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When walls come down

YouthCamp 2009 218 350pxA camp counselor took some time to pray before the Night of Reflection at Warm Beach Youth Overnight Camp. She asked God to open up the hearts of her campers, and to break down any walls they had up. As she was reading her devotion one night, she came across a sentence that read, “If you keep praying…God will knock down the walls you are facing.” As she was praying for her campers, God was speaking the same truth to her! When she took a walk that night, two girls approached her and wanted to talk about their struggle with God, and invited her to pray for them. Walls came down and prayer was answered. God always speaks to our own hearts as we are praying for the words to share with others, doesn’t He? Add a comment

A powerful way to rebuild trust

WBHorsemanship hugging s 350pxThere is something powerful when a child connects with a horse. It has been said that horses love us and bear our burdens unconditionally. This is the heart of Warm Beach Camp’s equestrian connection. For children who have had relational trust broken in their lives, a connection with a horse is a powerful way to rebuild trust and open a child’s heart to the possibilities of being loved and accepted.

The Warm Beach Horsemanship program offers a variety of equestrian classes and camps. For those who want to work on a team and participate in world class competition, the equestrian vaulting team offers great opportunities for local and global competition. The hall mark of the Horsemanship program are the summer week-long residential horse and vaulting camps. Relationship, skill, work ethic, competition, and a greater awareness of God and His love are the key outcomes experienced in the equestrian ministry. Lisa Tremain, Horsemanship Director, is leading a very committed and talented team of people who have a strong desire to connect people with Jesus Christ.

Information about the Warm Beach Horsemanship Program can be found at www.WBCHorsemanship.com. Those who would like to support the Horsemanship program financially can donate online, or contact Jessica Wilson at jwilson@warmbeach.com, 360-312-3417.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Hope... is a precious gift

specialFriends400The Easter egg hunt at Warm Beach Camp was a big hit at the Special Friends Play Day the Saturday before Easter. And yet, what if you are blind? How do you participate? One young “buddy” brilliantly led her blind camper to the tennis courts where Easter eggs were placed in the webbing of the tennis nets for this camper to discover. Oh, the joy! This precious blind camper was able to find Easter eggs by feeling her way along the tennis nets!

Special Friends Camps for adults with special needs, creatively accepts, loves, encourages, plays, and shares hope. We cannot cure anyone or rescue anyone from their circumstances. However, during the time our Special Friends campers are here, we can enter into the world of “Camp” and laugh, love, and learn together. Through this, the Spirit of Christ brings hope, touches hearts, and truly transforms the spirits of people. He cherishes as His very own.

In his article, “The New Discrimination (It’s Just the Old Discrimination),” John Hiski Ridge J.D., PhD concludes his own story as a parent of a special needs daughter, “There may be a happy ending to this story, but I don’t know what the future holds. The best we can do now is hope.”

The heart of the Special Friends program at Warm Beach Camp, is to offer hope with joy, acceptance, and love. Join us in this journey. https://www.warmbeach.com/programs/special-needs-programs  

Life changes here

Patrick Patterson, General Manager/C.O.O.
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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A milestone, some memories, hard work, and happy hearts

Lakeland2017 IMG 1141Since 2007, the Senior Class of Lakeland Florida Christian School comes to Warm Beach Camp every spring for a “serving Senior Class trip.” About 90 seniors bring their best to any kind of work we throw their way. This year it included putting together new playground equipment, landscaping upgrades, weeding, clearing existing trails, blazing new trails, deep cleaning, building new picnic tables, and getting the RV area ready.  

More importantly, the students, faculty, administration and board of Lakeland Christian School are demonstrating values by how they choose to live and make a difference in this world. They show up to serve and make a real difference for the glory of God. They are helping to keep the path clear to the cross of Jesus Christ at Warm Beach Camp.

It all began in 2007 with the need to change plans for their Senior Class trip. The school’s travel agent in Florida said, “Years ago I gave my life to Christ at Warm Beach Camp at a Men’s Conference. You ought to check them out.”  Here we are, this many years later, as real ministry partners.  

One of my favorite moments each year is when the Lakeland seniors and faculty gather in a tight cluster together with the Warm Beach Camp staff surrounding them. The Warm Beach staff speaks words of blessing and prayer over their lives, asking for God’s direction and guidance at this incredible time of graduation.  

Giving God thanks for the many ways He accomplishes His work through Warm Beach Camp.

With gratitude in Christ,

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Where did the time go?

FCamp IMG 1653 400pxHave you ever sat down with an elderly person and listened to them reminisce? If so, you’ve probably heard a lament that goes something like, “Where did the time go?”

Your family legacy can be one of shared family and faith experiences. Oasis Family Camp offers just such a time to build memories and relationships. Camp offers a getaway adventure that immerses you in fun, faith, and family for the whole five days. This “larger than life” experience together is made for sharing, not just consuming. You worship and learn about the faith walk with Jesus Christ that is both age appropriate and something you can share together.

One of last year’s attendees shared, “God has truly blessed us with such special relationships we have made and continue to make each year at Family Camp. Our kids were called to the altar and God is clearly working in their lives. Our hearts were so full of JOY by the end of camp. It is truly our favorite week of the year!”

At Oasis Family Camp, not only are family relationships strengthened but new friendships emerge. Extended families can join together in something like a reunion without anyone having to plan it all. Over time, Oasis Family Camp becomes an anchor point, a family tradition that is much greater than you would imagine. Real transformation occurs. Many years down the road, gratitude can replace lament when you reminisce about the past. Gratitude for God’s faithfulness and the lifetime of memories and joy shared at Family Camp.

For more information about Oasis Family Camp, visit https://www.warmbeach.com/programs/family-programs/family-camp

Patrick Patterson, General Manager/C.O.O.
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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He licked my face, that's how I know he loves me!

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Today the barn is quiet. There are no horses in the arena and no children in sight. The only sound is the distant hum of a weed eater. It’s hard to imagine in just nine weeks the stables will be full of children, horses and laughter.   

m with rusty 150webSummer Camp brings such sweet memories to mind. Each year I get the chance to witness many lives changed, many obstacles overcome and many children set free - free from the lies that they don’t matter, that they aren’t loved, that no one cares about them. I see kids’ eyes brighten as the weight of judgement and never measuring up to society’s standards, is left at the barn door. At Warm Beach Horse Camp they are accepted, they are loved, they are valued. Here they learn about God’s grace.  

I love the way God uses horses to heal hearts and instill a sense of self-worth in the lives of His beloved children. In a horse’s eyes there is no judgement - it doesn’t matter where you come from, who your friends are, what clothes you wear, or what you have done in the past. A horse just wants to love and be loved. Last year a girl told me her horse loved her. I asked how she knew this and she told me with a huge grin on her face, “He licked my face, that’s how I know he loves me!” I could not help but smile. God used this simple action to let this girl know that she is loved, that she is valued.  

I pray God will continue to use the Horsemanship Program at Warm Beach Camp this summer to soften hearts, change lives, and fill campers with the knowledge that they are loved.

Lisa Tremain
Warm Beach Horsemanship Director

Information about the Warm Beach Horsemanship Program and Summer Camp registration can be found at www.WBCHorsemanship.com

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It's Dinner Time!

Partners in Ministry Dinner, Saturday, May 13

The Partners in Ministry Appreciation Dinner is almost here. Have you made your reservations to attend yet? It’s not too late! I hope you will join us as we take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to you, our donors and volunteers, for your partnership with us.

Rooseveltroad bandBPlease join us as our guests on Saturday, May 13, at 6 pm in the Program Center Auditorium for a delicious dinner, special music by Roosevelt Road Band, a popular group at The Lights of Christmas, and hear testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

This is not a fund raising event. There will be no appeal given. It is simply a time of appreciation and sharing how the Camp has used your investments in ministry to make a difference in so many lives. The people who stand with us as volunteers and donors are vital to making the ministry of Warm Beach Camp work, and we think it is important to tell you that once in a while.

I really hope to see you there!

Please note: reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by May 6. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party to the Camp Development Department, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.

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Students "Spring" into auction!

Lakeland14aNearly every year since 2007, the senior class from Lakeland Christian School (LCS) in Lakeland, Florida, has migrated to Warm Beach Camp for their Senior Mission Trip. This year’s group will be made up of 15 chaperones and 81 students who will spend a major portion of their time doing volunteer work projects for the Camp.

This year, their work project include cleaning up the RV area, setting up the tents for summer, helping install the new playground equipment, constructing and painting fences, doing gardening and landscaping, and more!

Over the years, most of the new picnic tables on the grounds have been assembled by the Lakeland groups, and every year the new group cleans all of them before summer begins.

Mike Sligh, Headmaster of LCS says, “We appreciate the ministry of Warm Beach Camp, and your staff does a great job of connecting the work our students do there to the mission of the Camp and the Great Commission. We are the hands, feet, and muscle for a couple of days to position your staff to be the mouthpiece of the Gospel during the summer. It is a very unique and meaningful connection that keeps us coming back, and we look forward to seeing you all again in a few weeks.”

Our hats are off to the LCS Senior Class for spanning the continent to come help at Warm Beach Camp! Each one of them leaves the Camp a better place. Thank you.

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Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run coming this summer

August 26, 2017

K2C Fun Run 1Last August, we launched a brand new family fun activity to help raise scholarships for the Kids 2 Camp Fund. We held our very first Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run with 75 participants of all ages. It was a chance to watch young children, parents, and grandparents alike experience the beauty of God’s nature while supporting a great cause.

We invite you to come help us finish the 2017 summer season strong at the 2nd Annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run on August 26, 2017. Bring your family and friends to walk, jog or run your way through a scenic race route unique to our facility. Find your spirit refreshed as you take in tranquil wooded trails, grassy fields and vista views of Port Susan Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

Your participation directly supports our Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund. With your help in 2016, more than $220,000 in scholarship monies was given, and this provided more than 1,500 at risk children, families and special needs adults the opportunity to attend camp at Warm Beach.

For more information, or to sign up as a runner or a volunteer for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run, click here.

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Project Updates - May 2017

Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • CLChapel2417aThe Cedar Lodge Chapel renovation project is just days away from being completed! In the last six weeks, a new ceiling and lighting have been installed, and a new roof put on. This will complete the three phases of renovation in Cedar Lodge that were part of the Embracing the Vision Campaign.

  • The new playground equipment that will replace the old “Big Toy” playground structure will be installed on May 19 and 20. The final gift to complete the funding for this project was recently received, allowing this project to proceed. The new commercial-grade playground equipment is designed for children aged 5 to 12, and has a capacity of up to 50 youngsters at a time. The equipment includes slides, climbing apparatus, as well as ground level elements that children with mobility challenges can also enjoy.

  • A massive lighting replacement project is underway in buildings all over the grounds. 3,000 lights are being replaced with energy efficient LED’s as part of an efficiency grant from the Snohomish County PUD. This project will make a significant difference in the Camp’s energy use. The project is due to be completed by the end of May.

  • There are only two rooms in Cascadian Lodge left to be memorialized in preparation for a major revitalize project in this facility. So far, 28 of the 30 rooms have been underwritten. New carpeting has been laid down in the Lobby and hallways, and a new fireplace insert installed in the Lobby. More work in the Lobby is scheduled for this fall, and renovations of the sleeping rooms will begin early next year. If you would like information about memorializing a room for a loved one, or funding a room in honor of a significant person or persons in your life, please contact Nancy Nelson at the Camp.

  • The new sidewalk from Cedar Lodge Chapel to the Program Center is scheduled to be completed in May. This project will replace broken concrete sidewalk sections, create a wider sidewalk to Program Center, remove the old snack shop building, and re-position the metal picnic pavilion.

  • New State Health Department regulations are requiring water metering on all private water systems by the end of 2017. The new meters have been installed over the last three months. The Camp manages the water system that supplies water for the Camp, the Warm Beach Senior Community, and the Free Methodist Church.

  • New flooring has been installed in Whistler Mini-Lodge, and is scheduled to be replaced in Glacier Mini-Lodge. Crews have also painted the interiors of Maple Center, and Whistler and Glacier Mini-Lodges. Now they are painting the interiors of the W-Bar-B Cabins, and the exterior doors in Olympic View Lodge and the Program Center.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or send her an email.

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The two great responses - part 4

“Spy Kids” was a series of family films that came out several years ago. The story is of a family of spies with cool gadgets and gizmos. After a “dangerous adventure” that ends with dramatic success and epic music, one of the spy kids says, “Family is the greatest adventure of all!”

Truly, family is one of life’s greatest adventures.

Jesus says the two greatest commandments are: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

In the midst of raising kids, it is easy to minimize God in our lives. The pressures of making life work every day are unending. Yet, something incredible happens when we keep pursuing God in the midst of it all – we see just how much He loves and cares for us.

My wife, Bev, and I try to do two things every day in seeking God – we pray together and read from God’s Word. It doesn’t always happen, but we never give up. In the simple effort of praying and reading God’s Word, we connect with God and sense His love and care for us, even when the tough things come.

By loving God with everything we’ve got, we connect with the depth of His love for us. His love is so much better than our love. An amazing thing happens next… His love flows through us to our kids. In effect, Bev and I are loving our kids as we love ourselves.

In my journey of parenting, I have come up against myself in so many ways. I have experienced me being selfish, greedy, controlling, angry, passive… (you get the point). Yet, by leaning into Jesus’ two great responses, I experience how much I am loved, and that love is shared with my children. My kids actually experience Jesus’ love through me.

As you continue on the great adventure of family, thank Jesus for pointing out the two greatest commandments. Pursue them, and it will change your family life.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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