One of the most memorable parts of summer camp, aside from all the FUN, is worship. Our campers and staff always rave about how much they enjoy worship.
Olivia, our Worship Coordinator, worked hard to curate a list of the most popular worship songs. You can listen to the full playlists on our Spotify Account. We have linked each song on Youtube for you if you prefer that.
**Keep scrolling for a link to our very own playlists via Spotify!**
We have a Spotify account! You can find all of these songs already in a playlist ready for you to just press play on. Check out our Upbeat Playlist and our Mountain & Lake Chapel Playlist. If you listen, share it on your social media and tag us!
“When I reflect back over Summer 2021 at Asbury Hills, there are two words that immediately come to mind: resilience and joy.” –Sarah Moseley, Summer Camp Director
This summer at Asbury Hills was certainly one to remember. After not being able to host our traditional summer camps last year, there was an extra level of excitement and nerves leading up to the start of our summer season. The excitement and joy of staff training and each week of camp quickly overshadowed those nerves. When I reflect back on this summer at Asbury Hills, there are two words that immediately come to mind: resilience and joy.
While this summer was incredible in so many ways, it also came with its own sets of challenges. Staff recruiting leading up to summer was more difficult than ever this year, and there was serious concern about finding enough staff to properly run our programs. While our day-to-day operations were not completely changed, our new procedures due to COVID took some getting used to and adaptation. Even though our procedures had a positive impact, we unfortunately did have to make the heartbreaking decision to cancel a week of camp due to a positive COVID case on staff.
Even with difficult challenges facing us this summer, our staff and campers learned resilience. We learned to trust in God when things didn’t go as we planned or hoped. We learned how to mourn and how to support each other when our brothers and sisters struggled and needed a hand. We learned how to accept support when we needed it and do it with grace and open hearts. Most importantly we learned that even in times of trials we are not alone.
We are surrounded by, and a part of a great cloud of witnesses, encouraging us and cheering us along in this race of life. When we stumble, when we are sick, when we feel all the pressures of life crashing around us all at once, we are not alone. God is there with us in our valleys, on our mountaintops and in the walking in between. This summer was a reminder of how resilient we can be, when we fully rely on Christ.
Along with our challenges, there were so many sweeter moments of overflowing joy. Seeing old friends, making new friends, stepping outside of comfort zones, worshipping together, soaking in the beauty of God’s creation, and list goes on and on! Our prayer each week this summer was that each person realized that while we are each running this race for the prize, we are not competing alone. There are those who have gone before us, those who will come after us, and those who are running with us. We are all competing together. And how sweet it has been to be together again.
Family Camp at Asbury Hills is just around the corner and we are so excited. Rev. Martha Timmons back as camp pastor!
This will be her 4th summer serving at Asbury Hills as a camp pastor but she is no newbie to camp. She grew up going to Asbury Hills and then served as a summer staff for a few summers.
When Martha isn’t at camp, you can find her serving PS I Love You Ministries, which is a non profit organization that serves children and families in foster care. She also serves as the Children and Youth Director for St. James UMC in Spartanburg.
We asked Martha what she hoped our campers learned during their week of camp.
“What are you competing for in this world? Competition is around us everywhere and we all like to win prizes or medals, but in our relationship with Christ we must keep our eye on the prize and run the good race. We have to stay focused, persevere, and join others in the race. This is a way for you tow in the race and help others win the race, too. We are called to help one another win the race and to not leave others behind. I hope we can learn to join in on the race together this summer!”
“My favorite movies are anything Disney. My favorite is probably Raya and The Last Dragon. This is a good movie that displays this summer’s theme really well. It shows how different people come together for the common goal, but it took competition and trials along the way.”
Martha said that she absolutely loves the creek at Asbury Hills. What better way to cool off in the middle of the summer!?
Martha’s goal this summer is to grow in Christ while being in fellowship with others in God’s creation. Her favorite part of family camp is getting to participate in family camp with her own family!
Her best advice on what to pack–never leave your cabin without a flashlight, rain jacket and water bottle.
“I am looking forward to meeting you this summer and I can’t wait to spend time with your family at camp!”
Our summer staff need your support! Sponsoring a staffer at Asbury Hills this summer means you will pray for and encourage them throughout the summer. This is such an impactful relationship and we hope you will join us in praying for and supporting our staffers!
What exactly does it mean to sponsor a summer staffer? Does it cost anything? How many can you sponsor? Can you pick your staffer? All these questions, and even more details, are below. Ready to sign up? Click here and fill out the Google Form!
What is an Asbury Hills Summer Staff Sponsor?
A sponsor is someone who volunteers to pray for and support a staffer throughout the summer. We ask that all sponsors pray for their staffer throughout the summer. We encourage sponsors to consider writing a few letters of encouragement and mailing them to their staffer. This small act goes so so far! If you feel so led, you are also welcome to send care packages. We just ask that you avoid sending perishables or things that can melt.
Does it cost anything to be a sponsor?
There is no cost to this. We ask that you consider making a donation in honor of your staffer but that is not at all a requirement.
How many staffers can I sponsor?
The limit does not exist! We recommend not taking on more than 5 just so you can be sure to focus on those.
Can I pick my own staffer if I know someone already hired?
Absolutely! You can also opt to have your staffer picked at random for you.
When will I know who my staffer is?
These will be sent out at the end of May/beginning of June. Once our staff arrive, we ask them to fill out an information sheet including some quick facts about themselves. Once this is complete, we will assign sponsors and send the information out.
How do I sign up?!
Easy! Click here and fill out the Google Form. Once you submit it, you are good to go! There is no need to fill out the form after you’ve submitted a response.
I filled out the form! Now what?
First, THANK YOU! We have received your request. Our Marketing Director, Paige, will be in touch soon with more details. There is no need to fill out the form more than once.
Thank you so much for supporting our staff and, in turn, supporting our ministry. This summer will be like no other and we are so appreciative of your continued prayers.
One of our summer staff alumni, Steph, communicated the importance of a job at camp so accurately. It truly is more than a job at Asbury Hills. This is an investment in yourself. An investment that you’ll reap the benefits from for your entire life.
Here is the rest of Steph’s letter to the college student who still has no idea what to do this summer.
If you’re where I was the summer before going into my senior year of college, then you know the variety of emotions I was feeling the last summer before graduating. You know the uneasy anxiety I felt the last summer before entering “the real world.” You know the pressure realizing this is the last summer before pulling those final all-nighters to get those final few credits to get that degree I will have worked a total of 4 years for this time next year. If you’re where I was the summer of my senior year of college, you know this is a summer that isn’t like any other summer, and the weight that comes with that means a great deal.
What you might not know is I still needed an internship credit for my Youth Min degree and knew I was not gonna be able to survive any all-nighters PLUS the required hours needed for an internship if I didn’t make it happen this summer. So I did what any stressed out college student realizing this would do. I turned to Google.
After searching “Christian camps in the south,” I found Asbury Hills, a Christian camp in the mountains of Upstate SC over 700 miles from home. Little did I know at the time that God would work through that Google search and intentionally place me at Asbury to not just impact lives of kids, but also allow me to meet the lives of those who would impact my very own to this day.
I found Asbury Hills by chance and thank God I did. That summer actually DID became the summer unlike any other summer – not because it was the last before graduating, but because it was the summer that brought me to a place that became my home away from home and to friends who became my family away from family (seriously, some even have offered to drive 2+ hours to meet me in the middle of nowhere when my car broke down. That’s the kind of family I’m talking about!
I can’t even imagine what my life would be like had I never applied to Asbury Hills, what my life would be like if I had never committed to living in a brand new state without knowing a soul for an entire summer, what my life would be like if I had never turned to Google (and to God) the exact moment when I did. I can’t imagine it. Maybe you can’t imagine it for yourself yet either. But if you’re a college student and unsure of what’s next this summer (whether it’s your first one heading into college or your final one like mine filled with a mixture of excitement and unknowns), I encourage you to click the link here. If God could move through Google, let’s see what he can do through a call to action on social media.
Steph, Asbury Hills Counselor Summer of 2014
We are still hiring for Summer 2021. We so desperately want to open more spaces to serve more campers but simply put: we cannot until we have more staff. Feel free to call our office at 864.836.3711 or shoot us an email with any and all questions. What is holding you back? What is making you think twice about applying? We would love to talk it through with you.
As we are making preparations and decisions about camp, we we want to be sure we share updates as they come available. Summer 2021 at Asbury Hills will be like no other but we are really looking forward to spending it outside with our campers!
We sent an update out to the families of camper who are already registered for Summer 2021. If you did not receive this email and you think you should have, maybe try searching your junk or trash folder. If you are not able to locate it, just give our office a call to see if your email needs to be updated in your Campbrain Account.
We want to preface this update by stating that they are in addition to our normal operating procedures and subject to change depending on the state of the pandemic, mandates, suggestions and recommendations by the CDC, DHEC and the American Camp Association.
The most common question we have gotten is in regards to masks. Will campers have to wear a mask at Asbury Hills? Will staff be wearing masks at Asbury Hills? Will parents have to wear a mask at Asbury Hills? The short answer is yes. Please allow us to explain!
Asbury Hills is situated on over 2000 acres of beautiful property so there is PLENTY of room to social distance and we are aware of that. We are also aware that there will be some moments that social distancing (6 feet of space between folks) will not be possible. It is in those times that we will ask both staff and campers to wear a mask. An example would be if a camper needed first aid administered (from a skinned knee) by their counselor.
Another question we’ve gotten is about our check-out procedure and closing out the week of camp. This has not been finalized. We will be sure to share this information with our campers and their families as soon as possible.
Thank you so much for your support and prayers during this time. We are so excited to get back to what we love–summer camp! We do still have a *few* spaces left so click here to register. You can also call our office to get on the wait list if you’d like.
Our summer staff would say that working at Asbury Hills gave them some of the most memorable summers. Not only were their lives changed but they were shaped and prepared for what their future careers would be.
Summer 2021 will be like no other. On one hand, we are anticipating a summer of camp after not having one in Summer 2020. On the other hand, there is the unknown of how things will work out. One thing is for sure–we all need camp. Our full time staff need camp because it is what fuels us and this ministry. Our campers need camp because they need the outlet and time to truly be themselves. Our summer staff need camp because of the life changing memories and impactful moments.
There are a lot of moving parts that go into running a full summer at Asbury Hills and most of that starts at least a year in advance. One major part to a successful summer at Asbury Hills is the importance of hiring college aged summer staff. We hire anywhere from 60-80 different folks to help us make our summer sessions successful. These positions range from counselors and recreation staff to photographers and kitchen staff.
If you or someone you know is torn between picking a “real job” and a “camp job” then let us tell you that your “camp job” will more than prepare you for what you will face in future jobs and your career. Don’t just take our word for it! The American Camp Association lists some skills that are cultivated by camp employment including oral communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving, interpersonal and leadership skills, creativity and collaborative skills.
Working the summer at Asbury Hills means taking part in our two week training (though this could be more depending on the position) and spending the summer pouring into some pretty amazing campers. Summer staff will meet and form relationships with other folks their age. Some would even venture to say that camp friends make the best friends. We truly want to make Summer 2021 memorable and impactful for our camp family. If you know anyone who would be a great fit for summer staff at Asbury Hills, please send them our way. Those who are interested can apply on our website by clicking here.
Asbury Hills and SC Camps & Retreat Ministries is so excited to welcome our new Reservation Specialist, Trevor Brock, to our full time staff family!
Wait, THE Trevor Brock?! YES! Trevor has officially joined the Asbury Hills and SC Camps & Retreat Ministries team full time!
Trevor is no newbie to Asbury Hills that is for sure. Not only was he a camper at Asbury Hills for 8 years, but he was also a summer staffer for 3 years. Trevor was our photographer for a summer, a counselor, and then he was the recreation coordinator. Trevor also helped out by speaking at churches and events about summer camp at Asbury Hills. You may have also seen him while he hosted retreat groups.
Trevor grew up in Greer, South Carolina and still lives there. He said he is looking most forward to talking to folks when they call up to camp and sharing his excitement for Asbury Hills.
If Trevor isn’t at camp, you will most likely find him on the golf course or in a garage. He has been playing golf since he was 4 and has always had a passion for cars. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
As the Reservation Specialist, Trevor will be the voice you hear over the phone when you call Asbury Hills. He will help groups get their retreat booked and planned. He will also assist in any and all questions about summer camp registrations. Trevor is our resident reservations expert!
It only seemed right that Trevor continue to be a part of our Asbury Hills family in this way. Trevor knows Asbury Hills and knows the mission. He knows how impactful an experience at Asbury Hills can be for summer campers, retreat guests, or anyone else who comes through our gates. Thank you for joining us in welcoming Trevor to this new adventure!
You’ve heard this before but now, more than ever, we need your help. Our ministry is so important to so many people. We want to ensure it is around for many many years to come. It is because of people like you that we are able to continue what we do.
So what is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving to your favorite non-profit organizations. This is something much bigger than just happening across the US. Giving Tuesday is worldwide! Giving Tuesday officially started in 2012 with the intention to encourage folks to simply do good. Just in the US, over $1.9 billion was raised on and offline on Giving Tuesday in 2019. How amazing?!
When is Giving Tuesday? The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is known as “Giving Tuesday’. We ask that during this season, you keep SC Camps & Retreat Ministries in mind as you plan out your end of year giving.
How can you participate in Giving Tuesday? This is simple! First and foremost, share with others. Share with your friends and family about this day. Sometimes, all it takes is telling someone the opportunity is there to give. If you are able, we hope you consider giving to SC Camps & Retreat Ministries. No give, small or large, will go unnoticed. We know times are hard right now and finances are different so we appreciate anything you are able to give. If you are unable to give, encourage people you know to give!
What impact does Giving Tuesday have on SC Camps & Retreat Ministries? Giving in general impacts SC Camps & Retreat Ministries significantly. Giving Tuesday is a well know day of giving so it helps that the idea of donating is already encouraged. We work to steward every dollar as effectively as possible so we truly appreciate your generosity.
So what is next? Here are a few steps you can take to prepare for Giving Tuesday 2020.
Save the date. Write it in your planner, save it to your iCal, be sure Google Calendar has it recorded, or write it on your fridge. Be sure you know December 1, 2020 is #GivingTuesday.
Plan to take action. Whether you plan to share with others or plan to give. Have a plan.
Give if you can. We know that times are different and financially difficult. We understand that any gift is a generous gift so we truly appreciate it.
Share. Sharing with your friends and family about Giving Tuesday is important! The more people know about it, the more of an impact it can make.
There you have it–a full rundown of #GivingTuesday2020. Thank you for your support, your prayers, and your generosity. We are so thankful for our camp family. Our ministry wouldn’t be possible without you.
Here is the answer to the big question–are we still accepting bookings for retreats? Absolutely! Here is a complete rundown of what you can expect for your Fall 2020 and Spring/Fall 2021 retreat at Asbury Hills!
Time and time again we hear from our retreat guests that they truly enjoy their time at Asbury Hills. We strive to offer the best Christian hospitality to our guests along with providing all they need for their retreat to go the best it possibly can. During this weird time our world is in, we want to reassure all of our guests (past, present and future) that we are still open for bookings and doing our best to keep everyone safe.
Here are a few things you can expect when you book your retreat:
Bonnie, our Reservation Specialist, will be sure to go over all new precautions and procedures along with our standard ones. She will be able to answer any of your questions and ensure your retreat is planned just how you need it.
You will need to encourage your guests to check their temperature and do their own symptom checks in the weeks and days leading up to your arrival. We ask that if you (or any in your group) have had any symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, have been exposed to anyone who tested positive or you yourself tested positive for COVID-19 that you elect to stay home.
We will need to know your best estimate on number of people in your group. We want to ensure that we have the space for your group and that we can follow all cleaning procedures in preparation for your group.
You will be made aware of our standard symptom check that will happen upon your arrival to Asbury Hills. This is not only for the safety of our staff but the safety of you and your retreat group!
Once your retreat is booked and you arrive on property:
When your group arrives, you’re host will greet you. Each group has a host and they will ensure that you have all you need for the duration of your event.
Your host will conduct a symptom check. They will be checking for any COVID-19 symptoms as defined by the CDC. If anyone in your group is exhibiting any symptoms, they will not be allowed to stay. If someone in a car or van has any symptoms, everyone in the car or van will be asked to leave. This is to ensure the safety of everyone on our property!
You’ll then be directed to your clean and prepared lodging space and meeting area. These spaces are designated to one and only one group!
During your stay:
We ask that you continue to monitor your retreat group and if anyone starts exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms to leave property.
We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible. Just like all dining establishments in Greenville county, face coverings are required to enter our dining hall. It is not mandatory for guests to wear face coverings outside of the dining hall however we do encourage it. Our staff will be wearing face coverings at all times to ensure that you are safe and protected.
Your lodging and meeting spaces will have been deep cleaned prior to your arrival. There will be consistent cleaning in all high traffic areas.
Hand washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available. We do suggest bring your own hand sanitizer for your convenience.
When you leave our property:
We ask that you take all of your belongings. Lost and found will be limited.
If you are the leader for your group, please be sure to fill out the Retreat Group survey! We truly appreciate and value the feedback.
Continue to monitor your group for symptoms of COVID-19. We ask that if anyone in your group tests positive for COVID-19 up to two weeks after your stay at Asbury Hills that you contact our office.
We are doing our absolute best to still create a space set apart for retreat groups to truly reset and retreat from the busy world. We hope that your stay at Asbury Hills is the best it can be and we are doing all we can to keep you safe!
If you have any questions or are ready to book your retreat, feel free to call our office at 864.836.3711.