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Sisterhood time and renewal of soul

Refresh women's retreatIn January of 2007, Barbara Bird was diagnosed with breast cancer. Barbara recalls, “I said to my doctor, ‘yesterday I couldn’t even spell “breast cancer” and now I have it!’” After Barbara was diagnosed, she underwent surgery, chemo and radiation. Because these treatments took such a toll on Barbara’s immune system, she ended up in the hospital numerous times.

In March of 2007, Barbara underwent her last treatment of radiation. By this time, all of her hair had fallen out. “I was really at the bottom of the barrel.” said Barbara.

Refresh Women’s Event at Warm Bach Camp was just around the corner. Barbara had attended the women’s retreat for the past 12+ years and she wasn’t going to let cancer stop her from going again. Without hesitation, Barbara packed her bags – wig and all - and headed off to Warm Beach Camp with a group of women from her church.

During the retreat, the group of women from Barbara’s church always take time to sit together and share about the things that are hard for them. Then they take time to pray individually for one another. “During the 2007 retreat, I had all my sisters praying for me to be cancer free, and I am!” said Barbara, overjoyed.

No matter where you are in life, Refresh Women’s Event is a time to be renewed and revived. “I feel like it’s a privilege to get to go to the women’s retreat, to be there on holy ground. To worship and pray with other women in Christ is invaluable. When we come, me and the women in my group don’t want to leave.” said Barbara.

This year’s women’s retreat will make 20+ years of Barbara attending Refresh Women’s Event, and seven years cancer free.

If you would like more information about Refresh Women’s Event, happening May 2-4, 2014 at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA, visit our website at WarmBeach.com/programs/adult-programs/womens-events

Bring a Friend PROMOTION

Bring a Friend Promotion for Summer Horsemanship Camps 2014

Warm Beach Horsemanship Bring a Friend Promo

Our Bring a Friend Promotion is a wonderful way to "earn your way to camp." For each new Horsemanship camper you recruit, you'll earn $50 to be used towards your summer Horsemanship or Vaulting Camp registration fee. Recruit 10 new friends for Horsemanship/Vaulting Camp and your registration fee will be paid!

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

$50OFF - Bring a Friend Promo
Valid for Summer 2014
REGISTER NOW
  • 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.
  • You and your friend(s) must attend the same week.
  • You need to register first or at the same time as your friend(s).
  • Your friend(s) will need to enter your full name in the "Referred by" field when registering online.
  • For each friend you refer, you will receive $50 to be used toward your camp registration fee.
  • No cash refunds will be issued for this program

Sorry, this program is not open to those receiving camp scholarships and cannot be used with any other discounts or coupons.

 

Questions? Contact the Warm Beach Camp Registration Department at:

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

One rainy day in 2012 changed the course of Special Friends Camps

SpecialNeedsCamp3One rainy summer day in 2012 changed the course of Special Friends Day Camps, a camp for developmentally disabled adults, permanently.

It was clearly going to be impossible to cram over 50 soggy Special Friends campers and their buddies into the tiny Pines building near the front entrance of the Camp but every one needed to get under cover. Laurie Fertello, Disabilities Ministries Director, quickly discovered that the Program Center Auditorium happened to be available that day. The Auditorium was the perfect location for the rest of the day’s impromptu Day Camp activities. A few campers and their buddies grabbed basket balls and began shooting hoops, or playing catch, but by far the biggest attraction in the Program Center was the stage. The minute the campers saw it their inner star began screaming for a moment in the spotlight. So, it was decided that the day’s main activity was going to be a talent show. The variety of talent displayed was dizzying, Karate demonstrations, musicians, and dancers all graced the stage but there was one camper that caught Laurie’s attention the most.

He climbed the stairs slowly and intently and took his place at center stage. He held his microphone with both hands and bowed his head. Silence swept over the crowd of campers as the young man continued to pause dramatically. When he finally raised his head, and brought the microphone to his mouth, and he began to speak. This young man had a speech problem and while he was speaking, only every tenth word was understandable. He paced the stage, speaking with inflection and meaning and every once in a while he would say “YOU!” and point dramatically at a camper, and would continue his dissertation emphasized by his pacing, and then another “YOU!”

Laurie looked on perplexed for a while, wondering what this young man’s talent was, and then she understood. He was preaching! Laurie looked around at every Special Friends camper in that room and their eyes fixed on this young man. Not only were they paying attention, Laurie realized, they were understanding what he was saying. Laurie may not have understood but the campers did.

Laurie stood thinking about this for several minutes, and in that moment, the Lord spoke to her heart and said “You are underestimating these people’s capacity to understand the spiritual aspect of their life.” This led Laurie on an ongoing journey about what it means to minister spiritually to the hearts of mentally and physically disabled individuals.

Warm Beach Camp’s Special Friends Day Camp is one of the few camps in Washington State that serves persons age 15 and up who have special needs. Just one hour north of Seattle in north Snohomish County, Special Friends Day Camp offers campers amazingly creative camp activities in a highly supervised, supportive setting. Each camper is matched with a volunteer “Buddy,” who engages with them in the camp experience. For more information on attending or volunteering at Special Friends Camp, visit Warmbeach.com/programs/special-needs-programs.

 

High School leadership training is for life | Giveaway

High School leadership trainingHave you noticed that life is not getting any easier? Life’s questions are not getting less complicated and if you are in High School, life can be especially confusing and hard. Preparing for a life of leadership responsibility and effectiveness requires not just education, but training and mentorship.

For years, Warm Beach Camp has been providing quality training to its High School leaders that participate in the Counselor In Training (CIT), Wrangler In Training (WIT), and Facilitator In Training (FIT) programs. Last year Warm Beach Camp saw the need to add another layer of training and mentorship to these great programs in the form of High School Leadership Camp. This one week camp takes place prior to participants heading off to their respective, program specific, training. It seeks to provide mentorship and training in areas of leadership in a more generalized format that can be applied to everyday life, as well as develop individual talents, create a sense of community, all in a fun environment.

Last year, Warm Beach Camp hosted its very first High School Leadership Camp for 25 participants from a wide variety of backgrounds. Participants enjoyed a camping trip to Baker Lake, where they hiked the rain forest, canoed, and enjoyed the views of majestic waterfalls. Warm Beach Camp Program Intern Mory Browning said, “Being able to get out and enjoy Mt. Baker for a few days was great.” But the best part of the week, said Matt Lambert, Director of Youth and Outdoor Ministry, was “seeing how far the kids got in their vulnerability in one week. Not only that, but how seriously they came to take what they believed about themselves and God.”

Warm Beach Camp will again be hosting High School Leadership Camp June 22-28. This program is available to all high school students whether or not they are continuing on in one of the summer leadership programs: CIT, WIT, or FIT. For more information and to register visit our website at: Warmbeach.com/programs/youth-programs/high-school-leadership

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The Warm Beach Vaulters, “Vault into Spring”

On March 28-29, 2014, over 125 vaulters from clubs as far away as Alberta and California converged on the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden for the “Vault into Spring Competition” hosted by the Warm Beach Vaulters. For some vaulters, this was their first competition ever. For other vaulters, this was the first selection trial for World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

As the host club, the Warm Beach Vaulters rallied amazing support from parents and friends. Over 50 club volunteers helped with everything from clerking for judges to intense amounts of office work to lunging horses for vaulters.  Warm Beach vaulters competed in nearly every class offered from barrel and trot classes to gold and A-Team classes. We are so thankful for a safe competition where the vaulters were able to perform the moves and routines they’ve been practicing all winter and gauge where they need to focus their efforts as the make their way toward Nationals.

AshleyAshley and Carolyn - all smiles!The Warm Beach Vaulters club had twelve brand new vaulters competing for the first time. Club Head Coach, Patti Skipton said, “the most touching memory for me was seeing young Ashley be lifted out of her electric cart to perform in the modified barrel class designed specifically for disabled vaulters.” Patti went on to share, “I’m so pleased with the amazing way our families work together under the covering of God’s love to get everything done while living and expressing His love in all their relationships.”

As a sport, Equestrian Vaulting has so much to offer - Athleticism, creativity, music interpretation, costuming, and of course, horses and horsemanship. Plus, working together with teammates over a period of months and even years teaches life skills such as, teamwork, communication, respect, empathy, responsibility and so much more.

We are looking forward to this year’s competition season. The whole club will be going to Eugene, Oregon, for both regional competition in June and national competition in August. The A-Team is travelling to the greater Los Angeles area for competition at the end of April. Three vaulters, Anna Erickson, Daniel Janes, and Kaleb Patterson are working through the selection trials hoping for placement on Team USA for the World Equestrian Games being held in Normandy France at the end of August and early September.

Many thanks to our premium sponsor, Rhodes River Ranch, and others who support the team so faithfully. You can follow the club on facebook at Facebook.com/WarmBeachVaulters and the A-Team (Team Revelation) at Facebook.com/WarmBeachVaultersTeamRevelation. General photos and club news is also on the main website, WarmBeachVaulters.com.

Snohomish Conservation District helps us Improve Habitat

Summer-Camp-2013---photocredit-Peggy-Kroeger---124Warm Beach Camp is pleased to receive a USDA Grant with their CREP program for hedgerow plantings along the ditches and stream running through the pastureland. Work has already begun to clear invasive, non-native Himalayan Blackberries and prepare for plants such as dogwood and ninebark. The new plants will grow to shade the waterways reducing water temperature and improving oxygenation. “Our goal is to maintain or even improve water quality as it flows through our property to the Puget Sound,” says Patrick Patterson, Warm Beach Camp General Manager.

This project is coordinated by the Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) who assisted Warm Beach Camp in obtaining the grant funds. “SCD has been an amazing partner in resource management and conservation for many years,” says Patterson. “The CREP program that SCD helped us access, will help us meet the goal of improving water quality as it makes its way through our pastureland to the Flood Control District’s collection pond, where it is then pumped into Port Susan Bay.”

SCD also consults with Warm Beach Camp on their Farm Plan and habitat improvement projects elsewhere on the property. Over the years, SCD has assisted Warm Beach Camp with fencing set-backs, drainage improvements, mud control, manure control systems, and more. This year, hundreds of native plants were recently purchased at SCD’s native plant sale for projects near the horsemanship facility. This new planted area will create a songbird habitat and visual screening for neighbors along 81st Avenue. The Snohomish Conservation District is an invaluable partner in natural resource management.

Get away to retreat and reconnect

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You know you and your group need a retreat. A time to plan, brainstorm, and connect. Sometimes you have to completely disconnect to really connect. What does that mean? Well, imagine having a romantic dinner date in your own dining room. The table is set with beautiful flowers, candlelight, and a delicious meal. Sounds great, doesn’t it? That is until you hear the noises of your children with the babysitter in the playroom. Or the doorbell, your cellphone, or that strange sound coming from the water heater. The distractions are numerous. They can also happen if you hold a retreat at your own church or office. Before you know it, you have lost focus on the task at hand. This is why it’s important to get away for your retreat.

After you establish your retreat purpose and goals—who, why, and expectations—do the fun part and find the perfect location. This is very important. Are you looking for pure productivity toward a specific plan or do you want a chance to connect as a team and build relationships?

If you are productivity focused, find a facility with a good meeting room setup and the equipment you need. Make sure lots of coffee, tea, and snacks are at hand to keep you going! Allow space for mental breaks, where participants can stretch their legs and get some fresh air. For retreats focused on reflection, relationships, or renewal, be sure to choose a site with abundant natural beauty. Panoramic views and sunsets can provide tremendous inspiration. Look for recreation opportunities, too. Not much compares to the growth that takes place when we step out of our comfort zones and challenge our fears. It also provides ample opportunity to support and encourage one another. Just think of the stories you will be able to share with your fellow retreaters long after the event!

For either type of retreat, Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center may be the ideal place for your church, school, or non-profit group. We have a variety of meeting facilities, lodging and recreation nestled in beautiful natural surroundings. Located just one hour north of Seattle in Snohomish County, Warm Beach Camp hosts hundreds of youth, adult, and family groups annually.

Contact Warm Beach Camp’s Guest Services department and discover what we can offer. We are here to help you with all your retreat needs.

For more information email the Guest Services Department
or call 360-652-7575 / 800-228-6724 toll free during office hours 8:30am - 5:00pm (Mon-Fri).

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Horse Camp - It’s Like Having a Horse of Your Own for a Week

Warm Beach Horse CampOwning a horse is a dream-come-true for many. Daily caring for a horse, riding, connecting, bonding – these are some of the joys of horse ownership. Horse lovers enjoy the freedom and thrill of connecting with a horse. Not just controlling the animal, but becoming a partner with the horse.

Horse ownership may not be realistic for everyone. But a week of Horsemanship Camp at Warm Beach in Stanwood, Washington, gives a taste of horse ownership and much more. Horsemanship Camp is first of all about learning to safely and responsibly care for and ride horses. It is also a time for friends and fun activities.

This summer, Warm Beach Camp is adding more riding time into the schedule in the mornings and evenings. Riding lessons occur both in the arena and on the trail each morning. A horse science ground class will be offered in the afternoons. Evenings feature mounted options such as drill team, vaulting, and trail riding. In addition to all the horse time, campers also go swimming, do crafts, and experience the personal challenge of the climbing tower and high ropes course (ages 12+). Mounted games, such as pole bending and barrel classes, will test the rider’s balance, harmony, and horse control. Level 2 and above riders have a chance to apply their riding skills in team sorting cattle. New this year is an opportunity for Level 2 and above riders to learn some English riding. The week’s schedule is packed with horse and horse-related activities. Horsemanship Camp sample schedule

A graduated riding instruction curriculum is taught by Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) trained staff. Whether a rider comes as a complete beginner or with experience, there’s an appropriate class scaled to their riding ability.

Campers will have amazing fun learning new skills that apply not only to riding but also to life. For more information and to register for Warm Beach Horsemanship Camp Horsemanship Camps
Warm Beach Camp, life changes here.

Owning a horse is a dream-come-true for many. Daily caring for a horse, riding, connecting, bonding – these are some of the joys of horse ownership. Horse lovers enjoy the freedom and thrill of connecting with a horse. Not just controlling the animal, but becoming a partner with the horse.
Horse ownership may not be realistic for everyone. But a week of Horsemanship Camp at Warm Beach in Stanwood, Washington, gives a taste of horse ownership and much more. Horsemanship Camp is first of all about learning to safely and responsibly care for and ride horses. It is also a time for friends and fun activities.
This summer, Warm Beach Camp is adding more riding time into the schedule in the mornings and evenings. Riding lessons occur both in the arena and on the trail each morning. A horse science ground class will be offered in the afternoons. Evenings feature mounted options such as drill team, vaulting, and trail riding. In addition to all the horse time, campers also go swimming, do crafts, and experience the personal challenge of the climbing tower and high ropes course (ages 12+). Mounted games, such as pole bending and barrel classes, will test the rider’s balance, harmony, and horse control. Level 2 and above riders have a chance to apply their riding skills in team sorting cattle. New this year is an opportunity for Level 2 and above riders to learn some English riding. The week’s schedule is packed with horse and horse-related activities. <link to the summer Horsemanship Camp sample schedule>
A graduated riding instruction curriculum is taught by Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) trained staff. Whether a rider comes as a complete beginner or with experience, there’s an appropriate class scaled to their riding ability.
Campers will have amazing fun learning new skills that apply not only to riding but also to life. For more information and to register for Warm Beach Horsemanship Camp, go to Horsemanship.WarmBeach.com.
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Cracking the ManCode at Warm Beach Camp’s Men’s Advance

Men's Advance 2014On March 7-9, 2014, over 250 men descended upon Warm Beach Camp for what may be the Seattle area’s largest overnight men’s event – Men’s Advance. Men from diverse church backgrounds ranging from Assemblies of God to Lutheran and Free Methodist, gathered for prayer, worship, teaching, and good ole fashioned guy-type fun.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Dennis Swanberg, cracked the ManCode, one of his most influential books. Swanberg spoke with great humor and sound biblical truth about the core necessity of relationships in a man’s life – first of all with God, then with family and importantly, with other men. “Guys have to learn to become real, to be vulnerable with one another to really grow,” says event organizer and H.U.G.E. Men of God chairman, James Brooke. There is a powerful spiritual work that God does when people come away from the distractions and routines of life, hear with fresh ears, and engage in prayer, song, and conversation.

Of course, guys connect best when they are doing something and Men’s Advance is loaded with plenty to do. Activities such as a “Cool Machines Show,” chainsaw carving demonstrations, giant sling shot, H.U.G.E. Highland Games, mountain biking, climbing tower, high ropes course, horseback rides and more, gave the guys something active and engaging to do together. No men’s gathering is complete without food and Men’s Advance does not disappoint! Five amazing meals were served during the weekend in addition to a BBQ sampler on Saturday afternoon. The king of all meals – the one everyone looks forward to – is the legendary prime rib dinner on Saturday.

God’s Spirit moved powerfully throughout the weekend. From the decisions made at chapel times to the earnest conversations with friends, evidence abounds of God’s transforming work in the lives of men. Lives are now changed. The trajectory of their families, their workplaces, and their communities are changing – for the good. We give God all of the glory and praise.

Men’s Advance is a program of Warm Beach Camp in partnership with H.U.G.E. Men of God. Honoring God, Unifying Men, Growing in Christ, and Equipping Disciples – that is what H.U.G.E. Men of God is all about. They are men from various churches in Washington working together to reach men in their local churches to impact their communities for Christ. Men’s Advance is the pinnacle event for those in the H.U.G.E. Men of God network and also for other churches men’s groups. Men’s Advance is open to any man and any church group regardless of denomination or affiliation. Our prayer is that Men’s Advance continues to strengthen local church men’s ministry, build deeply into the lives of individual men, and unify the Body of Christ for greater Kingdom influence.

Next year, Men’s Advance is March 6-8, 2015. The keynote speaker is Stu Webber, a legendary figure in the realm of men’s ministry nationally. Reservations for 2015 open March 18, 2014. Group leaders can book space now for next year’s Men’s Advance. Register by April 15, 2014 and receive a 10% discount! For more information or to register: Men's Advance 2015

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Project Updates - March 2014

Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • Cedar Lodge Lower Update 260Building permits for the project going on in lower Cedar Lodge have now been received, so work is progressing once again. This project is taking place in the basement area under Cedar Lodge Chapel. The old restrooms are gone, and office space and reconfigured storage areas are replacing them. It will take several more months to complete this phase of the work. All the labor is being done by volunteers!

  • The other project in the works for the Cedar Lodge basement this year is installing a new walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer for Food Service. This important upgrade replaces the current cooler and freezer that were installed around 1960 when that section of Cedar Lodge was built. While the ministry has grown substantially over the years, the space in these two walk-ins has not! This will be a wonderful improvement for the Food Service Department. Installation is anticipated in May or June.

  • The next major phase of renovation in Cedar Lodge will be in Cedar Lodge Chapel. Lots of planning has been taking place over the last six months or so, and this month, the plans should be finalized. Lord willing, construction will begin in June 2015.

  • At this point, the sidewalk improvements and the Stables projects are on hold until the funding can be raised for the work that needs to be done. The broken sidewalks have been removed and either replaced with gravel or not replaced at all. All safety issues have been addressed. At the Stables, the two projects waiting to be done include replacing the manure shed and building box stalls for the vaulting horses.

  • Projects that are scheduled to be done during this year include re-roofing the Pines Lodge and the Nurse’s Cabin, and replacing the tot lot toys near the Program Center. These projects are also awaiting funding.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp or by email at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

Reaching kids through partnerships

Partnership CampersDo you know who comes the farthest distance to attend summer youth camp at Warm Beach? For the past five summers, Warm Beach Camp has partnered with the Myungsung Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea, and they have been sending kids all the way to the U.S. to go to summer youth camp at Warm Beach, a distance of more than 5,000 miles!

The government in South Korea mandates that everyone learn to speak English. Christian churches there have been teaching English as a second language as an outreach tool. The opportunity to attend a camp in the U.S. has a strong attraction for the kids who attend church, and for the unchurched, as well!

Last summer, a group of kids from a Japanese school started coming to summer camp here, as well. The ministry of WBC's summer youth camps has turned global!

Not all of the partnerships with WBC are as far reaching, globally speaking, but they still have a profound impact on the lives of the kids who come for a week of summer camp. Last summer, WBC worked with 28 organizations to help bring the kids they work with to camp. These groups ranged from churches, after-school programs, governmental social service agencies, and missions serving the homeless. All told, more than 300 campers came to WBC last summer through partnerships with organizations.

More than $52,000 from the Kids 2 Camp scholarship fund went into helping these campers come to Warm Beach. The partnership organizations invested another $55,000 to help the campers from their groups attend. This multiplies the impact of the dollars given to the Kids 2 Camp program!

This summer, the process starts all over again. WBC will be working with these organizations, coordinating the effort to bring kids to summer camp. Those kids, many of them underprivileged or at risk, will have the opportunity to experience the love of Christian community that takes place at camp, and to hear the gospel of Christ presented in a clear way that youth can understand. For many of these campers, it will be a life-changing experience.

This is only possible because of the generous support and financial gifts of many people. Thank you for helping to touch young lives through the ministry of WBC and the Kids 2 Camp scholarship program.

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