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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Saturday, May 12, 2018

The people who stand with us as volunteers and donors are vital to making the ministry of Warm Beach Camp happen, and we think it is important to thank you once in a while! This is the reason for the Partners in Ministry Appreciation Dinner!

Please join us for this complementary event on Saturday, May 12, at 6:00 pm in the Program Center Auditorium. The evening includes a delicious dinner, wonderful music, and testimonies about what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.

This is a time of appreciation to honor you, our Partners in Ministry, for the important role you play in this ministry. We will share how your investments of time and money are used, and look into the future God is laying before us. There won’t be ask for money or to recruit volunteers. We just want the opportunity to say thank you!

Please note: Reservations are required. Please make your reservations by May 1. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming with you and your phone number, or by calling the Camp at 800-228-6724.

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Volunteer2 Photo 450pxChaos” would be the word to describe my household when my husband has to go out of town for a week.  All of a sudden the stack of dishes looks bigger, the children are screaming louder, and my nine year old has more homework than ever. When my husband is out of town my moto is, “lower your expectations.” There is just too much to get done, so I settle for safe and fed. When my husband returns home, we hit our stride and the state of chaos subsides.

In the day-to-day operation of Warm Beach Camp, there are thousands of tasks to be accomplished that contribute to a fantastic guest experience. It’s the volunteers who come alongside the staff to make our mission possible. Volunteers make the mini-golf course look bright and inviting, help improve and maintain the grounds, and work on paint projects for summer camp and The Lights of Christmas Festival, and much more. Volunteers allow Camp to make sure guests are not just safe and fed, but they also leave cared for and loved. This is the heart of Christ.

By Jessica Wilson, Development Director

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Ginger Photo 450pxGinger joined the Warm Beach Camp staff in the fall of 2017 as the Assistant Director of Horsemanship. Ginger brings a passion for ministry to people who are hurting – physically and emotionally – through and with horses.

Ginger carries a life-long love of horses expressed through an extensive career in horsemanship training, competition, riding instruction, and managing her own horse farm in the Maple Valley area.  She and her daughters became involved in vaulting and were introduced to the Warm Beach Vaulters at regional competitions. As she watched the Warm Beach teammates accept, encourage, and pray with each other and other vaulters, a seed was planted in her heart. The seed began to grow as she witnessed the hand of God in a young, deeply hurting vaulter’s life. This young vaulter experienced healing specifically through the love of the staff and by helping another vaulter in need through the Adaptive (Special Needs) Vaulting Program at Warm Beach Camp.

Ginger believes that horses, especially combined with the ministry of the Holy Spirit, have a unique place in physical and emotional healing for people. This fueled her desire to provide a context for others to experience this healing, and a business plan was formed for Therapeutic Vaulting and Horse Assisted Learning programs.

At the same time, God was moving Warm Beach Camp to seek avenues of expanding the use of horses in therapeutic ways. The Assistant Horsemanship Director job opening at Warm Beach Camp coincided with Ginger’s determination that God was calling her to this work. And the rest, as they say, is history!

We are excited to have Ginger as part of the staff family at Warm Beach Camp, along with her husband, Bob, and daughters, Stella and Anna. Ginger’s unique perspective and gifts will certainly be a blessing to many, and we look forward to what God is going to do through these new programs. If you get a chance, introduce yourself and listen to her story. You will be glad you did!

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Special Friends Camp Buddy 450pxBy Carolyn Cross, Special Friends Volunteer

I recently retired from a very long and rewarding career with Kimberly-Clark! One of the items on my bucket list was to volunteer at Special Friends summer camp at Warm Beach. This camp gives individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind camp experience.

To be honest, I was a little nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. On the first day of training I met my fellow volunteers and learned the name of my camper. It was then that my purpose became real and I was caught up in the excitement. As a “buddy," my role was to assist my camper in participating in their activities of choice, share in their joy and excitement, and most importantly, keep them safe!

Special Friends Camp is sheer JOY for these campers! The welcome line greeted campers as they arrived and every day was filled with high-fives, swimming, mini-golf, climbing towers, train rides, crafts and so much more. Being a “buddy” required no special talents other than a caring presence and a desire to ensure your camper’s happiness and safety.

My camper’s happiness and joy was a true reward. Her smile was pure sunlight. I knew this experience would be life-changing and provide another avenue for me to contribute my skills and time. My heart overflows with love for this camp. But more importantly my circle of friends and extended family has grown immensely!

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Graves Photo Blog 450pxVolunteers working on the Cascadian remodel project. Left to right: Benny Kruger, Larry Hagglund, Bob GravesCascadian Lodge was built in 1962 and has housed approximately 136,000 guests to date. Since its original construction, the facility has seen few upgrades or renovations. Two years ago Warm Beach started raising money for an interior make-over. Forty-six donors have contributed to the renovation project that will upgrade flooring, doors, furniture, décor, improve heating sources, lighting and outlets, and address needed repairs. Meeting room upgrades already completed include new carpet and gas stove, and improvements to come are new lighting and décor. Room renovations began in early January and are expected to be completed by June 2018.

It only seems appropriate that volunteers are part of the renovation process since it was also volunteers who built the facility 56 years ago. Volunteers Bob Graves, Benny Kruger, and Larry Hagglund have been working on the electrical components in the rooms since early January. Their work on the facility is an invaluable gift. Volunteerism has been, and continues to be, a sustaining factor in the ministry of Warm Beach Camp.

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Estate Planning 450pxDid you know...

 Warm Beach Camp Foundation offers estate planning services?

If you answer “NO” to any more than one of the questions below, you just might benefit from estate planning services.

Question 1: I am an immortal who does not experience physical death and will not need burial arrangements.  Yes ___   No ____  

Question 2:  I am immune to all forms of disease or injury and will remain fully able to communicate my wishes about the healthcare, financial and practical needs for myself and loved ones under my care.  Yes ___   No ____  

Question 3:  I have sworn an oath of poverty, and have foresworn all earthly possessions and methods of payment (money)?  Yes ___   No ____  

All kidding aside, all of us can benefit from estate planning services such as wills, powers of attorney, and trusts. The Warm Beach Camp Foundation assists those in all stages of life with these important matters. To schedule your free, confidential, and no obligation consultation, contact our Warm Beach Camp Foundation Director, Scott Rossiter at (425) 367-7034 or by email at srossiter@warmbeach.com

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Nativity Volunteer Article 450pxThis year, The Lights of Christmas Festival saw record breaking numbers with 78,753 guests in attendance. Over 700 volunteers and 159 staff worked cleaning rooms, serving food, parking cars, selling tickets, driving the train, helping in Elfland Toyshop, and a number of other festival jobs. The volunteers make The Lights of Christmas possible!

Volunteers came from near and far. Some helped for one night and others helped for the entire event. One volunteer couple, Jim and Chris Nydam, came all the way from Redlands, California, 1250 miles away.

The Nydams heard about the event through friends who work at Warm Beach Camp and they decided to stop in for a night and volunteer. After the experience, they came away with praise for everything from the volunteer sign-up process to the overnight accommodations. When asked what their favorite part of The Lights of Christmas was, Chris said, “The nativity was especially beautiful, from the hanging angel to the music in the background. I could really sense the presence of the Lord on the grounds. What a great event this is!”

While this was their first time to volunteer at The Lights of Christmas, the Nydams are planning to return next year with their whole family. The Lights of Christmas simply couldn’t take place without volunteers like these.

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