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.

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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.

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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.

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