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Develop relationships with special needs adults.

A great local mission opportunity to share Christ's love by being a caring presence in the life of a special needs adult. Come individually or as a group. Volunteers are welcome to stay overnight on the grounds for the week free of charge. All meals are included. After campers leave for the day, you are free to participate in fellowship activities with other staff and volunteers. Each evening there will be a special chapel time where you can grow closer to the Lord and each other. 

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Lead campers through swimming, climbing, worship, games and more!

2017 Dates:

  • June 25-30
  • July 2-7
  • July 9-14
  • July 16-21
  • July 23-28
  • August 6-11

Age Requirement: Age 14 or older. (Volunteers ages 14-17 will need to have a parent/guardian signature on application)

Each week begins with two days of training for volunteers starting at 2:00 pm on Sunday and going through Monday afternoon. the campers will arrive on Tuesday, and then the real fun begins.

Additional Volunteer Information 

To sign up:

Download 2017 Volunteer Application

Send completed application to:

Warm Beach Camp
Volunteer Department
20800 Marine Drive
Stanwood, WA 98292
or FAX to 360-312-3417

For more information about volunteering for the Special Friends program or about the application process, contact Jessica Wilson, Volunteer Department at 360-312-4984 or email at jwilson@warmbeach.com

Health Conditions

Warm Beach Camp desires to provide a safe and appropriate camp experience for all campers who attend. Due to limited medical staff and facilities, we are limited in the range of special needs and health conditions that can be properly accommodated.

Warm Beach Camp cannot adequately support campers with the following health conditions:
  • Diabetes - cannot accommodate 24 hour monitoring
  • Active Seizure Disorder - Must be seizure-free and with no medication changes for minimum of 3 months
  • Active self-mutilation and self-harm behavior
  • Active anger-management and violent behavior conditions
  • Trach or ventilator dependent campers
  • Anaphylactic food allergies
  • G-tube/J-tube/NG tube for liquid diet feeding
  • Any form of urinary catheter
  • Any form of Ostomies for bowel elimination
  • Any form of port
  • Severe Autism
  • Non-weight bearing, requiring transfers with a Hoyer lift
  • Swallowing disorders that require blended or thickened liquid diet

Warm Beach Camp can accommodate vegetarianism and gluten-sensitivity if advised prior to camper attending camp. However we cannot serve other diets that cannot be accommodated by the camper selecting available options from the food line or special diet requirements including swallowing disorders that require blended or thickened liquid diet.

Warm Beach Camp cannot guarantee campers with anaphylactic allergies will not experience a trigger while at Camp. Warm Beach Camp does not stock, provide, or cook with peanuts. However, our food products may be processed in a facility that also processes peanut products or other allergens. Despite attempts to restrict other campers from bringing peanuts, we cannot guarantee that other campers will not bring peanuts. Campers with severe anaphylactic risks to environmental triggers are not encouraged to register for a session at Warm Beach Camp.

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Laurie Fertello

Day Camp Director and
Disabilities Ministries Director

Laurie FertelloServing at Warm Beach Camp since 1982, Laurie is responsible for writing, planning and directing Day Camps and Special Friends Camps. She is also the outdoor artistic director for The Lights of Christmas. Laurie is passionate about sharing the story God’s unconditional love demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.