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The Perfect Pairing

Earlier in the Spring, Warm Beach Camp hosted a wonderful Kiwanis group om our grounds in Stanwood, WA! Our staff loves working with leaders to create successful events and for these guests it seemed to be the perfect pairing! Here's what they had to say: April 5-7th the Pacific Northwest Circle K International students had an opportunity to visit and stay at Warm Beach Camp. Circle K is the largest student lead service group for university students around the world. ...

Projects Across Warm Beach Camp Ministries

Warm Beach Camp Ministries is a beacon for those seeking personal and spiritual growth. Groups across the Northwest and beyond come to experience the transformational presence of God that is apparent at each of the three Campuses: Black Diamond Camp, Rainier Camp & Retreat Center, and Warm Beach Camp. To provide a Christ-centered stay where each guest feels refreshed and valued, it is crucial to have everything in working order. Continuous upgrades are needed, from the condition of the roads ...

Partnerships at Rainier Camp & Retreat Center

Warm Beach Camp Ministries aims to reach one million people from 2023-2027 by partnering with leaders and providing transformational experiences. Rainier Camp & Retreat Center is doing just that! Nestled in the idyllic setting of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Rainier Camp & Retreat Center operates as a gateway to adventurous activities while providing Christ-centered hospitality to groups in God’s wild creation. Rainier Camp & Retreat Center is partnering with two key groups: Crystal Mountain and Peak 7 Adventures. This ...

Created with You in Mind

There is something wonderful about arriving at a place and to people that have thoughtfully anticipated your needs and prepared something special for everyone who comes. Warm Beach Camp Ministries (WBCM) is focused on this kind of thoughtful readiness for every leader and group that comes to Black Diamond Camp, Rainier Camp & Retreat Center, and Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center. It is an expression of our faith. Throughout Scripture are words and images of being “created with care.” ...

What Led You to Us?

What brought me to Warm Beach and this beautiful community in this special corner of the country? The answer is simple. The answer is prayer; to the same God who has faithfully led me through every chapter. He has led me through mountains and valleys, over peaks, and through storms. But all metaphors aside, in truth, I am starting over. I am here to begin anew and I am filled with hope for the future God has planned for me ...

Farewell to Eugene and Holly

Warm Beach Camp Ministries is immensely blessed with individuals that come alongside the ministry to help uphold the values of the mission. In even rarer instances, an entire family that shares the love of Christ will create a space where others feel seen, heard, and welcomed. Eugene and Holly Barnes and their children exemplify that. Warm Beach Camp is grateful to have had the Barnes family be a part of the Camp community for the past 30 years and help ...

Outdoors with Purpose

Spring is the season of Outdoor Education for many schools in the area. During this time, Warm Beach Camp (WBC) is filled with the sounds of fun and discovery coming from the pool, fire circles, and many of the numerous trails through the forest. The Outdoor Education program at WBC is in the first of its two peak seasons annually (the other being the fall). New and returning schools have selected dates, asked for their “regular” lodging option, selected their ...

Calling People Back Home

"Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." -Isaiah 41:10 NLT The people of God have been scattered everywhere. The Lord has not forgotten them. Kings and nations in whose land God’s people live are making, assembling, and putting their trust in man-made idols. Kings of nations are bewildered at how it is these scattered ...

Volunteering with Warm Beach Camp Ministries

Volunteers are an integral piece of Warm Beach Camp Ministries. Volunteers help in a multitude of areas to keep the ministry operating smoothly and enable growth. Whether staying year-round or popping in for a day of service we value our volunteers! In mid-November, staff and volunteers from Black Diamond Camp joined forces with staff and volunteers from Warm Beach Camp for three days to prepare for The Lights of Christmas event. During this time, the Stanwood Rotary Club spent an ...

Welcome Sarah and Steve!

Warm Beach Camp is excited to welcome Sarah Sprouse and Steve Hinkle to the team! Sarah and Steve grew up together and were high school sweethearts in Mountlake Terrace,WA. They have been married for six years, and both attended Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. Sarah has a degree in Art, Art History, and Data and Analytics, and Steve graduated with a degree in Sociology. Sarah and Steve started their Camping Careers as full-time staff members at Tall Timber in Leavenworth, ...

Welcome to Linda McNeely!

Linda joins the Warm Beach Camp Ministries Business Office as the new Accounts Payable Associate with a background in accounting as a CPA. Linda and her husband Keith came to Warm Beach Camp as SOWERS (Servants on Wheels Ever Ready) in 2017 and have continued to serve in that capacity since that time, for several months each year. While volunteering at Warm Beach, the McNeely’s have really felt God’s presence and they enjoy the sense of family that Warm Beach ...

The Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction Recap!

What a joy to be back together in person again for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction. After two years of hosting the Kids 2 Camp Auction online due to Covid, we honestly didn’t quite know what to expect! There were quite a few changes from what we had done in 2019 including hosting it during Family Camp in the end of July, moving from the Big Top tent to the Maple Center, adding many family fun elements (including free ...

Best Christian Workplaces Certification

Warm Beach Camp Ministries (WBCM) has always been focused on the mission of sharing the love and hope of Christ through camping ministries and experiences in the Pacific Northwest. By keeping the path clear to the cross, the goal is for guests to have an encounter with Christ that will transform their life and ripple out to bless families and communities.   The prayer for the staff is we would experience the transformation we desire for others. Serving in a Christian ...

Mount Baker Cabins – The Value of Versatility

When it comes to facility rentals and lodging, nothing beats having options. The power to shape a space for your group's specific needs is something that Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center’s (WBC) Guest Services team prides themselves in providing. This value is on full display through the most popular facility on the grounds. The most rented lodging facility at WBC is the Mount Baker Cabins. These seven versatile, cute cabins are grouped together with their own parking lot and ...

Praise the Lord for our new Guest Service Associates, Scott Brandenberger & Liz McBride

Welcome Scott Brandenberger! Many of you may already know him from his time as Camp counselor at Warm Beach in 2005. In the intervening years, Scott has lived in Korea where he met and married his wife, Grace. They have three wonderful kids (Alan, Elsa, Levi)  to add to our Camp family. Scott has also owned his own woodworking business, been a teacher and brings many years of customer service to our team. He will be working on the Registration ...

Welcome Emily Lambert, Development Systems Coordinator

Please welcome Emily Lambert, our new Development Systems Coordinator  Emily began working at Warm Beach Camp as Summer Staff in 2002. From there, Emily filled many roles: Youth Camp Counselor, Youth Camp Dean, Summer Staff Accommodations, Dining Room Manager, Outdoor Education Director, and many roles in The Lights of Christmas. In 2015 Emily and her family moved to Wenatchee to serve in church ministry.   After six years, Emily, her husband Matt, and four children (Elijah 12, Jonah 10, Asher 8, ...

Introducing the New Director for The Lights of Christmas

Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center, home of The Lights of Christmas, is excited to announce Kayla Castiglione as the new Director of The Lights of Christmas. The leadership team believes in Kayla and her vision for the future of the event. Kayla grew up volunteering at The Lights of Christmas with her mom and recalls the many memories of building lifelong relationships through the event. She later interned and became the Project Coordinator for the event shortly after her ...

5 Hidden Gems of Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

It’s no secret that Warm Beach Camp is bursting with beautiful scenery, but some areas of the Camp’s grounds are more visited than others.  We want to share the more beautiful and less known areas of the grounds so everyone can enjoy all the amazing beauty of Camp!  #1 – The Serenity Circle Nestled between the RV/tent sites and the main conference center grounds, this lush loop trail is home to a small fire circle, a small stream fed bog, and ...

Covid19 – 5 Crisis Communication Tips for Nonprofits

Photo by Tai's Captures on Unsplash The past few months have been filled with global change. In a world of quick transient news, narratives spread fast. Users are more involved with news and media content than ever before, often changing a narrative before it’s even published. Nonprofits are especially vulnerable, because their funding often depends on the altruism of their donor base. In order to preserve and protect nonprofits, crisis communication must be considered in brand development. Here are 5 tips to developing effective lines of communication during crisis.  Understand the ...

The Role of Journalism in Nonprofit Communication

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash When I took a job in the marketing office of a nonprofit camp and conference center after majoring in Journalism during college, I was repeatedly posed the same question, in one form or another: “How are you using your degree?” The answer I usually gave is along the lines of: “Stories are always important whether the target audience is the general public, or a certain group of people.” Going to college taught me how ...