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Project Updates - May 2017

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

  • CLChapel2417aThe Cedar Lodge Chapel renovation project is just days away from being completed! In the last six weeks, a new ceiling and lighting have been installed, and a new roof put on. This will complete the three phases of renovation in Cedar Lodge that were part of the Embracing the Vision Campaign.

  • The new playground equipment that will replace the old “Big Toy” playground structure will be installed on May 19 and 20. The final gift to complete the funding for this project was recently received, allowing this project to proceed. The new commercial-grade playground equipment is designed for children aged 5 to 12, and has a capacity of up to 50 youngsters at a time. The equipment includes slides, climbing apparatus, as well as ground level elements that children with mobility challenges can also enjoy.

  • A massive lighting replacement project is underway in buildings all over the grounds. 3,000 lights are being replaced with energy efficient LED’s as part of an efficiency grant from the Snohomish County PUD. This project will make a significant difference in the Camp’s energy use. The project is due to be completed by the end of May.

  • There are only two rooms in Cascadian Lodge left to be memorialized in preparation for a major revitalize project in this facility. So far, 28 of the 30 rooms have been underwritten. New carpeting has been laid down in the Lobby and hallways, and a new fireplace insert installed in the Lobby. More work in the Lobby is scheduled for this fall, and renovations of the sleeping rooms will begin early next year. If you would like information about memorializing a room for a loved one, or funding a room in honor of a significant person or persons in your life, please contact Nancy Nelson at the Camp.

  • The new sidewalk from Cedar Lodge Chapel to the Program Center is scheduled to be completed in May. This project will replace broken concrete sidewalk sections, create a wider sidewalk to Program Center, remove the old snack shop building, and re-position the metal picnic pavilion.

  • New State Health Department regulations are requiring water metering on all private water systems by the end of 2017. The new meters have been installed over the last three months. The Camp manages the water system that supplies water for the Camp, the Warm Beach Senior Community, and the Free Methodist Church.

  • New flooring has been installed in Whistler Mini-Lodge, and is scheduled to be replaced in Glacier Mini-Lodge. Crews have also painted the interiors of Maple Center, and Whistler and Glacier Mini-Lodges. Now they are painting the interiors of the W-Bar-B Cabins, and the exterior doors in Olympic View Lodge and the Program Center.

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 send her an email.

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The two great responses - part 4

“Spy Kids” was a series of family films that came out several years ago. The story is of a family of spies with cool gadgets and gizmos. After a “dangerous adventure” that ends with dramatic success and epic music, one of the spy kids says, “Family is the greatest adventure of all!”

Truly, family is one of life’s greatest adventures.

Jesus says the two greatest commandments are: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

In the midst of raising kids, it is easy to minimize God in our lives. The pressures of making life work every day are unending. Yet, something incredible happens when we keep pursuing God in the midst of it all – we see just how much He loves and cares for us.

My wife, Bev, and I try to do two things every day in seeking God – we pray together and read from God’s Word. It doesn’t always happen, but we never give up. In the simple effort of praying and reading God’s Word, we connect with God and sense His love and care for us, even when the tough things come.

By loving God with everything we’ve got, we connect with the depth of His love for us. His love is so much better than our love. An amazing thing happens next… His love flows through us to our kids. In effect, Bev and I are loving our kids as we love ourselves.

In my journey of parenting, I have come up against myself in so many ways. I have experienced me being selfish, greedy, controlling, angry, passive… (you get the point). Yet, by leaning into Jesus’ two great responses, I experience how much I am loved, and that love is shared with my children. My kids actually experience Jesus’ love through me.

As you continue on the great adventure of family, thank Jesus for pointing out the two greatest commandments. Pursue them, and it will change your family life.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Longing to be loved

Photo 21 400pxA boy arrived at camp carrying his bags as well as a heavy heart. He shared repeatedly about the lack of a father in his life… but almost with a proud tone to his grief. Those words came to a crossroads on Thursday night when he asked his counselor during reflection time, “What does it mean to be a part of God’s family?” The counselor explained the truth the boy was longing to hear — the reality that God was the perfect Father and created him to be in relationship. The boy continued to ask questions about the Bible and wanted a list of all the worship songs from the week. His heart was opening to the idea of a perfect Father. What a beautiful start to lasting love!

Camp is a place where a kid can leave behind the cares, distractions, and problems of everyday life and embrace a new beginning. The love of God becomes more real at camp, lived out through the lives of caring staff. Would you like to join us to make sure no one is left out of a chance to attend camp? Donations to the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund make it possible. Learn More Add a comment

Investing in your kids for the long term

450 Dad and Son Weekend ArcheryWhile parenting has no more guarantees than financial investment, when we make regular investments of time, attention, love, and joy, our relationship with our children has much greater capacity for enduring health.

One such investment which became a ten year tradition for my son and I, was attending Dad & Me Weekends at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA. These weekends gave us plenty of ways to build memories and have fun together. Even though I work at Camp and could take my son out to shoot BB guns or do archery anytime, there was something special about packing up and moving into a cabin with other guys and spending time hanging out, and doing cool stuff together.

Whether it was mountain boards down the hill or foursquare in the barn, we kept busy morning to night. It sounds exhausting and frankly it was. But it was always a good tired feeling at the end of a weekend knowing that positive investment was made in our relationship. There was something special about me taking time away from the rest of the family to do something with just my son.

Dad & Me Weekends are deceptively simple. Two nights, six meals, and tons of fun things to do together. Memorable chapel times bring focus on meaningful aspects of faith and family. And, there is lots of time together. It is one of those rare times when dad is just playing with his child and doesn’t have to stop and do chores or go to a sporting event or help someone else with a project.

Dad & Me Weekends can be a tradition that builds positively upon the daily/weekly investments we make in our kid’s lives. It is the perfect getaway for investing in our kids, while they’re still kids. As my son approaches high school graduation and will soon be off to college, those routine investments have built a life of shared memories and mutual commitment that is so very, very rich in our family. 

More information about Dad & Me Weekends for sons and daughters can be found at http://www.warmbeach.com/programs/family-programs/dad-and-me-weekends

Patrick Patterson, General Manager/C.O.O
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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The two great responses - part 3

The big idea in marriage is that “the two become one.” It is one of the strongest expressions of unity that is demonstrated in this world.  It is obvious the world struggles with marriage as evidenced by all the counseling, laws, and interventions often needed when things are not working out.  

At the heart of the struggle in a marriage is selfishness. Bluntly put, I still want my own way. In Jesus’ two great responses, He challenges us to a selfless focus. Invest all of who we are in God and in the people we love.

Early in our marriage, my wife, Bev, let me know I was constantly late to commitments with her and our family. My immediate response was, “No I’m not.” with my second level response being, “What I was doing was important and couldn’t be put off.” My responses revealed everything…

My agendas were more important than my commitments to Bev and our family. Yes, I loved Bev. Yes, I loved the kids. Yes, I would presume upon them all the time to adjust to what I perceived to be the most important to me at that moment. I was selfish.

To get my attention, Bev came up with a plan: “For 30 days, every time you are late to a family commitment, you pay me $5. Every time you are on time, I pay you $5.” I took the challenge, believing I would prove her wrong.  

Thirty days later... Ed paid Bev $340. Bev paid Ed $10. You do the math! Boy, did I show her... NOT!!!

Bev’s simple act of creativity was one of the many acts of love that have helped me lean away from my selfishness and lean into a selfless love where “the two become one.”  

Sometimes, it is easy to take important words and apply them to everyone else. The real opportunity in my marriage is when Bev and I love God with all we’ve got, and love each other as ourselves. 

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Why I keep coming back to Women's Event

Each year Warm Beach hosts a weekend where women can gather together for renewal, relaxation and to deepen relationships. I have been attending Refresh Women’s Event regularly since 2001. It was at this event where I first heard God call me into ministry. I keep coming back because I am blessed year after year by the connections made and the relationships that are deepened.   

Attending Women’s Event as a group is a great way to build relationships with women in your church. Bring your daughter, your sister, your mom, your friends… there is nothing like spending a weekend away with someone to get to know each other better! The walks, talks, and meals shared with others deepen relationships. This builds community which can help us as we stumble through life together when we get back to “the real world.” At Women’s Event, lives are changed, friends are made and relationships with God and others are strengthened.    

A few years ago, I met a wonderful woman from Tacoma, WA. We had a great time chatting and we discovered we had a lot in common. We were both in progress to become ordained pastors in the Free Methodist Church, and our children were both freshmen at Seattle Pacific University. These common bonds helped us pray for each other with understanding at a heart level. Each time we are together, we are able to encourage each other in ministry as we journey through the process of ordination.

What a joy it is to be a part of planning this year’s Women’s Event! You are invited to come and hear a wonderful speaker, Sue Donaldson, who will speak about finding our strength and joy for our journey through life. Worship leader, Angie Morehouse, is bringing a complete worship band, and we have some extended times of worship through music planned. There are also wonderful new workshops, crafts, recreation, and spa packages to round out the weekend. And don’t forget - no cooking or cleaning all weekend long!

We look forward to seeing you! To register and for more information, see our web page www.warmbeach.com/refresh.

Mary CombsMary Combs, Assistant Pastor
Living Hope Free Methodist Church,
Bothell, WA

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Remembering with an Eternal Purpose

by Nancy Nelson

During the last few years, my immediate family has been stepping into eternity. Matter of fact, when my 94+ year old mom, now on Hospice care, slips into Heaven, I will be the only one left from the family into which I was born. Thankfully, there is a legacy opportunity that we’ve taken advantage of here at Warm Beach Camp.

A few years back, we memorialized a room in the new ADA Mount Baker Cabin for my sister, Peggy, who died when she was 35 years old. When Dad passed away 10 years ago, we had the opportunity to fund an Olympic View room in his memory. When the dedication services occurred for these facilities, family members carried memorial plaques into the rooms, and prayed for the guests who would be using these newly furnished rooms.

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As I walk by these “sacred spaces” at Camp, I can’t help but realize that my family’s legacy continues as Christ-followers. Just recently, my husband Stan and I have pledged to fund the renovation of a Cascadian room in memory of his folks.

All but six of the thirty Cascadian rooms have been funded or pledged, providing the dollars needed for renovating the rooms. Would you be interested in funding a room? Please join us in making this facility top-notch and ready to serve the next generation. It’s an amazing way to remember or honor a loved one. Just give me a call, Nancy Nelson, at (360) 312-3979.

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Annual Appreciation Event for our Partners in Ministry

Our opportunity to tell you thank you!

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 in this ministry.

PIMDinner14bPlease join us as our guests on Saturday, May 13, at 6 pm in the Camp’s Program Center Auditorium for a delicious dinner, and special music by the Roosevelt Road 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, our 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 hope to see you there!

Please note: reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by May 6. 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.

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Fun without limits!

SFBuddies4bThe minute a camper arrives at Special Friends Day Camp, they are celebrated — the way we all wish we were — with unabashed enthusiasm and acceptance. Lines of campers and “buddies” form on either side and cheer the arrival of every camper. Every day starts off with a celebration.

Summer can’t come soon enough for these Special Friends day campers. Special Friends Day Camp is for special needs adults ages 15 and up. Our campers never age out of the program, and many come back for multiple weeks year after year to see their friends and to have a great time.

Special Friends Camp is all about “fun without limits.” We always try to say “Yes, you can!” and help campers do all the things they want to do at camp.

But we can’t do it without volunteers. We need 45-50 volunteers each week. Would you consider being a “Buddy” (volunteer counselor) for a special needs camper this summer? You can sign up for a single week or for multiple weeks, depending on your schedule. Training takes place on Sunday and Monday each week, and then you spend Tuesday through Friday with your camper.

You are welcome to stay overnight at camp for the week you are volunteering. Accommodations are rustic, but lots of fun! You can even volunteer as a family, or as a group. Counselors need to be at least 15 years old, but we have some support positions for younger volunteers accompanied by an adult.

To sign up, or for more information, please go to the Camp’s Special Friends Camp Volunteer webpage. Or, you can email Jessica Wilson, or call her at (360) 312-3417.

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Project Updates - March 2017

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

  • The final push for completing the renovation project in Cedar Lodge Chapel began on March 13. The work being done includes new texture and paint for the ceiling, and new lighting. As soon as weather permits, a new roof will be put down on this wing of Cedar Lodge. What a difference this project is making! Be sure to take a peek in the Chapel the next time you are on the grounds. This will complete the three phases of renovation in Cedar Lodge that were part of the Embracing the Vision Campaign.

  • Across Marine Drive from the main Camp entrance, land has been cleared to expand the parking lot for The Lights of Christmas. Once permits are in-hand, this parking area will be completed. The Camp is working hard to keep up with an ever-increasing need for parking spaces for this event.

  • A new sidewalk will be installed next month that will connect Cedar Lodge Chapel with the Program Center. This will help when large groups of campers move between Cedar Lodge to the Program Center. The last few years, there has been only one sidewalk available to use between buildings. Along with this project, the old Snack Shop building will be torn down, and the model train house moved to a new location.

  • BigToy1bNew flooring has been installed in the Bayview Ranch House dining room. As time allows, new flooring will also be installed in Glacier and Whistler Mini-Lodges, and Abbot and Warner houses. Besides this, crews will paint the interiors of Glacier and Whistler Mini-Lodges, Maple Center, and the W-Bar-B Dorm Cabins this spring, getting them ready for summer.

  • The new playground equipment that will replace the old “Big Toy” playground structure (pictured at right) is scheduled to be installed in May. Funding for this project is not yet complete, but, for safety, the old equipment must be replaced as soon as possible. The new commercial-grade playground equipment is designed for children aged 5 to 12, and has a capacity of up to 50 youngsters at a time. The equipment includes slides, climbing apparatus, as well as ground level elements that children with mobility challenges can also enjoy.

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 send her an email.

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The two great responses - Part 2

In the same way people were trying to trap Jesus, we often trap ourselves. Self-sabotage is something all of us develop and fine tune in response to vulnerabilities and brokenness in our lives. Think about it… Jesus says, “I love you,” and we might fire back with, “I don’t like me, how can You love me?”

Jesus says He has two things for us to focus on: Loving God and having compassion for people. In effect He is saying, “Love God with everything you’ve got.” He wants us to go all in.

Here is what I have come to know: It is only by going all in to God’s love and compassion for people that life begins to hold together with integrity, meaning and purpose. When I jump all the way into God’s love, I begin to know, experience and incorporate His visionary view of me.

Over time, His visionary view of me takes hold in my life and it changes me. I become more and more of His view for my life. As this takes place my love for people increases. My desire to make a difference in their lives grows. Compassion flows, barriers are broken, and risks rooted in compassion are taken to bless and encourage.

When you are tempted to sabotage yourself, choose Jesus’ two greatest responses.

Check back next month for Part 3 of this series.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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