Here's a new definition of joy. "Joy is a pervasive sense of well-being." What would a "spiritual selfie" of your life reveal? Would it reveal that you are living a life of joy?

Joy comes when we:
   have clear direction in life
   live in God's presence
   spend time praising God
   thank God for what he has already done

What does a "joy-filled" life looks like? The song we used to sing says it well.
    Joy is the flag flown high
    from the castle of my heart
    O let it fly in the Sky
    let the whole world know
    that the KING is in residence here

Joy on the inside reflects on the outside, not dependent on circumstances.

Pastor Phil Brooks, Warm Beach Camp Volunteer
Warm Beach Camp, life changes here


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858-FamilyCamps-at-Warm-BeachImagine a warm, sunny summer day at Warm Beach Camp. The shade has stretched over the side of Cedar Lodge lawn. Chairs and picnic blankets cover the grass. Parents and grandparents chatter as kids play in the sunshine. Smiling faces show and laughter fills the air as games of hopscotch, Frisbee and volleyball spring up among newfound friends. Welcome to an afternoon at Family Camp.

Whether it’s the thrill of creating new traditions or re-visiting fond memories of years past, Family Camp is a special time where people of all ages come together to relax, renew and reconnect with God and each other.

Age group sessions are offered in the morning and evening. A variety of fun activities for the whole family fill the afternoon and special evening activities conclude the day. The schedule is relaxed with a variety of options to provide the freedom to create an experience that is as laid-back or action-packed as each family chooses.

While only a brief period of days are spent together at camp each August, the benefits of that special family time are likely to be evident throughout the year.

“We really used this time to reconnect and reset as a family. We heard God’s call for us… Family Camp did not disappoint and we treasure this time.” says one first time camper.
“It is always a great time we set aside, and we see God work,” says another camper, who has attended with her family for over 20 years. “We are more quiet and listening [after camp]. We always learn and grow. We push the reset button.”

Join us with your family this August as we, once again, hit “reset” together at camp.

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WBCabinGroup1Each summer, the Camp seeks to fill between 40 and 45 summer job positions as well as over 70 volunteer nurse positions throughout the year.

Summer staffers serve during the two-and-a-half-month period from mid-June to the end of August. Generally, summer staff are college-age, and in most cases, no experience is necessary. There are currently openings for counselors, workers in food service, accommodations, and maintenance.

Warm Beach Camp’s volunteer nurses serve during week-long camps, weekend retreats, and The Lights of Christmas. Volunteer nurses receive room and board for themselves and their family, plus there are discounts available for family members to attend camp sessions at the same time.

If you or someone you know is looking for something new and exciting to do this summer, we are looking for those with a passion for ministry and joy of working with people. If you are interested in paid summer positions please contact Christina Barnes by email or call her at (360) 216-4262. If you are interested in Volunteer Nurse positions please contact Jessica Wilson by email or call her at (360) 312-3417.

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It is awesome…. Children getting time with Dads with all the fun and adventure Camp has to offer. That’s what Dad & Me Weekends at Warm Beach Camp are all about.

Night swims, archery, canoes, climbing walls, zip lines, high ropes course, team swing, trails, 4-square, Gaga-ball, human fooseball, BB-guns, mountain boards, rocket building, rocket launching, horse arena soccer, disc golf, mini golf, tennis, basketball, field games… and that’s just the beginning.

Campfires, devotions, marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, espresso, barbeque, hamburgers, more chocolate, Dad & Daughter dance, Dad & Son laser tag, trails, hikes, bikes, laughter… and all this leads to:

Dads sharing their hearts with their kids. Kids playing and seeing their Dad play with robust laughter. Connections with God and the sense of pleasure and delight in their relationship… and all this leads to:

A better life for everyone.

Life changes here
Ed McDowell, Executive Director

Dad & Sons or Dad & Daughters weekends are scheduled twice each year. For information and to register.

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Laurie-Fertello-500Laurie’s story…
Through God’s gracious leading, Laurie came to Warm Beach Camp. Hungry for something meaningful, Laurie showed up for a summer job at camp. That summer job grew from a service position in hospitality to a key leadership position speaking into the lives of young summer staff searching for meaning in this world.

Several years into her leadership role, Laurie noticed summer staff making key life decisions in their time at camp that had a big influence on life direction. In 1996, she started taking notes in her Bible about some of these decisions she was aware of: 6 Pastors, 4 Pastor’s wives, 5 Worship Leaders, 7 Youth Pastors, 1 Church Planter, 15 Christian Camping, 17 Missions, 1 Principal, 19 Teachers, 2 in Women’s Ministry, 1 Military Chaplain, 1 Lawyer, 1 Writer, 5 Nurses, 1 Doctor, 2 Career Military, and 2 Government. There were many others that she could have listed previous to 1996.

When a young person comes to camp, there is a level of training, experience and community that is transformational. The question often shifts from “How am I going to make it in this world?” to “What are the challenges in this world God wants me to address with my life?”

This is what happened to Laurie. God gave her the right question to answer. She answers it every day. As a result, God is using her life to help young people consider and pursue the issues that God wants them to address in this world.

What is recorded in Laurie’s Bible is just a glimpse into the fullness of God’s work being accomplished in Christian Camping. Every year thousands of young adults come to camp for a summer position asking questions about their future in this world. Every year, thousands of young adults receive a rich blend of training, experience and community that points to God’s big question for all of us: “What are the challenges in this world God is asking me to address with my life?”

I thank God for the way He uses the power of camp to change the lives of young adults seeking to make a difference in this world.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director

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I sat waiting to pull out onto the highway, and the line of cars was a far as the eye could see. I thought, "Wow! I'm going to be here awhile." Then, after about 10 seconds, a car deliberately slowed down to let me pull in. I smiled and waved, grateful to the lady for letting me in.

She had shown me "grace." Something she didn't need to do. Something I didn't deserve. Something I was very grateful for. I began to draw a new sense of direction from that one act of kindness. What would I do now, in light of that grace?

About a mile further on, I noticed a car waiting to pull out onto the highway. I slowed down deliberately and let him in. I smiled again.

God works in much the same way. He showed us grace when He came to earth. And He expects us to give grace away in the same way. The simple act of kindness shown to me "made my day." And, it is in my power to pass that along to someone else.

Joanie Yonker, Executive Assistant
Warm Beach Camp, life changes here


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Standing back and watching the first day of any of our Special Friends Day Camp, summer camps for special needs adults, makes you wish you could go. From the minute a camper arrives they are celebrated, the way we all wish we were, with abashed enthusiasm and acceptance. Lines of campers and buddies on either side cheer the arrival of every camper. Every day holds a celebration of some kind, anywhere, from a un-birthday party, to a live concert, recreation activities and more. Special Friends Day Camp is a celebration of life. It broadens the edges of one’s experience, whether it be camper or volunteer “buddy.”

Margret “Sparkles” Spears has been involved in Special Friends Day Camp for the past four years and said, “It is a total celebration and affirmation of who the campers are, and the buddies experience so much joy during their time at Special Friends Day Camp.”

Special Friends Day Camp is also a celebration of friendship and community. Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA, has been hosting Special Friends Day Camps for the past nine years and many of the campers and volunteers have been participating from day one. Campers look forward to seeing their camp friends all year long.

This summer, Warm Beach Camp will once again be hosting five Special Friends Day Camps and two Overnight Camps. Come, join the celebration and volunteer this summer – you too, may be filled with a special joy.

For more information on being a Special Friends volunteer
For more information about Special Friends Day Camps
For more information on Special Friends Overnight Camps

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Korea12 IMAG2124 webHospitality – that’s the first thing you notice when going to South Korea for a mission trip. Koreans are amazing hosts and take very good care of our Warm Beach Camp team each year. Christianity has been in Korea for over 100 years, but only since the Korean War in the early 1950’s has the gospel really begun to take root in the South. The Korean Church as a whole is very dynamic. They are also very eager to partner with American churches for the evangelism and discipleship of their own people.

The people of the Myungsun Church in Suwon, South Korea, have embraced Warm Beach Camp as a ministry partner with whole hearts. They even have a memorial table on our grounds overlooking Port Susan Bay commemorating the partnership in ministry that began in 2010. Myungsun Church conducts outreach through English language classes and camps. Having native English speaking staff helping with the program adds greatly to the appeal of the program. Myungsun also brings over 30 youth to America each year for cultural experiences including a week of summer camp at Warm Beach Camp. These youth come for the “American experience” and, we hope, leave with Jesus.

In 2010, Warm Beach Camp sent over our first mission team to work with the Koreans on an English Camp and a leadership and cultural exchange program for Myungsun Church’s young adults. Since then, Warm Beach Camp has sent teams to Korea. Some team members teach our English curriculum while others lead games, sports, crafts, and music. In a friendly and hospitable manner, our Korean hosts quickly become friends. Cross-cultural relationships enrich our lives and truly become a valued part of the rest of our lives.

This year, the Warm Beach Korea Mission Team still has space available for both adults and teens age 14+ who desire to serve and share the love of Christ. Warm Beach Camp provides team leadership and plans the curriculum and schedule with our Korean hosts. Team members generally come from a variety of communities and quickly bond over the two weeks they are in Korea. This year’s trip is July 29-August 11. The cost is only $2,250 which includes airfare, lodging, meals, and ground transportation. Not only is Korea an amazing mission experience, but is also one the most affordable trips you’ll find outside of North and Central America.  

For more information and to request an application packet, please email Jo Reed at jreed@Warmbeach.com or visit www.warmbeach.com/programs/global-initiatives/WarmBeachCamp-Korea.

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858 kids2Camp KidFor the past 12 years, the Kids 2 Camp Fund has provided a way for kids to attend camp at Warm Beach, regardless of financial ability to pay. In a caring and compassionate environment at camp, each child is presented with the love and good news of Jesus Christ.

Recently, the Camp received an email from the Executive Director of one of the partnership organizations where Kids 2 Camp funds were used to help bring 30 of their kids to Warm Beach Summer Camps. Here, in part, is what he had to say:

“I certainly don’t need to tell you how impactful camp is for any child, but for these children whose life experience has been living in extreme poverty, the experience is much greater. These children have likely never experienced a family vacation, or camping, or swimming or even being out of the city. Imagine stepping from their world into Warm Beach Camp for a week. To say that this is a lifelong memory or a life-changing experience is not an overstatement. It may well have been the highlight of their young lives.”

By the end of 2014, more than $173,000 was given out in Kids 2 Camp scholarships, helping more than 1,500 campers attend camp at Warm Beach Camp. For some, they only need a partial scholarship to be able to come. But, whatever it takes, Warm Beach Camp is committed to finding a way for kids to attend camp.

The Kids 2 Camp program is only possible because of the generous contributions from many, many people. If you would like to help, you may give a gift through our website at Kids2CampFund.com, or mark your gift for the Kids 2 Camp program and mail it to the Warm Beach Camp.

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For the little engineers and those who just like to put things together, Warm Beach Camp is offering two weeks of summer camp with modules designed to fascinate and delight the LEGO-lovers of the world. Play-Well TEKnologies offers programs at their Activity Center in Kirkland as well as in over 2,000 locations around the country, now including Warm Beach Camp, where young people can explore the world of LEGOs and let their imaginations run wild.

Along with regular camp activities, campers will spend three hours a day exploring the creative possibilities of the LEGO building system with guidance from experienced and enthusiastic Play-Well instructors. Campers will dive into their classes and exercise their innate gift for building and experimenting. Not only will campers begin understanding the fundamental principles of engineering and physics, but they will have amazing fun in the process.

Play-Well harnesses the power of tens of thousands of LEGOs to apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, mazes, motorized cars, and more. Campers can explore crazy ideas and discover new ways to get even more fun out of those LEGOs at home. You can count on Play-Well’s amazing instructor-led, play-based curriculum that capitalizes on kiddos’ natural curiosity, as campers work to solve real-world problems through experimentation and exploration.

These camps are scheduled alongside traditional youth camps offering campers the best of both worlds. “We want to offer something for those campers who may ‘like’ Camp but really ‘love’ designing and building,” says, Matt Lambert, Program Director. There will be two engineering camps this year:
Junior Engineering Camp - August 10-15, 2015
Junior High Engineering Camp - August 17-22, 2015

These dates overlap with programs for a wider age range at the same time. This allows families a greater chance to send all their junior and junior high age kids to camp at one time.

For more information on Play-Well TEKnologies, visit them online at www.play-well.org. And don’t forget, Play-Well’s camps fill up fast, so jump on this bandwagon sooner than later. Register now for Engineering Camp.

What will your kids build this summer?

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