summercampyouth 858When you think of “Camp,” what images float through your mind? The outdoors, games, crafts, s’mores? More than anything else, what makes Summer Camp fun and special are the people. Staff create the safe, fun, engaging atmosphere that impact campers. Over and over, the answer to the question, “What is your camper’s favorite memory about camp?” is, “Counselors.”

Camp leadership recognize the sacred trust we are extended by the parents of campers. Parents want their children to have a safe and enriching experience that makes a lasting difference in their lives.

Summer Camp preparation begins with proper staff selection and training. Here are some basic points about what we do to choose the very best people and train them well:

  1. Paid staff are always 18 years or older and graduated from high school.
  2. Prospective staff members complete an extensive application including four independent references.
  3. Applicants are interviewed in person or via Skype.
  4. National background checks are completed before hiring.
  5. Staff receive online training prior to arrival and a full week of on-site training prior to the start of Camp.
  6. Training includes a child protection plan, safety, first aid/CPR as well as activity-specific training.
  7. Throughout summer, daily staff meetings and weekly debriefings help keep staff sharp throughout the summer.

Our goal is to hire bright, dedicated young people who love God and kids. The staff make all the difference in the quality of experience for a camper. We want the campers’ fondest memories to be of their counselor and other staff who took care of them and loved them unconditionally.

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SpecialNeedsCamp6After a dramatic realization during a Special Friends Day Camp in 2012 Laurie Fertello, Disabilities Ministries Director, realized the importance of further developing the spiritual ministry of Warm Beach Camp’s Special Friends Day Camps. The program had been growing by leaps and bounds since 2006 and now averaged over 50 campers plus buddies per camp. Laurie was now on a path to help each camper better understand and know Jesus Christ.

One problem the Special Friends Day Camp had consistently faced is that there was no place for all campers, buddies, and leadership to meet and learn together. There was no place that was both big enough and handicap accessible.

But in the spring of 2013, the Lord sent to Camp a team of four men from Mobile Missionary Assistance Program (MMAP). These men spent three weeks painstakingly building a brand new amphitheater that can now accommodate 130 people. Now there’s plenty of room for the Special Friends Summer Camps, and it’s even handicap accessible.

So in 2013, Special Friends Camps began having chapel together each day. Sister Sparkles (Margaret Spears) led each day’s devotion with enthusiasm in the center of the newly built amphitheater. Campers looked from every angle. At the end of each week Sparkles would invite campers to make decisions for Christ. Through this, the Lord carried out the plan he has for every person on earth. Campers began accepting Christ into their lives. By the end of the third week of Special Friends Day Camp, over 50 campers had made decisions to make Jesus their Special Friend.

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 on attending or volunteering at Special Friends Camp, visit http://www.warmbeach.com/programs/special-needs-programs.

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High School leadership trainingHave you noticed that life is not getting any easier? Life’s questions are not getting less complicated and if you are in High School, life can be especially confusing and hard. Preparing for a life of leadership responsibility and effectiveness requires not just education, but training and mentorship.

For years, Warm Beach Camp has been providing quality training to its High School leaders that participate in the Counselor In Training (CIT), Wrangler In Training (WIT), and Facilitator In Training (FIT) programs. Last year Warm Beach Camp saw the need to add another layer of training and mentorship to these great programs in the form of High School Leadership Camp. This one week camp takes place prior to participants heading off to their respective, program specific, training. It seeks to provide mentorship and training in areas of leadership in a more generalized format that can be applied to everyday life, as well as develop individual talents, create a sense of community, all in a fun environment.

Last year, Warm Beach Camp hosted its very first High School Leadership Camp for 25 participants from a wide variety of backgrounds. Participants enjoyed a camping trip to Baker Lake, where they hiked the rain forest, canoed, and enjoyed the views of majestic waterfalls. Warm Beach Camp Program Intern Mory Browning said, “Being able to get out and enjoy Mt. Baker for a few days was great.” But the best part of the week, said Matt Lambert, Director of Youth and Outdoor Ministry, was “seeing how far the kids got in their vulnerability in one week. Not only that, but how seriously they came to take what they believed about themselves and God.”

Warm Beach Camp will again be hosting High School Leadership Camp June 22-28. This program is available to all high school students whether or not they are continuing on in one of the summer leadership programs: CIT, WIT, or FIT. For more information and to register visit our website at: Warmbeach.com/programs/youth-programs/high-school-leadership

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Summer-Camp-2013---photocredit-Peggy-Kroeger---124Warm Beach Camp is pleased to receive a USDA Grant with their CREP program for hedgerow plantings along the ditches and stream running through the pastureland. Work has already begun to clear invasive, non-native Himalayan Blackberries and prepare for plants such as dogwood and ninebark. The new plants will grow to shade the waterways reducing water temperature and improving oxygenation. “Our goal is to maintain or even improve water quality as it flows through our property to the Puget Sound,” says Patrick Patterson, Warm Beach Camp General Manager.

This project is coordinated by the Snohomish Conservation District (SCD) who assisted Warm Beach Camp in obtaining the grant funds. “SCD has been an amazing partner in resource management and conservation for many years,” says Patterson. “The CREP program that SCD helped us access, will help us meet the goal of improving water quality as it makes its way through our pastureland to the Flood Control District’s collection pond, where it is then pumped into Port Susan Bay.”

SCD also consults with Warm Beach Camp on their Farm Plan and habitat improvement projects elsewhere on the property. Over the years, SCD has assisted Warm Beach Camp with fencing set-backs, drainage improvements, mud control, manure control systems, and more. This year, hundreds of native plants were recently purchased at SCD’s native plant sale for projects near the horsemanship facility. This new planted area will create a songbird habitat and visual screening for neighbors along 81st Avenue. The Snohomish Conservation District is an invaluable partner in natural resource management.

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You know you and your group need a retreat. A time to plan, brainstorm, and connect. Sometimes you have to completely disconnect to really connect. What does that mean? Well, imagine having a romantic dinner date in your own dining room. The table is set with beautiful flowers, candlelight, and a delicious meal. Sounds great, doesn’t it? That is until you hear the noises of your children with the babysitter in the playroom. Or the doorbell, your cellphone, or that strange sound coming from the water heater. The distractions are numerous. They can also happen if you hold a retreat at your own church or office. Before you know it, you have lost focus on the task at hand. This is why it’s important to get away for your retreat.

After you establish your retreat purpose and goals—who, why, and expectations—do the fun part and find the perfect location. This is very important. Are you looking for pure productivity toward a specific plan or do you want a chance to connect as a team and build relationships?

If you are productivity focused, find a facility with a good meeting room setup and the equipment you need. Make sure lots of coffee, tea, and snacks are at hand to keep you going! Allow space for mental breaks, where participants can stretch their legs and get some fresh air. For retreats focused on reflection, relationships, or renewal, be sure to choose a site with abundant natural beauty. Panoramic views and sunsets can provide tremendous inspiration. Look for recreation opportunities, too. Not much compares to the growth that takes place when we step out of our comfort zones and challenge our fears. It also provides ample opportunity to support and encourage one another. Just think of the stories you will be able to share with your fellow retreaters long after the event!

For either type of retreat, Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center may be 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. Located just one hour north of Seattle in Snohomish County, Warm Beach Camp hosts hundreds of youth, adult, and family groups annually.

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.

For more information email the Guest Services Department
or call 360-652-7575 / 800-228-6724 toll free during office hours 8:30am - 5:00pm (Mon-Fri).

Warm Beach Camp, life changes here.

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Men's Advance 2014On March 7-9, 2014, over 250 men descended upon Warm Beach Camp for what may be the Seattle area’s largest overnight men’s event – Men’s Advance. Men from diverse church backgrounds ranging from Assemblies of God to Lutheran and Free Methodist, gathered for prayer, worship, teaching, and good ole fashioned guy-type fun.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Dennis Swanberg, cracked the ManCode, one of his most influential books. Swanberg spoke with great humor and sound biblical truth about the core necessity of relationships in a man’s life – first of all with God, then with family and importantly, with other men. “Guys have to learn to become real, to be vulnerable with one another to really grow,” says event organizer and H.U.G.E. Men of God chairman, James Brooke. There is a powerful spiritual work that God does when people come away from the distractions and routines of life, hear with fresh ears, and engage in prayer, song, and conversation.

Of course, guys connect best when they are doing something and Men’s Advance is loaded with plenty to do. Activities such as a “Cool Machines Show,” chainsaw carving demonstrations, giant sling shot, H.U.G.E. Highland Games, mountain biking, climbing tower, high ropes course, horseback rides and more, gave the guys something active and engaging to do together. No men’s gathering is complete without food and Men’s Advance does not disappoint! Five amazing meals were served during the weekend in addition to a BBQ sampler on Saturday afternoon. The king of all meals – the one everyone looks forward to – is the legendary prime rib dinner on Saturday.

God’s Spirit moved powerfully throughout the weekend. From the decisions made at chapel times to the earnest conversations with friends, evidence abounds of God’s transforming work in the lives of men. Lives are now changed. The trajectory of their families, their workplaces, and their communities are changing – for the good. We give God all of the glory and praise.

Men’s Advance is a program of Warm Beach Camp in partnership with H.U.G.E. Men of God. Honoring God, Unifying Men, Growing in Christ, and Equipping Disciples – that is what H.U.G.E. Men of God is all about. They are men from various churches in Washington working together to reach men in their local churches to impact their communities for Christ. Men’s Advance is the pinnacle event for those in the H.U.G.E. Men of God network and also for other churches men’s groups. Men’s Advance is open to any man and any church group regardless of denomination or affiliation. Our prayer is that Men’s Advance continues to strengthen local church men’s ministry, build deeply into the lives of individual men, and unify the Body of Christ for greater Kingdom influence.

Next year, Men’s Advance is March 6-8, 2015. The keynote speaker is Stu Webber, a legendary figure in the realm of men’s ministry nationally. Reservations for 2015 open March 18, 2014. Group leaders can book space now for next year’s Men’s Advance. Register by April 15, 2014 and receive a 10% discount! For more information or to register: Men's Advance 2015

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400 img 6666This is Matt Lambert’s second year as the Director of Youth and Outdoor Ministry at Warm Beach Camp. While Matt may be new to this position, he is not new to the Camp. Matt has been volunteering and working at Warm Beach since 1997. With all this history under his belt, we wanted to find out more about his hopes and dreams for Warm Beach Camp’s Summer Youth Camps.

The culture of our world is ever changing and alive. Warm Beach’s Youth Camps are no different when it comes to changing with the times, but there are several elements that need to say the same. Matt’s overall vision for Youth Camp is “at Youth Camps, kids would come to know Christ and grow in their relationship with Him.” There is a strategic acronym the staff uses to define the goals at W-Bar-B Youth Camp called “LOCAL”: L-Love God, O-Outdoors, C-Community, A-Adventure, L-Love people.

Matt went on to say, “I hope kids will find a life-long relationship with Christ and not just a sample, not just a good feeling. I want them to have real faith and not a sense of moralistic, therapeutic, deism. I want them to take away life-long friendships with other campers and counselors. I want them to take away what life can be like in healthy community, free from the stress of life.”

This summer’s Youth Overnight Camps will be centered around the theme “Rooted” based off Isaiah 61:3 (NIV) “…They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Kids will find out why they were created, why God chose to save them, and why they should follow Christ. On top of all the great teaching will be plenty of time for recreation and fun! This summer, campers at W-Bar-B can look forward to a few fun new additions like Human Foosball, and Upward Four Square, along with all the regular fun of horseback trail rides (extra fee), high ropes, plenty of pool time and so much more!

To register and for more information: 2014 Summer Youth Camps

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Retreat! This command is not just for the military battlefield. It is for those times when life is too busy, too stretched, and simply overwhelming. Jesus understood the concept of retreat perfectly as indicated in Luke 5:16, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

Do you find yourself in need of retreat? Daily we find individuals and groups getting the respite they need by spending time at Warm Beach Camp. Recently, we found these excerpts online after groups came to Warm Beach Camp. The stories are an inspirational reminder of why we need to retreat!

Siblings of kids with diabetes also need peer support, and I was happy to see Will interacting and making new friends. I doubt, at eight years old, that he engaged in any conversations specifically about his feelings and experiences being a middle child sandwiched in between two kids with major medical issues, but he certainly saw that he wasn’t alone, and that was the whole point of camp. So that none of us would feel alone in our circumstances |bold emphasis added|

www.ourhealthydiabeticlife.com

Retreats are the best thing that Blanchet has to offer. They are the highlight of my high school career” … It wasn’t until she attended Kairos this fall that her faith began to deepen in a more profound way. Being vulnerable to Christ’s love and feeling His presence throughout the retreat was a big conversion moment for her and rejuvenated her connection with her faith |bold emphasis added|.

www.bishopblanchet.org, Brave Magazine, Winter 2014

Does this bring back memories of your time at Warm Beach Camp? We sure hope to see you again soon, as you follow Christ’s example and retreat!

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The Ministry of Marriage Encounter traces its roots back to Spain in the 1950s. Fr. Gabriel Calvo, a Catholic Priest, wanted a means whereby the married couples under his care could learn to communicate better within their married relationship. More importantly, Fr. Calvo wanted these couples to understand the crucial role God plays in a healthy marriage. The intense, interactive weekend known, worldwide, as Marriage Encounter is the result. The Warm Beach encounter is the oldest Marriage Encounter expression in the northwest, dating back nearly 50 years. God continues to use this special weekend to touch the hearts of men and women who seek His best for their marriages.

Marriage Encounter is distinguished from other marriage workshops and seminars by the very real way each participating couple is involved. Rather than merely listening for information, husbands and wives are guided into discussions wherein they explore 12 crucial aspects of marriage with their spouses in the safety and privacy of their individual rooms. Guided by both lay and clergy couples who openly share their own personal experiences in these areas, the Encounter couples experience a safe, nurturing setting where they can truly open up to one another and receive God’s forgiveness, healing, and empowerment.

Here’s how the Marriage Encounter experience touched some peoples’ lives so far this year:

“Freeing!  Enlightening!  It was a fantastic time to connect with my husband with the distractions of the world left behind.  A greater sense of my husband's feelings and love for me was experienced. I gained skills on sharing deeper feelings and recognizing and responding to his feelings.”
“I have been able to share things with my wife that I had not been able to articulate well before.”

Past Attendees

Marriage Encounter works best when a couple brings a good marriage they wish to take to an even higher level. However, Marriage Encounter has also proven to be a healing environment where troubled marriages can find relief. Countless letters from Encounter couples have borne witness to the amazing ways God has restored broken relationships. Bottom line—virtually every marriage can benefit, deeply, from a Marriage Encounter weekend.

To register and for more information: Marriage Encounter 2015

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Men's Advance - a lot of fun and gamesOkay, so there is a lot fun and games… HUGE Highland Games, Cool Machines Show, Climbing Tower, High Ropes Course, Horseback Riding, and a host of other activities. But that’s not what makes Men’s Advance worth attending. Activities are things guys already do together – go to sporting events, play softball, go hunting, or attend car shows – guys like to do stuff when they’re together. A man’s life is meant to be lived engaged, active, focused. A man’s life is meant to be Lived On Purpose!

Dennis Swanberg, keynote speaker for Men’s Advance, gets it. He gets the “Man Code” – the title of his newest book. Guys need challenge and teaching from God’s Word. They need salvation and discipleship. But you have to make it engaging, memorable, focused. Dennis is a comedian, a super funny guy, but really a comedian with purpose. Dennis uses humor and story to open the hearts of his audience so that what God pours in is not just information but life-changing truth.

Men, are you looking for tools to live life with balance, focus, purpose? Dennis Swanberg will deliver. For a preview, check out his website www.themancode.net.

In addition to engaging activities and a keynote speaker, Men’s Advance doesn’t let up in the challenge for men to live authentic, accountable lives together. There are practical faith-building workshops on topics such as missions, finances, freedom from addictions, marriage, single-hood, and more. There’s a special workshop for junior and senior high guys helping them apply “The Man Code” for themselves.

Local church men’s groups accelerate their bond of discipleship through sharing Men’s Advance together. Individual guys, and those without a “formal” men’s group, appreciate the chance to hang out with other guys, pursuing the same truth and purpose of knowing God and living for Him. Men’s Advance is meant to be a “mountain top experience” that lasts a lifetime.

For more information about this year's Men's Advance Retreat March 7-9: Event Information

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