“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” - Hebrews 12:1-2

sara march2019 camphighlightsI am excited about so many things coming this summer at Warm Beach Youth Camp!

I am most excited about the Amazing Race event each week at camp! We will be working up to this event. On Fridays, teams of campers get to embark on the Amazing Race. This will mirror the TV show but will incorporate the week of camp into the game. The race will comprise of stops along significant places at Camp and the challenges will be specific to the location. The challenges will test the teams on their ability to work together and encourage one another. Teams will be competing for the “golden plunger” award, which they will sign after their victory.

Another part of summer camp I cannot wait for are the keynote speakers, our camp pastors. We will have someone different delivering the message to the campers each week. This provides variety and diversity. No week of camp will be the same! How cool is that? Our speakers are not only speaking at chapel but will participate in activities with the campers and will be available as spiritual mentors.

As the Youth Program team journey down this road of camp ministry we are striving to infuse intentionality into everything we do and provide. You can be assured if your camper is a part of youth camp here at Warm Beach Camp, they will leave having been loved and heard in the most intentional ways.

Registration is open, so head over to www.wbyouthcamps.com and sign your camper up today!

SaraRodriguezSara Rodriguez
Youth Program Director
Warm Beach Camp

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directorsletterPromises matter. Keeping promises builds trust and encourages transformation. There is a profound erosion of trust in U.S. culture today where words and commitments are dismissed under clever justification.

Warm Beach Camp is clear on the promises it makes and keeps. Warm Beach Camp:

  • Provides Christ-centered hospitality and programming.
  • Introduces campers to Christ, helping them grow in Christian living, and preparing them for worldwide Christian service.
  • Reaches out to members of society who are often overlooked and marginalized by bringing them to a camp or retreat.
  • Provides individuals and camper groups with opportunities for rest and renewal in a setting that reveals the grandeur of God.
  • Encourages the Body of Christ.
  • Produces positive societal change both locally and globally through programs, hospitality, and global initiatives.

Keeping these promises is why life changes here.


Ed 80pxBy Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

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sarasblogfeb"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." – Hebrews 13:8

I am so thankful Jesus is the same and will remain the same forever. He is unchanging and never failing.

One of the most fascinating things in youth ministry is the ever-changing culture of the students. Music, clothes, movies, humor, relationships, and expectations are moving and turning through a wheel that never stops spinning. Youth are viewing the world, and God, based on this cultural wheel which could present a problem for youth ministry organizations.

The best thing about Jesus is that He is consistent and always relevant no matter how the cultural spinning wheel is changing the perspective of the world.

Last year I decided to ask the youth attending Warm Beach Camp summer programs a question. I asked the campers to write down one question they had about God, the church, or their faith. The answers were heartbreaking, fascinating, extremely helpful, and gave me a glimpse into their world and knowledge of God based on their current environment.

I proceeded to sift through the answers and organized them by age. Out of these answers, the theme for summer of 2019 was born. After receiving very different questions from the Discover Campers (grades 4-6) and Adventure Campers (grades 7-9), I decided to make changes to the structure of the curriculum and themes.

The most commonly asked questions by Discover Campers were, “How was I created? Why was I created? Who created God?” I took this information and am intentionally crafting Discover Camp curriculum around the story of creation. We will be journeying through the book of Genesis for this age group.

The most commonly asked questions by Adventure Campers were, “How do you have faith? What is faith? If God is good, why does he let bad things happen?” As a result of these questions, the Adventure Camp theme will be “Champions of Faith.” We will learn about and meet some characters in Scripture who had big faith in the midst of crazy circumstances.

My hope and prayer for this summer is that the Lord will use these two themes to meet campers where they are in the middle of the questions they are asking. I am so excited to see how the Lord is going to move this summer through Warm Beach Summer Youth Camps.

SaraRodriguezSara Rodriguez
Youth Program Manager
Warm Beach Camp

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"So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ." - Romans 10:17 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.10.17.NLT

Jan26Every one of us has a desire to be saved or rescued from the things we know are not right in our lives. We try to address our known need by common efforts familiar to all of us:
- Self-help programs
- Religious activity
- Physical discipline
- Personal resolutions

While each of these has the potential to contribute positively to our lives, these efforts alone will not rescue us and set us free from what is wrong in our lives.

The Apostle Paul writes a simple truth: Faith is received through listening and responding to the incredible news of Jesus Christ.

Jesus has intercepted judgement for sin in our lives. Not only has He intercepted it, He took this judgement onto Himself. Judgement that led Him to the cross. His death was the absorption of all brokenness and sin in everyone’s life for all time.

Jesus’ resurrection is the definitive victory over every type of corruption, deception, hurtfulness, and violation of what God intended for people and creation.

Faith comes from listening and responding to this truth.

Faith is not produced by keeping laws and rules, or achieved through religious activity, or increased personal discipline.

Faith in Jesus Christ is listening to the incredible news of who He is and what He has done. It is responding to this truth with belief and acknowledging our need to be rescued by the only one who really can rescue us.

Thank you, Jesus, for your incredible news. Thank you for rescuing me. Thank you for taking the judgement due me, and taking It on yourself. Thank you for giving definitive victory over all that is broken in my life. I love you. In your name, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center focuses on giving people opportunities to connect with the incredible news of Jesus Christ by creating a place to listen and respond to God. We hope you’ll join us this year in discovering more of who Jesus is and the impact He has on our lives.

Ed 80pxBy Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

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