858 family-camp IMG 5265Foster and adoptive families came for the first ever “Refreshed Families” family camp hosted in partnership with Warm Beach Camp and Overlake Christian Church. From Texas to Washington, families gathered sharing the common bond of having foster/adopted children.  

The full range of camp favorites was in play including shaving cream and cheese puffs, High Ropes Course, horses, s’mores and an awesome party. There were also times of teaching, prayer and fellowship where everyone was able to explore the beautiful and unique journey of foster/adoption.  

Sometimes a “win” is all a family needs to go the next “leg of the journey.” This family camp gave everyone a chance to experience a real win in their family life. At our closing ceremonies, all of the foster/adoptive parents created a tunnel with outrageous cheering that all the kids ran through with a real sense of victory. When families win, everyone wins.

REFRESHED FAMILIES?   ABSOLUTELY YES!!!!   

Dates for next year’s Refreshed Family Camp is August 2-5, 2015. Registration and more information coming soon at https://www.warmbeach.com/programs/family-programs/refreshed.

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Canoeing during Summer Youth Camps at Warm Beach CampThe theme of this year’s Junior and Jr. High summer Youth Camps was “Rooted.”  Not only did the kids get rooted, they went deeper. Deeper in fun, deeper in relationship, and deeper with God.

Each week, summer camps brought excitement, fun and spiritual growth for the campers. From High Ropes to trail rides and canoes and more, campers were outside having a blast, even on rainy days. Canyon ropes elements such as the trapeze and team swing didn’t disappoint anyone looking to challenge themselves. The fun didn’t end after sunset either. Nightly chapel times and activities kept the campers engaged and learning.

In the midst of all the activities, God worked and His Word took root. His loving Presence was evident. Friendships were made and existing friendships became stronger. Cabin groups bonded with counselors enough to ask hard questions about God.  The level of discussion went deep. One camper mentioned a few times that she was an atheist. By the end of the week, she was changing her mind. She left camp with a booklet of Bible verses chosen just for her by a summer camp counselor.

We were blessed to see God work in the lives of campers at Warm Beach Camp. Every week there were new believers accepting Christ and even more youth rededicating their lives to God. Evidence of God’s life changing grace and the freedom of being rooted in the love of Christ.

Check our website in November for information about next year's summer camps, or contact the Registration Department at 800-228-6724 ext. 2282.

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Warm Beach Family Camp swimming pool timeFor many, Warm Beach Family Camp has been a memory making tradition for multiple generations. At Friday night’s program this year, four families raised their hand who have been attending every summer since 1958. Yet, Family Camp isn’t just for those who have been coming for decades. Each year, new families join in and experience the fellowship, fun, and focus on God that Family Camp brings. This year we had about two dozen families come for the first time. Some were grandparents with grandchildren, others single, and of course many parents with children. Family Camp really is a place for everyone!

Next year, look for some exciting program changes along with the traditional activities that make Warm Beach Family Camp so special. There’s the variety of inspiring, Spirit-filled, speakers and age-group programming. The young adult group continues to grow creating fellowship for young singles and families. Family activities will expand with some good old-fashioned camp fun. Traditions such as the Bike Parade and softball game will continue.

Join us for next year’s Warm Beach Family Camp, August 5 – 9, 2015. The memories you make will last a lifetime! Registration for next year is open now! Click here for more information and to register.

For those who attended this summer's Warm Beach Family Camp – remember to check out the photos on our private online photo gallery. The link can be found in the Family Camp evaluation request email, or send us an email at enews@warmbeach.com and request the photo gallery link.

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Fire Department brings fire truck to Special Friends CampAt Warm Beach Special Friends Camp, summer camp for special needs adults, “Fire Truck Day” is a highlight.

One day each week of Camp, the local Fire Department brings the fire truck and aid car to Special Friends Camp for the campers to climb in and explore. The campers get in the driver’s seat, get to sound the horn, blare the siren, and the big moment… they get to turn on the fire hose!

The firefighters help one camper at a time open up the nozzle and let the full blast of water shoot out of the hose onto the ground in front of them. The campers think it’s a blast! Last week, one camper came quietly up to the hose with her “buddy” (volunteer helper) as the fireman smiled and patiently talked her through turning on and off the hose. When finished, she put down the hose and ran over and gave him a big hug. Then she did a little dance of joy. “I did it!” She squealed. Later, she came back to the fireman and asked him to autograph her water bottle. It was the highlight of her day!

Information about Special Friends Summer Camps can be found at http://www.warmbeach.com/programs/special-needs-programs/special-friends-day-camps.
Be a Volunteer for Special Friends – it’s a life-changing experience! Click here for information http://www.warmbeach.com/programs/special-needs-programs/special-friends-day-camp-volunteers.

 

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Warm Beach High School Leadership CampOver 35 high school youth and leaders came together for Warm Beach Camp’s second annual High School Leadership Camp this June. The camp was attended by Warm Beach Camp wranglers, facilitators, and counselors-in-training, as well as high school students from near and far.

David Lawless, Outdoor Education Coordinator/Program Assistant, said “It was really important to me that the camp be a time when campers could be themselves, have fun, and connect with each other in meaningful ways.” Camp activities were planned around these ideas, and Lawless added, “Being real with one another was the thing that made everyone feel like they fit in.”

Campers participated in chapel time and team building activities. During chapel time, campers were encouraged to submit questions about God and Christianity in a “question box.”  The summer camp pastor that week, David Linder, answered the campers’ questions at chapel time. Lawless said, “The kids asked amazing questions and they really got into it. They got into it so much that they asked for more chapel time.”

After several days at Warm Beach Camp, the campers went on a three day campout at Cascade Meadows in Leavenworth, Washington. They went on hikes, enjoyed a huge slip-n-slide, Zombie Tag, an outdoor movie, plenty of camp fires, and lots of food. But more than the activities, the campers seemed to enjoy each other. Caroline Kulper, one of the camp counselors, said “The whole week was a high note. It was so great to see the way these kids, who barely knew each other, become fast friends and work together.”

A camp experience impacts lives in amazing ways. Friendships with caring adults and other campers can last a lifetime and provide a connection that helps young people navigate the challenges of life.

For more information about High School Leadership Camp and other events at Warm Beach Camp, visit the Camp & Events page of our website at http://www.warmbeach.com/programs.

 

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playing nine-square at Warm Beach Summer Youth CampIt all started with Ga-ga Ball. Never heard of it?  Well, it doesn’t have anything to do with the pop music singer Lady Gaga. Instead, it is a fast-paced game very similar to Dodge Ball played in an octagon shaped Ga-ga pit. As you can imagine, this means lots of jumping, running, laughing, and fun in a small area. The kids at last summer’s Warm Beach W-Bar-B Youth Camps were immediate fans of this new game.

This year, two more new games have popped up at W-Bar-B: Nine Square and Human Foosball. Looking at the campers lined up to play, these two games are popular additions to the activities.

Nine Square is like playing schoolyard four square with a volleyball twist. The loud groans and cheers echoing from the Nine Square court are a clear indication the kids really get into the game. Not for the faint of heart, Human Foosball looks quite a bit like a life-sized version of the game. Players have to communicate with each other and move together. If not, one or two may end up on the ground, usually laughing. It doesn’t take long to learn the importance of team work.

With amazing counselors at Warm Beach Summer Youth Camp, the connections and life lessons learned playing games flow right into the week’s Bible lessons. It creates an environment of fun, faith and friendships.

Learn more about Warm Beach W-Bar-B Summer Youth Camps at http://www.warmbeach.com/programs/youth-programs/junior-a-jr-high-camps. There is still space available this summer in the Junior High Camps. Register today!

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Family Camp at Warm Beach Camp webAre you looking for a vacation-style destination with activity options for the entire family? A blend of time together and age-appropriate free-time and faith-building programs? Then come join us at Warm Beach Family Camp this month, July 30-August 3!

Warm Beach Family Camp offers an oasis of family time free from the distractions and stresses of everyday life. Lives are touched. Faith is nurtured. Relationships are strengthened.  A past attendee shared with us how meaningful it was for her granddaughter’s family to be surrounded by God’s people in a relaxed, non-threatening, fun environment where relationships can become a bridge to sharing faith in Christ. Many families appreciate the chance to grow spiritually, to build deeper family bonds and lifelong memories.

We are blessed to have with us outstanding speakers and worship leaders for 2014, such as Rene Schlaepfer, the Program Center evening speaker. For more information about Warm Beach Family Camp including a full list of the 2014 speakers, and to register, log on to www.warmbeach.com.  
P.S. – remember to bring your bikes!

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Mini Golf at Warm Beach Camp Conference CenterGolfing, campfires, heated pool, flag football, and a large RV/tent area make Warm Beach Camp, in North Snohomish County, ideal for 60-100 men from Lynnwood Open Door Baptist Church every year.  Since the mid 1990s, the men have been coming to Warm Beach for a summer weekend of fun while connecting with God and each other. They tried public campgrounds in the past, but discovered you never know who you’d be camping next to. Loud music and alcohol-induced exuberance from a neighboring tent are anything but conducive to fireside testimonies! When the men come to Warm Beach Camp, they know they are in a relaxing, Christian community. At the same time, they have the freedom to be left alone to do their own activities and program.

The men start off their retreat with golf tournaments—a large group head to nearby Kayak Golf Course while another group stays at Camp for a lively round of disc golf. With staggered starts, the competition begins! Of course there must be an award ceremony following the tournaments. And it is a fantastic way to break the ice for those who may not know each other well. Golf games tend to be a theme for many of these men as they also end their retreat with a tournament on the Camp’s miniature golf course. This past year the Open Door Baptist Church men decided they liked the camp-out so much, they started another annual event for fathers and sons at Warm Beach.

Just like many other churches, Open Door Baptist finds their calendar very full with community outreach and church events. Combined with tight budgets, they considered cutting out their retreat. Instead, they understand the value of getting away from church for some quality bonding time. With the at home feel of Warm Beach, they appreciate their time here.  Warm Beach Camp whole-heartedly appreciates the Open Door Baptist Church men!

Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, in Stanwood, WA, is the ideal place for your church, school, or non-profit group. We have a variety of meeting facilities, lodging and recreation nestled in beautiful natural surroundings. Contact Warm Beach Camp’s Guest Services department and discover what we can offer. We are here to help you with all your retreat needs.

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800-228-6724
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Senior-trip-Warm-Beach-CampAt Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, in Western Washington, we have all sorts of non-profit guest groups throughout the year: youth and family camps, leadership conferences, men’s, and women’s retreats, confirmation youth, quilting groups, Outdoor Education, Scouts, and more. Over this past Memorial Day weekend and into the week, Warm Beach Camp was blessed with a guest group that flies all the way from Florida to be here. The Lakeland Christian School (LCS) seniors end their school year with a big mission trip, and for a number of years they have chosen Warm Beach Camp as their mission.

The 100 LCS seniors worked HARD at Camp. Students repaired trails, built picnic tables and fences, erected tents for summer programs, cleared and chopped felled trees in the RV area, raked, weeded, and barked flower beds and berms, prepared arts and crafts for summer camps, tested lights for The Lights of Christmas, and did an incredible job helping with the general beautification of the grounds. Staff members and other volunteers from Warm Beach Camp worked alongside students the whole time, sharing stories, laughing, and fellowshipping together. 

One of the most special moments was when LCS had morning devotions with the Warm Beach Camp staff. Ed McDowell, Warm Beach Camp Director, shared about the Camp’s mission and the programs offered. The LCS seniors learned they helped “Keep the Path Clear to the Cross” for the thousands of guests who will come to Warm Beach Camp. After devotions, students gathered together outside while the Warm Beach Camp staff formed a circle around them and prayed over them.

Lakeland Christian School educates students in the light of God's Word to equip them for a lifetime of learning, leadership, service and worship. It took months of fundraising effort for the LCS to get to Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA. We are deeply appreciative to LCS seniors for sharing their mission with us!

 

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special needs adults have the time of their lives at Special Friends Summer CampSpecial Friends Camp at Warm Beach Camp is place where physically and mentally disabled adults can come to have a one-of-a-kind camping experience. Each camp is staffed by individuals who want every camper to have the time of their life. Every camper gets the chance to participate in all the activities Warm Beach Camp has to offer; horseback riding, swimming, climbing the 40-foot climbing tower, or flying down the zip line. Each camper can also participate in craft time, chapels and a long list of other activities.

At the close of each week, campers gather together for a final chapel time and the summer of 2013 was no different. One afternoon during the closing chapel, one particularly quiet camper rose to his feet and stood in front of all 50 Special Friends campers and their buddies. He seemed so small there in the middle of so many people, but he began to sing quietly. After a few moments the words became clear. Slowly and intentionally he sang, “Jesus loves the people, Jesus loves the people,” over and over. Then he stopped and extended his arms, as though to embrace each section of the amphitheater, and sang, “ALL, ALL, ALL,” until he had sung it to each and every section.

Laurie Fertello, Disabilities Ministries Director, said, “He was singing his own version of Jesus Loves the Little Children.” And that’s what Special Friends Day Camp is all about, letting every camper know that Jesus loves them.

Warm Beach Camp’s Special Friends Day Camp is one of the few camps in Washington State that serves persons age 15 and up who have special needs. Just one hour north of Seattle in north Snohomish County, Special Friends Day Camp offers campers amazingly creative camp activities in a highly supervised, supportive setting. Each camper is matched with a volunteer “Buddy,” who engages with them in the camp experience. For more information and to register for Special Friends Camp, visit http://warmbeach.com/programs/special-needs-programs.

Be a Special Friends volunteer - It’s a life-changing experience! Every volunteer means one more camper can attend. For more information, visit http://warmbeach.com/programs/special-needs-programs/special-friends-day-camp-volunteers

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