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Going to camp at Asbury Hills

By Jordan Slocum

The campfire is loaded with hobo packets. Photo submitted

The campfire is loaded with hobo packets. Photo submitted

This past week I spent my first week away from home without family. My pastor at Bethel United Methodist Church, Ben Barnett, suggested Asbury Hills as a fun camp for the summer. Pastor Ben told me his daughter enjoyed this camp so much when she was young that she returned as a counselor when she was older. Asbury Hills is in the upper part of the state in Cleveland, South Carolina. My friend, Faith Stephens, went with me. Her parents drove us up to camp and got us settled into our cabin. We had ten girls in our cabin from all over the state. It was fun getting to sleep in bunk beds and making new friends. We also had two counselors who stayed with us.

Asbury Hills had a lot of great activities to offer to kids my age. They had a huge swimming pool with a diving board. There was a ropes course we got to use. We climbed a rock wall and trees. We were able to shoot the bow and arrow at the archery range. One of my favorite activities was creek hiking. All along the creek we found salamanders. One day we were able to canoe and they had two water slides built out over the lake that were called the “wet willies”.

I really enjoyed spending time with other campers my age and learning more about Jesus. We studied in the book of Ephesians and learned a lot of new praise songs. Our camp pastor, Kenny, could also play the drums. They encouraged us to let others know that God loves and cares for us.

One of the meals we had at camp we had to prepare ourselves. I wanted to share a fun recipe called a Hobo packet. It is easy because there are just 4 ingredients. This way kids can create their own meal by choosing which and how much of each ingredient they include in their foil packet. First, fold aluminum foil into an envelope. Next, scoop in ground beef, corn, onions, and baby carrots. Close your foil envelope. At camp, we placed them over a fire. However, you can cook these in your oven or on a grill. If you would like to cook this in your oven, bake at 3500 for 45 minutes to an hour, or until done. This will serve up a yummy treat for your whole family.

Jordan is enjoying her summer and will be entering 4th grade next year.

Christie Slocum (503 Posts)