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A cabin of boys came as part of a big group, already aware of who the “problem” was. They made it pretty obvious by their attitude and comments toward him. Their camp counselor, Simba, could see how the camper’s antics got him labeled as a problem. So Simba decided to take action, using the power of words and the heart of Christ. Instead of thinking of this camper as a problem, he renamed him as a child of God needing love and grace.

Simba looked for opportunities throughout the week to positively reconnect the group of boys, demonstrating empathy and good friendship behavior instead of sharp words. By the end of the week, the boys in the cabin were renewed in knowing each one of them is a child of God, a son of the Father.

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” – Proverbs 12:18

Warm Beach Camp counselors do much more than supervise campers all week. They listen, share, model good behavior, and love each of their campers (even those with extra grace required). They understand the power of camp and look for opportunities to be a beacon of light in the lives of the youth who come here. It doesn’t matter if the campers are part of a large church group, are rich or poor, or have never heard the Gospel. The counselors work hard to treat all campers as equals and provide them with an opportunity to grow in Christ and know they are loved.

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858-youthcampsIt's not easy to raise three boys, especially if you are a single mother. Each summer, the boys head out to Camp—a respite for Mom and a highlight for the boys.

As the boys become teenagers and are in high school, imagine the profound joy of Mom when she hears one of her sons ask, “Can I go to Warm Beach and volunteer with Special Friends Camp?” Some stories only become deeper and richer with time. Later that summer, Mom heard “I want to do that again next year!” Camp, a place of both giving and receiving.

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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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DadDaughters Weekends Seattle 858

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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Special needs summer camps near seattle

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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