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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.Add a comment
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Hospitality – 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.Add a comment
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For 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.Add a comment
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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?Add a comment
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"Hi guys, I'm Stu Weber and I want to extend a personal invitation to you and to the Men's Advance. I hope to see you there. We'll have some good food together. We'll have some fun, lots of fellowships, some games and some great worship. You'll wanna be there.
We're going to have some major life transforming sessions. You know life is a battle, everything is a struggle, we're all wounded warriors and we're going to spend some time together talking about the warrior's soul and what goes inside the chest that enables us to engage and come out as winners in all of life.
So, guys, I look forward to see you on March 6-8 at Warm Beach Camp. That's the website WarmBeach.com. Register early, March 6-8. See you then!"
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Offsite group retreats are worth it
Retreats, camps and conferences have the common goal of seeing people’s lives positively impacted. Getting out of your normal environment and routine opens the heart and mind to new ideas and relationships. Any experience that dislocates a person from familiar patterns, places, roles and responsibilities, creates space for new learning, renewed inspiration, and perspective.
The most important investment you’ll make in your group is creating the space and time for refreshment, renewal, and re-connection. A successful retreat begins with purpose and goals - desired outcomes. What do you want people to come away with? Information? Understanding? Stronger relationships? Personal renewal? The way you answer these questions will inform not only what you do with the time but where you will go. So, begin with the end in mind.
You’ve probably heard about the importance of “SMART” goals.
S – Specific M – Measurable A – Achievable R – Realistic T – Time Bound
- Goal/Objective. Briefly describe each goal/objective and when it should be accomplished
- Measurement. How will the goal/objective be evaluated?
- Importance. A goal may be essential, important, or simply desirable. Be sure to understand the relative priority placed on an individual goal.
- Consider goals/objectives as desired outcomes for your organization, for your attendees, with respect to personal enrichment, learning, health/safety, financial.
- Take time to write down goals, measurements, and importance.
- Keep the list reasonably short and simple enough to be understood by the whole leadership team.
- Engage your whole leadership team in formulating your event’s purpose and goals.
Once your goals are firmly in mind, program planning and site selection flow with greater purpose and clarity. Understanding your goals also informs your speakers, staff, and site staff as each seek to support your event’s goals. Venue providers want to know what you hope to accomplish so they can put before you the best combination of facilities, meeting spaces, menu options, and activities to help you reach your goals. The more clear your goals become, the more support you find in reaching them.
Invest in your group by spending time clarifying your goals and planning for a successful retreat, camp, or conference. As you look for space to hold your event, search for a facility partner who will place your goals in the center of the discussion. A reliable facility partner makes your goals their goals and brings together all of the available assets to support your program. Off-site events require some work, but they are well worth it in the end.
“Two hours into our retreat at Warm Beach Camp was more productive than eight hours of meetings back in our normal workplace.”Event Planner
To find out more about Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center rental facilities, contact the Guest Service Department at 800.228.6724 x2275 or check out our website.Add a comment
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Sometimes you get funny looks from men when you invite them to Men’s “Advance.” Men’s Advance, a premier men’s ministry event in the Seattle area, is a weekend that challenges men to live into their God-given potential. It gives men hope that they can really be the person they want to be, who God created them to be. Through music, drama, testimony, and motivational teaching, men are filled with vision for their lives at Men’s Advance. Activities such as H.U.G.E. Highland Games, a “Cool Machines” show, and more, give guys things to do with one another that forms and strengthens friendships. Men’s Advance encourages connection with God and with other guys. For, it is in relationship with God and others that men “advance” in their faith and life.
Dr. Stu Weber is this year’s keynote speaker. This U.S. Army Green Beret Veteran, with three bronze stars, discovered his calling through the trauma and uncertainty of the Vietnam War. Stu came through the war with a call to proclaim Christ and His Kingdom and to call men to become all God intends them to be. Stu is an author, pastor, and teacher and also a devoted husband and family man with three sons and nine grandchildren. Widely-heralded for his clear, practical, and challenging messages, Stu has spoken for national men’s ministry events such as Promise Keepers, Men at the Cross, and Iron Sharpens Iron. He also maintains a consistent ministry to the U.S. Military both at home and abroad.
Men’s Advance is sponsored in part by H.U.G.E. Men of God, who sponsor local men’s forums each week for seven weeks leading up to Men’s Advance. What better way to prepare for Men’s Advance than to already be worshipping, praying, and connecting with guys in the local community. A list of Men’s Forum locations and times can be found at www.hugemenofgod.com.
So, men, if you want to advance in life and faith, then Men’s Advance is for you! Register today at www.Mens-Advance.com.Add a comment
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What do groups from the University of Washington, church mission groups, college and high school sports teams, nonprofits, businesses, public safety organizations, and youth groups all have in common? They build a high performing team by investing in a Warm Beach Camp challenge Team Building program.
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center’s Team Building program is so much more than a high ropes course and climbing tower. The staff work to create an experience designed to help groups and teams improve performance and grow together in trust, problem-solving, communication and more. The staff also bring a portable team building programs to locations between Seattle and Bellingham.
Group leader, Sister Kathy Stark summed it up well when she said, “the recreation staff here goes above and beyond their job duties.” The staff helped Kathy’s special needs group reach their goals and have a fun, positive experience.
Warm Beach Team Building leaders Lindsay Baer, Kurt Von Pessler, and Joe Wiederhold, put incredible heart and experience into working with group leaders to create a custom team building experience, choosing elements that best suit the group’s needs. The dedicated Team Building-Recreation staff enjoy facilitating groups to reach great heights!
For more information log on to http://www.warmbeach.com/programs/team-building.Add a comment
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Warm Beach Camp offers your business or organization the opportunity to give The Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival gift certificates to your employees, clients, customers, or vendors and pay nothing in advance. An evening at The Lights is a unique and thoughtful gift, and would give you a chance to say "thank you" to those with whom you work and serve.
With this program, you may request as many gift certificates as you need and pay nothing in advance. You only pay for the gift certificates that are actually redeemed. Your company will be billed $15 for each redeemed gift certificate after the event closes for the season.
• Say "Thank You and Merry Christmas" to customers, employees and vendors
• Use as a promotional incentive
• Create goodwill and build community
The gift certificates are good any of the 19 nights of The Lights of Christmas. To request gift certificates, go to The Lights of Christmas website for Tickets and scroll to the bottom of the page, or call the Registration Department at 800.228.6724 ext. 2282.Add a comment
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By Sadie Rose Lawless
Last February, my then-fiancé and I were given a weekend to Engaged Encounter at Warm Beach Camp shortly after we announced our engagement. "Gift" was a loose sense of the word at the time, as we were in the midst of trying to navigate the future on our own, as well as wedding planning stress. The day the event began, I was dreading the weekend. "Should I be dredging up possible problems to discuss?" "Do I have to talk to anybody?"
In reality, we covered everything you forget in the fog of engagement and planning and being in love. We learned that our differences, suddenly very apparent as we grew closer, were for our benefit -- to be the ultimate complementary teammates! The couples on the panel shared genuinely, letting us in on years’ worth of marriage insight in a mere weekend. We didn't have to say a word to the other couples in attendance, and were able to think through our thoughts on each topic separately before talking as a couple.
As if the experience of the weekend wasn't enough, we connected with one of the host couples who then began meeting with us for regular pre-marital mentoring. Due to the tools we learned at Engaged Encounter for communication and conflict resolution, we made it to the wedding and continue to grow together as the (sometimes blatantly opposite) team we are becoming.
Warm Beach Camp holds Engaged Encounter weekends a few times each year. The next scheduled weekend is October 24-26, 2014. To learn more and to register: Engaged Encounter.Add a comment