|SC United Methodist Camps and Retreat Ministries Newsletter
In this issue we will go over many new and exciting things happening during summer camp at Asbury Hills, giving opportunities in many areas, and other ideas your SC Camps and Retreat Ministries are implementing. Read on, join us in this exciting phase...
Your Camps and Retreat Ministries Staff,
Jody, Darlene, Holly and Andrew
Ministry - in focus!
Summer camp at Asbury Hills is about Christian birth, growth
and renewal. Camp provides a place for
campers to know God in new and amazing ways and enter into a new or expanded
relationship with the Creator! We are
seeking to be clearly focused on our purpose this summer with some intentional
planning. Each morning, all campers will
experience a worship and teaching time led by our spiritual leader for the
week. These times will be interactive,
yet meaningful as we focus on the scripture for the day. Each evening, all campers will worship
together in the beautiful settings at Asbury Hills. These times of worship will be led by our
spiritual leader for the week. We will
be intentional about naming God's presence in our midst and naming those
opportunities for faith decisions. Camp is
a place where lives are changed - be sure to be here this summer!
Looking for a Few
Good Spiritual Leaders
As we plan for camp with a purpose, we are still looking for
pastors or youth directors who would be willing to serve for two weeks this
summer as a spiritual leader for camp.
This ministry will involve leading two teaching times each day and two
worship experiences. Jody Oates, our
Executive Director, will be shaping these experiences and working with our
pastors to lead these times. If you are
interested in exploring this opportunity, contact Jody at email@example.com
or at 877.255.7559.
Scholarships for Summer Camp
is welcome at South Carolina United Methodist Camps regardless of income or
ability to pay. We have scholarship
funds available for anyone who has financial need. If you have a camper or know a camper who
would love to come to camp, but does not have the resources, please let us
help! Funds should never be a reason to
miss the life-changing experience of summer camp. A scholarship application can be downloaded by clicking this link Campership Form
Opportunities to Give
Scholarships: At Asbury Hills we believe that camp should
be available to every child who would like to attend. To this end, we offer camper scholarships to
those in need. If you would like to make
a difference in the life of a child, you can send
your tax-deductible donation to: SC Camps & Retreat Ministries 345 Prado Way, Greenville, SC
29607, or call us
Giving New Meaning to the Phrase "Cabin Time"
Most of you probably already know that new cabins are on the
way for summer 2009, complete with new bunk beds, and bathrooms in the cabins! This summer everyone is going to get the
chance to leave their mark on our present summer camp cabins. Each family group will get the chance to
decorate a portion of the outside of the cabins. So bring some painting clothes and starting
thinking about what artistic creation you will leave on the side of the cabin. Remember this is a one time opportunity! Summer
2008 will be the only summer that campers are allowed to write and paint on the
outside of the cabins. This summer is
your last chance to stay in our faithful Ridgetop and Village cabins. Don't miss it. Come join the fun.
|Summer Camp Nurses Needed
nurses are needed for our summer camping program. Nurses live at camp for one
week (Sunday - Friday) and are on-call 24 hours a day in the event of
emergency. Nurses will be expected to dispense medication and treat camper and
staff needs. Weeks still available:
June 8th - June 13th
July 20th - July 25th
July 27th - August 1st
Nurses must have current R.N. certification and have the desire to serve
children, youth, and college students. Salary is $450 per week, and
scholarships are available for family members. Please contact Andrew Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or telephone (864) 836-3711.
Asbury Hills Summer Camp Staff Needs
Asbury Hills is still seeking
male staff members to join our summer team. We are looking for dedicated
individuals who wish to spend a summer impacting the lives of youth and
children. Applicants must be 18 years or older and be ready to live and work in
an intense Christian community. For an
application, click here.
Are We Full Yet???
Some of our camps are already
Tree House Dudes
Seekers 6June 8-13 still has several places available in all camp sessions offered. We have also added spaces to Voyagers Camp the week of Aug 3-8. Register online to secure your spot today. Call the Central Registration office at 877.255.7559 for more information.
|Summer Camp 2009
Summer Camp 2009 -
Partnering with Your Church
Imagine how great it would be to bring all your youth to camp in the summer, leaders of your church come along, the incredible
week of camp happens God changes lives, and you are there to experience
it! Then you and your kids go home and
you continue to build on the life-changing work of camp with your young people
throughout the year. Your church will
have an effective and powerful discipleship system for kids!! This is a new model of partenerships we want to explore with a
small group of churches next summer, 2009. If you would like to explore this concept
with us, contact Jody at joates@sccampsandretreats,org or at 877.255.7559. While the commitment is great, the rewards
Trail and Waters 2009
Seeking the ultimate getaway? Leave the busy world behind for 12 days and
13 nights. Trail and Waters offers you
the opportunity to cover over 50 miles of the South Carolina mountains by foot and by
water. You'll camp out each night as you
make your way from Oconee county, across Lake Jocassee
and finally end up right back at Asbury Hills.
Throughout the day you will be challenged physically and spiritually as
you listen for God's voice without the noise of day to day life. Come join us for this amazing camp!
Trail and Waters Camp
Last year I finished ninth grade
and went to Asbury Hills for my ninth straight year! I had the chance to do the Palmetto Challenge
Camp Trail and Waters. Nine campers and
two counselors started the two-week trip at Oconee
State Park, hiked the Foothills Trail
to Lake Jocassee, canoed to a waterfall, and
then made the way back on the trail to Asbury Hills.
There were 3 guys and 6 girls campers
in our group. Justin and Lindsey were our counselors. We chose our campsites each night along the
trail. One night we slept at the top of
the waterfall. Some nights we slept
under the stars, with no cover. We
carried everything we needed for a few days of hiking, and we would pick up
more food and supplies at designated stops.
As we hiked those two weeks, we really
had the chance to get to know each other.
We were from different parts of SC.
We built camps together, cooked all our meals together, and played games
in the evenings. In the evenings we did
What an awesome way to experience
God and all of creation! It was awesome
that we could sleep on the edge of a cliff, look across the hollow, and see
another campfire far in the distance. We
walked across the Horse
on a long suspension bridge. We hiked up
and down Sassafras
Mountain, the highest
mountain in SC. That was a hard hike. We were constantly weaving in and out of South Carolina as we
hiked the trail. We saw a lot of odd
plants and fungi that we wouldn't see if we weren't out in the wilderness. We didn't see one animal along the way, which
was a good thing!
When we got back to camp after
hiking 52 miles - we were dirty and tired and just wanted to take a
shower! This camp was the best! I am glad that I had the opportunity to spend
two weeks at camp, making new Christian friends.
2008 CAMP STORE
Hey Y'all! Just a
reminder to add your camp store money into your account when you register
online. We suggest an amount of $20 with
a cap of $50. Refunds will not be given
this year for unused funds, rather we will be using the left over money to purchase
some rockin' new recreation equipment for 2009.
Be sure to check the next Newsletter for the "BIG REVEAL", where we will
be letting everyone know what our new recreation item will be!
Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center
We are in need of a few more churches to step up and commit
to a project this spring. We have
projects that are "no cost" options for groups as well as projects that
"cost". We have three remaining projects
which have a cost attached to them as well as several no cost projects. They projects with a cost are as follows:
Shelter Renovation: The picnic shelter
is in need of a little face lift. We
need a new roof, six new 6x6 poles, and some built in benches around the fire
circle by the shelter.
House Roof Construction: Our tree house
is in need of a new roof. We are looking
for metal roofing, lumber, and some laborers to put it up.
Construction: We are in need of a new
camp store building. We are hoping for a
concession style building with rough dimensions of 12X12. For this project we need lumber, roofing,
electrical & plumbing work.
If your church is able to help with any of these projects,
please contact us as soon as possible at 864.836.3711. Thank you for your help!
Asbury Hills Wish List:
for an Automatic External Defibrillator
Golf Cart or Gator-style utility vehicle
New Garage Doors (White)
*Thank you to all who donated from
last month's list. We truly appreciate
your generosity. If you are interested
in donating any of the items on this list please contact us at
|Contact Information for Summer Camp
Darlene Roberts, Registrar
Andrew Wolfe, Program Director