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Twelve Days of AH Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my parents gave to me…a week of camp at Asbury!

week of campOn the second day of Christmas, my parents gave to me two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the third day of Christmas, my parents gave to me three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the fourth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me four hiking books, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the fifth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

DSCN2295On the sixth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me six worship leaders, five campfires …four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the seventh day of Christmas, my parents gave to me seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

lifeguardOn the eighth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the ninth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me nine kayakers rowing, eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

canoeingOn the tenth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me ten crafters crafting, nine kayakers rowing, eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my parents gave to me eleven archers aiming, ten crafters crafting, nine kayakers rowing, eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my parents gave to me twelve camp counselors, eleven archers aiming, ten crafters crafting, nine kayakers rowing, eight climbers climbing, seven lifeguards diving, six worship leaders, five campfires…four hiking boots, three flashlights, two bars of soap, and a week of camp at Asbury!

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Buddy the Camper Elf

I have to admit, even though it has nothing to do with Jesus, I LOVE the movie Elf.  It reminds me about the child-like innocence of Christmas, and we could all use a laugh at some point of another during the holiday season.  I also love it because Buddy the Elf would make a great camper.  Here are five reasons why:

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1.    The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Buddy the Elf did not have a great singing voice, and there were people around him who could sing much better than he could.  That didn’t stop him one bit.  It’s the same at summer camp.  Whether they have a great voice or have never sang on pitch in their lives, our campers know one of the best ways to give glory to God is singing loud for all to hear.

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2.    You did it! Congratulations! World’s best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It’s great to be here.

Buddy knows that even the small things should be celebrated.  My guess is he would show the same enthusiasm for a camper who climbed to the top of the Alpine Tower and the camper who was terrified of heights but put on a harness and climbed to the top of the ladder.  That makes Buddy a great camper.

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3.    Buddy: Actually, I’m a human, but I was raised by elves.
       Carolyn: I’m a human… raised by humans.
       Buddy: Cool.

All people are different.  Chances are, campers in a cabin together do not all know each other, go to the same school, like the same teams, or have the same fears.  It’s all cool.  They’ll still become friends, and Buddy would be right there with them.

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4.    Fruit spray? Sure.

Back story to this quote for those who haven’t seen the movie – fruit spray is actually a scented perfume.  Buddy sprays it several times in him mouth and reacts predictably disgusted.  But the point is Buddy is not afraid to try new things.  In fact, he is very enthusiastic about new experiences…he might just want to wait for counselor instructions before trying these new things.

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5.    I just like smiling; smiling’s my favorite.

And last, but not least, because who doesn’t like smiling at camp?

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Advent: The Season of Preparing

The world grows darker and colder.  And quiet.  The church, in response, lights candles, shares in the warmth of the season, and sings joyful songs to prepare hearts for the coming of Christ.  To prepare hearts for Christmas.  O Come. O Come Emmanuel.

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In many ways, Asbury Hills mirrors the life of the church during this season.  We’re lighting fires to share the warmth with retreat groups.

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Sharing in joyful worship.

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And we are already preparing for campers to come.  We began accepting summer staff applications this week and are actively scheduling college recruiting fairs to find the best staff members out there.

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The summer brochure is designed, a team is assembled, and we are looking forward to speaking to churches and sharing the ministry this spring.  We are also excitedly dreaming and planning for the summer of 2014 and how we can make it the best summer ever.

It may be getting colder and darker.  Christmas carols may be playing on the radio.  We may even have a couple snows between now and June.  But we are preparing ourselves for summer 2014…and we can’t wait for you to see it!

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Playing Outdoors is Important Too

The shopping season is almost upon us, and corporations are already marketing hard for your holiday dollar.  Now this is not a blog post about the evils of holiday spending, but we were disappointed to see the following commercial from Toys “R” Us.

The creativity of childhood is something that should be encouraged.  We also believe that toys can help nurture this creativity through play.  What was discouraging about the ad to us is the excitement shown over a trip to a toy store over a trip outdoors.  One of our values at Asbury Hills is giving campers the opportunity to become immersed in God’s creation.  The outdoors is the greatest playground we have access to, and playtime in nature allows a child to explore and nurture their creativity in ways we cannot replicate with a toy.  We believe this should be encouraged.

In response to this commercial, the American Camp Association has created a way to reach out to Toys “R” Us CEO Antonio Urcelay to share the importance of nature and why we should protect it.  Follow the link below to use ACA’s pre-written letter template or share your own thoughts.

Take a Stand for Nature Experiences

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