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About Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center

For over 50 years, Asbury Hills as been offering amazing summer camp and retreat group experiences. The camp covers around 2000 acres of mountains & hills, creeks & waterfalls, and forests & lakes. Asbury Hills offers age specific programs for campers from 2nd grade through high school and serves retreat groups from 8 to 280 for the purpose of Christian birth, growth, and renewal.

From the Staff: Ann Marie

“On my own, I could never be the perfect counselor that I so desired to be. I didn’t know all the right words to say, the right things to do in every situation. But that was okay, because it wasn’t up to me.”

–Ann Marie

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Ann Marie and a group of campers in the creek.

Do you remember counselor Ann Marie?! Chances are you do because she has served on staff as a counselor at Asbury Hills for a few years now. We asked Ann Marie her thoughts about being a counselor at Asbury Hills and we think you’ll like what she had to say. Ann Marie is great at what she does and she shares where her inspiration comes from so keep reading!

“I’ve wanted to be a camp counselor since I was 9 years old. The summer of 2008 was my first time at a summer camp, and I remember asking my counselor on the second day how old I had to be to be a counselor. When she told me the answer, I didn’t think I would ever be that old. When I was, I applied to work as a camp counselor at Asbury Hills. Then the fear crept in. The counselors I had growing up were amazing. In my mind, they were perfect. They were incredibly strong Christians who lived their lives perfectly reflecting His love every day. Growing up, I strived to be just like them. But walking into my first summer on staff at Asbury Hills, I knew I was nowhere near perfect, so how could I be a counselor? My first week with campers, there were so many times that I didn’t know what to do or say, and at first I listened to the lies in my head—that I wasn’t good enough to be a counselor. My counselors that I had looked up to all my life always knew just the right thing to say to encourage and uplift me in my faith when I was struggling. They always seemed to have the answer, always seemed to know what they were doing. And in my mind, they did it perfectly. So when campers came and I wasn’t perfect, I felt like I wasn’t a good enough person–a good enough Christian–to be a camp counselor. Which was so incredibly confusing, because I knew that God had been calling me for most of my life to camp ministry, so why did I feel so bad at it? But over that summer, I saw in such a practical way the meaning of the phrase “He doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” On my own, I could never be the perfect counselor that I so desired to be. I didn’t know all the right words to say, the right things to do in every situation. But that was okay, because it wasn’t up to me.

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In Luke 12:11-12, Jesus says to his disciples, “Do not worry about how you will defend yourselves, or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

Jesus never promised me that I would be a perfect counselor. If I look to Him, and lean on His wisdom and guidance, I won’t necessarily be perfect, but I will be exactly the counselor these campers need me to be. Only in Him will I have the words to say and be able to constantly pour myself out for the campers and my fellow staffers. Only in Him can I be the best counselor for these kids, like my counselors were for me.

I would encourage anyone who is considering working at Asbury Hills to go for it, despite any fears they may have. When we follow God’s calling for our life, He enables us to do whatever it is beyond the best of our abilities. He qualifies the called.”

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Staff applications for Summer 2019 are live on our website. If you know of someone looking for a summer job that will change their life, send them our way. All questions can be directed to Sarah Moseley, our Summer Camp Director.

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Giving Tuesday 2018: Thank You!

Giving Tuesday was just a few days ago and we are so grateful for all who participated by giving to SC Camps & Retreat Ministries. This global day of giving happens every year and each year, we are so grateful to see donations coming in.

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In years past, over two million gifts were made from over 150 countries around the world totaling more than $300,000,000. If you participated in Giving Tuesday this year, in any capacity, you are a part of this movement! How incredible that we are able to come together as a world and give?

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who participated and gave the gift of camp this Giving Tuesday. Of course, if you missed it, it is never too late to give the gift of camp. Your tax deductible donation will go far in ensuring that anyone who steps foot onto our properties has the best experience possible.

From our camp family to you, thank you. Thank you for making our ministry possible!

Happy Holidays!

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#CampTshirtDay 2018

Thank you to everyone who participated in Camp T-Shirt Day this year!

Each year we get more and more folks showing their love for Asbury Hills by wearing their favorite camp t-shirt. Here are a few of many who sported their Asbury Hills gear.

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Until next year, thank you for showing your love for Asbury Hills!

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This Month: Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner and we hope you join us on this global day of giving! If you missed our last blog about Giving Tuesday, you can find it here.

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In short, every year, people and organizations around the world participate in this global day of giving. We would love it if you joined us this Giving Tuesday!

How can you do your part this Giving Tuesday?

  1. Put aside time and resources to give on November 27th, 2018–Giving Tuesday.
  2. Share with your friends and family that you participated in Giving Tuesday. *Facebook always has great temporary profile photo options for this!
  3. Plan ahead and join the world in giving this month!

What will your undesignated gift to towards?

Your gift will go towards ensuring we are doing everything we can to make Asbury Hills & Camp Providence the absolute very best it can be for our campers and retreat groups.  You gift will make sure every camper has the opportunity to experience summer camp and every retreat group member gets the best experience possible.

What is the next step?

Save the date and plan to give! Don’t worry, we will be sure to keep reminding our followers about Giving Tuesday.

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We hope you join us for this global day of giving. Not only will you be supporting Asbury Hills & Camps & Retreat Ministries but you will be showing your support for non-profit organizations across the world!

Make Your Mark.

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November Happy Birthdays

New month means a new Happy Birthday post! Help us wish these staffers born in November a very happy birthday!Happy Birthday Image

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Kevin Richter

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Emily Dillon

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Becca Simcik

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From the Summer Staff: Allie R.

“This summer, campers taught me more about worship than my ministry classes ever will.”

–Allie R.

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You may recognize Allie from our videos and photos as the girl behind the keyboard and microphone. Allie served as the Worship Coordinator for Summer 2018 after serving on the worship team in Summer 2017.  We are so excited to feature Allie on our blog today and we know you are going to love what she has to say.

“This summer I had the pleasure of serving Asbury Hills as its Worship Coordinator. I saw this as an incredible opportunity to serve God, live out my life calling of music ministry, and spend another three months at my absolute favorite place on Earth.

I am a Christian Worship Major at Indiana Wesleyan University, and I was ecstatic to use all I was learning in my worship classes at school to lead the staff and campers at Asbury Hills in authentic, biblical worship.  I believe, however, that those campers left more of an impression on me as to what it means to authentically and whole heartily worship God, than I ever would have expected. Instead of teaching, I often found myself as the one learning.

During Week 8, a few new activities were added to the groups’ schedules to mix things up a bit. One of those activities was titled “Band Time”. During this time, we would typically write a short song with each group. These songs brought out a lot of silliness and laughter from both the campers and the band.

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One morning, as we met with an elementary group for Band Time, we realized this group was still in the middle of their morning devotion time. I sat down with the group and was surprised to hear the questions they were asking their counselors. Their devotion time, which typically lasts twenty minutes, lasted over an hour as these campers were trying to wrap their minds around a theology adults still don’t fully grasp. As they finished, we only had about thirty minutes left for Band Time. The band began to set up to write a song as we had with every other group but as we were getting into place, one girl asked this of us:

“Is it okay if we just worship together?”

Her question was quickly followed by affirmation from her fellow campers. We, of course, were not going to deny them the chance to worship together. I spent the next thirty minutes in one of the most spirit-filled, authentic, and powerful worship settings I had ever experienced. So powerful that some of the campers were moved to tears.

In Mark 10:14-15, Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly, I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Through this experience, I truly believe I saw a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. Those campers will never know how much they taught me about worship, and my view on what it means to purely worship God will never be the same.

So to those campers: thank you for showing me that I will never be done learning how to worship, and please never lose the passion you have to ask the difficult questions and worship without concern of the world around you. You are binging the kingdom of God to Earth.”

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–Allie R.

Staff applications for Summer 2019 are live on our website. If you know someone looking to have a summer that will change their life, send them our way. All questions can be directed to Sarah Moseley, our Summer Camp Director.

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Another New Face (and Voice!)

We are thrilled to introduce our new Reservation Specialist, Bonnie Harding. Whenever you give our Asbury Hills office a call, her voice is what will greet you!

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Bonnie grew up in Greenville. She graduated from Texas Tech University. but moved back as soon as she could because she really loves the upstate! Bonnie met her husband, Colin, in high school. The high school sweethearts have two children.

If Bonnie isn’t at camp, you can find her hiking or camping with her family or baking up something delicious!

Bonnie grew up going to Asbury Hills with her youth group.

“I have a passion for being at camp and love spending my time out doors.”

Please join us in welcoming Bonnie and her family to our camp family!

“I’m so excited to be a part of helping out with camp for so many sweet kiddos, and being the first contact they might have with Asbury Hills!”

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Fall Festival 2018

Our Fall Festival 2018 was great fun, even if the weather wasn’t favorable! We enjoyed sharing Asbury Hills with everyone who joined us. Check out some photos from the day and stay tuned for a video!

Fall Festival is an annual event here at Asbury Hills and we absolutely look forward to it each year! It always seems to end up falling on the weekend where the season of fall really makes itself known. The leaves start changing colors, the air get a little more crisp and the smell of apple cider filling the air really makes for a great Fall Festival!

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As always, a huge thanks to our wonderful Summer Staffers for helping make Fall Festival 2018 a huge success!

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Cooking Up Something New

We are so excited to introduce our new Food Services Director, Travis Johnson! He comes to us from the small town of Happy, Texas and we are so HAPPY he has joined our Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center family!

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The Johnson Family outside their new home at Asbury Hills.

Travis and his wife, Trina, have been married for 11 years.  They have three children: Corben, Cannon, and Courtney. They are from Lebanon, Tennessee which is just 25 minutes east of Nashville. In Lebanon, Travis and Trina own and operated three restaurants, a food truck, and a catering company while working as the food service director for their local church. Why did Travis decide to go into the camping world? He says that he “loves seeing smiling faces enjoying great food and fellowshipping together around the table!”

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How did Travis get into food service? We asked and he told!

“I started in food service at a young age through our church back at home and quickly realized it wasn’t just a job for me but a passion.”

Travis and his family are coming from a large camp in Happy, Texas where Travis served as the Food Services Director.

How did Travis and his family end up at Asbury Hills?

“The door opened up for me to join the Asbury Hills family and it instantly seemed like a great fit for me and my family. Being at Asbury brings us closer to family and the beautiful mountains, what more could one ask for?”

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Travis and his wife, Trina.

If Travis and Trina aren’t at camp, you can find them at church. Trina enjoys volunteering with the children ministries and leading small groups. Travis and his family also enjoy being in involved in the community events and supporting local restaurants.

Will you join us in welcoming Travis and his beautiful family to our favorite place in the world? If you are interested in meeting Travis and his family, be sure to join us for our Fall Festival on October 20th!

“I look forward to serving you and your family here at Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center at your next retreat or during camp!”

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Coming Up: Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday 2018 is coming up and Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center with SC Camps & Retreat Ministries is happy to be participating again this year! What is Giving Tuesday? How can you participate? When is it? All that and more is just below!

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Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This year, on November 27th, it is expected that over 2.5 million gifts will be made across the world. Last year alone, over $300 million dollars were raised on Giving Tuesday from 150+ countries around the world.

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How is Asbury Hills participating?

How can you participate?

Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center along with SC Camps & Retreat Ministries will be participating in Giving Tuesday by joining the millions of organizations asking to be remembered during this season of giving. You can participate by making a donation on Tuesday, November 27th to the non-profit organization of your choice. We hope you will consider making your donation to Asbury Hills & Camps & Retreat Ministries so we can work towards making camp a better place.  When the day comes, donations can be made via our secure giving website.

Thank you in advance for making your mark!

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