It's not easy to raise three boys, especially if you are a single mother. Each summer, the boys head out to Camp—a respite for Mom and a highlight for the boys.
As the boys become teenagers and are in high school, imagine the profound joy of Mom when she hears one of her sons ask, “Can I go to Warm Beach and volunteer with Special Friends Camp?” Some stories only become deeper and richer with time. Later that summer, Mom heard “I want to do that again next year!” Camp, a place of both giving and receiving.
About 300 women from the Pacific Northwest attended Refresh - A Women’s Event 2015 for a weekend of fun, worship and nourishment for the soul.
Keynote speaker, Kim Meeder, boldly shared God’s timeless messages of Truth, Hope, Encouragement and Purpose for every woman. You can listen to her speaking sessions from the weekend in the audio files below. We hope you will be encouraged and strengthened in your faith.
Here's a new definition of joy. "Joy is a pervasive sense of well-being." What would a "spiritual selfie" of your life reveal? Would it reveal that you are living a life of joy?
Joy comes when we: have clear direction in life live in God's presence spend time praising God thank God for what he has already done
What does a "joy-filled" life looks like? The song we used to sing says it well. Joy is the flag flown high from the castle of my heart O let it fly in the Sky let the whole world know that the KING is in residence here
Joy on the inside reflects on the outside, not dependent on circumstances.
Pastor Phil Brooks, Warm Beach Camp Volunteer Warm Beach Camp, life changes here
Imagine a warm, sunny summer day at Warm Beach Camp. The shade has stretched over the side of Cedar Lodge lawn. Chairs and picnic blankets cover the grass. Parents and grandparents chatter as kids play in the sunshine. Smiling faces show and laughter fills the air as games of hopscotch, Frisbee and volleyball spring up among newfound friends. Welcome to an afternoon at Family Camp.
Whether it’s the thrill of creating new traditions or re-visiting fond memories of years past, <next part of the sentence, sans serif font treatment> Family Camp is a special time where people of all ages come together to relax, renew and reconnect with God and each other.
Age group sessions are offered in the morning and evening. A variety of fun activities for the whole family fill the afternoon and special evening activities conclude the day. The schedule is relaxed with a variety of options to provide the freedom to create an experience that is as laid-back or action-packed as each family chooses.
While only a brief period of days are spent together at camp each August, the benefits of that special family time are likely to be evident throughout the year.
“We really used this time to reconnect and reset as a family. We heard God’s call for us… Family Camp did not disappoint and we treasure this time.” says one first time camper. “It is always a great time we set aside, and we see God work,” says another camper, who has attended with her family for over 20 years. “We are more quiet and listening [after camp]. We always learn and grow. We push the reset button.”
Join us with your family this August as we, once again, hit “reset” together at camp.
Each summer, the Camp seeks to fill between 40 and 45 summer job positions as well as over 70 volunteer nurse positions throughout the year.
Summer staffers serve during the two-and-a-half-month period from mid-June to the end of August. Generally, summer staff are college-age, and in most cases, no experience is necessary. There are currently openings for counselors, workers in food service, accommodations, and maintenance.
Warm Beach Camp’s volunteer nurses serve during week-long camps, weekend retreats, and The Lights of Christmas. Volunteer nurses receive room and board for themselves and their family, plus there are discounts available for family members to attend camp sessions at the same time.
If you or someone you know is looking for something new and exciting to do this summer, we are looking for those with a passion for ministry and joy of working with people. If you are interested in paid summer positions please contact Christina Barnes by email or call her at (360) 216-4262. If you are interested in Volunteer Nurse positions please contact Jessica Wilson by email or call her at (360) 312-3417.
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:
If 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.”
Laurie’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.
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