Monthly Archives: April 2019

April & May Birthdays

We are thrilled to wish these staffers a very happy birthday!

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Meriwether Galloway


Ben Howard


Arshia Kermani


Ben Skelton



Megan Abbott


Hailey Boonstra


Logan Bragg


Trevor Brock


Perry Fleming


Shanice James


Drew Ledford

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Camp Pastor Ben | Week 6 2019

Ready to meet our Week 6 Camp Pastor? Back for another year, introducing Camp Pastor Ben! We are so thrilled to have Ben Sloan back with us for Week 6 at Asbury Hills.

Ben is the pastor at Bethany UMC in Albemarle, North Carolina. Not sure where that is? We have a lovely map below to help you out.


Ben and his wife met at Asbury Hills while he was serving as a summer camp counselor! Ben and his wife now have 2 daughters.

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Curious to find out what Ben’s favorite activity at camp is? Interested to know what Ben has been watching with is oldest daughter? Spoiler alert–he sings! Click the link below to watch Camp Pastor Ben’s intro video.


Would you like to attend camp while Ben is our camp pastor? We still have a few spaces available for Week 6–July 28-August 2. Ready to register? Click here. We can’t wait to spend the week with you!

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Less than 50 Days Until Camp!

You read that right! The first week of Summer 2019 is LESS THAN 50 DAYS AWAY! We are so excited to get Summer 2019 started at Asbury Hills and we hope you are, too!

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What are we doing to make sure Summer 2019 is a success in these last 50 days? What should you be doing to prepare your camper for their week of camp at Asbury Hills? Those answers are below!

What are we up to during these next 50 or so days?

Final hiring for Summer Staff

We are hiring our last few summer staffers for summer 2019! Would you be interested in sponsoring one of almost 60 staffers? Click here for more info.

Ordering T-Shirts

Yep! We are already ordering your shirt for Summer 2019. Don’t worry, we always make sure we have enough and prepare to make a second order about halfway through the summer for folks who haven’t registered yet.

Promoting Camp Pastors

Have you been following along on our social media accounts? We have been announcing our Summer 2019 Camp Pastors and we are thrilled to have some amazing folks pouring into our campers. Check out our other blog posts to see who is coming for Summer 2019.

Devotion Booklet Final Touches

We wrote our devotion booklets a few months back but now we are putting the finishing touches on them to send them to print. Each year, we spend months pouring over our curriculum making sure it is perfect. Click here to see exactly what is in store for Summer 2019.

Preparing New Activities

New activities?! Yep! Stay tuned for what those new activities are. We can’t wait to share with you!


We are constantly in prayer for the ministry at Asbury Hills. Whether it is welcoming retreat group guests, summer staffers, volunteers or campers, we are always praying for any and everyone who steps foot on our property. Our prayer is that we can live our mission out through our guests and ensure their time at Asbury Hills is just what they need.

What do we suggest you do in these next few months leading up to your camper’s week at Asbury Hills?


For starters, if you haven’t registered, it isn’t too late! Be sure to register quick! Our spaces are over 75% full and we won’t be opening many more new spaces.

Download Your Packing List

Ready to start shopping for what your camper needs at camp? Great! We have BRAND NEW packing lists on the website ready for you to download. This year, we are asking folks to pack in luggage like you would pack to travel in an airplane–one suitcase, a carry on (backpack!) and a pillow. We will share details later but we are working on improving our check-out procedures and this will help immensely! Click here to see the packing list for CIT, Eclipse, Core, Drenched and Altitude. The packing list for Express and Family Camp can be found here. The Expedition packing list can be found here. When in doubt, feel free to reference our General Packing List!

Check out our YouTube Channel

Our YouTube Channel is packed full of all kinds of cool stuff! You can find the highlight videos from previous summers there. You can also find introduction videos for our Summer 2019 Camp Pastors. There are also videos on some of our most popular activities at Asbury Hills loaded on our YouTube channel. We hope watching these videos with your camper gets them excited for their week at Asbury Hills!

Follow Us on Social Media!

We post regular updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages with all things summer camp, retreats, and Asbury Hills in general! 

Subscribe to Our Monthly Newsletter

We have a newsletter! Each newsletter is packed full of upcoming events, announcements, updates about Asbury Hills and what is coming up. Click here to subscribe. Don’t worry–we won’t fill your inbox with tons of emails–just monthly and special newsletters!


We ask that you are keeping Asbury Hills in your prayers as we prepare for Summer 2019. We ask that you keep our full time staff in your prayers as they have spent many months preparing for this summer. We ask that you remember our 2019 Staffers as they are giving their summer up to spend time with campers pouring into them and sharing God’s word with them. We ask that you pray for our campers and camper parents as they are preparing to send their camper to spend a week with us.

Sponsor a Summer Staffer!

Are you willing to sponsor a 2019 Summer Staffer? We simply ask our sponsors to pray for and keep their assigned staffer in their thoughts throughout the summer. We also encourage sponsors to send little notes of encouragement to staffers throughout the summer. If you are interested in sponsoring a staffer, click here to sign up.

More for parents is available on our webpage. Click here to find packing lists, online forms, access to photos and emails, and more!

See you in less than 50 days!


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We greatly appreciate your continued prayers and support of Asbury Hills and our camping ministry. Are you ready to be a part of our mission? Click here to give.


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Camp Pastor Rebecca | Week 5 2019

Camp Pastor Rebecca is back! Rebecca is joining us for another summer at Asbury Hills and we are thrilled! Camp Pastor Rebecca will be with us July 21-26!


Rebecca Rowell is Minister of Children and the Social Media Specialist at St. John’s UMC in Anderson, South Carolina.

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This is her third summer serving as a Camp Pastor at Asbury Hills so we hare happy to have her back.

Interested in learning what Camp Pastor Rebecca’s favorite movie is? Or what about her goals for this summer? Click the photo below to head to her introduction video.


Interested in attending Asbury Hills the same week that Rebecca is with us?! Great! There are a few spots left so we would love to have you. Camp Pastor Rebecca will be at Asbury Hills July 21-26. If you are interested in registering, click here. Of course, if you have any questions about summer camp at Asbury Hills, feel free to reach out to Sarah, our Summer Camp Director, by calling 864.836.3711 or shoot her an email.

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Camp Pastor Andrew |Week 4 2019

Woo Hoo! Camp Pastor Andrew is back for another summer! Joining us July 14-19 is Camp Pastor Andrew!


Andrew is the pastor at both Liberty UMC and Cherokee Springs UMC in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He lives in Spartanburg with his family! We are THRILLED to have Camp Pastor Andrew back for another summer at Asbury Hills. He will be with us for week 4–July 14-19.

What is Andrew’s favorite movie at the moment? What is he planning to pack for his week at Asbury Hills? All those answers and more are in his introduction video. Click the thumbnail below to check it out!

thumbnail.jpgWe are so excited to have Andrew back for another week at Asbury Hills. If you are interested in registering for his week of camp, click here. Registration spaces are filling quick! Will see you July 14-19?!

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From the Staff: Andrew

Andrew is coming back on staff at Asbury Hills for Summer 2019 as a Program Coordinator. Andrew was a camper at Asbury Hills before he started on summer staff a few years back.

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After catching up with Andrew about his thoughts on working at Asbury Hills, we felt like it was too good not to share!


“Working at Asbury Hills it is evident that God is at work in the lives of campers and staffers. As a staff, you will find the kind of lifelong friends who will challenge you in your faith, hold you accountable to living a life that is pleasing to God, and lift you up when you are going through trials.


For me, working at Asbury has been truly a life changing experience, and anyone who’s wondering whether Asbury Hills is for them should give it a shot and see how God rocks their summer.”

-Andrew W.

We are still hiring for Summer 2019! Do you know any college aged guys who would love to serve as a counselor this summer? Send them our way! More information is available on our website or you can email our Summer Camp Director, Sarah!

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Open House 2019

Open House 2019 was a success! The weather was perfect and the rain was sure to steer clear of Asbury Hills between the hours of 1pm and 5pm.


This year, we welcomed folks onto our property to explore, tour, and see what all Asbury Hills has to offer. Open House is the perfect opportunity to show off camp to friends and family. It is also the perfect chance for first time campers to see exactly what they can expect for their week at Asbury Hills this summer.

On Sunday, April 7th, we opened our archery range and our rock wall for our guests to try out.



We had a few of our Summer 2018-2019 staffers leading tours to show folks some of our our other activities and facilities.

More photos are on our Facebook page!

Did you know we are STILL HIRING for Summer 2019? If you know any college aged folks looking for a summer job, send them our way!

We are also still taking registrations for Summer 2019–but hurry! Spaces are filling quick.


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Introducing: Waldo Photos!

We have exciting news! We have updated our photo sharing service! We are so thrilled to be working with Waldo Photos to bring our camper parents and guardians an even better photo experience during your camper’s session at Asbury Hills.

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What is Waldo Photos? How does it work? What does it cost? Those questions and more are answered below! Consider this your own personal FAQ page for all things photo sharing with Asbury Hills and Waldo.

First things first, why are we now working with Waldo Photos?

Glad you asked! Over the last few years, we noticed that while our photo service wasn’t bad by any means, it could be better. So, Why Waldo Photos? The owner and founder of Waldo Photos is a camp dad. He knows what is like to search through dozens of photos looking for his camper. He understands what camps need in a photo sharing service. He gets camp.

Who is Waldo?

Waldo is photo-finding phenom who uses facial recognition to find all your camper’s photos in the album and then delivers them to your phone via the Waldo app, with notifications for new photos.

How does Waldo work?

You submit a photo of your camper’s face and enroll in the service. Waldo does the rest-matching that photo to all the photos in our camp album sending you all YOUR camper’s photos to your phone via the Waldo app.

How do I sign up?

We will be sending out a sign-up link soon to all of our 2019 parents and guardians. Should you opt in to use the facial recognition photo delivery service, you’ll be directed to download the Waldo App. You’ll need a join code (we will send you that, too!) and a pin number. Waldo will send you the pin number once you submit the join code.

Will Waldo share my selfie or matched photos with the world?

No way! Waldo respects your privacy! Your photos will only be accessible by you. (And you had to enter your camp join code and a pin code verification to even access the photos.) It’s up to you whether you want to share your photos with the world.

Can I easily share all the photos with my family?

Great news for you! The Waldo app allows you to invite up to 6 family members to your camper’s photo stream. That means they can get the same photo alerts and see all of your camper’s photos, too.

What does it cost to use the facial recognition photo delivering service?

The cost to enroll in the facial recognition photo delivering service is $11.99. Half of that goes towards our camper scholarship fund at Asbury Hills. Waldo believes in camping and believes that camp scholarships are super important to making sure each child has the opportunity to attend summer camp!

Do I have to sign my camper up for facial recognition photo delivery service to see photos?

Absolutely not! While Waldo loves to find and send you photos, he also provides a free web gallery for you to view photos online. You can view, download, and share photos from the web gallery. We will be sending that link out soon, too!

Can I still order prints?

Yep! You can order prints from the Waldo App or the web gallery.

We are thrilled to work with Waldo to bring our parents and guardians the best photo services! Not only are we updating our photo sharing service, we have also hired 2 photographers this summer to make sure Waldo has plenty of photos to share with you!

Over the next few months leading up to camp, we will be sharing more information about Waldo. Camper parents and guardians will receive the standard email prior to check-in with plenty of information about Waldo and camp in general. There will also be plenty of information available, along with the join code for Waldo at check-in. As always, feel free to email Paige with any questions.

We hope you are as excited about working with Waldo as we are!



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