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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.

Growing up with Asbury Hills | Erin H.

“Asbury Hills is the best thing we have done for kids! Not only do they get to worship in one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen, but they also get to be outside and experience nature.”

Robert and Erin have been sending their 2 oldest children to Asbury Hills for 3 years–their 4th summer is just a few months away! While we can tell you all day how great Asbury Hills is, it means so much more coming from parents who experience camp. Keep reading to get a look into what Asbury Hills has done for Robert and Erin’s family.

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Alyssa (anxiously waiting her turn)        Austin (jr. high)        Beth (elementary)

“Our first year of camp there were nerves (mostly mine), but the camp counselors greeted them as soon as they entered their cabin.   We made beds, settled in, and off I left with a hug and a wave.   I was able to see how much fun they were having thanks to the wonderful camp photographers and I couldn’t wait to pick them up and hear all about it!   My middle child went to express camp her first year as she was a rising second grader. We weren’t sure at her age she was ready for a full week.   When I picked her up, she didn’t want to leave!   She kept saying, “but I didn’t get to do the climbing wall or the ropes course.”

It has now been 3 years of camping at Asbury and it never fails that the question comes up around December if we have already registered them. Now when I drop them off, there is a brief hug goodbye, if you can catch them, a wave and off I go!   I love the closing worship service where you get to see your kids rocking out with the praise band and hugging their friends (some new and some old) goodbye. They are so excited to tell us all about it, but as we head down the mountain the exhaustion from the experience creeps in and they are out like a light! We have already registered for year 4 and the anticipation for June is already there!   My youngest can’t wait until next summer when she will be able to go for the first time.

It won’t be long before we pull out the trunks and start gathering their clothes and supplies for their favorite week of the summer.”


We still have space open for Summer 2018 so be sure to register! As always, any questions can be forwarded to Sarah, our Summer Camp Director, by emailing

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Camp Pastor Laura-Allen | Week 4

We are happy to announce that Laura-Allen Kerlin will be our camp pastor for week 4!


Laura-Allen is so excited to be joining us July 8-15 as our Camp Pastor! Laura-Allen is the associate pastor for Advent United Methodist Church in Simpsonville. She graduated from Clemson University and loves Asbury Hills!

Has Laura-Allen been to Asbury Hills before?

Who is her favorite super hero?

Learn all of that and more by watching the video below!

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Along with Laura-Allen, Jonathan Tompkins and Ed Stallworth will be joining us this summer as camp pastors. Stay tuned as we announce the rest of our camp pastors for Summer 2018!

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Camp Pastor Ed | Week 2

We are so excited to have Ed Stallworth back for week 2 as our camp pastor!


Ed Stallworth is the pastor at Inman United Methodist Church in Inman, South Carolina. Remember singing songs and dancing with Ed? We do too and we are so thrilled to have him back.

Interested in attending camp when Ed is there as the camp pastor? Be sure to sign up for Week 2– June 17-22.

We have already introduced Camp Pastor Jonathan for Week 1. Stay tuned for the rest!

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100 Days Until Camp!

There are only 100 days from the start of Summer 2018! In 100 days from today, the first week of camp will begin.  On Sunday, June 10th, our counselors will be putting their final touches on their cabin name signs. Parents will be making the beds of their campers and putting last minute touches to make sure their campers have the best week ever. Our full time staff will finally be able to see everything they have planned over the last year come into play.





We are only 100 days away from Summer 2018 starting and we CAN’T WAIT!

What should you be doing 100 days out from the start of camp?

For starters, if you haven’t registered, register now! We are 40% full for summer 2018 so don’t miss your chance for the perfect week!

Download our packing list.  If you haven’t already taken a look at what we suggest bringing, check it out! There are a few different lists that coincide with the different types of camps we offer. It doesn’t hurt to start preparing early.

Watch our videos from last summer! We have our highlight videos posted on our YouTube channel.  Check them out to get you in the mood for camp.

Take a look back at photos from last summer! There are tons of photos on our Facebook page so check them out.

Call if you have questions! We are here to make sure you are ready to go for camp. Of course, once the week your camper is going to camp gets closer, we will be sending out emails packed full of information.  In the mean time, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Emily, our reservation specialist, and she can help you!

See you in 100 days!

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Rec Shelter Renovation

Did you hear?! Our rec shelter got a makeover!

If you aren’t familiar, the Rec Shelter was an open air shelter just up the trail and over the creek from the dining hall.  Most of our camp family would remember the rec shelter as the location were our closing ceremony takes place at the end of camp.


Hands & Feet group photo | 2018


What exactly was this makeover?

We removed all the electrical wiring, cleaned, and painted the interior of the building. All new electrical wiring was added and we refinished the floor.  Garage doors were installed on all sides making it possible to open or close the doors depending on the outside weather. We always want to embrace the beautiful land we have and bring the outside in whenever possible.  Adding the garage doors still allows you to enjoy the outside even if the temperature is too cold.


Why renovate the rec shelter?

Great question! The space was a perfect place for large groups to meet in the the warmer months. What about the cooler months? Enclosing the Rec Shelter makes the space so versatile for all seasons. Gorgeous weather? Open all the doors for a nice breeze. Too chilly outside? No problem. Close the doors and turn on the heat.


How did this renovation happen?

Here are a few photos of the process.  Same building with some upgrades!








Now that the Rec Shelter has the option to to be an indoor facility, we are able to provide an indoor space for large groups!

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Hands & Feet 2018 | Wrap-Up

We had over 150 people join us for Hands & Feet Weekend working together to finish service projects around camp.

Our weekend started with worship in our newly renovated recreation shelter. Have you seen it?! With it now enclosed, it served as the perfect space for everyone to come together and worship.






Saturday morning, after breakfast, the groups were split into their work groups. By the end of the day, so many projects were completed! The weather didn’t quite cooperate but those working did not let that stop them from getting their assignments completed.








With a huge thank you to those who participated in Hands & Feet and our summer staffers, the weekend was a success!


To see more photos, visit our Facebook page! A video will also be available on our YouTube channel soon!

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Camp Pastor Jonathan | Week 1

It is that time of year! Time to start introducing our Camp Pastors for Summer 2018!

With only a few short months away from summer 2018 officially starting, we are happy to introduce to you Camp Pastor Jonathan!

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Jonathan Tompkins is from Travelers Rest United Methodist Church in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.  He has served Travelers Rest UMC for almost 5 years.

Jonathan is most excited to experience Asbury Hills with his son, Edward. 

Edward is already an Asbury Hills camper so he gets to show his dad exactly how awesome Asbury Hills is. Jonathan’s wife Rebecca and daughter Mary Elizabeth will also be joining him to spend some time at camp!

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If you are looking for Camp Pastor Jonathan at any point during the week, you can probably find him racing campers down the Wet Willie!

Who is Jonathan’s favorite super hero? What about his favorite food? Click the photo below to watch the video and to find out!

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Interested in sending your camper to Asbury Hills while Jonathan is there? Great! Register by clicking here and selecting Week 1: June 10-15! See you this summer!


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A Third of the Way There

As of today, we are officially one third of the way to our goal for Summer 2018! How great is that?! Over a year ago, our staff sat down to start planning and preparing for Summer 2018 with the hopes of it being the biggest summer to date.

We are a third of the way there.


When the full time staff gather to start preparing for a summer, a lot of things take place.  They take into consideration all of the evaluations. What evaluations?! So glad you asked! We send evaluations to all parents, guardians, and family members who sign their campers up for a week at Asbury Hills.  We also have our summer staffers fill out evaluations.  Those evaluations help us make necessary changes to make Asbury Hills even better. (Yes, it is possible for Asbury Hills to get better.)

We are a third of the way there.


The curriculum for the summer is also planned pretty far in advance.  Our staff want to make sure that the theme for the summer will really speak into our campers and summer staffers.  Our mission at Asbury Hills is to serve all people for Christian birth, growth and renewal and our staff truly believe that a week at Asbury Hills changes lives.

We are a third of the way there.


Sarah, our Summer Camp Director, is working to fill all of our summer staff positions for Summer 2018.  We hand select each staff member after they go through an intense interview process to make sure they are absolutely perfect for our campers. The relationship between a summer staffer and a camper is such a big part of the life changing moments at Asbury Hills.

We are a third of the way there.


So many people meet some of their closest friends at camp! Not only do our summer staffers build life long friendships but our campers definitely do, too! One of the coolest things about summer camp is meeting people who love camp just as much as you; a bond that can’t be broken. Have you met someone at camp who is now one of your closest friends? We hope for that relationship for everyone.

We are a third of the way there.


Don’t you want your camper to have the experience of summer camp? Asbury Hills offers not only an incredibly beautiful space to worship God but the opportunity for campers to grow in their faith and with others around them.  We are a third of the way to our goal this summer and we want everyone to get to enjoy what we anticipate to be the biggest summer to date!

We are a third of the way there.


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Why Hands & Feet?

There is always something that needs extra love and care at Asbury Hills.  We can always use some extra hands and extra feet to help with those projects and who better to have than our wonderful camp family?!

Why Hands & Feet?

We love our Hands & Feet Service weekend because it allows us to open our gates and welcome camp family.  We bring in our summer worship team and leaders to lead devotions and worship created just for the youth groups coming to serve Asbury Hills. Hands & Feet Service weekend is a weekend set aside for those who come to be the hands & feet of Christ and serve.

What to expect:


Worship will be lead by summer staffers allowing the worship service to really connect with youth and make an impact.

Small Group Devotions

These devotions are designed to bring youth groups together throughout the weekend.

Service Projects

From staining the porches of cabins to clearing trails and everything in between, there are plenty of service projects sure to help make Asbury Hills even better!! (Is that even possible?!)


What would be an Asbury Hills event without a t-shirt?!

Stay on site for the entire weekend

Watch this video to get an idea about what you can expect for Hands & Feet 2018.

It’s not too late to sign your youth group up! Click here for more information on our website.  If you want to register your youth group, call Emily at 864.836.3711!

Join us. Be the hands and feet of God and put your mark on Asbury Hills.


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The Gift That Keeps Giving

It is not too late to give the gift of camp! The holiday season will be over in a few weeks but you can still give someone the gift of camp! Why give the gift of camp? We asked Summer Staffer Hailey and she had some pretty good reasons!


“The gift of camp gives a child the opportunity to see Jesus in a new ways. Campers can come to an environment that will challenge them in new ways and push them in their walk with Christ.  During their summer camp experience, campers are surrounded by Christ followers and good influences. Campers will make friendships that will last a lifetime and memories they will never forget.  The gift of camp gives a camper the chance to experience something that I pray everyone gets to experience.”



Giving the gift of camp could mean giving to our scholarship fund.  We fill scholarships for campers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to experience summer camp.  This past year we were able to fill over 50 scholarships thus changing over 50 campers lives! Read that last sentence again because that is incredible! Over 50 campers got to experience summer camp who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.

Giving the gift of camp could mean donating to our general fund.  This general fund helps ensure that our lights stay on, our staffers get paid, broken things get fixed and many many other things that help Asbury Hills run smoothly.

Giving the gift of camp could mean donating in honor of your camper.  Is your camper too old/young to go to Asbury Hills? Donate in honor of them and change another camper’s life just like Asbury Hills changed your camper’s life.

You may give your gift now but it is a gift that keeps on giving.  The gift of camp isn’t just a donation but so much more.  The gift of camp lives in a camper for their entire life.  If you grew up going to camp then you can understand why we are so passionate about camp!

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