A Fond Farewell to Margie Keane

After over 20 years of service in the Warm Beach Camp Business Office, Margie Keane is retiring! She first came to Camp in 1986 as Margie Henry, working in Accounts Payable. But after a couple of years, she got a better offer! An offer of marriage, that is, to her husband, Dan Keane. But that was not the end of it! In 2003, several kids and 17 years later, Margie returned to Warm Beach to serve full-time in the Business ...

Everywhere

Everywhere – from east to west – praise the name of the Lord. Psalms 113:2 There is a lot of talk today about what unites and divides us as people. From families to the massive global community, we don’t like division, yet we experience it. We like unity and community. It is a gift that brings joy, delight, and well-being to everyone within its reach everywhere. As a follower of Jesus Christ, the great unifier within families, communities, nations, and ...

This is Why We’re Here

On this particular Friday, twelve pairs of eyes looked down at Onyx and I from the arena grandstands. As I sat on Onyx’s sturdy frame, I looked back at the twelve campers. My mind flashed to Monday, the first day of camp. There was one camper who had been scared to get on her horse. However, after some reassurance and coaxing she had said she would try to ride. “I am so proud of you for pushing through your fear! ...

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 ...

The Impossible without Failure

“For the word of God will never fail.” Luke 1:37 NLT (Also translated in manuscripts as “Nothing is impossible with God.”) Failure is part of everyone’s journey. Facing things that seem impossible, requires experimentation, which results in many setbacks in pursuit of something that is out of reach. Ideals collide with reality. Goals smash into obstacles. We can’t even imagine experiencing the impossible without many failures along the way. There is one for whom this simply is not true. God ...

5 Summer Activities at Warm Beach Camp!

Sometimes on a summer getaway you just want to sit back, relax, and take a break from the action of life, but other times it’s an opportunity to get out, be active, and try new things! Relaxing is easy at Warm Beach Camp, and so is trying a fun activity. We know people like to have an idea of what they’re getting into with activities though, so here are some ideas for fun ways to spend your time during your ...

Ministry is the Connection Between Instructor and Student

About a year ago, a wonderful 85-year-old grandmother entered my life. She approached us with the interest of taking riding lessons after many years of being out of the saddle. Inez grew up with horses and even raised a horse from a foal to his last day on earth. Her daughter was involved in a local Pony Club and Inez had ridden until her kids moved on to adulthood. She deeply missed riding and the bond that comes with riding ...

Hearing from God

The past year has been difficult, bringing physical challenges, relationship losses, and employment transitions. My husband and I came to Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center for several reasons. One of the most important was to hear from God. One of the things I appreciate most about Warm Beach, is it provides the perfect environment to listen to God’s voice. I hear His laughter in the sound of children at play and see His joy on the faces of little ...

Trust in Hope

Hope in the context of the Bible is not the same as hope in the context of our current culture. Our culture often uses hope as wishful thinking, "I hope so…." Biblical hope, on the other hand, is an assurance of a promise that will come to pass! Down at the Stables, we have another "Hope" I'd like you to get to know. A large, beautiful, gentle giant of a draft horse named Hope. As an equine partner in our ...

Welcome Back Oksana!

Warm Beach Camp is so excited to welcome back Oksana Despins as our Marketing Specialist! Oksana has a long history at Warm Beach Camp. She first experienced Warm Beach as a Family Camp attendee in 2009 and then as a Marketing Intern in 2010. Following her internship, she served as a graphic design contractor for Warm Beach Camp until 2013 when she came back to the Marketing Team fulltime until 2018. When life took her in a different direction for ...

The Auction is Moving!

I don’t know about you, but I have missed being together for the annual auction. If you have joined us in the past, you will remember the fun of quietly (or not so quietly) outbidding someone for a certain item, or the friendly competition for a delicious-looking cake or pie.  Over the last two years, as we navigated the pandemic, we have been grateful for the opportunity to move the auction online. We found new opportunities and a way to ...

Outsmarting The Giants

Pictured, Rachel Tilgner, WB Horsemanship Program Assistant, Barn Manager, Instructor, Pony Club member Our role as educators and mentors is to bring someone younger up to our level as quickly as possible and then catapult them into the future. With support, they will accomplish more with the balance of their lifetime than could be accomplished with the balance of ours. Whether we’re talking about how to ride and train horses or discipling people about the intrinsic qualities of Christ, the ...

Gentle Feeling, Quiet Moments, Slowing Down

“I have learned more about being a person from a horse than I ever learned about being a rider. I wouldn’t be alive, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without them in my life,” says Stella (Warm Beach Horsemanship student and wrangler alumnae with autism).  Imagine experiencing clanging symbols, flashing lights, and prickly textures all in what a neurotypical person would term an ordinary environment or scenario. For a person with autism, life can quickly go from peaceful ...

Your Safe Place

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 NLT Everyone is encouraged to have a safe place and person to go to in times of trouble and danger. It is a place you can get to when you need to. It is a person who has given you permission 24/7 to reach out to them. There is something comforting about knowing that we can always be with a person ...

The Reality of God’s Enduring Love

We are living in the reality of God’s enduring love. That is the truth. God’s love is greater than the epic challenges of the world and the individual moments on any given day. New beginnings and necessary endings are part of what we navigate in life every day. We will celebrate a newborn baby, intercede for a friend with a terminal disease, and grieve when nations go to unjust war.     God’s enduring love never fails.     His compassion reaches beyond the harshest ...

Why I Love Family Camp

I love everything about Family Camp. It is a time to come together, connect with God’s love, have amazing experiences as a family, and spend time with old and new friends alike. Warm Beach Camp is the perfect place. I admit I am biased, and with good reason! Here are just some of what makes Family Camp special:  Dedicated Space– The land is dedicated to making God known to everyone who comes on the property. When families come, it is not ...

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 ...

Horse Magic

My first love was a big bay gelding named Clipper.  I was 5, visiting a cousin’s horse ranch for summer vacation. Clipper was a gentle giant who was always steady and calm around me; it was as if he sensed what I needed. With no dad in my life and a mom suffering from mental illness, steady calm was rare for me, so my time with Clipper was a stark contrast, a magical refuge. Once, I saw a teenage girl ...

Drawing People to God Through Camp!

Our mission at Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center is to provide Christ-centered environments, experiences, and resources that draw people to God through camping ministries, conferences, and events. We’ve long known the power of camp to draw people to God, but have you also known and experienced the power of a Christian conference? Perhaps after two years of collective isolation, it has even more significance as people hunger for community and reconnection. In February we had the privilege of hosting ...