Frequently Asked Questions
It is hard to tell who might miss home and who might not. The younger the camper, usually the easier it is to engage them in activities, help them fit into a group, and forget they are missing home. Older campers are far less prone to missing home, but their emotions tend to be more serious. A general outline for how we handle the issue is: help them fit in, keep them incredibly engaged and having fun, listen, and treat them with respect. If we see any concerns, we try to talk to you ahead of time, let you know what we are seeing, and see if you have any advice.
Campers are not allowed to call home. Why? Because if you take a perfectly happy summer camper and put them on the phone with the one they love the most, they will instantly miss you and home. Yes, it is true even of those having the absolute time of their life. If something does come up, however, and it is important you speak with your child, we will make it happen. Worried about your child? Give us a call or send us an e-mail, and we’ll check in with them and get back to you.
One of the greatest parts about summer camp at Asbury Hills is that kids can recreate themselves into the positive person they want to be. They are no longer stuck in the set of expectations their friends and school have for them, and they can reach out and grow in positive Christian fellowship. Fitting in, making friendships, and finding acceptance are some of our top priorities for our campers.
Not a problem at all. We certainly are a faith-based camp, but our Christian summer curriculum is open and welcoming to all. Our summer camp is also so much fun that even if your child has yet to come to faith, they will have a blast. We believe the personal exploration of faith is a vital part of our mission and in this area, you and your child can expect each session to have: energizing worship, daily themes that integrate into the day’s activities and messages, small group discussions, and evening vespers/devotions. The rest of the week is filled with incredible camp activities and time to share fun times with friends.
Speaking of our daily themes and message, over the course of the week our faith curriculum is centered around four core themes: 1) God loves you, 2) and wants a relationship with you, 3) through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, 4) for the transformation of the world.
If this will be your child’s first time at camp, please feel free to give us a call at 864.836.3711 to set up a tour. Let your child see the camp, explore the cabins they might stay in, and get excited about the experience. Take an imaginary hike from the campfire pit to the cabins, picture yourselves playing in the creek, and leave ready to come back soon!
While most campers say their favorite time of the year is summer camp, not every minute of every day is perfect. Truthfully, some of the easiest ways to make friends is through common bonds. If you search your memories, many common bonds are from overcoming challenges. At summer camp, that long hike or afternoon thunderstorm might seem rough at the time, but hopefully it will have helped bring campers to new friendships.
For many first time campers, it’s a comfort to have an idea of what to expect. They might want to know what it’s like to share a cabin with a bunch of other campers and two counselors. We want you to know that there will be times where everyone has to wake up and clean up the cabin, times when the whole cabin comes together for cabin devotions, and other times when it’s time for bed and everyone needs to settle in for quality rest time.
Building new friendships and developing quality ones is one of the primary goals of camp, along with safety and being faith centered. We do not aim for our campers to know everyone in their cabin, but to create memorable experiences that one can build friendships on. Hopefully, the prospect of making new friends at camp should be something to look forward to as well. Sometimes it’s good to discuss ahead of time how to be a good friend, and perhaps discuss the kinds of traits to look for in new friends.
Each session’s schedule is packed full of activities, and we’ve found that mid-session camp visits disrupt the flow of camp and each camper’s experience. You are welcome to call in at any time to check on your camper, but please do not show up unannounced.
Part of coming to camp is making new friends. At the same time, if your child wants to bring a friend with them to camp, or if they would like to be re-united in a cabin with a friend from a previous year, we will do our very best to honor one cabin mate request. See our Cabin Mate Policy for more information. If you would like your child to be separate from another camper, these requests must be made in writing and sent two weeks prior.
Campers grow most in self-sufficiency and self-esteem by attending camp alone, but we recognize the benefit of allowing a camper to request one cabin mate.
A camper may submit only one cabin mate request, and each request must be mutual. Even if several friends are attending the same session, we will honor only one cabin mate request per camper. The following conditions must be met for any cabin mate request to be honored:
- Both campers must be registered for the same camp program and age group during the same week.
- Both campers must request each other (groups of three or more cannot request each other). If a “triangle” or “spider web” is requested, non of the campers’ requests can be guaranteed.
- There will be no changes to cabin mate assignments at the time of Check-In.
Confusion and disappointment at Check-In can be avoided if parents help choose their child’s one cabin mate and make sure it is mutual. Please call if you do not clearly understand this policy.
It is our desire that no child be prevented from attending camp because of finances. Donations are received to fund many camp scholarships. The number available is limited, and awards will be based on need and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please complete the camp scholarship application form here to get started.
To cancel a registration, call our Office Manager at 864.836.3711. The following guidelines apply to refunds:
- In all cases, an attempt is made to reschedule the camper into another event.
- For cancellations up to 30 days before camp, the refund will be the amount paid less $50.
- There will be no refunds for cancellations within 30 days of the camp event, but funds will go towards camper scholarships.
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Camp Registration Form (PDF) or register online
Registering your camper online allows you to register in “Real Time.” This means that as soon as your registration is complete and submitted, your camper is guaranteed that spot. Paper registrations are processed as soon as they are received, but sometimes camps fill before a paper registration form is received.
Want to know what to bring with you (and what to leave at home)? Please use these lists as a guide.
There is an application process for our CIT camps. Online registration is not available for this session. Please complete the form to apply.
Do you have a few questions about camp at Asbury Hills? This information kit provides some basic information and may be able to answer your questions. Additionally, please check out our FAQs here.
It is the desire of the South Carolina United Methodist Camps and Retreat Ministry that no child be prevented from attending camp because of finances. Donations are received to fund many camp scholarships. The number available is limited, and awards will be based on need and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A registration form must accompany the scholarship application.