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Warm Beach Camp’s ministry is about connecting people with God, one another, and all of creation.

“I Received a Scholarship”

Warm Beach Horsemanship offers Equestrian Vaulting instruction through camps, classes, and even a competitive club team. Equestrian Vaulting is essentially gymnastics and dance on a moving horse. Many who participate in vaulting instruction are horse enthusiasts but have never tried the sport. As you can imagine the first time sitting on a horse with no saddle and being asked to let go and stretch your arms to the side can be rather unnerving. Ginger Reitz, Assistant Horsemanship Director, describes the ...

Cascadian Lodge Renovations Completed

  Cascadian Lodge is 57 years old! With many years of service since the last renovation, it was time to update and preserve this lodge for years to come. Renovation work was started on Cascadian Lodge a year and a half ago and was recently completed in June 2019. The renovations were funded through room memorials made by families who wished to commemorate family members and other loved ones while also contributing to the ministry here at Warm Beach Camp ...

The Difference was Fred

  “Life changes here”…a phrase you may have heard. This phrase doesn’t just apply to our campers and guests, but also our volunteers and staff. Often volunteers come to Warm Beach Camp to be part of something bigger than themselves, to help with programming, labor and other tasks. Little do they know the experience is often just as life changing for them as it is for the campers they serve. This was exactly the case for Marcus Petterson, “Fred” here ...

Somebody to Lean On

  “Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow.” as the song goes. This can be especially true when difficult circumstances arise in our youth. Children have no control over their circumstance. Everyone is making decisions for them, and it can be hard not to feel isolated, confused, and sad. This was the very situation Ms. Belltower or Puhi (camp name) found herself in just a few short years ago. Puhi’s parents were in the midst ...

Partners in Ministry Dinner

On May 11th Warm Beach Camp hosted its annual Partners in Ministry Dinner. This was a time for Warm Beach Camp to thank its neighbors, financial donors, prayer partners, and volunteers for the significant role they play in the ministry. This was also a time to thank God for continuing to do amazing things at Warm Beach Camp. He is preparing the Camp for the future and our highest goal is to stay in the center of His plans and we ...

Do scholarships matter?

Do scholarships make a difference? A loud, “Yes!” is the answer. As the Program Manager for Everett Gospel Mission’s women and children’s shelter, here is how I have seen camp impact our children through the years with the help of Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund at Warm Beach Camp. The children and their mothers often are fearful to leave each other for the week. Due to their lives becoming chaotic and unsure, they have come to depend on each other. ...

A Sea of Yes!

Ladies Night Out was an event that will not soon be forgotten. Preparations were made, prayers were said, centerpieces were placed, and the smell of bacon wrapped cheesy jalapeno hors d'oeuvres filled the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in downtown Stanwood. I don't think I'm alone when I say that the Ladies Night Out Auction benefiting Special Friends Camp at Warm Beach Camp was wildly successful. As all eyes were fixed on the video of a day at Special Friends Camp, a camp for ...

Volunteers – what you do matters!

This past week I visited with two volunteers, both have driven courtesy carts for The Lights of Christmas Festival for many years. The first volunteer told me of a grandmother arriving on the public bus with her two grandchildren on the last night of the event, just before 5:00pm. “I only have an hour!” she told the cart driver. “I promised them they could ride the train! Can you take us there?” The train wasn’t running yet, but the suggestion of pony ...

Serving others reveals God’s heart of love

As I looked around the room I saw unfamiliar faces, a rarity in my small town. Over 200 people had gathered at my church in Northern Indiana. As a pastor’s kid, I often got roped into every church event and activity. Soup for the Soul, our church’s meal program to the homeless, was no exception. For me, Soup for the Soul was different. As a flawed human being, I overlooked many of the people in my local community who would ...

A season of giving!

In December 2017, Tracy Graves and her three kids decided to make their Christmas all about giving and dedicated the entire month to volunteering at The Lights of Christmas festival. Tracy, Jessica (14), David (13), and Isabell (11) joined their grandparents, Bob and Evie Graves, and the whole family teamed up to help make The Lights of Christmas a success. David worked with his grandpa at the Polar Express train. Jessica joined her grandma helping in the Ornament Shop and bussing tables in Tinhorn ...

All we can say is, “WOW!”

After a little rain to cool the runners off, the summer sun peaked out from behind the clouds. The hustle and bustle from attendees entering the auction tent filled the room with excitement and joy. The day was packed with activities and fun. We were all excited to raise money for the many kids wanting to go to camp. In fact, 80 people showed up in the rain that morning to participate in the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run. There ...
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Thank You to the Faithful

When 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 ...
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Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day

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, ...
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Volunteer Needs

Summer 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 ...
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There was SO MUCH more going on!

Life 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 ...
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Jeannie Patterson accepts new role at Warm Beach Camp

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 ...
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How volunteers make Special Friends Camp possible

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 ...
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Partners in Ministry Appreciation Dinner

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 ...
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How Volunteers Make Mission Possible

“Chaos” 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 ...
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Meet Ginger Reitz

Ginger 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 ...