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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.

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858 summer camp at Warm Beach StanwoodWhen you think of summer youth camp, do you think of a week of fun with lots of silly songs or chants, games, and activities? At Warm Beach, our youth camps are all that and more! The great outdoors and adventure is just part of the summer camp experience. Some of the most meaningful moments at camp come during Bible study and cabin discussion times.

“It’s time to have a heart-to-heart talk with these girls about brokenness and hurt,” thought summer camp counselor, Julie. That night, the girls opened up and shared their frustrations and fears. Amid tears, the group prayed together and wrote letters to God revealing their deepest worries. That night, they burned their letters in the campfire. Freedom and peace filled their hearts and made all the difference for the rest of the week.

A week of summer camp is fun. Even better are the friendships kids make and growing closer to God. That is what camp is really all about.

Warm Beach Camp also offers Fall Junior High and Senior High Retreats where hundreds of youth come together to have fun and to grow in relationship with God and each other. For dates and more information: Fall Junior High and Senior High Retreats

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Warm Beach mission team in South KoreaIn the first light of the July 14 morning, 10 team members embarked on their journey to South Korea. A merged group created the unique team, with some from Warm Beach Camp, some friends of team members, and many from North Cascades Christian Fellowship (NCCF) in Sedro-Woolley. Shon Bentley, Pastor of Student Ministries at NCCF, returned as the leader and coordinator for his second year.

One team member, Kimberly, enjoyed the trip and found the time not only a cultural learning experience but also personal. "The time away helped me re-prioritize God in my life, where He belongs," says Kim when asked how God used the trip to teach her something about herself.

Since 2010, Warm Beach Camp has partnered with Myungsun Church in Suwon, South Korea to exchange cultural experiences. Students from South Korea attend a week-long summer camp at Warm Beach, while the Warm Beach team teaches English at Camp Horeb in South Korea. They also visited other local ministries and shared many cultural experiences.

While there, the Warm Beach team was well taken care of by the hospitality of their Korean hosts. Kyle, a team member who experienced his first-ever airplane transport and international travel, was amazed by the hospitality. Eager to return, Kyle says God used the trip to teach him more about openness and giving.

The Warm Beach Korea concept is special, providing the unique opportunity for people to encounter experiences not in their everyday lives. While immersed in another world, team members see God's love beyond their world.

"One of my treasured memories from this experience,” team member Michael shared, “was seeing [young] kids love God so much they fall face-first [to] the ground with tears rolling down their faces because they are filled with Jesus Christ. It was a beautiful sight to see." This is just one of the special encounters and seeing God’s Spirit at work.

Plans are underway for next year’s mission trip to South Korea, tentatively scheduled for July 20-August 3, 2015. If you are interested in being part of the mission team, or for more information, see the website at: https://www.warmbeach.com/programs/global-initiatives/warmbeachcamp-korea

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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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