News & Updates

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

Welcome Heather Goetsch!

Heather joins Warm Beach Camp as the new Horsemanship Volunteer Coordinator. Heather was born in Adak, Alaska, to a military family, often moving until the age of 12, when her family settled in Virginia. She married her wonderful husband Loren in 2010, who was in the military at the time, and in 2011, they settled in Washington, the third time for Heather! Heather has experience working in and owning her own bakery/café; she worked in the legal field, was involved ...

Joy at the Kids 2 Camp Auction

It was a joy seeing everyone come out for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction. The day was filled with fun, light-hearted laughter, and excitement for the day’s festivities. It was the first year of in-person mobile bidding for the Silent Auction, allowing individuals to bid on items outside eating lunch or even being poolside with their children! A new family fun addition of a bouncy house was a big hit with all the kids. What a wonderful day it ...

Pony Club Camp

When I reflect on my Pony Club days, growing up in a wonderful team and family environment, the bright memories of camps and rallies rise to the surface first. These memories are strong for many reasons. Not only were they happy core memories, but they were events filled with immense personal growth. I learned more in those short spans of concentrated education delivered by a handful of brilliantly diverse instructors, than I did in entire school years in the classroom. ...

Fight Good and Hold Tight

"Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses." 1 Timothy 6:12 NLT Paul is writing to Timothy a letter of encouragement and instruction. The center of this chapter is to stay focused on the core teachings of Jesus. Paul uses the imagery of fighting and holding on to communicate the focus and resolve this takes. Reflection Following God and ...

A Purposeful Internship

Fall is always an exciting time at Warm Beach Camp, and this year is especially thrilling as we welcome back the Internship Program! We wait with anticipation to see who God will bring and how He will grow the interns, (and us!) over the next 12 months. We are excited to present a more behind-the-scenes look at camping ministry. Interns will work alongside multiple departments to see all of the well-oiled machine that is Warm Beach Camp! While the classic ...

Egg My Yard Fundraiser

Local churches and organizations have been devising fun and inventive ways through community involvement to help raise funds for Kids 2 Camp! A church recently participated in an “Egg My Yard” fundraiser to help send kids and families to camp this summer. An “Egg My Yard” fundraiser sells pre-filled easter eggs and offers to hide them in families’ front yards just in time for Easter. A local church sold over 3,000 eggs to 40 homes and drove 600 miles roundtrip ...

Camp Makes an Impact

One can never know how God will choose to move in one’s life. All that is required of us is to surrender and let Him lead. The outpouring of God’s Spirit upon the lives of students and leaders attending Warm Beach Camp was a beautiful illustration of living in those surrendered moments. A middle school-aged youth group from a local church attended a camp retreat at Warm Beach Camp this spring. Many students who attend the youth group come from ...

A Command For Leaders

"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NLT Joshua was stepping into leadership of the Israelite nation. He was following none other than Moses. Joshua was going to be the leader to fulfill God’s promise of receiving a land of abundance. It was also going to require hard work and obedience to God’s strategy. It was a challenge unlike any his ...

Partnerships at Rainier Camp & Retreat Center

Warm Beach Camp Ministries aims to reach one million people from 2023-2027 by partnering with leaders and providing transformational experiences. Rainier Camp & Retreat Center is doing just that! Nestled in the idyllic setting of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Rainier Camp & Retreat Center operates as a gateway to adventurous activities while providing Christ-centered hospitality to groups in God’s wild creation. Rainier Camp & Retreat Center is partnering with two key groups: Crystal Mountain and Peak 7 Adventures. This ...

Volunteers Are Integral to the Horsemanship Ministry

Imagine you are standing next to a horse, physically vulnerable, and mentally terrified. How will you get on? How will you get off? How will you sit in that saddle way off the ground? How will you go, stop, and most importantly, steer? With your mind racing and your body doubtful of this situation, you turn to the volunteer who is smiling at you and say, “Could you please help me?” The Warm Beach Horsemanship program is unique: we provide ...

Gone Forever

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4 NLT The Apostle John is writing down the vision from God about a time when everything is made new by God. God is back among us: I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will ...

Created with You in Mind

There is something wonderful about arriving at a place and to people that have thoughtfully anticipated your needs and prepared something special for everyone who comes. Warm Beach Camp Ministries (WBCM) is focused on this kind of thoughtful readiness for every leader and group that comes to Black Diamond Camp, Rainier Camp & Retreat Center, and Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center. It is an expression of our faith. Throughout Scripture are words and images of being “created with care.” ...

What Led You to Us?

What brought me to Warm Beach and this beautiful community in this special corner of the country? The answer is simple. The answer is prayer; to the same God who has faithfully led me through every chapter. He has led me through mountains and valleys, over peaks, and through storms. But all metaphors aside, in truth, I am starting over. I am here to begin anew and I am filled with hope for the future God has planned for me ...

Warm Beach Horsemanship Pony Club

There is something remarkable happening down at the barn! When you blend a team with different strengths and skill sets, and they put God first in all they do, avenues open where the love of Christ becomes apparent to all involved. Through this divine orchestration, renewal, connections, and healing take place for individuals who only experience Warm Beach Camp through the Horsemanship program. Pony Club is an educational course where members learn riding techniques and the proper care of horses ...

Farewell to Eugene and Holly

Warm Beach Camp Ministries is immensely blessed with individuals that come alongside the ministry to help uphold the values of the mission. In even rarer instances, an entire family that shares the love of Christ will create a space where others feel seen, heard, and welcomed. Eugene and Holly Barnes and their children exemplify that. Warm Beach Camp is grateful to have had the Barnes family be a part of the Camp community for the past 30 years and help ...

Outdoors with Purpose

Spring is the season of Outdoor Education for many schools in the area. During this time, Warm Beach Camp (WBC) is filled with the sounds of fun and discovery coming from the pool, fire circles, and many of the numerous trails through the forest. The Outdoor Education program at WBC is in the first of its two peak seasons annually (the other being the fall). New and returning schools have selected dates, asked for their “regular” lodging option, selected their ...

Skills, Lessons, and Relationships

Most people regard horseback riding as a simple concept: you get on, you go. Sure, there’s some other important details: stopping, going, turning, but how does one accomplish those things? Within the Warm Beach Horsemanship program, we organize our instruction around essential themes that relate to a rider’s life: communication, trust, timing, patience, exploration, balance, feel, preparation, and gratitude. While these are all critical components of riding well, they are also critical to a person living a whole-hearted life. Riders ...

It’s a Good Friday

One of the most difficult images ever is the absolute torture Jesus went through for you and me: But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:5 NLT This day is remembered as Good Friday. The day’s name is a far cry from the realities of that day. Who was this day good for anyway? If one was present on ...

The Heartbeat of the Organization

Warm Beach Camp Ministries has relied heavily on volunteerism since the organization’s inception. With an ever-growing need to serve people, Warm Beach Camp Ministries has created a solid foundation where individuals with a heart to serve can utilize their God-given talents that are mutually satisfying for the individual and the ministry.   Wendy Gregory is one such volunteer who exemplifies the mission behind Warm Beach Camp Ministries. Wendy and her husband have been resident volunteers for the past six months ...

Blessed and Uplifted

My daughter recently attended the Pony Club Horse Management Camp in Port Orchard with the Warm Beach Horsemanship Pony Club. This was her first away from home event and only her second Pony Club event. She was quite nervous about being away from home and me not being able to join her until late in the evening after the first day’s events. Thankfully, she was blessed by wonderful chaperones who encouraged and reassured her as well as went to classes ...