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Project Updates

New hot boxes recently arrived in the kitchen. These keep the food warm between the time it leaves the stove or oven and goes upstairs to the serving line. Shipping containers have been re-positioned in the shop yard to optimize general storage and parking for The Lights of Christmas. Three staff cottages received paint and flooring and one has a new roof. Bathrooms in Whistler Mini-lodge are now being remodeled and repaired. An addition to our water system control building ...
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Thank You to the Faithful

When Joel and Marilyn Hume got married and started having children, it seemed only natural to start helping with the children’s programing at Warm Beach Oasis Family Camp each summer. Joel and Marilyn have volunteered in the 1st and 2nd grade kids’ class for the past 25 years. Volunteering at Family Camp has been a joy for Joel and Marilyn.  Marilyn said, “When they grow up you find out how much Camp meant to them.” Family Camp is a special ...
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Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day

Saturday, August 25, 2018 Last year, 1630 campers were able to attend a life-changing week at camp because of Kids 2 Camp scholarships and the generous people who made it possible. That’s why the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day, on Saturday, August 25, is such a big deal! And, it’s fun for everyone! The day kicks off with the 3rd annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run/Walk, an event for the entire family. It begins at 8:00am and includes a 10K, ...
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Every family needs a win

Navigating home and social life for foster and adoptive families can come with a unique set of challenges. That is why Refreshed Family Camp is so important. Refreshed Family Camp, at Warm Beach Camp, provides foster and adoptive families a time and place to find refreshment by drawing closer to God and each other. The schedule is relaxed with a great variety of options and blend of age levels for a great family experience. Another great benefit of this camp ...
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Project Updates

A new wheel chair accessible mounting station was built for the Therapeutic Horsemanship program, thanks to Synergy Construction, Dunn Lumber, and Stanwood Redi Mix. Now our program can truly serve the needs of our participants. Cross-ties are being installed at the Stables, replacing the old tie stalls. These will improve convenience and supervision of the tacking process. New convection ovens were installed in the kitchen replacing items that were over 30 years old. Many thanks to our generous donors. The ...
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Volunteer Needs

Summer is here and we are excited about all that is going on at Camp. We have the privilege to serve our guests/campers and keeping the path clear to the cross, but we need your help! Here are the specific opportunities this summer: Be a buddy at Special Friends Camps. Come for one week or multiple weeks, June 26 – Aug. 10, 2018. Go to www.warmbeach.com/sfvolunteer to apply or for more information. Nurses for our Summer Camp Programs. Camp nurses ensure our ...
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There was SO MUCH more going on!

Life changes at Warm Beach Camp. The following letter is from Becky, a foster mom, who was able to bring her two boys to Parent and Child Horse Camp because of Kids 2 Camp scholarship funds. It is a perfect example of the transformative power of Camp made possible because of our generous donors. My boys and I attended the three-day Parent and Child Horse Camp last fall and the boys excelled and absolutely blossomed with the horses. On the ...
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Jeannie Patterson accepts new role at Warm Beach Camp

Jeannie Patterson recently accepted the position of Estate Planning Specialist/Development Associate, effective June 1st. Jeannie moved to Warm Beach Camp in 1987 with her husband Pat. Over the years Jeannie has worked in several departments at the Camp including Food Service, Registration, Business Office, Horsemanship (just to name a few) and was the first Director of The Lights of Christmas. “Working at Warm Beach Camp is like coming home!” said Jeannie. "I love working together with a team of people ...
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Project Updates

A new wheelchair ramp and mounting station was constructed for our Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. This project was funded and built by the Master Builders Association, Hamilton Lumber, Dunn Lumber, Cenex, and Synergy Construction. Vital cleaning, painting, groundskeeping, fence building, and more was accomplished by the Lakeland High School group from Florida. The new beauty bark recently spread along with the spring flowers create a beautiful oasis. Cascadian Lodge rooms 12-30 are now renovated and in use by guests. New convection ovens have been ordered ...
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Project Updates

Spring gardening is in full swing with beauty bark coming April 30. Cascadian Lodge rooms 12-30 will be complete by the end of May. A new gas stove was installed in the kitchen. New convection ovens will be ordered once sufficient funding is available. Four staff cottages are scheduled for repairs and upgrades this spring and summer. Whistler Mini-Lodge will receive new bathrooms and lobby upgrades as soon as a contractor can be scheduled. We are seeking a volunteer group ...
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How volunteers make Special Friends Camp possible

Do you love serving others, love laughing and giving high fives to others? Then being a Special Friends “buddy” is the right job for you! Each summer, over 240 volunteer buddies are needed to walk alongside our campers with disabilities during their week of summer camp. Buddies provide campers an experience without limits which makes the week extra special! Buddies don’t just change the lives of campers, buddies also get the experience of a lifetime and leave knowing their time ...
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Partners in Ministry Appreciation Dinner

Saturday, May 12, 2018 The people who stand with us as volunteers and donors are vital to making the ministry of Warm Beach Camp happen, and we think it is important to thank you once in a while! This is the reason for the Partners in Ministry Appreciation Dinner! Please join us for this complementary event on Saturday, May 12, at 6:00 pm in the Program Center Auditorium. The evening includes a delicious dinner, wonderful music, and testimonies about what ...
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Project Updates

Soccer goals have been installed on the East recreation field. Canoe dock repair and replacement will occur this Spring. The Program Center Auditorium stage will get acoustical treatment soon. Cascadian remodeling continues. Rooms 12-19 will be completed at the end of April this year. Lawn irrigation is being installed in front of the Mt Baker Cabins to keep those lawns green and healthy all summer long. Metal roofs on our buildings are being power washed, which improves the care and ...
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How Volunteers Make Mission Possible

“Chaos” would be the word to describe my household when my husband has to go out of town for a week.  All of a sudden the stack of dishes looks bigger, the children are screaming louder, and my nine year old has more homework than ever. When my husband is out of town my moto is, “lower your expectations.” There is just too much to get done, so I settle for safe and fed. When my husband returns home, we ...
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Meet Ginger Reitz

Ginger joined the Warm Beach Camp staff in the fall of 2017 as the Assistant Director of Horsemanship. Ginger brings a passion for ministry to people who are hurting – physically and emotionally – through and with horses. Ginger carries a life-long love of horses expressed through an extensive career in horsemanship training, competition, riding instruction, and managing her own horse farm in the Maple Valley area.  She and her daughters became involved in vaulting and were introduced to the Warm Beach ...
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No special talents other than caring

By Carolyn Cross, Special Friends Volunteer I recently retired from a very long and rewarding career with Kimberly-Clark! One of the items on my bucket list was to volunteer at Special Friends summer camp at Warm Beach. This camp gives individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind camp experience. To be honest, I was a little nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. On the first day of training I met my fellow volunteers and learned ...
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Project Updates, February 2018

Cedar Lodge entryways will receive new flooring soon!Here are the projects currently being planned or underway: Cedar Lodge entryways will receive new flooring soon. Whistler Mini-lodge is scheduled for refurbishment of the restrooms and lobby. New sprinkler irrigation is being installed around the Mt. Baker Cabins in late February. The Stables are getting an ADA ramp and platform to meet the needs of the Therapeutic Horsemanship program. Cascadian Lodge remodel is in process. Upgrades include new flooring, lighting, doors, furniture, ...
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A Labor of Love

Volunteers working on the Cascadian remodel project. Left to right: Benny Kruger, Larry Hagglund, Bob GravesCascadian Lodge was built in 1962 and has housed approximately 136,000 guests to date. Since its original construction, the facility has seen few upgrades or renovations. Two years ago Warm Beach started raising money for an interior make-over. Forty-six donors have contributed to the renovation project that will upgrade flooring, doors, furniture, décor, improve heating sources, lighting and outlets, and address needed repairs. Meeting room ...
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Project Updates

January is a transition month between The Lights of Christmas Festival and our winter/spring retreat season. Here’s what is happening this winter: The Lights of Christmas scenes, sets, and décor are going back into storage and the grounds are being restored for winter retreats. Cascadian Lodge remodeling has begun! The facility is receiving insulation, noise reduction, new fixtures, carpet, furniture, and interior décor. The Stables will have cross-ties installed, providing improved safety and covered space for tacking up horses. Automatic ...
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Estate Planning? Three questions to know if this is for you.

Did you know...  Warm Beach Camp Foundation offers estate planning services? If you answer “NO” to any more than one of the questions below, you just might benefit from estate planning services. Question 1: I am an immortal who does not experience physical death and will not need burial arrangements.  Yes ___   No ____   Question 2:  I am immune to all forms of disease or injury and will remain fully able to communicate my wishes about the healthcare, financial and ...