Cedar Lodge flooring project 450pxCedar Lodge entryways will receive new flooring soon!Here are the projects currently being planned or underway:

  • Cedar Lodge entryways will receive new flooring soon.
  • Whistler Mini-lodge is scheduled for refurbishment of the restrooms and lobby.
  • New sprinkler irrigation is being installed around the Mt. Baker Cabins in late February.
  • The Stables are getting an ADA ramp and platform to meet the needs of the Therapeutic Horsemanship program.
  • Cascadian Lodge remodel is in process. Upgrades include new flooring, lighting, doors, furniture, room décor, improved electrical power, and upgraded heating. The goal is to complete the project by June of 2018.
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Cascadian Room Remodle 450pxJanuary is a transition month between The Lights of Christmas Festival and our winter/spring retreat season. Here’s what is happening this winter:

  • The Lights of Christmas scenes, sets, and décor are going back into storage and the grounds are being restored for winter retreats.
  • Cascadian Lodge remodeling has begun! The facility is receiving insulation, noise reduction, new fixtures, carpet, furniture, and interior décor.
  • The Stables will have cross-ties installed, providing improved safety and covered space for tacking up horses.
  • Automatic door openers will be installed on at least one set of doors in the Program Center, Maple Center, and Cedar Lodge. This will enhance accessibility for those with mobility challenges.
  • Tree thinning will occur in areas that need more understory planted later this spring.
  • Whistler Mini-Lodge will receive upgrades to the meeting room and remodeling of one of the bathrooms.
  • Metal roofs, sidewalks, mini-golf, pool, and tennis courts will receive power wash cleaning.
  • Landscape maintenance such as pruning and cleaning the beds will occur in February and March so that beauty bark can go down before the weeds start pushing up.
  • Planning is underway for a new cabin in Chinook Village and possible road paving that may occur over the next couple years.

Interested in volunteering?
Whether you have a few hours or a few days, your help is appreciated! Contact Faith Oates, Volunteer Coordinator, (360) 761-1267 or email foates@warmbeach.com.

Interested in donating?
If you are interested in supporting the projects financially, donate online or contact Jeannie Patterson, Administrative Assistant: 360-312-4984 or email jpatterson@warmbeach.com.

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LOC Display Blog px450Fall is a time of year in which we wrap up summer projects and begin to prepare for The Lights of Christmas. Work currently underway includes:

  • New flooring for Warner House has been laid. The next area to receive new flooring will be the Cedar Lodge entryways.
  • Following The Lights of Christmas, the remainder of the storage containers in the maintenance yard will be re-positioned for more usable storage space. Efficiently designed storage is very important to the stewardship of The Lights of Christmas.
  • At the stables, worn out corral fencing is being replaced this fall. As time, volunteers, and donations allow, we would like to add loafing sheds to some of the horse corrals that would allow the horses to be under cover some of the time. Plus, we will be adding cross-ties to the interior of the barn. Cross-ties create wider spaces for campers to work around their horses. These projects are on-going throughout the winter.
  • New road signs are installed thus improving ease of navigation around the grounds.
  • This month, the roads are receiving new gravel and grading that will allow for better driving and walking experience during The Lights of Christmas.
  • November is the month in which most of the outdoor scenes and sets are erected. We can always use more help Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm in putting up tents, artwork, the nautical scene, the ponds, gnomes, and more.
  •  Wonderland (Mt Cabin) area is receiving a thematic makeover which will take two years to accomplish. Phase one includes new lighted elements and design touches to the Mt Cabins. Wonderland is a new holiday fairy tale area.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Faith Oates at (360) 761-1267 or email her at foates@warmbeach.com.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • SignThe new sidewalk from Cedar Lodge Chapel to the Program Center has been completed. Landscaping and park benches add to the beauty and peacefulness of the surroundings.
  • New flooring is scheduled this fall for the Abbot Cabin, Warner House, and the entryways of Cedar Lodge Lobby.
  • Storage containers are being re-arranged in the maintenance yard in order to provide increased parking for The Lights of Christmas. This project will continue into 2018.
  • A new staff cottage received a new roof and other structural and cosmetic improvements. 
  • Work is underway on upgrades to The Lights of Christmas. A new fairy tale theme area will be taking shape over the next couple of years.
  • New and improved road signage made its appearance this summer. Work is underway to complete this improvement in time for The Lights of Christmas.
  • At the stables, new cross-tie stalls are being worked on as volunteers are available. These provide wider spaces for campers to groom and saddle their horses.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Faith Oates at (360) 761-1267 or email her.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • Playground17The new playground equipment has been installed and is in full use. The new commercial-grade playground equipment is designed for children age 5 to 12, and has a capacity of up to 50 youngsters. The equipment includes slides, climbing apparatus, as well as ground level elements that children with mobility challenges can also enjoy. In addition to the new playground, volunteers also added siding to the tall metal canopy that houses the foosball, carpet ball, and ping pong tables. The sides come part-way down and will keep out much of the rain while still allowing in plenty of light.

  • The lighting replacement project at the Camp that started in January is about 98% completed. Nearly 3,000 florescent lights in facilities all across the grounds have been replaced with new energy efficient LED’s. This project is part of an efficiency grant from the Snohomish County PUD, and will make a significant difference in the Camp’s energy use.

  • All 30 of the rooms and the lobby in Cascadian Lodge have been memorialized in preparation for a major renovation project. Work has already begun in the lobby and hallways. More work is scheduled in the lobby this fall, and the renovation of the sleeping rooms will begin after the first of next year.

  • The new sidewalk from Cedar Lodge Chapel to the Program Center has been completed. This replaced an old sidewalk that had badly broken concrete sections, creating a wider sidewalk to the Program Center. It also included the removal of the old snack shop building, and re-positioned the metal picnic pavilion. Landscaping and some park benches will be installed this fall and early next spring.

  • A new master water meter has been installed on the line feeding the Warm Beach Senior Community as required by new Washington State Health Department regulations. The private homes on the Camp’s water system have also been metered. This keeps the Camp compliant with the governmental regulations, and allows us to begin charging water rates based on actual usage, which encourages conservation.

  • New flooring has been installed in the lobbies of both Glacier and Whistler Mini-Lodges, and the bathroom floors in Glacier have been repaired and new flooring installed. This was a much-needed improvement!

  • Painting has recently been completed in the interiors of the W-Bar-B Cabins, Maple Center, and the two Mini-Lodge lobbies. In addition, the exterior doors in Olympic View Lodge, Maple Center, and the Program Center have fresh coats of paint..

  • This summer, volunteers have been working in two staff cottages, installing new energy efficient windows, siding, and paint. The work is scheduled to be completed this month. Smaller repairs and upgrades are also being done in a number of offices and staff cottages.

  • This fall, we will be wrapping up projects and getting the grounds ready for The Lights of Christmas.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Faith Oates at (360) 761-1267 or send her an email.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • CLChapel2417aThe Cedar Lodge Chapel renovation project is just days away from being completed! In the last six weeks, a new ceiling and lighting have been installed, and a new roof put on. This will complete the three phases of renovation in Cedar Lodge that were part of the Embracing the Vision Campaign.

  • The new playground equipment that will replace the old “Big Toy” playground structure will be installed on May 19 and 20. The final gift to complete the funding for this project was recently received, allowing this project to proceed. The new commercial-grade playground equipment is designed for children aged 5 to 12, and has a capacity of up to 50 youngsters at a time. The equipment includes slides, climbing apparatus, as well as ground level elements that children with mobility challenges can also enjoy.

  • A massive lighting replacement project is underway in buildings all over the grounds. 3,000 lights are being replaced with energy efficient LED’s as part of an efficiency grant from the Snohomish County PUD. This project will make a significant difference in the Camp’s energy use. The project is due to be completed by the end of May.

  • There are only two rooms in Cascadian Lodge left to be memorialized in preparation for a major revitalize project in this facility. So far, 28 of the 30 rooms have been underwritten. New carpeting has been laid down in the Lobby and hallways, and a new fireplace insert installed in the Lobby. More work in the Lobby is scheduled for this fall, and renovations of the sleeping rooms will begin early next year. If you would like information about memorializing a room for a loved one, or funding a room in honor of a significant person or persons in your life, please contact Nancy Nelson at the Camp.

  • The new sidewalk from Cedar Lodge Chapel to the Program Center is scheduled to be completed in May. This project will replace broken concrete sidewalk sections, create a wider sidewalk to Program Center, remove the old snack shop building, and re-position the metal picnic pavilion.

  • New State Health Department regulations are requiring water metering on all private water systems by the end of 2017. The new meters have been installed over the last three months. The Camp manages the water system that supplies water for the Camp, the Warm Beach Senior Community, and the Free Methodist Church.

  • New flooring has been installed in Whistler Mini-Lodge, and is scheduled to be replaced in Glacier Mini-Lodge. Crews have also painted the interiors of Maple Center, and Whistler and Glacier Mini-Lodges. Now they are painting the interiors of the W-Bar-B Cabins, and the exterior doors in Olympic View Lodge and the Program Center.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or send her an email.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • The final push for completing the renovation project in Cedar Lodge Chapel began on March 13. The work being done includes new texture and paint for the ceiling, and new lighting. As soon as weather permits, a new roof will be put down on this wing of Cedar Lodge. What a difference this project is making! Be sure to take a peek in the Chapel the next time you are on the grounds. This will complete the three phases of renovation in Cedar Lodge that were part of the Embracing the Vision Campaign.

  • Across Marine Drive from the main Camp entrance, land has been cleared to expand the parking lot for The Lights of Christmas. Once permits are in-hand, this parking area will be completed. The Camp is working hard to keep up with an ever-increasing need for parking spaces for this event.

  • A new sidewalk will be installed next month that will connect Cedar Lodge Chapel with the Program Center. This will help when large groups of campers move between Cedar Lodge to the Program Center. The last few years, there has been only one sidewalk available to use between buildings. Along with this project, the old Snack Shop building will be torn down, and the model train house moved to a new location.

  • BigToy1bNew flooring has been installed in the Bayview Ranch House dining room. As time allows, new flooring will also be installed in Glacier and Whistler Mini-Lodges, and Abbot and Warner houses. Besides this, crews will paint the interiors of Glacier and Whistler Mini-Lodges, Maple Center, and the W-Bar-B Dorm Cabins this spring, getting them ready for summer.

  • The new playground equipment that will replace the old “Big Toy” playground structure (pictured at right) is scheduled to be installed in May. Funding for this project is not yet complete, but, for safety, the old equipment must be replaced as soon as possible. The new commercial-grade playground equipment is designed for children aged 5 to 12, and has a capacity of up to 50 youngsters at a time. The equipment includes slides, climbing apparatus, as well as ground level elements that children with mobility challenges can also enjoy.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or send her an email.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • CLChapelRenovationAThe new audio/visual systems have been installed in Cedar Lodge Chapel as a part of the refurbishment project currently underway. The new chairs have arrived. The rest of the work in the Chapel is on hold until after The Lights of Christmas. Work still needing to be done includes the new lighting, new texture/paint for the ceiling, and when it stops raining, a new roof on this wing of Cedar Lodge. Be sure to take a peek in the Chapel the next time you are on the grounds.

  • The renovation project to revitalize Cascadian Lodge is in the funding stage right now, raising the needed dollars through a room memorialization program. So far, 19 of the 30 rooms have been underwritten, leaving 11 more to be memorialized. The actual work on updating the sleeping rooms is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017, once all the rooms have been funded. If you would like information about memorializing a room, please contact Nancy Nelson at the Camp.

  • The two small restrooms in The Pines were recently refurbished and will present a much more welcoming environment for the many guests of The Lights of Christmas who make The Pines their first stop when they arrive. Our thanks goes to the volunteers who completed this project ahead of schedule.

  • The parking across Marine Drive from the main Camp entrance has been expanded by 60 spaces and is ready to welcome guests arriving at The Lights of Christmas. The Camp is working hard to keep up with an ever-increasing need for parking spaces for this event.

  • Feasibility studies are underway to develop plans for a new multipurpose building to replace the Chinook Longhouse. The new year-around facility will include a multipurpose meeting room, dining area, A.D.A. restrooms, nurse’s station and sick room, office space, and sleeping quarters for Special Friends Camp leadership staff. Over the next five years, we hope to begin work on replacing the Longhouse, and complete four additional dorm cabins.

  • Plans are underway to replace the old “Big Toy” playground equipment that dates back to the 1980’s. Years of heavy use, the northwest weather, and changes in safety standards have all had a part in bringing the old equipment to the end of its useful life. The old equipment will be taken out early this next year, and as soon as the funds are raised, new commercial-grade playground equipment will be installed.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or send her an email.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • The refurbishment project in Cedar Lodge Chapel is nearing completion. The new snack bar has been completed. New chairs have been ordered. Work still in progress includes the new audio/visual systems, new lighting, and ceiling paint. This is the third and final project of the Embracing the Vision Campaign that provided funding for the new restrooms and the remodel work in the kitchen. We are grateful for the many people who gave through the Campaign to make all this work possible.

  • A new fireplace insert has been installed in Cascadian lobby. This is part of the renovation project to revitalize Cascadian Lodge. Fundraising through a room memorialization program is underway. This will allow us to significantly update the sleeping rooms in this lodge. Currently, 15 rooms have been memorialized, leaving 15 more to be underwritten. If you would like information about memorializing a room, please contact Nancy Nelson at the Camp.

  • Stables Project 2016New fireplace inserts have also been installed in both of the Olympic View Lodge meeting rooms. These provide a nice ambience and warmth to the rooms.

  • A lot of work has been done at the Stables this summer, and it continues into the fall. The new storage shed and corrals at the Stables are near completion, allowing for improved vaulting tack and horse feed storage, and improved winter horse feeding. A large section of gutters are being repaired or added to help with mud control in the rainy times of the year. New footing, a mix of sand and sawdust, has been added to the indoor riding arena to improve safety for the vaulters, and help protect the horses’ joints. Much of this work has been done by volunteers. Thank you, volunteers!

  • Work is starting on a project to add more parking spaces across Marine Drive for The Lights of Christmas. This will be the 20th year of The Lights, and it continues to grow each year. The Camp is working hard to keep up with an ever-increasing need for parking spaces for this event. It is wonderful that this event is reaching out to so many people! We want to be ready to serve those who come.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or contact her by email.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • Chapel Project Update716Work continues on the refurbishment project in Cedar Lodge Chapel. New windows and exterior doors have been installed, and the interior walls have been refinished. The last two family restrooms are now finished. Work still in progress includes the new audio/visual systems, new chairs, a snack counter, and possibly lighting and ceiling paint. This is the final project of the Embracing the Vision Campaign that provided funding for the new restrooms on the main floor of Cedar Lodge, and the remodel work in the kitchen and north end of the basement. We are grateful for the many people who gave through the Campaign to make this all possible.

  • New carpet has been installed in Cascadian Lobby and the hallways. You will have to take a peek next time you are on the grounds! Fundraising through a room memorialization program has begun that will allow us to refurbish the sleeping rooms in this lodge as well.

  • Volunteers have finished the painting project at the Stables. Over the last two years, all of the buildings at the Stables, along with Bayview Ranch House, have been repainted. They look really nice with their fresh new paint. Thank you, volunteers!

  • The new wider sidewalk is in that goes from the Senior Community to Maple Center. This project replaced the old four-foot sidewalk with a new ten-foot-wide one, improving safety and accommodating more pedestrian traffic.

  • The new outdoor sound system in the Amphitheater has been installed and is now fully operational. This is a huge improvement, allowing a greater range of programming to occur outside, year-round. Funding for this project came from two long-time guest groups, individuals, and Warm Beach Camp.

  • A new pedestrian entry for The Lights of Christmas near the front entrance is complete. This will direct the people parking across Marine Drive into the RV area where they will have a safer, more direct route to the ticket gates than has been possible in the past.

  • New storage shed and corrals at the Stables are being installed. This allows for improved vaulting tack storage and improvements to winter horse feeding.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or you can contact her by email.

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