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Survey Says….

At the conclusion of each week of summer camp, Asbury Hills sends out camper and parent surveys.  Here’s what you had to say:

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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!

2015 Summer Calendar Web

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What to Pack?

The first week of staff training begins this week with band rehearsals, leadership training, summer prep, ropes training, and lifeguard training. Next week, all of our staff will arrive to start two weeks of full staff training. This means that summer camp is only three weeks away!   Many families are starting to gather together the essentials. Some campers are already packed and ready to come to camp. Others are just trying to make it through the end of the school year and haven’t even thought about what they will bring to camp. Regardless of where you are, here are some commonly asked questions with answers about what to bring to camp.

What kinds of clothes should I bring?
As a general rule, we recommend bringing any clothes that you don’t mind if they don’t make it home in the same condition they came in or don’t come home at all. We work hard to keep the cabins orderly, campers clean, and all belonging with their original owner. However, it is camp and sometimes stuff gets misplaced or really dirty.


What are water shoes?
We have many water activities at camp including canoeing, creek hiking, and the Cascades waterfall. All these activities require shoes, and these shoes will get wet. Water shoes are really just having an extra pair of shoes so campers have dry shoes to change into and prevent blisters. These can be an old pair of tennis shoes, Keens or something similar work great, or any other sturdy, closed toe shoes. (For reasons as to why closed toe shoes are important, click here.)


How should I bring medication?
If you child takes a medication on a regular basis, bring it to camp. We need for prescription medications to be in the prescribed bottle with the dosing instructions. If you bring meds in a plastic bag or pill sorter without the prescription information, we cannot give the medication. If it is over the counter, like a Zyrtec, bring it in its original bottle.

We don’t want you to bring over the counter medications that your camper may need. We have medications for all kind of camper aliments (for a full list please refer to the camper health form). It makes it much easier on our nurse to give medications from our supply should a camper need them instead of keeping up with bottles brought from home.


What can my camper not bring?
For the full list, please refer to the link below, but in general, we don’t want your camper to bring anything that distract from his/her experience at camp. Food and drinks invite bugs and other critters to make their home in your camper’s cabin. No one wants that. Cell phones, music players, and video games distract from the beautiful natural setting Asbury Hills is located in, but more importantly, hinder the formation of relationships. I’m sure all of you have seen a group of youth sitting together, but all looking down at their cell phone or video game. We want our campers to form real relationships with each other, and we have found removing technology greatly helps this process.

cabin friends

For the full list of what to bring and what not to bring, click on the camper information kit here.



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New Beginnings

There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens:
    a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,
    a time for killing and a time for healing,
a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
    a time for crying and a time for laughing,
a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
    a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,
    a time for searching and a time for losing,
a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,
    a time for tearing and a time for repairing,
a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,
    a time for loving and a time for hating,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Although he will be missed, it is with much joy that we announce that Ryan Culby’s season as the director of Asbury Hills has come to an end. He has accepted a job with the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church as the Director of Buckhorn Camp in Bellvue, Colorado. Please be in prayer for Ryan and his family as they transition to life in Colorado. Buckhorn Camp has been faced with lots of challenges, and Ryan feels this is where God is calling him to serve.

It is with excitement that we also announce we have already begun the search process to find the person God is sending to Asbury Hills. Your prayers are also very appreciated as we are accepting resumes and creating our short list of candidates. We will keep you posted on the progress of the search.

In the meantime, camp continues to run strong with the staff going full steam ahead. Asbury Hills is also blessed to have Frances Hulme return this summer as the interim summer camp director. You may know Frances from her many summers at Asbury Hills both as a camper, CIT, and staff member. Most recently she has spent the past several summers as the summer office manager. She works during the school year as a guidance counselor at Pickens High School, and we feel she is the perfect person to serve as the director this summer.


We are looking forward with great anticipation to the next season at Asbury Hills…both for this summer and the summers to come under the new director. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to give our Executive Director, Arthur Spriggs, a call at 864.298.0125.

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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.

advent wreath

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.


Sharing in joyful worship.


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.


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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