Camp Asbury is one of three camp and retreat sites operated by the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. Camp Asbury began summer programming in 1957. A thirty-one person Board of Camps and Retreat Ministries provides vision, policy and evaluation of all programs and facilities. The Board of Camps and Retreat Ministries is amenable to the Council of Ministries and the East Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Mission: The mission of East Ohio Camps and Retreat Ministries is to develop comfortable settings and implement quality Christian programs at camp and retreat sites through which the members of the East Ohio Conference and persons in surrounding communities can experience Christ’s love for them and all creation, and have the opportunity to share that love with others.
Camp Asbury’s mission-specific niche is to connect the site, a unique landscape that supports a diversity of northeast Ohio life, with the diversity of a 2.5 million person metropolitan area, and to discover and celebrate signs of God’s presence and activity in the interaction of people and landscape.
Vision: Camp Asbury completed a two-year consultation process with Kaleidoscope Inc. in 2001, producing a Strategic Plan for Site Development at Camp Asbury. This vision develops a possible long-range site plan, identifies resources and suggests management steps to support the year-round program ministry of Camp Asbury. Camp Asbury’s strategic plan is updated at regular intervals by the Board of Camps and Retreat Ministries and Camp Asbury staff.
Programs: In the summer Camp Asbury offers six-weeks of outdoor programming for children and youth: day camp for grades 1-6; short-term residence camps for grades 1-4, week-long residence camps for grades 1-12. All events are co-educational and emphasize small group living with an emphasis on Christian faith development. A few programmed family events are held during the summer season.
During the school-year Camp Asbury hosts weekday and weekend retreats and events for religious congregations, schools, community organizations and agencies. The camp provides limited program assistance for retreat and outdoor education groups. In the school year Camp Asbury serves approximately 5,000 guests.