Posts Tagged With: matthews creek

Get Hooked on Nature

At Asbury Hills, we believe in the importance of kids spending time outdoors.

“As kids now spend more time with entertainment media, they’re getting less and less time outdoors, despite the mental and physical health benefits. Ben Klasky, CEO of IslandWood, a 255-acre outdoor learning center, proposes a free and natural remedy to the physical problems kids face: the Great Outdoors. ” -from TEDxRainier

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Summer Camp 2015!

It may be the end of August 2014, but the Asbury Hills staff is already hard at work planning for the summer of 2015!  There are many things that are in the works that we are excited to tell you about in the coming weeks and months.  We have gone through parent, staff, and camper surveys to compile lists of what you said you wanted.  One of these wants we’ve been hearing for the past couple years is holding a two-week camp, and Asbury Hills is excited to announce it is happening for 2015!  Our Junior and Senior High campers will have the opportunity to worship, fellowship, and have fun for two weeks next summer at our Expedition sessions.  If your camper is not quite ready for a two-week camp yet, that is alright!  Here is the full schedule for summer 2015.  Hope to see you there!

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When the Rain Comes

If you have ever been a counselor at Asbury Hills, you probably still have “flashlight, water bottle, poncho?” on repeat in your head. Why is this? Well, because it gets really dark at night in the woods so it is always good to have a flashlight on hand. Also, summer heat + hiking everywhere you go + lots of physical activities = the need for lots of water. And lastly, it is much better to be dry in the rain instead of wet.

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Did you know that Asbury Hills is located in the Appalachian temperate rain forest? This means that it rains at camp.  It rains a lot. One of the questions we get asked frequently is – what do you do when it rains? Honestly, the answer is pretty simply. We just have camp in the rain. Many of our activities are water based, and it really makes no difference if you creek hike in the rain or sunshine. You are getting wet regardless. Other times, campers can simply put on their rain jacket or poncho and continue doing the activities.

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There are other times, like during a thunderstorm, that activities must stop. It is obviously not safe for campers to be in water or 50 feet in the air attached to metal cables during a storm. Thankfully, most thunderstorms are pretty short lived, and groups can wait them out. Other times, counselors pull out their rainy day games to keep their group safe, engaged, and having fun. These are games like party quirks, banana slugs, mind games, and signs. There are also times when the weather decides to grace us with rain during a scheduled outdoor worship time. This is also no problem as we just move locations to the Rec Shelter, dining hall, or other covered space and worship continues as scheduled.

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I Am Yours and You Are Mine

Post by Sarah Kelley

There is a beautiful song by Hillsong UNITED out right now titled “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).”  The song is so good in fact it is one of the few songs I can listen to on repeat without getting sick of it.

I also think it could be titled “Matthew’s Creek (Where Feet May Fail).”

At Asbury Hills, we believe that youth are going to struggle at something.  As much as we want to protect them, they will be tested.  They will be led to “the great unknown where feet may fail.”  God may even be the One calling them to something difficult.  But we also strongly believe, that with God, anything is possible.

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Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

How powerful would it be if youth today truly believed these words?
It is something they can learn at Asbury Hills.

Campers will try new things.  They will have opportunities to fail.  If you’ve never shot a bow and arrow before, how do you know if you will be any good?

I Am Yours

Campers will also probably be afraid at some point.  Maybe they have never been away from home for a week.  There are people they don’t know in their cabins.  There will probably be a loud thunderstorm during the week.  And even if you aren’t afraid of heights, jumping off a telephone pole into thin air is a little frightening.

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More importantly than having the opportunity to work through fear and trying something new despite the possibility of failing, campers learn that God loves them more than they could possibility imagine.  That they are worthy.  That they belong to God.

Belonging to God, failing at something and coming out on the other side, and facing a fear head-on can give campers the confidence to let this be their prayer.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

AND if this can be the prayer of today, I have great hope in the world of tomorrow.

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