Summer Camp photocredit Jamie Smith 292 350pxA 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!

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SaraRodriguezSara Rodriguez
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.

Dear Jesus,
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 80pxEd McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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There is not a single experience quite like a week at summer camp. I have experienced this as a camper and a staffer.

I began my journey as a camper in the fifth grade. I was nervous, but excited to spend a week with a bunch of strangers away from home. My first summer could be summed up in the words “fun,” and “relationships.” It was the first time I really saw Christianity lived out in other people my age. I began to understand what a real relationship with Jesus looked like. I learned how to make friends and maintain those relationships beyond camp. During my second summer, the Lord really got ahold of my heart and turned my world upside down. I left knowing I had experienced true love for the first time from the source of love Himself. Camp allowed me the space to step away and be still. It gave me the chance to listen, and for the first time I heard Him say my name.

During my time as a camper, I felt a call to ministry. I pursued this in college and spent summers working as a staffer at camp. I did just about every job and gained a wide range of work experience. The intentional community built was unlike any other. The ministry experience prepared me for where I am today.

In a recent survey I asked parents of campers, past campers, and camp staffers, to share the impact camp had on their life. I was incredibly encouraged by the answers. Here are a few of them:

“Camp has helped her overcome fears, learn independence, and strengthened her relationship with Jesus.” – parent

“I was able to be myself with youth my age! Camp caused me to confront fears while giving me the tools to overcome those fears.” – summer camper

“It was one of the hardest yet most rewarding summers of my life.” – summer staffer

The power of camp is real. The life-long impact is undisputable. Genuine possibilities are here at www.WBYouthCamps.com.

SaraRodriguezSara Rodriguez
Youth Program Manager

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“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” - 1 Timothy 4:12 NLT

Young leaders, please jump in and lead. You are needed and wanted in the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Feel free to speak into my life, and the lives of staff and campers. Please address the issues of the day through Jesus and bring lasting good. You are welcome at the table and around the campfire. Your influence is needed. Please don’t let people older or younger than you scare you off.

As you lead, please remember to set an example for all of us following Jesus. Let your words be helpful and useful. Please don’t just sound off with the latest opinion of the moment on social media. Consider your words and the impact of them. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Please use all avenues of communication to lift up Jesus and to encourage the world.

Your communication, creativity, and understanding of how to connect to people today is amazing. Thank you.

Please think about how you live out your faith. Be genuine and authentic. Keep the good news of Jesus in front of us always. Challenge us to reach out and stretch to help others in a broken and confused world. Live with courage. Do not be defined by fear.

Let your love, faith, and wholesomeness define your life.

At Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, young leaders discover, explore, and launch into the adventures God has for each one. Life changes here. Thank you, young leaders.

Ed 80pxEd McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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My name is Sara Rodriguez and I stepped into the role of Youth Program Manager at Warm Beach Camp in October 2017. I have been working in camp ministry in several different capacities for nine years. I attended Indiana Wesleyan University for my Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Ministries and Leadership. Then I spent two years teaching outdoor education at a camp in Texas while going to Dallas Baptist University for my Graduate degree in Christian Education and Business Ministry.

I started going to camp as a fifth grader. It was a place for me to slow down and take a break from my fast-paced life. At camp, my faith became more than a list of things to check off – I was led to a real relationship with the One who loves me more than anyone ever could. My faith became my own. I grew more confident in my identity and role in the body of Christ, and I made lifelong friends. The impact camp had on my life has driven me into full-time camp ministry.

I am finding myself in my dream position here at Warm Beach Camp. I am beyond excited for what the summer holds. This year, the program will revolve around the book of Ephesians. God gave me this idea one day when I was praying about a theme that could meet the needs of all our campers. Wherever a camper is in their faith journey, there is something special and powerful for them this summer. Ephesians covers everything from knowing you belong to Christ, to finding your identity in Him, to taking action as a follower of Christ. I cannot wait to see how the Lord works in the lives of the campers this summer.

This summer’s theme verses will be Ephesians 2:4-5:
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”

Almost all our summer camp guides (counselors) have been hired, and are now spending time preparing for this summer’s ministry to serve campers. It is going to be a summer your camper will never forget!

Be sure to sign up today on the website before sessions fill up! www.WBYouthCamps.com

I look forward to meeting you all this summer.

SaraRodriguezSara Rodriguez
Youth Program Manager

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I lived in hiding for over a decade, presenting a façade to everyone I met. I was the loving, respectable, stay-home housewife. The honorable mother and godly Sunday school teacher. No one knew the shame, the secrets I carried.

No one, that is, except God.

He saw my deepest wounds and everything I tried so hard to hide. He knew me well before my husband pulled me off the streets of Tacoma. He saw the high school dropout who spent more time drunk than sober, the girl without hope, or even a thought for her future.

But His vision, His love, went much deeper, and His call reached much farther than merely granting me salvation. He wanted to give me deep, unyielding spiritual and emotional freedom, the kind that says, “Yeah, I was a mess. I still am. But you know? That’s okay, because I’m loved and eternally accepted.”

And so, bit by bit, God began to expose and then uproot all the lies I had come to believe about myself. Lies like, “I’m unlovable. Ignorant. Shameful. Worthless.” He began to replace those lies with truth until, over time, I came to believe everything He said about and to me. The process was far from quick or easy, but it’s one He wants to take us all on.

Often, when we think about grace, we stop at salvation, which is awesome enough. But God wants to take us to total freedom so we can walk into any room, encounter any hardship, and remain strong and unshakable in our identity in Him. He wants us to give His voice prominence over all the others that bombard us each day, and learn to rest, truly rest, in His love for us.

Living loved is more than the intellectual consent that God loves us. It’s allowing the truth to permeate so deeply that our hearts begin to heal, our perceptions become clear, faith replaces fear, and we know-know-know with every fiber of our being that we are God’s beloved daughters.

Join us May 4-6, 2018 at Refresh Women’s Event and learn how to walk in love’s deep, all-consuming freedom. Learn More

Jennifer SlatteryJennifer Slattery
Refresh Women's Event 2018 keynote speaker
Founder of Wholly Loved Ministries

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We love good beginnings. They are filled with hope, optimism, and joy. Some of my favorite new beginnings are newfound love, babies, weddings, faith, and a new favorite place to go for rest and renewal.

Warm Beach Camp is a place of new beginnings in faith, relationships, and personal growth. Life changing decisions are made that alter the direction of a life forever.

New beginnings also serve as reminders to those who have been down the road a ways in life, to go deeper and further. Watching “new love” can remind us to tend to the love of our life. Seeing a couple get married can remind us of the covenant love we made in marriage. Holding a new born baby can spark the need to keep cultivating love and attention with our children and grandchildren of all ages. Finding a new favorite place for rest and renewal reminds us of the significance of tending to our own soul. What once began as new, challenges us to go deeper and further in life and faith.

Warm Beach Camp encourages people to go deeper and put down roots that grow deep into the soil of Jesus. Paul wrote to the church in Colossae with this exact encouragement: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your life be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

I was a junior in high school when I made a significant decision to be a follower of Jesus. I remember that decision. The day is a reference point as clear today as it was the day I made it. When I see people make new faith decisions at Warm Beach Camp, it reminds me to go deeper and further in my life with Christ. Paul gives two images:

  1. Deep roots in Him: You are planted in Jesus - let the core of your life go deep into the soil of Jesus. He is filled with life-saving and life-giving nutrients.
  2. Build on Him: The most stable and strong life is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

When we live this way, there is one more thing according to Paul: We will overflow with thankfulness. It is a joy being around people who are thankful.

Celebrate the good start. Then, go deeper and further in Jesus. Let Him fill your heart with overflowing thankfulness.

Ed 80pxEd McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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As the ministry of Warm Beach Camp takes shape for another year, there is an underlying conviction that the contribution to do good in this world flows from the quality of our relationship with God.

In Psalm 139:23-24, King David declares the following: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” The leader of the nation recognizes that the quality of his relationship with God has a direct relationship to his influence and effectiveness as king.

In Galatians 5, Paul writes to the followers of Jesus in Galatia to embrace the freedom in Christ, and out of the relationship with Christ, focus on serving other people in love. Paul quotes from the Old Testament, “For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Paul understands the church’s relationship with Jesus is meant to express itself to people in love.

Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center is focusing on the quality of our relationship with God. There is a culture of seeking God, listening for His leadership, and responding to His guidance. Out of the growing quality of our relationship with God, we seek to serve and love effectively for the common good of individuals and society. In every program, event, and act of hospitality, we share a desire to help people and draw them towards Jesus through our words and actions.

Join us in meaningful relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. Join us in bringing good to many people through camps, retreats and conferences that invite people to a better place and space in their lives.

Our hope is that everyone who comes to Warm Beach Camp could say the following: I am in a better place in my life because of time spent at Warm Beach Camp, connecting with God and receiving the love people extended my way.

Ed 80pxEd McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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No man should miss this year’s Men’s Advance weekend, March 2-4, 2018, because you’ll get to see a live human getting grilled. And you thought the ropes course was going to be exciting! Actually, we plan to make our main sessions interactive as I, the keynote speaker, take live questions from the audience. Why would we do this? We found this approach scratches a real itch where men clearly need a forum to ask thoughtful and difficult questions about God, the Bible, or Christianity.

What kind of men and what kind of questions? Men who sometimes feel like their questions are taboo and can’t be asked in church, or have been told to “just have faith and believe.” Men who are young in the faith, and those struggling with difficult Bible passages which just don’t make sense. Older disciples feeling their faith tested by the challenges of skeptical friends. Men who are struggling to integrate truth they’ve been taught with the truth claims of Scripture. Men stumbling over Christian stances on moral issues. Men who are seeking and have serious doubts about Jesus because some part of the Christian faith seems utterly unbelievable.

Men’s Advance is a great opportunity to talk openly about the Christian faith and its relationship to reasons and evidence. We’ll explore the basis for the Christian faith from the ground up, which will build you up and challenge you to be a more confident, winsome witness to God’s grace in a dark world. And, as promised, part of the adventure will be opening the door wide to express your questions, doubts, or Bible problems.

So, warm up the BBQ! Bring your friends and watch me be grilled. Don’t forget to register!

thumb RickThiessenRick Thiessen, AC3 Senior Pastor
2018 Men's Advance Keynote Speaker

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Warm Beach Camp’s annual Men’s Advance weekend kicks off on Friday, March 2, 2018. Whether listening to the keynote speaker, pastor Rick Thiessen, participating in breakout seminars, or through recreational activities, unique opportunities are available to equip participants for the challenges of life.

A team of gifted ministry leaders from around the Pacific Northwest will share their stories of God’s strength and love through the gospel of Jesus Christ, and how He can change lives. One of the breakout session leaders is Mike Henry, Freedom Ministries Pastor from Sage Hills Church in Wenatchee, Washington. Mike’s passion is to see believers set free to fully trust and live out their faith in Jesus. In 2017 over 150 believers attended seminars and workshops at Sage Hills Church to help them identify and break patterns of doubt, bad habits and self-defeating belief cycles that keep us in spiritual slavery. This impactful material and quality teaching will be brought to Men’s Advance.

Perhaps you’ve had one of those rollercoaster seasons of life? One where there are highs and lows, but often more lows than highs? Toward the end of last summer, I found myself inhabiting a heart space I can best describe as a sort of ‘transactional survival.’

“We tend to want to blame Satan, but often we are self-deceived. We disregard our own bad behavior and ungodly belief-cycles.” – Mike Henry, Freedom Ministries

It was only through an intentional time of prayer and reflection that the Holy Spirit revealed the destructive ways I was looking at life. More than that, the Lord graciously brought me to an honest moment where I could admit I had helped plow the soil and sow the seeds of my own discontent rather than trust Him fully with the outcomes. Praise be to Jesus, I was no longer stuck, but was free!

It is this freedom in Jesus Christ that sparks passion in the leadership and speakers for Men’s Advance. It is a weekend for men who want to encounter Jesus, and be strengthened and empowered for life. Won’t you come and join us?

Information and registration for Men’s Advance can be found at: www.Mens-Advance.com.

Scott Rossiter
Warm Beach Camp Foundation Director

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