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.

Project Updates - November 2013

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

  • CLProjectExterior 275Work has slowed on the renovation project in lower Cedar Lodge while we wait for more building permits and inspections. The volunteers have moved outside where they are getting the new siding on and painted. The photo at right shows the bluff-side of lower Cedar Lodge with the new windows, doors, and siding, including to the new freight entrance door. The new offices going in to this area must be completed so there can be a re-shuffling of office space to open up the area where the new walk-in cooler and freezer will be installed. A major remodeling project like this requires a lot of careful choreography!

  • The native growth buffer was planted last month along the property line above Bayview Ranch House. This completes a requirement of our Conditional Use Permit that had to be done before any additional building permits could be received.

  • Several badly broken sidewalks near the Program Center and the Snack Shop have been removed. For now, they have either been replaced with gravel walkways, or not replaced at all. The sidewalk going to the Prayer Chapel had several tripping hazards that have been ground down.

  • Two new parking lots have been created near the Program Center. These will be used during The Lights of Christmas for the Joyland Concert Hall. To get the roadways ready for The Lights, a road grader is scheduled to come in late November and give our roads some much needed attention.

  • Two improvements are in the works at the Stables. The new manure shed will cost approximately $20,000, and when completed, will move the manure storage further from a stream that runs into Puget Sound. This will reduce the risk of any negative water quality impacts from the horses. We are seeking environmental funding for that project. The other project is new box stalls for the vaulting horses. This project will enable us to better care for the vaulting horses by keeping them indoors and out of the practice arena. Currently, we have to temporarily pasture horses on a secondary sacrifice pasture, which is not a sustainable practice as it compromises the pasture in winter time. We are awaiting bids for this project from the contractors.

  • Most work on projects comes to a close this time of year, but the planning goes on for the work that will be needed next year and beyond.

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.

Update on Projects - October 2013

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

  • CL Hallway WorkThe area in lower Cedar Lodge where the restrooms used to be looks totally different now! Work continues on turning that space into new office and storage areas, and an enlarged laundry. Structural improvements being made to the building are taking longer than anticipated, but these improvements must be completed before work can begin on Cedar Lodge Chapel upstairs. Installation of the new walk-in cooler and freezer for Food Service will have to wait for early next year, since we are now gearing up for The Lights of Christmas. There is still some structural preparation to be done before the cooler and freezer can be installed.

  • Architectural drawings are being prepared for the two new A.D.A. cabins at Chinook Village for Special Friends overnight camp planned for next summer. These drawings are needed to apply for the construction permits, and for assessing the construction costs. Funding will need to be raised to enable construction to begin. We are excited about launching this new program that will provide an even greater impact on the lives of the campers with special needs, and also give a much-needed break for the campers’ caregivers.

  • Planning has begun on a refurbishment project for Cascadian Lodge. We are working with an interior designer on plans for redecorating the sleeping rooms and lobby. This will involve new carpeting, paint, upholstery, lighting, and window coverings. Our goal is to have a sample room completed by March 2014. From there we will seek funding for updating the remaining Cascadian rooms.

  • Work is being done this fall on several projects. These include: some parking improvements for The Lights of Christmas and Program Center, planting a native growth buffer along the property line above Bayview Ranch House (which is a continuation of the work required by our Conditional Use Permit), and planning for improvements in our environmental stewardship in the horse program. This involves re-locating the manure shed and building a box stall addition for the vaulting horses. This fall, as we establish a budget and plans for next year, our prayer is that we can tend to the work needed to address issues of safety, environmental stewardship, and building preservation, along with the continuation of the Cedar Lodge project and Chinook Village makeover.

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.

Update on Projects - May 2013

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

  • CL RRWork 300The old restrooms in Lower Cedar Lodge have been dismantled in preparation for the renovation work to come. Throughout the year, we will be moving offices and storage areas around to free up the space to install a larger walk-in cooler and freezer. The space currently occupied by the freezer and cooler will eventually become additional work space and storage for the kitchen. This will vastly improve the productivity of the kitchen.

  • The projects on the lawn between Cedar Lodge and Cascadian have been completed! The overhead electrical lines that ran above the lawn have been moved underground, and an underground sprinkler system has been installed. Grass has been planted and should be green by summer! Together, these projects improve the safety, aesthetics, and functionality of this area of the grounds. Our sincere thanks goes to the family who provided the funding to make this project possible.

  • The native growth buffer along the property line between the pools and the Senior Community has been planted, and work along the property line above Bayview Ranch House is underway. Invasive plant growth is being removed (blackberries and ivy), and a new native plant buffer and fencing are being installed. These projects are part of the requirements of our Conditional Use Permit.

  • The conversion of Chinook Village into the new home for the Special Friends Camps continues. Modifications to the restrooms are underway to accommodate wheelchairs and meet A.D.A. requirements. A medical room is being set up and equipped to allow for care of the special needs campers. Volunteers from several senior volunteer organizations are coming this month to help with the construction of a new fire circle with seating that will better accommodate those with mobility challenges. These improvements will be completed in time for the first Special Friends camp this summer.

  • Some current projects include: painting the interior of Cascadian Lodge (finished), replacing the server for the Camp’s computer system (installed), power-washing and cleaning as many of our buildings, roofs, and other areas as possible (lots of progress on this with the help of some staff and wonderful volunteers), and the sprinkler system in the ball field is being repaired and both fields are being leveled for safer play.

  • This summer, Cascadian Lodge will be getting a new roof to repair some leaks and preserve the building. In our climate, roofs always seem to be an issue! 

If you would be 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.

Update on Projects - March 2013

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

  • There are a couple of projects underway right now on the lawn between Cedar Lodge and Cascadian that are funded by a family who saw a need and stepped forward to make it happen. The overhead electrical lines that run above the lawn are being moved underground. Then, an underground sprinkler system will be installed. Together, these projects improve the safety, aesthetics, and functionality of this area of the grounds. Our thanks go to the family who is making this possible.

  • The native growth buffer along the property line between the pools and the Senior Community is being planted this month. This provides screening and a sound buffer between the pools and the apartments next door. The other property line project is above Bayview Ranch House where some invasive plant growth must be removed (blackberries and ivy), and a new native plant buffer planted and fencing installed. Both of these projects are part of the requirements of our Conditional Use Permit.

  • Chinook_SF_Camp_240The conversion of Chinook Village for service as the home for the Special Friends camping program is continuing this spring. Work has begun on modifying the restrooms to accommodate wheelchairs and meet A.D.A. requirements. A medical room is being set up to allow for care of the special needs campers, and cabinetry for medical supplies has been built by volunteers. We will be adding activity zones such as a magnetic wall, a texture wall, and a scent area to stimulate senses. Crafts emphasizing the theme of creativity with recycled products are being developed. We are looking for help on redesigning and constructing a fire circle with seating appropriate to those with mobility challenges. We don’t want our Special Friends campers to miss out on a key summer camp experience – campfires!

  • Several of the cement walkways on the grounds are in poor shape and need repair. One section is the sidewalk near the snack shop where tree roots have cracked the concrete and pushed the sidewalk up. For safety, this must be repaired as soon as possible and is scheduled to be done this spring.

  • Some projects currently underway include: painting the interior of Cascadian Lodge (nearly finished), replacing the server for the Camp’s computer system (nearly ready to be installed), power-washing and cleaning as many of our buildings, roofs, and other areas as possible (underway with lots of help from staff and volunteers), and the sprinkler system in the ball field is being repaired and both fields are being leveled for safer play.

  • Working Weekend is coming up Memorial Day Weekend and we are excited to have about 70 volunteers from Lakeland Christian School in Lakeland, Florida, join us. They will be here for a senior class trip and service project. They will work alongside our regular volunteers at Working Weekend on landscaping and gardening, deep cleaning, trail maintenance, conservation projects, new picnic table construction, and Chinook Village improvements. Seniors from Lakeland came for the first time in 2003 and have come a number of times since. They are always a great group of kids to work with.

If you would be 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.

Update on Projects - February 2013

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

  • The first phase of parking improvements for The Lights of Christmas was completed before the event opened last December. This included expanded parking across Marine Drive from the entrance and better delineation for pedestrian walkways coming from Marine Drive to the ticket booths. Phase 2 will proceed this summer and fall and involves moving some of the storage in the shop yard to a different location and utilizing the vacated space for additional parking. We will also be moving the sand volleyball court from near the Program Center to closer to the swimming pools and changing the current location into parking for The Lights. New landscaping will go in this fall, completing the project.

  • Planning is underway for Phases 2 and 3 of Cedar Lodge renovation. We are planning to start construction in 2014 on renovating Cedar Lodge Chapel. This year, we hope to replace the walk-in freezers and coolers in the Kitchen as part of the downstairs kitchen expansion/remodel, part of the third phase.

  • The signage project, installing markers for the Native Growth Protection Areas (NGPA) identifying the buffer areas on the grounds that need to be preserved, is nearly complete. Volunteers are finishing up installing the 200 NGPA signs plus additional interpretive signs this spring. Additional conservation projects include a native growth buffer between the Pool and Senior Community, invasive plant removal (blackberries and ivy), and a new native plant buffer and fence along the property line above Bayview Ranch House.

  • We’ve been working on drainage improvements on the playfield at W-Bar-B Ranch. Now the Stillaguamish Tribe is partnering with us, using the drainage area as a test site for a water quality study on the bio-filtration capabilities of mushrooms. We are pleased to have this opportunity to work with the Tribes on developing natural and sustainable approaches to water quality improvements.

  • The conversion of Chinook Village for service as the home for the Special Friends camping program is continuing this spring. The restroom building will be upgraded to meet ADA requirements to accommodate those with disabilities. Also, a medical room with be set up to allow for care of the special needs campers.

  • Some projects in the works for the next few months include: installing a new server on the Camp’s computer system, interior painting of Cascadian, Maple Center, and Cedar Lodge Lobby, replacing several roofs as funds allow, and replacing several sections of crumbling sidewalks for safety reasons. We also have a special push on to power wash and clean as many of our buildings, roofs, and other areas as possible that are adversely affected by our wet climate.

  • Projects in the planning stages include: manure containment at the Stables where we are evaluating containment options; drainage in the horse corrals; building a new announcer’s stand next to the grandstands; installing underground sprinklers and moving the overhead electrical wires underground in Cedar Lodge front lawn; and repairing the weather damage in the decks at the Mount Baker cabins.

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

Update on Projects - November 2012

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

  • EntranceSign2_300This fall has been a busy time for projects around the grounds. The most visible project is the new entrance signs. These beautiful signs that now border the Camp’s main entrance were a gift from the Kanehen family in loving memory of wife and mother, Elizabeth Kanehen.

  • The landscaping and exterior painting on the new restroom addition in Cedar Lodge has been completed. Camp guests are really appreciating these beautiful new restrooms!

  • Work is nearing completion on much-needed expanded parking for The Lights of Christmas. Besides this, decorating work is going on all over the grounds in preparation for The Lights which open on Thursday, November 29.

  • Signage marking the Native Growth Protection Areas (NGPA) on the grounds continues to be installed, identifying the buffer areas that need to be preserved. Another part of this project will take place in the spring when invasive plants will be removed, and native vegetation will be planted in two border areas.

  • Repairs have been completed on the road that provides access to the dike and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. This road partially washed out last winter. Also competed are drainage improvements on the playfield at W-Bar-B Ranch.

  • Some projects in the planning stages include: construction of a new manure containment facility at the Stables and improved drainage in the horse corrals; building a new announcer’s stand next to the grandstands; replacement of the server on the Camp’s computer system; installation of underground sprinklers and moving the overhead electrical wires underground in Cedar Lodge front lawn; and repairing the weather damage in the decks at the Mount Baker cabins.

There really is a lot going on! If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours, a few days or more, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp or by email at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

Update on Projects - September 2012

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

  • The Special Friends Camping program moved to its new home, Chinook Village, this summer. With funds from Men’s Advance, Women’s Retreat, and a couple of foundation grants, we were able to make improvements to the Nurse’s Station and associated restroom and to the Chinook Cabins. Drainage in the center of camp was also improved, and a perimeter fence was built. Now that summer is over, we have time to improve the lighting in the Longhouse, add ADA accessible bathroom stalls, and improve the fire pit. Over 160 Special Friends Campers experienced the wonder of Camp at Chinook this summer. They loved the new facility.

  • Several projects were completed this summer with volunteer labor and materials purchased with funds received from a number of Camp donors. These included re-Table_Project_250staining the exterior of Olympic View Lodge, assembly and installation of a new chemical storage for the pool, a facelift for the RV restrooms, new decking and corrugated roofing for the Cedar Lodge deck, building ten new picnic tables, and replacing the roof on one staff cottage and windows in several others. With a generous gift from the Myungsun Church in Korea, a new memorial granite table has been installed on a grassy overlook of Port Susan Bay.

  • As we go into the fall, much work is still going on around the grounds. New entrance signs are being installed with gifts given through a memorial fund. As funds are available, improvements are being done to expand parking for The Lights of Christmas, along with work to consolidate some of the storage for The Lights. Renovation work is nearly complete on the landscaping around the new Cedar Lodge addition and the painting of the new exterior. Work continues on installing buffer planting in sensitive growth areas, and putting up signage marking the Native Growth Protection Areas as required by our conditional use permit.

  • Some new projects just getting underway include: installation of some new park benches, needed repairs to the dike road, drainage work on the play field at W-Bar-B Ranch, and drainage work and prep work for a new manure containment facility at the Stables. A couple more projects beginning at the Riding Arena are: replacing some rotten posts and building a new announcer’s stand next to the grandstands. A behind-the-scenes project is the replacement of the server on the Camp’s computer system.

There really is a lot going on! If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson by phone at 1-800-228-6724 ext. 2276, or by email.

Update on Projects - May 2012

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

  • THEY ARE OPEN!!! There are still a few finishing touches that are needed to complete the project, but the new restrooms on the main floor of Cedar Lodge were opened for the first time this past weekend for Women’s Retreat. We thank all of our guests, who of the past several months, have been patient and understanding for the noise, mess, and inconvenience. We also thank all of the people who have given financially to make this project possible. Next time you are on the grounds, take a look at the new restrooms!

  • Chinook_Work_Party_2-240The Special Friends Camping program is moving to Chinook Village this summer. To get this facility ready to meet the special needs of this group, we have a series of projects to complete. The funds needed for this project are coming from Men’s Advance and Refresh Women’s Retreats. We are also very grateful for a grant awarded from the Jeannie and David Brenner Fund through the Greater Everett Community Foundation. The Camp staff had a half-day work party recently to get the project started. A group of men are coming from the Mars Hill Church in Bellevue, and Memorial Working Weekend participants will also be helping. We are excited to see these improvements create a safe, welcoming environment for the Special Friends.

  • A number of projects are in different stages of planning, work, or completion this spring. Much of the firewood for summer is cut and stacked, and the remainder will be done by Working Weekend. Habitat planting is in progress and going well. Volunteers have painted and deep-cleaned two of the staff dorms, getting ready for summer. An Eagle Scout group is designing and building shooting stations for our BB-gun and Archery Ranges at W-Bar-B Ranch. A volunteer group from Stanwood tore off the leaking and broken corrugated roofing over the Cedar Lodge deck and a new roof is being installed. New sound system cabinets and equipment are being installed in Program Center Rooms A and B by volunteers.
     
  • Projects we are still working on this spring and summer include landscaping and painting the exterior of the new Cedar Lodge addition, assembly and installation of new park benches, installing new front entrance signs, renovation work on several staff cottages, installing new chemical storage for the pool, expanding parking and consolidating storage for The Lights of Christmas, and installing buffer planting and putting up signage as required by our conditional use permit.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp.

Update on Projects - March 2012

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

  • For a long time we have been asking for your prayers for our application for the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the County. Now we are asking you to join us in giving praise to God because the CUP has been granted! This opens the way for us to pursue future building permits, contains strong measures of environmental stewardship, and defines the direction of the Camp’s growth for the next 50 years.  Both Camp representatives and key leaders in the surrounding community have worked diligently together to prepare a proposal that is acceptable to all parties involved. That has created a healthy framework that has built strong relationships with our neighbors, particularly the Warm Beach Stewards, and with Snohomish County officials.

  • CL_Renovation_325Work is progressing on the Cedar Lodge Restroom project. Except for doors, the addition is now enclosed, with most electrical and much of the plumbing work completed. The sprinkler system on the main level is also nearly done. Insulation and sheetrock will begin going in shortly, followed by tiling the floors and installing the plumbing fixtures. The women’s restroom will have ten toilet stalls and five sinks! And, besides the men’s and women’s restrooms, there will be two family restrooms. The anticipated completion of this project is around the middle of April. We want to express our appreciation for the patience shown by our guests during this period of construction and inconvenience. Our thanks also go to everyone who had a part in funding the Embracing the Vision campaign and giving to the Cedar Lodge project. And finally, we are thankful to God for His blessings and direction in making this possible.

  • Plans are underway to create a new home for the Special Friends Camping program at Chinook Village. For a number of years, this facility has been underutilized, mainly being used by summer guest groups. Starting this summer, the Special Friends camps are moving to Chinook. To make this happen, we have a series of projects to complete. These include area clean-up, fencing, grading, lighting, seating, and accessibility improvements, to create a safe, welcoming environment for the Special Friends.

  • False fronts are being constructed on the buildings at the Stables and signs will be painted this spring to go on the false fronts. This is going to give the Stables the ambiance of a little western town. This has been an ongoing project over several years, and it is exciting to see it about to come to completion. All the materials and labor for this project have been provided by donors and volunteers.

  • A plethora of projects for this spring include installing park benches, habitat plantings to be completed in several areas, erosion control work to be done at W-Bar-B Ranch, and several buildings to paint inside and out. Help is still needed on a firewood cutting and splitting project. Several of these projects would be perfect for a church men’s group or civic club to tackle.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp.

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