News & Updates

See & read about what is going on in the Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center community

Effects of summer camp on adolescent growth

In the life of an adolescent, views of the world and God are highly dependent on that of their parent or guardian. Growing up, the influence of who they are and who God is, comes from what they are told by mom and dad. Eventually, they are surrounded by peers whose influence slowly adds to their worldview of what they believe about God and themselves. Emotionally, adolescents are overwhelmed by hormones and confusion of different feelings. They feel strong emotion ...

Pastors & community leaders: Why use team building to build relationships?

There is nothing like standing on a platform thirty feet off the forest floor while the rest of your team is telling you to jump! I remember the first time I experienced this. I felt my harness to make sure it was snug, tugged on the rope to make myself feel better, and hollered back at my team asking, “Are you ready?” Once I was assured that the rest of my group was going to make sure I stayed air ...

5 ways to avoid camp ministry burnout

“I feel tired, sort of thin inside, like butter spread over too much toast,” Bilbo confesses to Gandalf. Kind of feels familiar for far too many of us. Burnout is one of the top, if not the top reason people leave camp ministry. Early on, burnout may feel like over-anxiousness, irritability (anger or other extreme emotions) far in excess of the immediate cause, constant weariness, spiritual dryness, or detachment. You may feel trapped, like the Bono song describes, “On an ...

Project Updates

Thank you for helping improve our facilities and grounds. Current projects include: Landscaping clean-up, dead tree removal, and lawn care. Cascadian Rooms 1-11 and lobby are being remodeled to match the lovely interior improvements done to rooms 12-30. The Mount Baker Cabin roofs have been pressure washed and cleaned. Plans to re-pave the circle drive in front of the Program Center and Cedar Lodge has begun. Included in the project are changes to the interior parking lot, commonly called “staff ...

A Man of service

Steve and Jacque Johnson began volunteering at Warm Beach Camp over four years ago. The couple dedicated their lives to service for the Lord and enjoyed working with youth and overseas missions. Steve spent 41 years working with the youth group at Wenatchee Free Methodist/Sage Hills Church. In 2005, Steve and one of his best friends, Ron Bundy, bought a shop where they repaired cars for single mothers and widows, and spent years ministering to hundreds. Steve’s life was cut ...

Bread of life

“Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” - John 6:35 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jhn.6.35.NLT They came out to the countryside to hear Jesus speak. Thousands of people gathered. People were hungry. There were not any caterers or food trucks standing by. Jesus took a small amount of food, and fed everyone to the full with leftovers! The day ended. Jesus traveled to another town across ...

Rest sounds so good right about now

"Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest'" Matthew 11:28 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.11.28.NLT I am weary and carry burdens that are heavy. Do you? It seems that the most common response I receive in regards to how people are doing today involves being fatigued or under a heavy load in one way or another. Do you identify with any of the following categories? Which ones apply to your ...

A summer to remember

When I was asked to talk about my experience at Warm Beach Summer Youth Camp, I struggled at first because there is truly no accurate way to describe an experience so life-changing. Eventually, I pinned down the three best parts of my camp experience. The environment created by the staff, the time away from normal habits, and unique and amazing opportunities for personal growth. These three things made my summer incredibly fulfilling. During my time at camp, staff came together ...

Life skills learned through horses

I have had the pleasure of seeing how horse partnerships impact campers’ lives, bringing self-confidence and joy. Some campers come to horsemanship fearful and by the end of their program ride confidently with their new horse friend. Horses have so much to teach us about trust, leadership and self-confidence. Through horsemanship I aim to teach students that in relationship with their horse they can become effective leaders. If given clear cues and treated with respect, a horse will begin to ...

Relationship wisdom

"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." - James 1:19 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/jas.1.19.NLT Every person I know, or have met throughout my life, hopes to have healthy and meaningful relationships. Around the many campfires of Warm Beach Camp I have had the privilege of listening to people experiencing the joy that comes with healthy relationships and the pain of broken families, marriages, and friendships. There is a ...

A Sea of Yes!

Ladies Night Out was an event that will not soon be forgotten. Preparations were made, prayers were said, centerpieces were placed, and the smell of bacon wrapped cheesy jalapeno hors d'oeuvres filled the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in downtown Stanwood. I don't think I'm alone when I say that the Ladies Night Out Auction benefiting Special Friends Camp at Warm Beach Camp was wildly successful. As all eyes were fixed on the video of a day at Special Friends Camp, a camp for ...

Project Updates

Here is what you helped accomplish at Warm Beach Camp The Program Center Auditorium has received acoustic treatment on the stage plus a complete interior painting. Cascadian Lodge Rooms 1-11 and the Lobby are being remodeled. The Mini Lodge lobbies are receiving new cabinets and sinks.

A special friend for life!

Paris (left) and Vivan (right) at Special Friends. Have you ever had someone declare, “You’ll be my friend for life!”? When it happens, it’s a very special day indeed!! And it happens frequently at Special Friends Camps for adults with disabilities at Warm Beach Camp! One such relationship was shared between Paris, a buddy (volunteer), and Vivian, a camper. They became dear friends at Special Friends Camp and shared precious moments together. They were the best of friends...the “friends for ...

Exciting plans for Summer Youth Camp!

“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 I am excited ...

Life changes here…

Promises 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 ...

The Lights of Christmas by the numbers

9 full time light hangers began setting up The Lights of Christmas after Labor Day 73 seasonal paid jobs were provided to the local community 18 lead decorators directed a decorating crew to transform 75 sleeping rooms and over 20 event areas into a Christmas wonderland 700 people donated 16,000 volunteer hours to the event 75 volunteers came on December 20th to clean up the grounds after a strong wind storm 74 entertainment groups performed on five stages throughout the event 3 ...

Project Updates

New floor treatment in the kitchen was completed in January Cascadian remodel of the lobby and rooms 1-11 begins in February Program Center Auditorium stage walls will be painted and prepped for sound absorbing acoustic panels in February New set of ovens were ordered for the kitchen in January New cabinets were ordered for Glacier and Whistler Mini Lodge lobbies in January One Mt Baker deck was replaced in November

Questions youth have today

"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 ...

Faith, listening and responding

"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 Every 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, ...

Volunteers – what you do matters!

This past week I visited with two volunteers, both have driven courtesy carts for The Lights of Christmas Festival for many years. The first volunteer told me of a grandmother arriving on the public bus with her two grandchildren on the last night of the event, just before 5:00pm. “I only have an hour!” she told the cart driver. “I promised them they could ride the train! Can you take us there?” The train wasn’t running yet, but the suggestion of pony ...