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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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?!)

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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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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:

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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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