Moving forward after making the decision to cancel our traditional summer camp for Summer 2020 means ensuring camp will still be around after this season has passed.
Dear Camp Family,
We can only imagine how difficult things have been for you to navigate over the last few months, and again we are saddened by the cancellation of our traditional summer camp this year. We know the life changing impact of a positive summer camp experience at Asbury Hills. We would have completed our 59th summer of camping. As we begin to sift through our current status as a ministry and look ahead to what is on the horizon, we know that we will not be able to do it with you. As with the financial hardships of so many of our camper families, we here at Asbury Hills and Camps & Retreat Ministries find ourselves seeking out a path to future sustainability. Although many adjustments have been made with staff and resources to try and insure that we are financially viable and able to show up strong next summer, we are asking those who are able, to join us on our “Fill The Hills” campaign. After a devastating loss of revenue this past spring and summer we will need your help to insure that Asbury Hills is here for years to come, and that the surrounding hills are once again filled with fun, fellowship, laughter, and the loving spirit of Gods people, long after we get through a time such as this.
Your donation of any size will be truly appreciated. Your graciousness to consider helping our ministry is a true blessing and we are so thankful to call you a member of our camp family.
Making a donation online is simple. Just click here to be redirected to our donation webpage where you can choose the tax deductible amount you wish to give. Be sure to select our ‘Fill the Hills’ fund. Thank you in advance for helping to insure that Asbury Hills will be here for generations to come.
As you may have seen, we did have to suspend summer camp for Summer 2020. The safety of our staff and guests is our first priority and while knowing camp as we all know isn’t happening this summer, we are excited to do something a little different.
For Summer 2020, and possibly the only time this will ever happen, we are thrilled to introduce our Family Adventure at Asbury Hills! What is Family Adventure? Who gets to go? How do you register? When can you go? This blog post will answer any and all of our questions!
The bottom line: We want to give our camp families the opportunity to set themselves apart from the busy world we live in while still maintaining the excitement of camp. We also knew this had to be done with safety and health as the first priority. How could we still welcome folks onto property for a summer experience while still keeping safety and health in mind? Family Adventures at Asbury Hills is our answer!
What is Family Adventure at Asbury Hills?
You and your family now have the opportunity to book an extended stay at Asbury Hills (minimum of 2 nights) as it fits your individual schedules. Your price per night (below) includes meals, a cabin just for your family, and your favorite, classic Asbury Hills activities and experiences.
Why was summer camp cancelled if it is safe to have Family Adventure?
The decision was made to not allow summer camp because of the desire to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. You can read more about that decision by clicking here. With Family Adventures, we are able to limit the number of people coming and going on property. Since families have been staying home together, they are able to share a sleeping space at camp without worrying about social distancing where as summer campers would be coming from all over the share a sleeping space. We also know that if families are experiencing camp together, they are more likely to follow our guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy.
What the guidelines in place to help keep my family safe during our Family Adventure?
We are asking that all people who step foot onto our property practice the 3 Ws. WEAR a mask when social distancing isn’t possible. WAIT to allow at least 6 feet between your family and other families. WASH your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer often. If anyone in your family is showing symptoms of COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC, or has been in contact with anyone who was showing symptoms OR tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home. We ask that you are monitoring you and your family’s symptoms at least 14 days prior to your arrival to camp. Once you register, you will receive more details on safety at Asbury Hills!
How do I book my Family Adventure?
Call our office at 864.836.3711 and you can book your Family Adventure over the phone with our Reservations Specialist. Easy as that! Once you book and confirm, you’ll receive your contract and waivers to get you ready to check-in.
How much does a Family Adventure cost?
Our price is per night with a 2 night minimum. For $300 per night, your family of 4 will get 3 complementary meals (dinner after you check-in, breakfast the following morning and then lunch), a cabin to yourselves, and access to some of your favorite Asbury Hills activities.
What if my family is larger than 4 members?
No problem! Our price per night (with a 2 night minimum) is for a family of 4. If you have more than 4 members, the cost is $65 per person 5 years old and up. Additional family members under the age of 5 are free!
What if my family is smaller than 4 members?
Our price per night is created for a 4 member family. If your family is smaller than 4, you will still be asked to pay the set price per night. You are more than welcome to include other members of your family to join you!
How many family members are allowed per cabin?
We have a maximum of 8 per cabin.
What if my question isn’t answered here?
We have a lot more information including a recommended packing list and more questions and answers on our website! (Linked there.) Be sure to check it out and as always, feel free to email or call with any questions.
We are so excited to be able to offer Family Adventures and we hope you are excited, too! This will probably never happen again so be sure to book your Family Adventure soon!
Chris has been with Asbury Hills for over 14 years and has served as a summer staffer all the way to the Director of Retreats and Recreation and now joins the ministry in his new position as Interim Director of Programs and Operations.
With the cancellation of summer camp this year, the ministry has had the opportunity to evaluate several different facets of how we operate. As of June 1, 2020, the position of Asbury Hills Director has been eliminated.
Along with new direction often come hard goodbyes. We pause to say, “Thank You, David Rouse!” for more than 5 years of service to Asbury Hills as Camp Director. It is has been a joy to watch David’s children, Scott and Kassidy, grow and mature at camp. The entire Rouse family has impacted the lives of so many people through this ministry. We wish David and his wife, Susan, the best in this new direction that God is leading them.
Chris will be responsible for programs and operating procedures at Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center, Camp Providence Day Camp, and Sea Islands Camp & Retreat Center. This new direction offers exciting opportunities that will allow us to put our faith and trust in God’s plan for this most important ministry.