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Special Friends

fun activities and adventures

high staff-to-camper ratio

Special Needs Programs

Special Needs Programs - Special Friends is “special” for all!

Special Friends Camps, designed for older teens and adults with special needs, make a big difference for campers and deeply impact the volunteers who serve as their “buddies.” Each camp is staffed with a high staff-to-camper ratio – often 1:1. Forty volunteers per week provide the necessary care, commitment, and level of support needed to make these friends feel really “special.”

Special Friends, a summer camp for adults with special needs at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, Stanwood, WA; near Seattle.

Summer Camps - Day & Overnight

a “yes, you can!” environment

Special Friends Camps bring fun activities and adventures to people with special needs. Caring staff and camper “buddies” provide a “yes, you can!” environment. (ages 15+)

Special Friends, a summer camp for adults with special needs at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, Stanwood, WA; near Seattle.

Special Friends Volunteers

Spend an amazing week

This summer be a camper “buddy” for a special needs teen/adult and help them participate in fun activities. The experience brings a special blessing to volunteers! Come individually or as a group. (ages 15+)

Special Needs Program Leadership

Laurie Fertello, Special Friends Director, at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, Stanwood, WA; near Seattle.

Laurie Fertello

Day Camp & Special Needs Program Director

Laurie has worked at Warm Beach Camp for over 37 years. Her passion is seeing people come to Christ. Laurie strives to create an atmosphere where campers feel accepted, encouraged, and loved! She enjoys watching people experience transformation through God’s love in the Special Friends Camp and Day Camp programs.

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