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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 has begun. New system controls are needed and additional covered space is required for the electronics.
Road repairs are needed to the road leading to the sewer lagoons. Plans are to begin the project this summer.
Volunteer assistance in areas of gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, and painting are needed throughout the summer and fall. Please e-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267 if you are interested in volunteering.Add a comment
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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 time when people of all ages come together to relax, renew, and reconnect with God and each other. For kids and adults alike, Family Camp is a memorable experience with lasting impacts.
Warm Beach Camp would like to thank Joel and Marilyn for their faithful service over the past 25 years. Volunteers like the Humes make Family Camp a joy for the whole family.
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If you would like to be a Family Camp volunteer, e-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.
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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, 5K, and 1-mile course through the beautiful grounds of Warm Beach Camp. The competitors out there will be pleased to know the 10K and 5K will be chip-timed!
After the Run, the 19th annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction begins with hundreds of items going on the auction block. Both the Silent and Live Auctions include a variety of outdoor items, vacations, gift items, dining opportunities and more! The Auction runs from 9:30am to 2:00pm.
The Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day also features fun activities for the kids and lunch for purchase.
And, it all goes to support Kids 2 Camp scholarships to bring kids to camp!
Would you like to help make the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day a success? Here’s how:
1. Plan to attend on August 25 and bring your friends!
2. Donate an item for the auction. E-mail Jeannie Patterson or call 360-312-4984.
3. Be a Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day volunteer. E-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.
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If there was a contest for the greatest act of kindness, I wonder what the entries would be. Personally, the most meaningful is intentional thoughtfulness to help carry a load in life, or simply the surprise of unexpected generosity.
Advocacy is an act of kindness. Things like, advocating for someone who is vulnerable or misunderstood, creating opportunity for someone who needs a fresh start, or simply giving someone a chance to develop and grow. To extend kindness, a spirit of selfless and unconditional love needs to be cultivated. Kindness is done for the good it brings others. It is not an attempt to bring attention to ourselves.
The greatest act of kindness I have ever received is forgiveness that Jesus Christ brings to my life. Every piece of brokenness, deceit, manipulation, anger, (the list goes on) that has, or ever will, exist in my life is forgiven. He didn’t just carry my load, He completely took it and called it His own. Jesus, at the direction of His Father, gave His life as forgiveness, redemption, and restoration for me and for all people.
On my best day, I only have glimpses into the magnitude of God’s kindness. Being a father and grandfather have opened my eyes to part of His unlimited kindness and grace. Being a husband has revealed the beauty of selflessness and the challenges of selfishness. Adoption has shown me the deep desires to be loved and the significant challenges of being abandoned.
The ministry of Warm Beach Camp extends kindness by advocating and creating opportunity for people to have life changing experiences in safe and caring environment. It is a living expression of the faith we hold in Jesus Christ, for the good of others.
Thank you Jesus.
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. Ephesians 1:7.
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center
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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 is it gives foster and adoptive families the chance to see they are not alone. They are part of a community that loves and cares for them. One mother said, “Thank you, truly, for sowing into our family, for believing in us, for cheering us on, for honoring us, for valuing us, for refreshing us, and for enabling us to get away and experience a few days at camp, where we can come closer as a family and closer to Jesus. We are so very, very, grateful!”
“Wins can be hard to come by in the foster and adoptive community. Camp is an awesome environment to experience a win. Dance parties, human whirlpools, field games, s’mores and bicycle parades come alongside age level programming, times of teaching, and opportunities for rest.” Said Ed McDowell, Director of Warm Beach Camp.” When you’re a family that isn’t quite like the rest, it’s important to take time to be Refreshed in a place that loves and accepts you just the way you are.Add a comment
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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 next upgrade for Food Services are new hot boxes which will keep food hot between the kitchen and serving areas.
The new canoe dock arrives this month. It will provide improved safety and convenience for our canoeing guests.
New covered storage is being built at the maintenance shop to meet the growing needs of The Lights of Christmas program. This project also results in more parking spaces in the shop yard and a much cleaner and more professional appearance.
Two staff cottages are getting work done, making them ready for occupancy. If anyone would like to assist with interior or exterior painting, we can use some more help.
Several cords of firewood was cut on Saturday, June 9. Thanks to the H.U.G.E. Men of God ministry for bringing guys to do the work. We use nearly 20 cords of wood a year! We need all the help we can get keeping our amphitheaters and fire pits well-stocked.
Cascadian Lodge improvements, Mountain Cabin roofing, and Whistler bathroom improvements will go on throughout the summer and early fall, as facilities and workers can be scheduled.
Volunteer assistance is needed for gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, and painting throughout the summer and fall. Please e-mail Faith Oates for details or call 360-761-1267.Add a comment
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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 campers are safe and well cared for at camp. Licensed nurses are needed for 4 weeks this summer.
Oasis & Refreshed Family Camp programs need Children’s classroom leaders and helpers, July 29- Aug 5, 2018. Discounts for Family Camp registration are available for volunteers.
Warm Beach Horsemanship is seeking help with Horse Camp, Vaulting Camp, stable hands, and more… If you like to work hard and enjoy being around horses, we have a job for you!
General labor is needed for ongoing projects in maintenance, landscaping, the paint shop, and food service.
If you’d like to get involved in any of the ways listed above, email Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.Add a comment
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A summer camp week is an experience unlike any other, offering a lifetime of positive impact. Youth overnight camps at Warm Beach provide a safe and fun environment for youth to step away from everyday distractions and step into who they are in Christ.
Perhaps the most valuable and unique element of summer camp at Warm Beach is the intentionality of the program and staff. Along with fun activities and recreation, campers are placed in a community where they are loved and taken care of by trained cabin guides. The camp experiences provide opportunities for campers to grow in leadership, teamwork, responsibility, confidence, and love. Camp cultivates positive relationships, often lifelong friendships between peers and strong bonds with camp guides.
This summer, our focus is what it means to be alive in Christ and how to follow in His footsteps. There will be time for campers to enjoy the outdoors, and reflect on their purpose. It’s going to be an amazing summer!
Youth Program Manager
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“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.” - Proverbs 29:25 NLT
When the human spirit rises and falls on the approval and opinions of others, we are in a vulnerable position. The writer of Proverbs calls it a “dangerous trap.”
People caught up in domestic violence are often trapped in a situation where they literally live in the fear of the abuser every moment of every day. It is a very dangerous situation. Sometimes individuals, in pursuit of their faith, end up following a pastor, teacher or religious leader with greater priority than knowing Jesus and following God. This too, is a risky move.
In my own life, I have learned that even with the best efforts and intentions, I will let people down. I make mistakes and need forgiveness and grace from others for those mistakes. This is true for all of us. While human relationships have the potential to be very meaningful, when we live in fear of them, we are not in a good place.
At Warm Beach Camp, we know there is a relationship that is always safe. God provides a relationship through Jesus Christ that is good. Putting our trust and faith in God does not fail. He never abuses. He forgives mistakes. Grace is extended where we fall short. Love is present. Trust and truth give us hope and faith. People are not taken advantage of. Instead, people are restored, renewed, and refreshed. God is transformational.
Thank you for being trustworthy. Thank you for pointing out that living in fear of people’s disapproval is risky and dangerous. I love you and put my trust in you today. In your name Jesus, Amen.
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center
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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 surface this may all look like “fun and games” and a neat little camp, but trust me, there was SO MUCH more going on during this experience!
The very first night, we participated in equestrian vaulting activities and heard the concept of trust building and relationship. The second day, we built on the foundational trust relationship with the BIG draft horses. Then we began applying this trust relationship to the horses we had been assigned to care for and build a relationship with for riding.
The boys understood the trust relationship with the horses and the relationships they are in with people (like with me and the trainers) and we were able to talk about these things. On top of all that, the boys experienced the responsibility of grooming and saddling their horse. They also learned their horse’s personality, how to work with them, and how to understand and listen to the horse - without words.
I believe one of the key elements that makes this camp unique is that we, the guardians or foster parents/adults, also participate in ALL the exercises. The exercises with the boys were profoundly moving and built around “relationships” in ways that did not have to be verbalized.
The ENTIRE experience of this short camp was such an amazing experience for these boys in my care and had a profound effect on them. It was IMPACTFUL on their healing and had relational context to their lives and those who care for them.
We are thankful for the opportunity to provide experiences that bring positive impact in people’s lives. And we appreciate the ways people contribute to help to make it possible.
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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 to honor Jesus." At Warm Beach Camp, this spirit of comradery is alive and well.
While Jeannie has been working in the Development Department since July of 2017, this new role will engage Jeannie’s giftings more fully. Jeannie is uniquely qualified for this position with her background in finance, historical knowledge of the Camp, and excellent networking skills.
Warm Beach Camp’s Development Department is thrilled to see Jeannie step into this role.
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