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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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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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Project Updates - November 2016

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

  • CLChapelRenovationAThe new audio/visual systems have been installed in Cedar Lodge Chapel as a part of the refurbishment project currently underway. The new chairs have arrived. The rest of the work in the Chapel is on hold until after The Lights of Christmas. Work still needing to be done includes the new lighting, new texture/paint for the ceiling, and when it stops raining, a new roof on this wing of Cedar Lodge. Be sure to take a peek in the Chapel the next time you are on the grounds.

  • The renovation project to revitalize Cascadian Lodge is in the funding stage right now, raising the needed dollars through a room memorialization program. So far, 19 of the 30 rooms have been underwritten, leaving 11 more to be memorialized. The actual work on updating the sleeping rooms is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017, once all the rooms have been funded. If you would like information about memorializing a room, please contact Nancy Nelson at the Camp.

  • The two small restrooms in The Pines were recently refurbished and will present a much more welcoming environment for the many guests of The Lights of Christmas who make The Pines their first stop when they arrive. Our thanks goes to the volunteers who completed this project ahead of schedule.

  • The parking across Marine Drive from the main Camp entrance has been expanded by 60 spaces and is ready to welcome guests arriving at The Lights of Christmas. The Camp is working hard to keep up with an ever-increasing need for parking spaces for this event.

  • Feasibility studies are underway to develop plans for a new multipurpose building to replace the Chinook Longhouse. The new year-around facility will include a multipurpose meeting room, dining area, A.D.A. restrooms, nurse’s station and sick room, office space, and sleeping quarters for Special Friends Camp leadership staff. Over the next five years, we hope to begin work on replacing the Longhouse, and complete four additional dorm cabins.

  • Plans are underway to replace the old “Big Toy” playground equipment that dates back to the 1980’s. Years of heavy use, the northwest weather, and changes in safety standards have all had a part in bringing the old equipment to the end of its useful life. The old equipment will be taken out early this next year, and as soon as the funds are raised, new commercial-grade playground equipment will be installed.

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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Project Updates - September 2016

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

  • The refurbishment project in Cedar Lodge Chapel is nearing completion. The new snack bar has been completed. New chairs have been ordered. Work still in progress includes the new audio/visual systems, new lighting, and ceiling paint. This is the third and final project of the Embracing the Vision Campaign that provided funding for the new restrooms and the remodel work in the kitchen. We are grateful for the many people who gave through the Campaign to make all this work possible.

  • A new fireplace insert has been installed in Cascadian lobby. This is part of the renovation project to revitalize Cascadian Lodge. Fundraising through a room memorialization program is underway. This will allow us to significantly update the sleeping rooms in this lodge. Currently, 15 rooms have been memorialized, leaving 15 more to be underwritten. If you would like information about memorializing a room, please contact Nancy Nelson at the Camp.

  • Stables Project 2016New fireplace inserts have also been installed in both of the Olympic View Lodge meeting rooms. These provide a nice ambience and warmth to the rooms.

  • A lot of work has been done at the Stables this summer, and it continues into the fall. The new storage shed and corrals at the Stables are near completion, allowing for improved vaulting tack and horse feed storage, and improved winter horse feeding. A large section of gutters are being repaired or added to help with mud control in the rainy times of the year. New footing, a mix of sand and sawdust, has been added to the indoor riding arena to improve safety for the vaulters, and help protect the horses’ joints. Much of this work has been done by volunteers. Thank you, volunteers!

  • Work is starting on a project to add more parking spaces across Marine Drive for The Lights of Christmas. This will be the 20th year of The Lights, and it continues to grow each year. The Camp is working hard to keep up with an ever-increasing need for parking spaces for this event. It is wonderful that this event is reaching out to so many people! We want to be ready to serve those who come.

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 contact her by email.

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Project Updates - July 2016

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

  • Chapel Project Update716Work continues on the refurbishment project in Cedar Lodge Chapel. New windows and exterior doors have been installed, and the interior walls have been refinished. The last two family restrooms are now finished. Work still in progress includes the new audio/visual systems, new chairs, a snack counter, and possibly lighting and ceiling paint. This is the final project of the Embracing the Vision Campaign that provided funding for the new restrooms on the main floor of Cedar Lodge, and the remodel work in the kitchen and north end of the basement. We are grateful for the many people who gave through the Campaign to make this all possible.

  • New carpet has been installed in Cascadian Lobby and the hallways. You will have to take a peek next time you are on the grounds! Fundraising through a room memorialization program has begun that will allow us to refurbish the sleeping rooms in this lodge as well.

  • Volunteers have finished the painting project at the Stables. Over the last two years, all of the buildings at the Stables, along with Bayview Ranch House, have been repainted. They look really nice with their fresh new paint. Thank you, volunteers!

  • The new wider sidewalk is in that goes from the Senior Community to Maple Center. This project replaced the old four-foot sidewalk with a new ten-foot-wide one, improving safety and accommodating more pedestrian traffic.

  • The new outdoor sound system in the Amphitheater has been installed and is now fully operational. This is a huge improvement, allowing a greater range of programming to occur outside, year-round. Funding for this project came from two long-time guest groups, individuals, and Warm Beach Camp.

  • A new pedestrian entry for The Lights of Christmas near the front entrance is complete. This will direct the people parking across Marine Drive into the RV area where they will have a safer, more direct route to the ticket gates than has been possible in the past.

  • New storage shed and corrals at the Stables are being installed. This allows for improved vaulting tack storage and improvements to winter horse feeding.

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 you can contact her by email.

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Project Updates - May 2016

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

  • Volunteers are busy with the painting project at the Stables. They are working on the Stables office/snack shop and vaulting barrel gym. When they finish these two buildings, all of the buildings at the Stables and Bayview will have a fresh look. Thank you, volunteers!

  • SidewalkProjectThe repair work on the end-wall in the Cedar Lodge Dining Room is finished! The new windows are larger, and the exterior doors and new siding look great! We are thankful to have this work completed and grateful that the structural damage was not as extensive as feared.

  • Installation of the new, wider sidewalk that goes from the Senior Community to Maple Center is now underway. (See photo at right.) This project is replacing the cracked and broken four-foot sidewalk with a new ten-foot-wide one, improving safety and accommodating more pedestrian traffic. This work will be done between now and the end of May.

  • Poles were recently set at the Amphitheater for a new outdoor sound system that will be installed in May. This project will allow a greater range of programming to occur outside, year-round. Funding for this project is coming from two long-time guest groups, individuals, and Warm Beach Camp.

  • At the end of April, new carpet will be installed in Cascadian Lobby and hallways. Soon fundraising will begin that will allow us to refurbish the interiors of the sleeping rooms in this lodge.

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 email her.

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Project Updates - March 2016

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

  • Last fall, the barns at the Stables were painted. There will be more painting going on this spring when the weather gets warmer. The next set of buildings to be painted will be the Stables office/snack shop and vaulting barrel gym. Then all of the buildings at the Stables and Bayview will have a fresh look.

  • CLWallProjectThe repair work on the end-wall in the Cedar Lodge Dining Room is finally getting done! New windows, doors, and exterior finish will dress up the appearance of the building, improve energy efficiency, repair the rot in the wall, replace a broken window, and tantalize us with how nice the rest of that wing will look in the future when similar improvements are made. Work will be completed on this project by the end of this month.

  • The refurbishment of Cedar Lodge Chapel has finally begun. The water and sewer lines have been connected so the two family restrooms just outside the Chapel can be finished. The windows in the Chapel will be replaced, new window coverings installed, and interior and exterior paint will be applied. Interior work will begin this month and continue through May, and possibly into the summer. This is the third and final phase of the Cedar Lodge renovation project made possible by the funds raised through the Embracing the Vision Campaign several years ago.

  • Bids are being received from contractors for the work on installing the new, wider sidewalk from the Senior Community to Maple Center. This project will replace the cracked and broken four-foot sidewalk with a new ten-foot one, improve safety and accommodate more pedestrian traffic. This work will be done between now and the end of May.

  • A major culvert on a section of road leading to the wastewater treatment plant failed recently, resulting in a major sinkhole. This led to an extensive culvert replacement project and road improvements from the Stables to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

  • We are working through a list of spring projects, getting the roads and grounds ready for summer. Beauty bark is being applied to flower beds on the main grounds, and improvements are being made to the landscaping around Cascadian. Habitat restoration work, planting native plants around Bayview, as required by our County Conditional Use Permit, continues. Extensive work still needs to be done to the gravel roads on the grounds.

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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Project Updates - November 2015

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

  • Construction is now completed on the two new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps. Curtains are being sewn for the window coverings and will be installed in the spring. We will also be finishing up the landscaping in the spring, after the temperatures warm up.
  • The exteriors of the Stable barns have been painted thanks to the help of several volunteers. The stables are now a nice “barn red” color. The next set of buildings to be painted will be the stables office/snack shop and vaulting barrel gym. Then all of the buildings at the Stables and Bayview will have a fresh look.
  • Work has been completed to create 100 more parking spaces for The Lights of Christmas. These spaces are needed to handle the ever-growing numbers of vehicles that arrive each evening of The Lights.

Sidewalk Project AAfter the first of the year, work will begin on these projects:

  • The work to repair the end-wall in the Cedar Lodge Dining Room will finally be done early next year. There is significant rot that must be removed and the wall repaired. In addition, new windows and doors will be installed during the repair. A back-order on materials and the need to coordinate this work around guest groups have caused this work to be delayed.
  • The Cedar Lodge Chapel refurbishment project will also be done early next year. The windows will be replaced, new window coverings installed, and interior and exterior paint will be applied.
  • The sidewalk at right was installed in the mid- 1970's. A new wider sidewalk from the Senior Community to Maple Center will be installed to improve safety and accommodate more pedestrian traffic. This project is being funded in part by a significant gift from a family.

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 you may email her.

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Project Updates - October 2015

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

  • Construction is finally nearing completion on the two new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps. There is some finishing electrical and plumbing projects to be done as soon as the contractors are able to schedule the work, and outside landscaping and site grooming to be done early next year.

  • Solar Panels ProjectThe Camp was awarded a grant from the Snohomish County P.U.D. for a solar power project installed on Cedar Lodge. The solar panels are up and running, producing electricity that is providing part of the power needs for Cedar Lodge. We appreciate the fine work of Arlington Electric who did the installation and grateful for the funding received from Snohomish PUD through the Planet Power program.

  • The exteriors of the Stables barns are currently being painted with volunteer help.

  • Work is underway to create 100 more parking spaces for The Lights of Christmas. These spaces are needed to handle the ever-growing numbers of vehicles that arrive each evening of The Lights.

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 email her at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

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Project Updates - August 2015

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

  • The renovation work in lower Cedar Lodge has been completed! This is the first time the kitchen has been expanded since the building was built in the late 1950’s. The refurbishing work in Cedar Lodge Chapel will be done next year, and will focus on updating the room, installing energy efficient windows, and upgrading the audio/visual systems.

  • SF Dorm Flooring1Construction is nearing completion on the two new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps. Right now, the flooring is being installed (photo at right). We expect the dorms to be done by the end of September. Once construction is finished, there will still be some outside landscaping and site grooming to be done that we will need a work crew to help with.

  • Bayview Ranch House has received fresh paint and the new gutters have been installed.

  • Camp groups have really been enjoying the expanded fire circle and stage area at the Amphitheater this summer. These improvements are 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.

  • New playground equipment in the Tot Lot is installed and ready to provide lots of fun for the younger campers. We are grateful for the donors who gave financial gifts for this project, and for the volunteers who installed it. Let the fun begin!

  • Many of our landscaping rail fences that help beautify the grounds have been replaced this summer by several MMAP volunteer groups. We are grateful for their help with this project.

  • The Camp has been awarded a grant for a solar power project that will be installed on Cedar Lodge. The project installation is scheduled for this fall, and is expected to provide up to 20% of Cedar Lodge’s power needs.

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 email her at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

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