?

Our Food Services Director is excellent in developing menus sure to please everyone.  There are always alternate options as well as a variety of items for campers to choose from during meal times.

Why does my camper need a sleeping bag?

If your camper is in middle or high school, they will do Home in the Woods where they spend the night camping outside and cooking meals over the fire.  A sleeping bag is perfect for campers to use on their bunk in their cabin, too.

Can my camper bring their cell phone?

We do not allow campers to have any electronic devices on camp.  Even if they could bring their cell phones, they wouldn’t get service!

What if my camper gets homesick?

We train our counselors extensively to handle a homesick camper so there is no need to worry.  If your camper does get homesick, your camper’s counselor is well equipped to make sure they are enjoying themselves.

Can I mail my camper letters? What about care packages?

You definitely can mail your camper letters! You may want to take into consideration how long it takes letters to go through the postal system to plan ahead in mailing your letters.  We don’t advise you to send care packages simply because your camper is in a cabin with up to 13 other campers who may not get care packages.  Your camper will be so busy during the day that they may not even have time to use what you send in a care package!

 

We hope these answer a few of those first time camper questions.  Of course, if you have more, we are only a phone call or email away!

Phone: 864.836.3711  Email: summercamp@asburyhills.org

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45 Days Until Summer Camp!

Only 45 more days until Summer 2017 officially begins!! Let’s be honest, we started counting down the days until Summer 2017 a long time ago.  Each day as the number gets smaller the air gets warmer, the creek gets less cold and the leaves are getting greener.

What are we missing? The sounds of campers laughing with their counselors, splashing from the lake, the worship band praising God with everyone and the echos of energizers before each meal.  These, my friends, are the sounds of summer that are only 45 days away! That is right! Only 45 days until the first day of Summer Camp at Asbury Hills!

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What are you most excited for?

Is it the drive into camp with the perfect view of Table Rock? What about the smiling faces that greet you as you do the last minute check-in for camp? Is it the smell of the cabins as you walk in and set up your camper’s perfect bunk? What about the hug your camper gets from the counselor you are entrusting them with?

Regardless of what it is that you are most excited for, we are simply excited to serve you and your family.  Our mission at Asbury Hills is to serve all people for Christian birth, growth and renewal so we plan to live that out this summer.

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What can you expect?

  • We are going to start introducing our staff members in the next few weeks on Facebook and Instagram! Feel free to share them if you know them–we are so happy to have the best staff this summer!
  • Camp Pastors are getting finalized so we will be announcing the official Summer 2017 Camp Pastor Line Up! Trust us, its a good one!
  • Our new activity for the summer is coming together so stay tuned for pictures!

We are only 45 days away from Breaking the Noise at Asbury Hills and we cannot wait!

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A Member of the Family

Asbury Hills has been welcoming campers and retreat groups for 55 years.  Once you camp with Asbury Hills, you are family! Our camp family is so important with us! Speaking of family, we recently spoke with a family with multiple generations of campers.  Jenn Strickland from Columbia shared her opinions about Asbury Hills and how both her and her daughter share the bond of being an Asbury Hills Camper.

Jenn’s advice to first time camper parents is to remember that the campers are in good hands. Something Jenn and her husband enjoy doing is sending emails to their campers and checking out the photos uploaded each day.

Jenn explains that her daughter started with Express Camp with her cousin.  She says that after the shortened week of camp, the girls were ready for a full week the following summer! “She loved it and us parents missed our little girls, however we knew it was great for them to mold into stronger independent girls!”

People often ask us what the meaning of summer camp is and Jenn couldn’t have explained it better.  When we asked Jenn why she felt like it was important for her daughter to experience summer camp, her response was this:

“I wanted my daughter to spend time learning about God and experiencing camping/unity with her cousin.  I wanted her to grow spiritually and learn things on her own without mommy and daddy’s influence.”

While Asbury Hills in South Carolina, our campers aren’t just from South Carolina! Jenn mentioned that her daughter raved about all the new friends she made from all around the USA! She even emails her new friends.

Here are Jenn’s final thoughts–

“This camp is molding our daughter spiritually and helping her develop independent skills for a lifetime! We are so proud of her, the friendships she is gaining and her personal growth in the Lord!”

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Jenn for sharing her thoughts about Asbury Hills! We are always open to hearing other thoughts and stories so if you have anything you’d like to share, please email Paige at info@sccarm.org.

 

 

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Open House: 2017

We have wrapped up Open House and it was a great success!! We enjoyed getting to meet new families and campers.  Our visitors were able to try out a few activities like the Rock Wall and Archery.  We have some staff members available to give tours–who wouldn’t want a tour on such a gorgeous day in a beautiful place!

If you missed Open House 2017, we sure missed you! Open House is the perfect opportunity to bring family and friends to show off camp.  We often get families who are interested in camp but want to see the property first.  Do you have friends who might be interested in camp? Open House is the perfect opportunity to bring your friends to prove to them how great Asbury Hills is!

What exactly did you miss out on? Here are some photos that Robert Bradley took for us! If you missed out, remember, there is always next year!!

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Check out our Facebook page for more photos from Robert Bradley!

Let the countdown to summer begin!!

Have you registered for camp?! Sessions are filling quickly so don’t miss your chance!

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