Retreats

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!

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?!)

T-Shirts

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.”

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–Hailey

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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ONLINE Camp Store

Have you ever wanted to purchase Asbury Hills merchandise but couldn’t because you weren’t at camp?! We finally have a solution to the problem of never having enough Asbury Hills merchandise!

You can now shop ONLINE for Asbury Hills swag and it is easier than ever! Perfect timing for Christmas, right?! This blog post is PACKED full of information on how to purchase your favorite Asbury Hills products online.  If you don’t find the answer to any question you may have, give Paige a call by calling our Greenville office at 864.298.0125.

How to access our Online Camp Store:

1. Go to www.asburyhills.org.

2. Click the ‘Store’ tab across the top.

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3. You’re in! Select the sizing and colors of the items you’d like to purchase then click the ‘Add to Cart’ button.

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*Each time you click ‘Add to Cart’ a new window will open showing you your cart. Don’t worry! This is a secure webpage opened by PayPal to show you what is in your cart and to give you the option to continue shopping or check out.

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**You can click the yellow PayPal Check out button to check out with PayPal. Clicking the grey Check Out button will allow you to checkout without using PayPal.  Click the blue ‘Continue Shopping’ option in the top, right corner to go back to the store.  PayPal will keep track of everything you put into your cart until you are ready to check out.

4.  Once you are ready to check out, click the ‘Check Out’ option.  Note: You do not need a PayPal account to shop our Asbury Hills Online Store. You can check out with PayPal or as a guest with no hassle.  Shipping costs will be added in at this point.

5. Once you place your order, please give us 3-5 business days to get it prepared and ready to ship. You will receive a confirmation email from PayPal confirming your purchase.

Once your order has been processed, shipping information will be available!

It is as easy as that! We know this is super new and exciting so we have included some frequently asked questions to answer any other questions you may have.  Of course, if your question isn’t answered, please give us a call at 864.298.0125 or email Paige at info@sccarm.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an order minimum?

Yes. You must order at least $10 worth of merchandise.  This ensures that you are getting the most out of the shipping cost.

What if I don’t see the size I need in clothing?

If the size you need isn’t showing up in the drop down box, that means we are out of that size. We are working as quick as we can to restock any items that may be out.

How much is shipping?

Any order between $10 and $35 has an automatic shipping charge of $5.  Any orders over $35 will receive free shipping.

Why do I have to pay shipping if my order is under $35?

We want to encourage customers to get the most out of their online shopping experience! As a way to say thank you for shopping with us, we are giving free shipping those who order over $35 worth of merchandise.

Why can’t I track my package?

Tracking is available once the label has been created. If you cannot access tracking information then your order’s label hasn’t been created.  Once the label is created, a tracking number will be available.

How long will it take my package to arrive?

We will be working to prepare and ship orders as fast as we can! Please allow at least 5-7 business days for your package to arrive.

When will more store items be added?

As we see which items are more popular, we will work to add new items.  If you have any requests, please feel free to let us know!

Do I have to have a PayPal account to shop the Asbury Hills Camp Store?

Nope! You don’t need a PayPal account to shop our store.  You can chose the option to check out as a guest when you’re ready.

What if I want to set up a PayPal Account?

You can! It is super easy and PayPal will walk you through each step.

How will I know if an item is not available?

While we will do our best to keep the online store up to date, there is a chance that you may select an item that we are out of.  If this happens, we will contact you immediately after we realize the problem and issue you a refund.  Of course, we are working hard to avoid this from happening!

What if my question wasn’t answered?

No problem! Contact Paige by calling 864.298.0125 or by sending her an email at info@sccarm.org.  She will get back to you ASAP!

We are so excited to make some of our popular camp store items available for you online! Don’t see what you want? Don’t worry! We will add new items soon!

 

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The Gift of Camp

During Summer of 2017, over 1100 campers walked the trails of Asbury Hills, played in the creek and worshiped at the lake. Over 55 summer staffers spent their summer pouring into those campers and working to change their lives.  If you have ever attended a summer camp, you know the impact it can have on your life and salvation so you would agree when we say that camping changes lives.

How would you like to help change someone’s life?

The holiday season is just around the corner and so is the season of giving. Giving the gift of camp to someone is the best gift there is! We may be a little bias but who wouldn’t agree?! Thanks to your generosity over this year, we were able to award a scholarship to every camper in need.  That is incredible! Every single camper who wanted to attend Asbury Hills but was restricted financially was able to get that summer camp experience.  What an incredible gift those campers received!

Are you able to give a gift to change someone’s life?

In a few weeks we will celebrate Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving the Tuesday after Thanksgiving; November 28th! Last year we participated and are ready to participate again.  Last year over $177 billion was raised from over 1.6 million donors in over 95 countries around the world.  That is INCREDIBLE! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?!

Your continued gifts will help provide assistance to campers in need and preserve our beautiful outdoor spaces. As you consider your gift, here are a few things to keep in mind:

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How to join Asbury Hills this Giving Tuesday:

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. November 28th, 2017.

First, we want to ask you to join us in prayer for our ministry and that we can continue to serve all people for Christian birth, growth, and renewal.

Next, we ask you to give what you are able.  Each gift, no matter the size, will make an impact on a camper at Asbury Hills.

All gifts can be made online by visiting our JustGiving website.  You are also welcome to mail your gift to our Greenville office.

5 Century Drive, Suite 250

Greenville, SC 29607

We cannot say thank you enough for your continued gifts and prayers for our ministry. Please consider this a huge THANK YOU from the Asbury Hills summer campers, retreat group members, summer staff, full time staff, the volunteers and the parents and guardians.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

 

 

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Asbury Staff: From Logan

Camp people always say that working for a summer camp will change your life and if you ask Logan, he would agree with you! Logan started working at Asbury Hills in 2016 as a counselor. Keep reading to see how God used Asbury Hills to transform his life for the better!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

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            After my first summer as a counselor at Asbury Hills I quickly realized that God transformed me. During that summer I watched more cases of transformation than I had ever seen before.

Now, after two whole summers at Asbury Hills it is apparent that Asbury Hills is a place of transformation.

In my case God used Asbury to completely change the trajectory of my life. Going into the summer I was enrolled at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and planning to study Sports Psychology. After finishing my first summer at Asbury and arriving at Liberty that quickly changed. God placed Camp Ministry on my heart after seeing the impact it has for His kingdom during the summer. Due to this passion and conviction that God placed in me I changed my major to Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership the Saturday before classes started.

God used Asbury Hills as a place of transformation in my life and continues to do so.

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Being a counselor for two summers I have had the blessing of seeing countless transformations take place. Whether God allowed for me to be a part of them or not they were amazing to watch. To see Christian birth, growth and renewal on display is incredible. Watching as staffers share the love of Christ with camper after camper and sacrificing so much of their time, energy and love just so that a camper might be transformed.

God is constantly at work at Asbury Hills doing incredible things in countless lives.

Asbury Hills is simply a place of transformation. A place where you can come in broken and hurting and leave complete and thriving. No matter your past, no matter your present, no matter how unlovable and unfix-able you feel, God is at work, God is in control and at Asbury Hills you have brothers and sisters in Christ ready to help.

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We serve a God of transformation and He has chosen Asbury Hills as a means for just that.

 

We are now hiring for Summer 2018.  Summer camp can change your life for the better and what better place to experience that than Asbury Hills?!

Apply now!

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Fall Festival 2017

This time last week we were putting the finishing touches on Asbury Hills in preparation for our Annual Fall Festival. 

Have you ever wondered what goes into putting together a Fall Festival at Asbury Hills? Have you ever wondered what the full time staff are doing the few days before we open the gates for everyone? What about how long it takes to plan an event like this?

Maybe knowing all these behind the scenes things will help you enjoy Fall Festival even more!

THE YEAR BEFORE:

  • We spend an entire meeting debriefing Fall Festival and what can be done next year to make it even better.  We discuss everything from the time we open the gates and the food served to the activities open and who facilitates them.

THE MONTH BEFORE:

  • We start contacting summer staffers to see if they are willing to volunteer for the day to help make Fall Festival happen.
  • We solidify the t-shirt design and send it to get printed.
  • We send out postcards to every United Methodist Church in South Carolina (and a few in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee)

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Summer 2017 Staff helping make Fall Festival 2017 a success!

THE WEEK BEFORE:

  • We make a shopping trip for decorations like mums, pumpkins and hay.
  • We deep clean any facilities that will be used during the event.
  • We make final orders on food in preparation for serving lunch.
  • We make the schedule of all the staffers volunteering to help.
Aren’t these decorations so perfect?!

THE DAY BEFORE:

  • We put finishing touches on decorations.
  • We stock the camp store with drinks, snacks, new apparel and of course, the Fall Festival t-shirt.
  • Make one final trip to the store for any last minute necessities
  • We set up the stage for the band (which is booked months in advance)
  • We make sure all the activities are in the best condition for our guests!

Check out these photos from the day of! More are on our Facebook. Click HERE to see the rest of the photos!

We even have a pretty cool video that recaps the day.  Check it out HERE!

We hope you enjoyed Fall Festival as much as we did! Hope to see you next year!

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Immerse at Asbury Hills!

Asbury Hill is THRILLED to host Immerse with South Carolina Ministries with Young People! We know there are a lot of questions and information so keep reading to find out every detail of what this means.  In the mean time, we are so excited to welcome the Immerse and SCMYP family to our Asbury Hills Family!

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What is Immerse? When will this happen? How can you register? All your questions, and then some, are answered here!

What is Immerse?

Immerse is a 4 day summer experience for Christian teens in South Carolina.  Immerse is designed to allow teens to grow deeper in their faith and strengthen their relationship with Christ with their youth groups.

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When is Immerse?

Immerse is July 25-28, 2017 at Asbury Hills Camp & Retreat Center.

What is SCMYP?

SCMYP, South Carolina Ministries With Young People, is a program developed to to make youth workers aware of anything that might be useful to impact the lives of the youth in our congregations.

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How do I register?

Youth directors can register their youth groups for Immerse by calling Emily, our Reservation Specialist.  Space is limited!

Can I register online?

Since registration for Immerse is by youth group, you cannot register online.  Youth directors can call Emily, our Reservation Specialist.

Can my child go alone?

Immerse is designed for youth groups to attend together so we encourage youth to attend with their youth groups.

How much does it cost?

The cost for Immerse is $240 per person.

What is included in the cost?

The total cost per person includes meals in our dining hall, room and board in our cabins and all activities and programming during the 4 day event.

Will Summer Camp at Asbury Hills be going on during Immerse?

Fortunately, Asbury Hills is blessed with plenty of space and staff for both Immerse and Summer Camp so both will be happening at the same time.  Our staff is trained to ensure everyone has the best experience possible regardless of if they are a camper or Immerse attendee.

Can my child do Summer Camp at Asbury Hills AND attend Immerse?

Your child is more than welcome to attend a summer camp session and Immerse at Asbury Hills, however, they cannot do this during the same week.  Asbury Hills runs 8 full weeks of summer camp so there are plenty of other options to fit your schedule!

Is there a limited amount of space for Immerse?

Space is limited for Asbury Hills but we feel that we have accommodated plenty of spots to ensure everyone gets to attend Immerse that wants to. We ask that as soon as youth directors are able, that they register their group to reserve their spot.

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If your question was not answered, please feel free to email Emily, our Reservation Specialist. Emily can be contacted by calling 864.836.3711 or via email at office@asburyhills.org.

 

 

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Asbury Staff: From Hailey

You’ve heard the famous saying that camp friends make the best friends, right? Well, have you heard the saying that camp friends know no distance? This statement rings so true with this special staffer.  Hailey comes to South Carolina in the summers from Minnesota to serve Asbury Hills.

We reached out to Hailey to share the meaning of Asbury Hills and her immediate response was, “I’D LOVE TO!” If you get nothing from this post, get this: Hailey’s eagerness to share what Asbury Hills has done for her should speak enough to the impact a summer camp experience can have on a young adult.

“I sat down to write this but I was at a loss for words–not necessarily because I didn’t know what to say, but because I believed I could not find the words that could sufficiently describe the impact Asbury Hills has had on my life over the past two years.

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I sat down to read my last two journals from the past two summers, hoping that it would give me a good start to write this.  I soon found myself sitting there, journals wide open, with a smile on my face and tears rolling down my cheeks.

Over two years ago when I told my friends and family that I was going to South Carolina for three months to work at a summer camp, I would get the following responses:

YOU? YOU are going to work at a SUMMER CAMP?” (Okay, to be honest, this one was a valid concern.  Pre-Asbury Hills Hailey was NOT a campin’ girl or an out doors girl or an above 85 degrees outside kind of girl.  Don’t worry, I’ve changed!

But, you’re an introvert…” (oh, how encouraging!)

or my personal favorite:

But aren’t there bugs there?” (As if there weren’t bugs in Minnesota? Or everywhere for that matter.)

But, regardless of any reservations, I decided to jump into the unknown because if there is one thing I’ve learned throughout this experience, it is this:

You experience God’s love and faithfulness the most when you are willing to put yourself into the uncomfortable.

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You see…God worked in my life at Asbury Hills in ways that I never could’ve hoped for or imagined.  When I was sitting in my comfortable dorm room in Minnesota at a place I loved so much, I had no idea what God had in store.  I had no idea how much my life was going to change.

As I read story after story through my journals, I was once again blown away by God’s faithfulness.  These stories, both heartbreaking and beautiful, brought me back to my most favorite days I’ve ever had; my days at Asbury Hills. They reminded me of the way God showed me grace when I made mistakes, gave me strength when I didn’t think I had an ounce of energy left, and filled my heart with more joy than I ever thought was possible here on Earth.  I had campers who opened my eyes to more of who God is and the way He loves us by the way they showed love to others around them.  I had campers who challenged me in my faith, taught me life lessons that I never knew I needed, and pushed me to become a better leader and better follower of Christ.

If you follow any Asbury Hills staffers or campers, you’ve most likely seen #CampFriendsAreTheBestFriends on all social media sites.  Well, it’s true.  It’s SO so true.  Two years ago when I decided that I was picking up my life in Minnesota to spend three months at camp in South Carolina, my biggest prayer was that God would simply give me friends. GOOD friends.  Genuine friends who would challenge me and bring me joy and in turn I could do the same for them.  Christ-centered Friends.  Oh, I desperately needed them and, of course, God came through.

I found my people at Asbury Hills.  The people that I will have for the rest of my life.

People that will always be in my corner, encouraging me and supporting me and pushing me closer to God.  For that, I am eternally grateful.

If you are thinking about working at Asbury Hills, jump in.  Jump into the uncomfortable.  Let God push you into the unknown.  You will be challenged, stretched, and moved.  You will have bad days and good days.  You will laugh until you cry and you will play way too much gaga.  You will grow closer to Jesus and you will have campers that will change your heart forever.  You will make life-long, crazy, Jesus-loving friends.

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For future campers and staffers: I pray that this place is as much of a blessing in your life as it has been, and forever will be, in mine. “

Applications are live now for summer 2018 at Asbury Hills. If you feel like you need a change or you need to jump into the unknown to know God better, now is your chance! Defy those fears of the unknown and spend summer 2018 at Asbury Hills.

 

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Asbury Staff: From Spencer

Our summer staff work Sunday-Friday each week pouring into campers.  Does that sound like a lot? It sure is.  Our staffers work each day to make sure our campers feel valued, loved and cherished.  What else do our staffers do each day? They become a better version of themselves.  They build new, lifelong relationships.  Our staff build community with people who love and cherish them just as they do for their campers.

Spencer served Asbury Hills as a counselor for Summer 2017.  Here is her viewpoint on serving on summer staff at Asbury Hills. 

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“I spent 3 1/2 months at one of my most favorite places on Earth, Asbury Hills. If you would have told me in December last year that I would be a counselor for the summer, I would have laughed and said yeah right. I went to Asbury Hills as a camper, and spent plenty of summers exploring this beautiful place. But, the thought had never really crossed my mind that maybe one day I would work there.

I’m pretty sure most

kids dream of being like their

counselor.  I know I did.

Around December, a friend of mine was talking about how she had worked at Asbury the previous summer. Memories of being a camper flashed through my mind, but I still wasn’t convinced I wanted to be a counselor for the summer.

Fast forward a few weeks. Yes, I said weeks. Literally THE day I had talked to my friend about her time at Asbury, I couldn’t get camp off of my mind. I don’t remember exactly what happened after that, but I did eventually apply to work at Asbury for the summer.

God always places things in our lives at exactly the right time.

I had previous plans to spend most of my summer in Haiti. The Lord had other plans, and those plans were so much greater than mine.  To say I was disappointed that I would not be returning to Haiti for the summer was an understatement. Little did I know that what the Lord had in store for me was better than I could have ever imagined.

I could honestly probably write a book about my summer at Asbury.  I experienced so much that I can’t even figure out what I want to say as I’m writing this.

Going into the summer, I didn’t realize how much I needed to be away from the realities of this crazy world we live in. During finals week, I remember being so overwhelmed that I left campus and drove to Pretty Place chapel. I sat in silence for probably 2 hours because I was so overwhelmed by all the noise in my life, and I needed an escape. Little did I know that the theme for the summer at camp would be noise and how we can break away from those everyday distractions in order to hear God.

I rediscovered myself this summer. I rediscovered God in the silence and in the small moments that we often miss.

I grew in my faith and in my relationship with Christ, I made friendships that will last forever, and I discovered a new home. Working at camp this summer was such a blessing. The Lord shaped and molded me in ways I didn’t expect, and I’ve become a better version of myself.

Asbury Hills, you rocked

my entire world.

My challenge to everyone reading is that you take time to sit in the silence and listen. Listen to the sounds around you. Listen to God. Remove the distractions in your life for 10 minutes and just be.

Be STILL.

Love always,  Spencer”

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Applications are now open for Summer 2018 Staff Positions.

Click here for more information.

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Are you Campsick?

campsick (adj.) [kamp-sik]

sad or depressed from a longing to be at camp or with camp family when away from them for an extended period of time

Ask anyone who has been to camp, being campsick is a serious thing! Do you ever wish you could just open your eyes and you’d be waking up in a cabin? Do your meals feel incomplete without singing and dancing to energizers before you eat? Do you long for worship two times a day? Have you felt like you’d much rather be climbing the Alpine Tower or Rock Wall rather than sitting in geometry class?

Does campsickness have a cure? Of course! The best way to cure campsickness is to go back to camp.  Sometimes, going back to camp isn’t an option so here is a list of temporary ways to cure your campsickness.

1. Check out the photos on Facebook!

There is an entire folder for each week on Facebook with some of our favorite moments.  You can even log back into our photos and look through all of the photos!

2.  Revisit your devotion booklet.

Those devotion booklets aren’t just for camp! Take some time and look through each devotion you did with your group.  Reread those Bible versus and re-answer the questions.  This will not only reinforce what it means to break the noise but also help you recall those feelings you had while at camp.

3.  Wear your camp t-shirt!

Plan to wear your camp t-shirt.  Do you go to school or church with some friends you met at camp? Ask them to wear their shirts, too! Get together and snap a photo.  Post it online and be sure to tag us!

4. Listen to your favorite camp songs.

You know those songs that were stuck in your head weeks after you left Asbury Hills? Listen to them again! They all are so great so why not get them stuck in your head again?!

5.  Watch your highlight video.

Remember those super cool wrist bands you got at camp? Plug it into a computer and turn the volume up! Relive your favorite moments with your group and counselors.

6.  Make a s’more!

Ask your parents for help and make a s’more! Show your friends and family just how it is done.

 

Still not good enough?

There is one more option.

Join us on October 21st for our annual Fall Festival! Starting at 10am, we will have activities open for you to do, apple cider and apple butter and a live bluegrass band.  Spend the day at camp and cure your campsickness!

We hope these ideas will help you cure your campsickness.  Just know, you aren’t alone in this and everyone who has an incredible experience at Asbury Hills has to deal with being campsick!

 

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