Osborn 450pxIn early July 2018, Lon Osborn and his wife Addie, and one-year-old daughter Naomi, pulled into Warm Beach Camp. Lon recently accepted a position as the Technical Lead for The Lights of Christmas. This new position is responsible for display maintenance, programming automated displays, as well as creating and implementing new display ideas.

Lon is uniquely suited for this position with a degree in Engineering and a degree in Applied Science, as well as a background in maintenance, and visual media.

Lon found his passion for ministry after several years working in the engineering industry. “I did work in the engineering industry for two years and the whole time I was unsettled in my heart. I knew God had more that I could be doing with my life.” So Lon quit his engineering job, took a job with a mission organization as a photographer, and traveled the world for two years taking pictures, interviewing people and recording their testimonies. Not long after returning to the United States, Lon felt the call to accept the position at Warm Beach Camp.

Warm Beach Camp is excited to have the Osborn family as part of the team. Welcome!

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Cross 450pxAll summer, young people and families attending camps at Warm Beach are leaving lies they have come to believe at the cross of Jesus Christ. Lies many of us begin to believe about ourselves and our families.

After hearing the truth about their identity in Christ, campers are invited to leave lies at the cross. Some of the lies include:

  • I am the problem, others would be better off if I wasn’t here.
  • My parent left me because he/she does not love me.
  • People don’t like me.
  • I can’t sing.
  • I am ugly and not beautiful.
  • I can do this by myself.
  • Our family is the worst family, a fraud.
  • I am a terrible parent.

Children, teenagers, and families are invited to accept the truth about who they are in Christ. The truth is they are loved. The truth is, Jesus is for them. The truth is, they will never be abandoned by God. The truth is, there is nothing about their past that would turn Jesus away from them. The truth is, each one is a child of God. 

It is a powerful moment when one chooses to leave lies and deception at the cross of Jesus Christ. There is freedom in picking up one’s true identity in Christ.

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Joel and Marilyn Hume 350pxWhen Joel and Marilyn Hume got married and started having children, it seemed only natural to start helping with the children’s programing at Warm Beach Oasis Family Camp each summer. Joel and Marilyn have volunteered in the 1st and 2nd grade kids’ class for the past 25 years.

Volunteering at Family Camp has been a joy for Joel and Marilyn.  Marilyn said, “When they grow up you find out how much Camp meant to them.”

Family Camp is a special time when people of all ages come together to relax, renew, and reconnect with God and each other. For kids and adults alike, Family Camp is a memorable experience with lasting impacts.

Warm Beach Camp would like to thank Joel and Marilyn for their faithful service over the past 25 years. Volunteers like the Humes make Family Camp a joy for the whole family.


If you would like to be a Family Camp volunteer, e-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Last year, 1630 campers were able to attend a life-changing week at camp because of Kids 2 Camp scholarships and the generous people who made it possible. That’s why the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day, on Saturday, August 25, is such a big deal! And, it’s fun for everyone!

The day kicks off with the 3rd annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run/Walk, an event for the entire family. It begins at 8:00am and includes a 10K, 5K, and 1-mile course through the beautiful grounds of Warm Beach Camp. The competitors out there will be pleased to know the 10K and 5K will be chip-timed!

After the Run, the 19th annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction begins with hundreds of items going on the auction block. Both the Silent and Live Auctions include a variety of outdoor items, vacations, gift items, dining opportunities and more! The Auction runs from 9:30am to 2:00pm.

The Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day also features fun activities for the kids and lunch for purchase.

And, it all goes to support Kids 2 Camp scholarships to bring kids to camp!

Would you like to help make the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day a success? Here’s how:

     1. Plan to attend on August 25 and bring your friends! 
     2. Check out our list of items on line.
     3. Be a Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day volunteer. E-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.

More details can be found at www.sendkids2camp.org  or you can e-mail the event coordinator, Kirsten Radke.

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Refreshed Option 1 px450Navigating home and social life for foster and adoptive families can come with a unique set of challenges. That is why Refreshed Family Camp is so important. Refreshed Family Camp, at Warm Beach Camp, provides foster and adoptive families a time and place to find refreshment by drawing closer to God and each other. The schedule is relaxed with a great variety of options and blend of age levels for a great family experience.

Another great benefit of this camp is it gives foster and adoptive families the chance to see they are not alone. They are part of a community that loves and cares for them. One mother said, “Thank you, truly, for sowing into our family, for believing in us, for cheering us on, for honoring us, for valuing us, for refreshing us,  and for enabling us to get away and experience a few days at camp, where we can come closer as a family and closer to Jesus. We are so very, very, grateful!”

“Wins can be hard to come by in the foster and adoptive community. Camp is an awesome environment to experience a win. Dance parties, human whirlpools, field games, s’mores and bicycle parades come alongside age level programming, times of teaching, and opportunities for rest.” Said Ed McDowell, Director of Warm Beach Camp.” When you’re a family that isn’t quite like the rest, it’s important to take time to be Refreshed in a place that loves and accepts you just the way you are.

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Project Update Ovens px450A new wheel chair accessible mounting station was built for the Therapeutic Horsemanship program, thanks to Synergy Construction, Dunn Lumber, and Stanwood Redi Mix. Now our program can truly serve the needs of our participants.

Cross-ties are being installed at the Stables, replacing the old tie stalls. These will improve convenience and supervision of the tacking process.

New convection ovens were installed in the kitchen replacing items that were over 30 years old. Many thanks to our generous donors. The next upgrade for Food Services are new hot boxes which will keep food hot between the kitchen and serving areas.

The new canoe dock arrives this month. It will provide improved safety and convenience for our canoeing guests.

New covered storage is being built at the maintenance shop to meet the growing needs of The Lights of Christmas program. This project also results in more parking spaces in the shop yard and a much cleaner and more professional appearance.

Two staff cottages are getting work done, making them ready for occupancy. If anyone would like to assist with interior or exterior painting, we can use some more help.

Several cords of firewood was cut on Saturday, June 9. Thanks to the H.U.G.E. Men of God ministry for bringing guys to do the work. We use nearly 20 cords of wood a year! We need all the help we can get keeping our amphitheaters and fire pits well-stocked.

Cascadian Lodge improvements, Mountain Cabin roofing, and Whistler bathroom improvements will go on throughout the summer and early fall, as facilities and workers can be scheduled.

Volunteer assistance is needed for gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, and painting throughout the summer and fall. Please e-mail Faith Oates for details or call 360-761-1267.

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SF Volunteer Needs px450Summer is here and we are excited about all that is going on at Camp. We have the privilege to serve our guests/campers and keeping the path clear to the cross, but we need your help! Here are the specific opportunities this summer:

Be a buddy at Special Friends Camps. Come for one week or multiple weeks, June 26 – Aug. 10, 2018. Go to www.warmbeach.com/sfvolunteer to apply or for more information.

Nurses for our Summer Camp Programs. Camp nurses ensure our campers are safe and well cared for at camp. Licensed nurses are needed for 4 weeks this summer.

Oasis & Refreshed Family Camp programs need Children’s classroom leaders and helpers, July 29- Aug 5, 2018. Discounts for Family Camp registration are available for volunteers.

Warm Beach Horsemanship is seeking help with Horse Camp, Vaulting Camp, stable hands, and more… If you like to work hard and enjoy being around horses, we have a job for you!

General labor is needed for ongoing projects in maintenance, landscaping, the paint shop, and food service.

If you’d like to get involved in any of the ways listed above, email Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.

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Horse Camp Photo 450pxLife changes at Warm Beach Camp. The following letter is from Becky, a foster mom, who was able to bring her two boys to Parent and Child Horse Camp because of Kids 2 Camp scholarship funds. It is a perfect example of the transformative power of Camp made possible because of our generous donors.

My boys and I attended the three-day Parent and Child Horse Camp last fall and the boys excelled and absolutely blossomed with the horses. On the surface this may all look like “fun and games” and a neat little camp, but trust me, there was SO MUCH more going on during this experience!

The very first night, we participated in equestrian vaulting activities and heard the concept of trust building and relationship. The second day, we built on the foundational trust relationship with the BIG draft horses. Then we began applying this trust relationship to the horses we had been assigned to care for and build a relationship with for riding.

The boys understood the trust relationship with the horses and the relationships they are in with people (like with me and the trainers) and we were able to talk about these things. On top of all that, the boys experienced the responsibility of grooming and saddling their horse. They also learned their horse’s personality, how to work with them, and how to understand and listen to the horse - without words.

I believe one of the key elements that makes this camp unique is that we, the guardians or foster parents/adults, also participate in ALL the exercises. The exercises with the boys were profoundly moving and built around “relationships” in ways that did not have to be verbalized.

The ENTIRE experience of this short camp was such an amazing experience for these boys in my care and had a profound effect on them. It was IMPACTFUL on their healing and had relational context to their lives and those who care for them.

We are thankful for the opportunity to provide experiences that bring positive impact in people’s lives. And we appreciate the ways people contribute to help to make it possible.

 

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Jeannie Patterson recently accepted the position of Estate Planning Specialist/Development Associate, effective June 1st.

Jeannie moved to Warm Beach Camp in 1987 with her husband Pat. Over the years Jeannie has worked in several departments at the Camp including Food Service, Registration, Business Office, Horsemanship (just to name a few) and was the first Director of The Lights of Christmas.

“Working at Warm Beach Camp is like coming home!” said Jeannie. "I love working together with a team of people to honor Jesus."  At Warm Beach Camp, this spirit of comradery is alive and well.

While Jeannie has been working in the Development Department since July of 2017, this new role will engage Jeannie’s giftings more fully.  Jeannie is uniquely qualified for this position with her background in finance, historical knowledge of the Camp, and excellent networking skills.

Warm Beach Camp’s Development Department is thrilled to see Jeannie step into this role.

 

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Do you love serving others, love laughing and giving high fives to others? Then being a Special Friends “buddy” is the right job for you! Each summer, over 240 volunteer buddies are needed to walk alongside our campers with disabilities during their week of summer camp. Buddies provide campers an experience without limits which makes the week extra special!

Buddies don’t just change the lives of campers, buddies also get the experience of a lifetime and leave knowing their time at camp truly made a difference in the lives of campers. Lifelong friendships are formed amongst buddies, buddies grow spiritually, and a comradery based around serving others goes far beyond your typical camp experience.

Come be a buddy this summer! Bring family and friends to help too. We are now accepting applications for volunteer buddies. Sign-up online, email Faith Oates, or call 360-761-1267.

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