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That’s Why…

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.6.25.NLT “That’s why…” has kick started many reminders that people often give to each other. See if any of these sound familiar: That’s why you need to brush your teeth. That’s why you need to exercise. That’s why you don’t go over the ...
Refreshed Family Camp at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

A Calm, Safe, and Fun Place for Foster and Adoptive Families

Have you been hearing the people around you excitedly saying, "Summer is right around the corner!" For most people, that one statement can invite a host of anticipatory emotions and thoughts. You may find, like me, you don't usually fall into the category of "mos t people." Being an adoptive mom, I find when I hear this phrase spoken, a small unwelcome rumble happens deep inside of me that sounds something like short growls of fear rising up from my ...

God’s Peace Requires Our Focus

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/php.4.7.NLT   It’s a challenge to focus on the right things at the right times on any given day. Distractions, competing agendas, and the constant bombardment of streaming information from technology penetrates the ability to stay focused. Some days I feel like life is one big game of “squirrel” and I ...

Refreshment and renewal for foster and adoptive families

The vision for Refreshed Family Camp is clear: Give every foster and adoptive family a “win” together. Refreshed Family Camp is an experience where the love of Jesus is clear. Connect with God around the campfire or through a conversation with a friend. See God’s care in the epic sunsets overlooking Port Susan Bay. Learn about God’s heart through experiential-based teaching. Play hard at camp. Swim, zip line, canoe, shoot arrows, compete in field games, or just take a hike on ...

Child health and development at summer camp

Research shows kids are healthier, learn better, and form lasting friendships when they spend an extended amount of time outside away from technology. Study after study has shown when children are out in nature regularly they are more mentally and physically healthy1. The combination of physical activity and being outdoors is proven to be important to mental, physical, and environmental health. Nature is viewed by scientists and researchers as a fundamental health resource. Being out in nature helps people recover ...

The gift of time

Some of the most important things in life cannot be bought, like time and love. If you want to measure the quality of life, measure the quality and depth of relationships. One of the most treasured relationships are between parents and kids. Both parents and kids desire transparent, loving relationships. In a world saturated with distractions, we are faced with bigger challenges than ever to maintain flourishing relationships. Somebody once said, “Love is spelled, time.” Consider the following acronym for your ...

5 myths about working as a camp counselor

In order to talk about the benefits of working at a summer camp, we must start by debunking some myths people believe about the job. Myth #1: It’s not a “real” job. Truth: Working at a summer camp is mentally and physically demanding. Camp counselors are no longer only responsible for the well-being of themselves, but the well-being of students ranging from 6 years old - 18 years old. Many summer staff work 16 hour days, six days a week, not to mention ...

May 2019 Project Updates

This month’s project update includes many things that both care for existing facilities and contribute to a more hospitable atmosphere for our guests. The main parking area is receiving a series of improvements. Phase one is to re-work the inner, gravel parking with a more visible and intuitive entrance and exit along with clear parking stalls and flower beds. A new and very attractive fence along the first staff house on the right as you enter the grounds has gone ...

Partners in Ministry Dinner

On May 11th Warm Beach Camp hosted its annual Partners in Ministry Dinner. This was a time for Warm Beach Camp to thank its neighbors, financial donors, prayer partners, and volunteers for the significant role they play in the ministry. This was also a time to thank God for continuing to do amazing things at Warm Beach Camp. He is preparing the Camp for the future and our highest goal is to stay in the center of His plans and we ...

Do scholarships matter?

Do scholarships make a difference? A loud, “Yes!” is the answer. As the Program Manager for Everett Gospel Mission’s women and children’s shelter, here is how I have seen camp impact our children through the years with the help of Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund at Warm Beach Camp. The children and their mothers often are fearful to leave each other for the week. Due to their lives becoming chaotic and unsure, they have come to depend on each other. ...

The long view

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” - Proverbs 22:6 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.22.6.NLT Parenting requires more vision and persistence than anything else I have ever been involved with in my life. As parents we respond to a series of short term moments, many of them immediate (potty training, sharing toys, riding a bike, etc.). As children grow, parents find themselves in more complex situations involving relationships, life choices, and finances. The desire ...

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 ...
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