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Going on a TREK

What is the definition of trek?

  • a long arduous journey, especially one made on foot
  • go on a long arduous journey, typically on foot

Why did the Israelites follow a cloud through the wilderness? What the heck does washing someone’s feet have to do with being a Christian servant?  What does being a follower of Christ even mean?  These are the questions we are excited to explore this summer as we TREK with Christ using the mnemonic FAST.

F – Follow  We’re going to discuss examples of the Israelites faithfully following God, and the disciples sometimes struggling to follow Jesus.  Is it easy to follow?

A – Abide  “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. But you cannot do anything without me.”  What does abide even mean and what does it tell us about the relationships we have?

S – Serve Jesus gave us some pretty poignant examples about what it means to be a servant.  How can we live this out in our lives?

T – Trust “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Have you ever had doubts?  Had your trust broken? Felt alone?  We’re going to discuss how the disciples might have felt this way, but also the ways that God overcomes all doubts to allow us to live fully.

It’s going to be a great summer.  Don’t miss it.

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Characteristics of an Asbury Hills Must Hire Staff Member

Because we know that having the right people on staff can make all the difference to a summer camper at Asbury Hills, we spend a great deal of time searching for, interviewing, and training the very best. Here are some characteristics we look for in our summer staff:

  1. Growing in his/her relationship with Christ
    In order to help others grow in their relationship with Christ, a staff member must first be growing in their own relationship. We believe that a growing relationship is the first sign of a person who is ready to be a staff member at Asbury Hills.

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  2. Leadership abilities
    Every position at a summer camp is a leadership position. A staff member is either a leader of campers as a counselor or recreation staff member, leader of worship in a band or camp pastor role, a leader of staff as a coordinator, or a leader of meals as a kitchen staff member. Having the ability to lead is essential to being a great staff member.

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  3. Servant heart
    On the flip side of leading, we also need those with a true willingness to serve. Summer camp is great, but there are less glamorous moments. Occasionally a camper gets sick in the middle of the night, and it needs to be cleaned up.  Or a group finishes late at on the canopy tour, and it’s all hands on deck to get their home-in-woods set up. Having someone who realizes that every moment can be a ministry moment can make all the difference.

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  4. Team player
    The summer, we will hire around 70 summer staff members. These staff members not only will work together for the summer, but they will also live and worship together in Christian community. In order to have achieve this Christian environment, having staff members who are team players and realize that it is all about serving Christ instead of serving themselves is critical.

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Does this sound like you or someone you know? Check us out and apply today!

http://www.asburyhills.org/summer-staff/

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Fall Festival – 2015

Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center held their annual fall festival October 24 on a perfect fall day. Around 300 people enjoyed a fall day in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Traditional activities were enjoyed such as face painting, climbing the Alpine Tower, shooting at the archery range, and taking a family hayride. Over 200 plates of BBQ were eaten, and the homemade apple butter Asbury Hills has become known for was served over hot biscuits.

West End String Band2015 marked a year when Asbury Hills had even more up their sleeves to make this fall festival even better. The West End String Band entertained crowds with bluegrass favorites. They also stepped up their food offerings with funnel cakes covered in powdered sugar, apple cider freshly pressed on site, and a whole hog roast. “It was sooooo fun!!!” said Kassie.

DSC_0074 copyDonations were also accepted to help send kids to summer camp, and $1,114 was raised towards the annually needed $20,000 to support the Asbury Hills scholarship program.  If you missed out on the fall festival this year, Asbury Hills would love to welcome you for a tour or a hike.  Call 864.836.3711 for more information.DSC_0060 copy

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A Story of Friendship

We say all the time that you will make lasting friendships at an Asbury Hills summer camp.  We really mean it, and here is one story why:

_MG_9513Last week two of my Express campers from last year camp, David and Matthew* (names have been changed) came back.  Prior to Express, these two had never met, but afterwards they were best friends.  They wrote letters to each other weekly for the past year.  Matthew was moving to Germany this summer, could only come to Asbury Hills one specific week, and really wanted David to be at camp with him.  So David’s family planned their summer around David going to camp with Matthew.  They said they would continue to write to each other after Matthew moves to Germany.

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Get Ready – 2016 Summer Camp Calendar

2015 was an incredible summer, but we aren’t slowing down.  Mark your calendars because here is your 2015 summer camp calendar.  We’ve also listened and tried to include more of what you are asking for including Drenched, camps for all ages every week, and another Jr. High Expedition week.  We look forward to seeing you next summer!

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Thin Places

Last night marked the [almost] end to staff training with worship, communion, and staff commissioning.  It was a great night for many reasons, one of which being the reminder of the thin places.

1-DSC_4368thin place: those rare locals where the distance between heaven and earth collapses

Moses received the ten commandments on the top of the mountain. Jesus frequently went to the top of the mountain to pray.  Ancient churches were frequently built as high a possible on a hill or mountain.  Thin places.

paigerailey-42-3There is something about being in nature, particularly on a mountain, that allows you to feel God’s presence.  Are you physically closer to heaven? Probably not.  But thin places require struggle.  Thin places mean giving up control.  Thin places mean surrendering ourselves so that we may more fully experience God.

1-DSC_3991 I believe Asbury Hills is one of those places.  One of those places where God seems just a little bit more available. personable. present.

paigerailey-46-3We are on pace for 1100 campers to gather at Asbury Hills this summer.  Welcome.  Be ready to meet God.

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Letting Your Camper [almost] Pack Themselves

by Sarah Kelley

We are a little more than five weeks out from the start of summer camp.  This means we are beginning to see the full spectrum of packing styles.  There are one or two campers who are so excited to come to camp, they are already mostly packed.  Their favorite, old T-shirt and creek shoes are already stowed away carefully in their trunk.  There are also moms who have the packing list tacked up on a fridge or board with items still needed highlighted to be picked up on future shopping trips.  There are also moms (like me) who typically start doing laundry the day before leaving for a trip and haven’t even thought about packing for camp yet.  Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum of planning and packing, here are three reasons why your campers should be included in the packing process.

DSCN34311. They will know what they have, and when they should wear it.
Bought a special pair of shoes for water activities? Want your nine-year-old son to know where his extra underwear is?  Does your daughter have a pair of pants that would be great for a long hike but terrible for tree climbing?  Packing with your camper is a great time to have these conversations in a way they will be more likely to remember what they are supposed to wear when (and yes, please change your underwear daily).

DSCN35692. Begin developing confidence before camp even begins.
Summer camp at Asbury Hills is a great place for campers to explore and worship in God’s creation, try new things, make new friends, and more.  All of these things help campers develop confidence in who they are and what they can do.  If your child has never had to pack for a trip before, this is a great way to begin developing confidence in new skills.  Give them the list, and have them begin to pick out their clothes, towels, and shampoo. (While being there to be sure that her brand new glittery boots don’t get packed, but things like her toothbrush do.)

DSCN36393. They will be able to pack their stuff back up at the end of the week.
Being a former camp counselor myself, this may actually the most important reason to let your campers pack themselves for camp.  Most moms and dads I know have packing down to an art form.  If you fold the sheets in thirds before rolling them, socks go in the ziploc bag, outfits are folded together with the t-shirt on top – it leaves just enough room to slide the Bible in before zipping the bag up.  The problem with this is, mom and dad won’t be there on Friday to pack everything back up.  So what typically happen is one of two things.  The counselor in the cabin ends up packing everyone’s bags which takes infinitely more time OR extra items that no longer fit inside the allocated suitcase get stuffed in pillowcases, backpacks, etc.  If your campers packs themselves before camp begins, it greatly increases the likelihood they will be able to pack themselves back up to come home. And bonus points – it also increases the likelihood your stuff won’t end up here.

DSCN3635HAPPY PACKING!  SEE YOU SOON AT ASBURY HILLS!

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Asbury Hills Open House!

Mark your calendars for an afternoon of family fun.  We want to see you at the Asbury Hills Open House on Sunday, April 12 from 1:00-5:00pm.  This is a great opportunity to introduce a neighbor to camp, take a tour of where your campers will be this summer, try out some of our activities like the leap of faith and archery, or simply just relax in a rocking chair in the mountains. For questions, please call 864.836.3711.

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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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Join the Summer Staff

Monday marks the start of staff hiring, and we are so excited to see who God has to join our ministry.  Want to know more about the Asbury Hills summer staff experience?  Read Paige’s reflections:

DSC_0844 copyMy contract reads, “Photographer and Videographer” but there is so much more to what I do as a summer staffer at Asbury Hills. So much goes into making the week the best week of each individual camper’s life. Some weeks there are only 50 campers but some weeks we break 150 campers, easy. If my job title in my contract read exactly what I do, it would sound something more like, “DVD making, name tag creating, sometimes mail delivering, stand in camp store working, dining hall music DJing, mural painting, white truck driving, s’more assisting, sometimes counselor, alpine tower belaying, band aid getting, golf cart driving, fire building, laundry doing, energizer leading, table setting, creek hiking, cascade jumping, home in the woods visiting, smile making, hug giving, coffee delivering, rocking chair rocking, Bible reading, praising and signing, life time friend making, photographer and videographer.” In my eyes, I have the best job because I get to walk around a beautiful camp and capture the moments of each camper’s experience. The campers, however, are only the half of it. I most definitely work at Asbury Hills to change camper’s lives but I also am surrounded by some of the greatest people. I often say that camp friends are the best friends and I mean it one hundred percent. Some of my closest friends are people I met at camp. The bonds that we build in our own little community are unbreakable. I find myself not even worrying about what is going on in the “real world” because why worry? I have my closest friends right there with me. Trying to explain this bond to non camp friends is the hardest but also the funniest because they will never understand. I could relate basically anything to camp and my real world friends hate me for it. Personally, I think it is out of jealously because I work at the greatest place ever but I could be slightly bias. I once looked up the definition of what a summer camp was and what dictionary.com gave me was this, “a camp, especially one for children during the summer, providing facilities for sleeping and eating, and usually for handicrafts, sports, etc.”   No offense to the people who wrote that but they left out all the good stuff!! After working two summers at Asbury Hills, I think that the definition should read something more like this, “a camp, especially for children who want to have the time of their lives, providing high energy, smiling staff members doing everything they possibly can to make that summer memorable for the children, and usually for trying new things, growing spiritually, and making lifelong friends.” I think I am pretty spot on, but, again, I may be bias.

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