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Memorial Day Working WeekendMWWVolunteerPhoto, a long-standing volunteer event here at Warm Beach Camp, allows the Camp to prepare for its summer program season by asking volunteers to come and help spruce up the place. This is a great opportunity for individuals and civic, school, and church groups to get involved in their community.

Volunteers paint, garden, clean, chop wood, power wash, clear trails, set up tents, or help with crafts and Lights of Christmas projects.

This year, the event runs from May 22-25. Volunteers who are staying on grounds arrive and get settled in on Friday night. After breakfast on Saturday, work begins at 8:30 and goes until 5:30. Sunday is a day of rest, and then it’s back to work on Monday morning.

Volunteers work through the afternoon, enjoy supper together, and then head home. If you can only make it for one of the work days, we would still love to have you! You are welcome to stay with us while you volunteer, or you can commute from home. Housing, meals and insurance are provided for a small fee.

For more information, or to register, go to our website, and look for Family Programs in the Program section. You may also call Jessica Wilson at 360-312-3417.

Bring a Friend PROMOTION 2015

Bring a Friend Promotion for Summer Horsemanship Camps 2015

Warm Beach Horsemanship Bring a Friend Promo

Refer a new friend to Warm Beach Horsemanship Camp, and you both save $50. Be sure to enter the coupon code FRIEND50 at checkout so that you'll both receive the discount. For any additional friends you recruit, your account will be credited within 7-10 business days. It is a wonderful way to "earn your way to camp."

Below are a few qualifications that you need to know about:

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  • Your friend(s) must be a "first-timer" to Horsemanship Camp. A sibling who has never been to Warm Beach Horse/Vaulting Camps will qualify
  • Your friend(s) will need to enter your full name in the "Referred by" field when registering
  • For each friend that lists you in the "Referred by" field, you will receive $50 to be used toward your camp registration fee
  • This discount has no cash value upon cancellation of registration

Sorry, this offer cannot be used with any other discounts or coupons.

 Learn more about our Horsemanship Camps

Questions? Contact the Warm Beach Camp Registration Department at:

800.228.6724 (toll free) or email registration@warmbeach.com.

Project Updates - May 2015

Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • KitchenRemodelEditedThe renovation work in lower Cedar Lodge is progressing well. The kitchen remodel work where the old walk-ins used to be should be completed in May. (See photo at right.) The Camp Board has authorized work to begin on refurbishing Cedar Lodge Chapel in 2016. This project will focus on updating the room, installing energy efficient windows, and upgrading the audio/visual systems.

  • The two new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps are currently under construction. These dorms are designed to accommodate those with special needs. A crew of volunteers came one Saturday in March and got all of the exterior walls, trusses and roof up on one cabin, and the walls up on the second cabin, all in one day! If you have construction skills and could help for a day or more, or have a group of people who could spend a day helping, we could use your help in the next few weeks. These two dorms are scheduled for use at the Special Friends Overnight camps this summer.

  • A new health room, office, and storage area have been built at W-Bar-B Ranch this spring. Just the electrical and finish work remains to be completed. The health room provides an area where the camp nurse can dispense medications and address the medical needs of the campers. This project is funded, in part, by a foundation grant.

  • Bayview Ranch House is being painted this spring and will get new gutters this fall.

  • At the Stables, the construction of the new manure shed is underway, scheduled for completion in June. This project helps the Camp protect the water quality in Port Susan Bay from the run-off from our herd of horses.

  • Work is underway on the Amphitheater, installing a retaining wall beyond the fire pit to expand the “stage” area, allowing more room around the campfire, or for worship teams leading singing. This is in preparation for a new permanently installed outdoor sound system scheduled to go in next year. This project is being funded by the Apostolic Family Camp and Warm Beach Camp.

  • We are getting ready to make repairs to the south wall of the Dining Room in Cedar Lodge. This wall faces directly into the harsh winter weather and had developed rot that must be torn out and the wall repaired. The siding, insulation, and windows will be replaced, along with any needed structural repairs.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or click here to email her.

Time away with Dad is awesome

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It is awesome…. Children getting time with Dads with all the fun and adventure Camp has to offer. That’s what Dad & Me Weekends at Warm Beach Camp are all about.

Night swims, archery, canoes, climbing walls, zip lines, high ropes course, team swing, trails, 4-square, Gaga-ball, human fooseball, BB-guns, mountain boards, rocket building, rocket launching, horse arena soccer, disc golf, mini golf, tennis, basketball, field games… and that’s just the beginning.

Campfires, devotions, marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, espresso, barbeque, hamburgers, more chocolate, Dad & Daughter dance, Dad & Son laser tag, trails, hikes, bikes, laughter… and all this leads to:

Dads sharing their hearts with their kids. Kids playing and seeing their Dad play with robust laughter. Connections with God and the sense of pleasure and delight in their relationship… and all this leads to:

A better life for everyone.

Life changes here
Ed McDowell, Executive Director

Dad & Sons or Dad & Daughters weekends are scheduled twice each year. For information and to register.

Friends attend Refresh year after year

Refresh WomenIf you’ve attended Warm Beach Camp’s Refresh Women’s Event in the last 30 years, chances are you have encountered the ladies of Agassiz Christian Reformed Church. Two close friends started the tradition, which has grown to reach outside their church, beyond the boundaries of denomination, neighborhood and immediate friends.

“Our goal was to introduce someone new every time we came to retreat,” says Geraldine, who has attended with the group since 1986. And introduce they have – Bible study members, family members and new friends join together under the Agassiz name year after year.

While their group has expanded, the Refresh weekend retreat holds special meaning. “We attend all the sessions and are encouraged by the speakers. The speakers get us talking about different topics that we wouldn’t normally discuss. I would say our main focus is getting to know each other on a different level,” says Geraldine. The group spends much of their free time together, reveling in traditions such as their annual piano sing-a-long and late night games. “It brings our group together. We’ve played everything from charades, to taboo, to canasta, to get-to-know you games.”

The group’s steadfastness in this weekend tradition has withstood loss of children and spouses, divorce, physical limitations and church splits. They continue to attend the Refresh Women’s Event, as they have for the last 30 years, in face of trials and changes. “We attend together under Agassiz Christian Reformed Church just to stay together. But we are Lutheran, Reformed, Mennonite, Baptist, Pentecostal and maybe more as well. It’s not about the label on the church door – we are one in Christ.”

This year’s Refresh Women’s Event is May 1-3, and is open to individuals and groups. Register now to get the best selection of housing.

The Power of Camp – Life changes here

Laurie-Fertello-500Laurie’s story…
Through God’s gracious leading, Laurie came to Warm Beach Camp. Hungry for something meaningful, Laurie showed up for a summer job at camp. That summer job grew from a service position in hospitality to a key leadership position speaking into the lives of young summer staff searching for meaning in this world.

Several years into her leadership role, Laurie noticed summer staff making key life decisions in their time at camp that had a big influence on life direction. In 1996, she started taking notes in her Bible about some of these decisions she was aware of: 6 Pastors, 4 Pastor’s wives, 5 Worship Leaders, 7 Youth Pastors, 1 Church Planter, 15 Christian Camping, 17 Missions, 1 Principal, 19 Teachers, 2 in Women’s Ministry, 1 Military Chaplain, 1 Lawyer, 1 Writer, 5 Nurses, 1 Doctor, 2 Career Military, and 2 Government. There were many others that she could have listed previous to 1996.

When a young person comes to camp, there is a level of training, experience and community that is transformational. The question often shifts from “How am I going to make it in this world?” to “What are the challenges in this world God wants me to address with my life?”

This is what happened to Laurie. God gave her the right question to answer. She answers it every day. As a result, God is using her life to help young people consider and pursue the issues that God wants them to address in this world.

What is recorded in Laurie’s Bible is just a glimpse into the fullness of God’s work being accomplished in Christian Camping. Every year thousands of young adults come to camp for a summer position asking questions about their future in this world. Every year, thousands of young adults receive a rich blend of training, experience and community that points to God’s big question for all of us: “What are the challenges in this world God is asking me to address with my life?”

I thank God for the way He uses the power of camp to change the lives of young adults seeking to make a difference in this world.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director

Grace for the day

I sat waiting to pull out onto the highway, and the line of cars was a far as the eye could see. I thought, "Wow! I'm going to be here awhile." Then, after about 10 seconds, a car deliberately slowed down to let me pull in. I smiled and waved, grateful to the lady for letting me in.

She had shown me "grace." Something she didn't need to do. Something I didn't deserve. Something I was very grateful for. I began to draw a new sense of direction from that one act of kindness. What would I do now, in light of that grace?

About a mile further on, I noticed a car waiting to pull out onto the highway. I slowed down deliberately and let him in. I smiled again.

God works in much the same way. He showed us grace when He came to earth. And He expects us to give grace away in the same way. The simple act of kindness shown to me "made my day." And, it is in my power to pass that along to someone else.

Joanie Yonker, Executive Assistant
Warm Beach Camp, life changes here


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Much joy and celebration at Special Needs Summer Camps

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Standing back and watching the first day of any of our Special Friends Day Camp, summer camps for special needs adults, makes you wish you could go. From the minute a camper arrives they are celebrated, the way we all wish we were, with abashed enthusiasm and acceptance. Lines of campers and buddies on either side cheer the arrival of every camper. Every day holds a celebration of some kind, anywhere, from a un-birthday party, to a live concert, recreation activities and more. Special Friends Day Camp is a celebration of life. It broadens the edges of one’s experience, whether it be camper or volunteer “buddy.”

Margret “Sparkles” Spears has been involved in Special Friends Day Camp for the past four years and said, “It is a total celebration and affirmation of who the campers are, and the buddies experience so much joy during their time at Special Friends Day Camp.”

Special Friends Day Camp is also a celebration of friendship and community. Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA, has been hosting Special Friends Day Camps for the past nine years and many of the campers and volunteers have been participating from day one. Campers look forward to seeing their camp friends all year long.

This summer, Warm Beach Camp will once again be hosting five Special Friends Day Camps and two Overnight Camps. Come, join the celebration and volunteer this summer – you too, may be filled with a special joy.

For more information on being a Special Friends volunteer
For more information about Special Friends Day Camps
For more information on Special Friends Overnight Camps

The Warm Beach Vaulters are going international!

VaultersPhotoNewsEquestrian Vaulting is truly an amazing sport for spectators to watch! It is the competitive sport of dance and gymnastics performed on the back of a moving horse. Vaulting is performed both individually and in teams, with up to three vaulters on a horse at one time performing choreographed routines to music.

Warm Beach Camp has had a vaulting program as part of the Horsemanship Program since 2006. A number of youth have participated in the program, gaining athletic ability, but also learning teamwork and responsibility in a program that seeks to honor God. They participate in competitions regionally and nationally, winning trophies and gaining recognition for the Horsemanship Program at Warm Beach. The Warm Beach Vaulters has grown to be the largest club in the Pacific Northwest.

A vaulter’s dream is to compete in the Junior World Championship vaulting competition, this year being held in Ermelo, The Netherlands, August 5-9, 2015. For four of the Warm Beach Vaulters, this dream is becoming a reality. Anna Erickson and Daniel Janes will be competing in an open competition, while Kaleb Patterson and Luke Overton hope to represent Team USA in the first ever Junior World Championship. Kaleb and Luke must first qualify through a selections process that takes into account their scoring from competitions that occur in the US and Canada.

Yet, these athletes have more in mind than just competition and world travel. Kaleb Patterson says he has many reasons for aiming for Junior Worlds, but for him, the most important is: “I want to spread the light of Jesus Christ across the world. I feel that is my mission from God, my mission field that I want to take head on. I want to show vaulters across the world what the true love of the Holy Spirit looks like.”

You can follow the Warm Beach Vaulters on Facebook at www.facebook.com/warmbeachvaulters or on the web at www.warmbeachvaulters.com. If you would like to help these athletes financially, please send your tax-deductible contribution to Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292, and be sure to mark it for “Vaulting Europe.”

Partners in Ministry Annual Appreciation Event

We invite you to join us in a time of appreciation as we honor you, our partners, for the important role you play in keeping this ministry strong and growing. Please give us the opportunity to say thank you, to share what we’ve done with your investments of time and money, and to take a look at where God is leading us.

voetbergfamily2014Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm in the Camp’s Program Center Auditorium for a delicious supper, and special music by the Voetberg Family Band. We will also share testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.

You will be receiving an invitation card in the mail soon with more information, but please put the date on your calendar now.

The people who stand with us as volunteers and donors are vital to making the ministry of Warm Beach Camp work, and we think it is important to tell you that. The Partners in Ministry members have a huge impact on the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Come as we celebrate in the joy of the victories God has given us.

I really hope to see you there!

Please note: reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by May 2.You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party to associates@warmbeach.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.

It's the volunteers who make it possible!

LOCVolunteer2014The 18th year of The Lights of Christmas was as bright as ever! The attendance was the highest ever, with 72,501 people coming to enjoy the festivities. Guests were treated to a new Light Maze, a myriad of food vendors, as well as three indoor eateries. There were five live music stages, plenty of shopping, and all the kids’ favorite activities like train rides, pony rides, and Bruce the Spruce, the talking tree.

None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for the faithful volunteers. This year over 750 volunteers donated 10,728 hours of service. Over a 100 volunteers per night powered the event. As you can imagine, there was a wide variety of jobs: indoor hosting, parking attendants, pony ride attendants, train conductor, and much more.

Darlene Brooks, who has been attending and volunteering at The Lights of Christmas since it began said, “I like volunteering because I love interacting with the guests. I love watching the families and their children and I love working the ticket booth on Pay What You Can Nights. There is just an atmosphere at The Lights of Christmas that I love being a part of.”

The Lights of Christmas is so much more than just a Christmas event. While there is plenty to do, The Lights of Christmas is really about creating an atmosphere of grace and hospitality, which is exactly what Jesus did when He came to earth in the form of a baby. That atmosphere is created by the people who staff the event, like our faithful volunteers.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made The Lights of Christmas 2014 happen. You are a light in a dark place. The Lights of Christmas would not be the same without you.

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