Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • EntranceSign2_300This fall has been a busy time for projects around the grounds. The most visible project is the new entrance signs. These beautiful signs that now border the Camp’s main entrance were a gift from the Kanehen family in loving memory of wife and mother, Elizabeth Kanehen.

  • The landscaping and exterior painting on the new restroom addition in Cedar Lodge has been completed. Camp guests are really appreciating these beautiful new restrooms!

  • Work is nearing completion on much-needed expanded parking for The Lights of Christmas. Besides this, decorating work is going on all over the grounds in preparation for The Lights which open on Thursday, November 29.

  • Signage marking the Native Growth Protection Areas (NGPA) on the grounds continues to be installed, identifying the buffer areas that need to be preserved. Another part of this project will take place in the spring when invasive plants will be removed, and native vegetation will be planted in two border areas.

  • Repairs have been completed on the road that provides access to the dike and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. This road partially washed out last winter. Also competed are drainage improvements on the playfield at W-Bar-B Ranch.

  • Some projects in the planning stages include: construction of a new manure containment facility at the Stables and improved drainage in the horse corrals; building a new announcer’s stand next to the grandstands; replacement of the server on the Camp’s computer system; installation of underground sprinklers and moving the overhead electrical wires underground in Cedar Lodge front lawn; and repairing the weather damage in the decks at the Mount Baker cabins.

There really is a lot going on! If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours, a few days or more, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp or by email at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • The Special Friends Camping program moved to its new home, Chinook Village, this summer. With funds from Men’s Advance, Women’s Retreat, and a couple of foundation grants, we were able to make improvements to the Nurse’s Station and associated restroom and to the Chinook Cabins. Drainage in the center of camp was also improved, and a perimeter fence was built. Now that summer is over, we have time to improve the lighting in the Longhouse, add ADA accessible bathroom stalls, and improve the fire pit. Over 160 Special Friends Campers experienced the wonder of Camp at Chinook this summer. They loved the new facility.

  • Several projects were completed this summer with volunteer labor and materials purchased with funds received from a number of Camp donors. These included re-Table_Project_250staining the exterior of Olympic View Lodge, assembly and installation of a new chemical storage for the pool, a facelift for the RV restrooms, new decking and corrugated roofing for the Cedar Lodge deck, building ten new picnic tables, and replacing the roof on one staff cottage and windows in several others. With a generous gift from the Myungsun Church in Korea, a new memorial granite table has been installed on a grassy overlook of Port Susan Bay.

  • As we go into the fall, much work is still going on around the grounds. New entrance signs are being installed with gifts given through a memorial fund. As funds are available, improvements are being done to expand parking for The Lights of Christmas, along with work to consolidate some of the storage for The Lights. Renovation work is nearly complete on the landscaping around the new Cedar Lodge addition and the painting of the new exterior. Work continues on installing buffer planting in sensitive growth areas, and putting up signage marking the Native Growth Protection Areas as required by our conditional use permit.

  • Some new projects just getting underway include: installation of some new park benches, needed repairs to the dike road, drainage work on the play field at W-Bar-B Ranch, and drainage work and prep work for a new manure containment facility at the Stables. A couple more projects beginning at the Riding Arena are: replacing some rotten posts and building a new announcer’s stand next to the grandstands. A behind-the-scenes project is the replacement of the server on the Camp’s computer system.

There really is a lot going on! If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson by phone at 1-800-228-6724 ext. 2276, or by email.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • THEY ARE OPEN!!! There are still a few finishing touches that are needed to complete the project, but the new restrooms on the main floor of Cedar Lodge were opened for the first time this past weekend for Women’s Retreat. We thank all of our guests, who of the past several months, have been patient and understanding for the noise, mess, and inconvenience. We also thank all of the people who have given financially to make this project possible. Next time you are on the grounds, take a look at the new restrooms!

  • Chinook_Work_Party_2-240The Special Friends Camping program is moving to Chinook Village this summer. To get this facility ready to meet the special needs of this group, we have a series of projects to complete. The funds needed for this project are coming from Men’s Advance and Refresh Women’s Retreats. We are also very grateful for a grant awarded from the Jeannie and David Brenner Fund through the Greater Everett Community Foundation. The Camp staff had a half-day work party recently to get the project started. A group of men are coming from the Mars Hill Church in Bellevue, and Memorial Working Weekend participants will also be helping. We are excited to see these improvements create a safe, welcoming environment for the Special Friends.

  • A number of projects are in different stages of planning, work, or completion this spring. Much of the firewood for summer is cut and stacked, and the remainder will be done by Working Weekend. Habitat planting is in progress and going well. Volunteers have painted and deep-cleaned two of the staff dorms, getting ready for summer. An Eagle Scout group is designing and building shooting stations for our BB-gun and Archery Ranges at W-Bar-B Ranch. A volunteer group from Stanwood tore off the leaking and broken corrugated roofing over the Cedar Lodge deck and a new roof is being installed. New sound system cabinets and equipment are being installed in Program Center Rooms A and B by volunteers.
     
  • Projects we are still working on this spring and summer include landscaping and painting the exterior of the new Cedar Lodge addition, assembly and installation of new park benches, installing new front entrance signs, renovation work on several staff cottages, installing new chemical storage for the pool, expanding parking and consolidating storage for The Lights of Christmas, and installing buffer planting and putting up signage as required by our conditional use permit.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • For a long time we have been asking for your prayers for our application for the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the County. Now we are asking you to join us in giving praise to God because the CUP has been granted! This opens the way for us to pursue future building permits, contains strong measures of environmental stewardship, and defines the direction of the Camp’s growth for the next 50 years.  Both Camp representatives and key leaders in the surrounding community have worked diligently together to prepare a proposal that is acceptable to all parties involved. That has created a healthy framework that has built strong relationships with our neighbors, particularly the Warm Beach Stewards, and with Snohomish County officials.

  • CL_Renovation_325Work is progressing on the Cedar Lodge Restroom project. Except for doors, the addition is now enclosed, with most electrical and much of the plumbing work completed. The sprinkler system on the main level is also nearly done. Insulation and sheetrock will begin going in shortly, followed by tiling the floors and installing the plumbing fixtures. The women’s restroom will have ten toilet stalls and five sinks! And, besides the men’s and women’s restrooms, there will be two family restrooms. The anticipated completion of this project is around the middle of April. We want to express our appreciation for the patience shown by our guests during this period of construction and inconvenience. Our thanks also go to everyone who had a part in funding the Embracing the Vision campaign and giving to the Cedar Lodge project. And finally, we are thankful to God for His blessings and direction in making this possible.

  • Plans are underway to create a new home for the Special Friends Camping program at Chinook Village. For a number of years, this facility has been underutilized, mainly being used by summer guest groups. Starting this summer, the Special Friends camps are moving to Chinook. To make this happen, we have a series of projects to complete. These include area clean-up, fencing, grading, lighting, seating, and accessibility improvements, to create a safe, welcoming environment for the Special Friends.

  • False fronts are being constructed on the buildings at the Stables and signs will be painted this spring to go on the false fronts. This is going to give the Stables the ambiance of a little western town. This has been an ongoing project over several years, and it is exciting to see it about to come to completion. All the materials and labor for this project have been provided by donors and volunteers.

  • A plethora of projects for this spring include installing park benches, habitat plantings to be completed in several areas, erosion control work to be done at W-Bar-B Ranch, and several buildings to paint inside and out. Help is still needed on a firewood cutting and splitting project. Several of these projects would be perfect for a church men’s group or civic club to tackle.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • We now have a hearing date set for the Conditional Use Permit. At the November 29 hearing, the Hearing Examiner will hear our proposal and listen to any community comments on our application. Both Camp representatives and key leaders in the surrounding community have worked diligently together for several years to prepare a proposal that is acceptable with the community and, we pray, will be approved by the County. Please join in praying for the meeting on November 29. We are still hopeful that our CUP permit will be approved before the end of this year.
  • CL_RR_Construction_250Work is moving ahead on the Cedar Lodge Restroom project. Because of some of the additional projects we have been required to do to bring the building up to current code, the work is taking longer than had been first expected. These projects include installing a sprinkler system on the main level, updating the sprinkler system on the lower level, and adding a fire detection system throughout the building. We also realized that it would save money down the line by re-roofing the center part of the structure as a part of this phase while we were changing the roof-line anyway. These projects have added significantly to the cost of this work and extended the time necessary for completion. We are still hopeful that the new restrooms will be in service by late March or early April, 2012.
  • This time of year is when a lot of our attention turns to preparing for The Lights of Christmas. Work is progressing very well on getting the lights up. We have a great crew this year working on the light-hanging! The other focus right now is on some new mural scenes and sets, and on the displays for the fence surrounding the restroom construction area in front of Cedar Lodge. Beginning the second week of November and continuing through the end of the month, we need a number of volunteers to help midweek with installing the pond scene, Natural Wonders, the nautical scene, preparing numerous panels of artwork and archways, and setting up tents. There are jobs requiring both heavy and light work. November 28-30 is also a key time to finish anything left undone — decorating some remaining facilities that cannot be touched until then, and cleaning up each venue — putting on all of the finishing touches just prior to opening night, December 1. Please pray for safety and a good supply of willing hands to help.
  • Help is still needed on a large firewood cutting and splitting project.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Wilson at the Camp by phone at 1-800-228-6724 or email jwilson@warmbeach.com.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • amphitheatre325Renovation work on the Amphitheatre is nearly complete, and what a difference it makes! The wooden boards that made up the walkways and seating had deteriorated over the years to the point they gave an unsettling, springy feeling when you walked or sat on them. Thanks to a small army of volunteers, that is a thing of the past. We are still raising the needed funding to cover the rest of the costs of this project (click here to help!). The availability of the volunteer help and the condition of the structure required this project be done as soon as possible, before the funding was all in-hand.
  • The Conditional Use Permit process continues to proceed slowly through the County. We are waiting for yet another round of County planner comments which we will review and respond to. Please pray that the plans will finally be approved this year with few additional revisions required.
  • Renovation work on five staff houses has been completed, receiving different combinations of new windows, new siding and fresh paint. There are several more staff houses waiting for new windows and other improvements in the future. While these projects don’t directly serve our guests, they are important to preserving and maintaining the investments in our staff housing and providing for the care of our staff families.
  • This time of year is when a lot of our attention turns to preparing for The Lights of Christmas. There are a number of new lighting displays that need to be created to cover the restroom construction area in front of Cedar Lodge during The Lights, and painting projects, preparing scenes and sets for the event, to name just a couple.
  • Construction of the new fuel depot area at the shop is nearing completion, and the ten picnic tables have been assembled. Help is still needed on a large firewood cutting and splitting project.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Beach at the Camp.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • Train_Car_250A new train car for the Polar Express is nearing completion and was actually rolled out during Family Camp week! This special wheelchair-accessible car will enable us to accommodate wheelchair-bound guests on the train. Funding for this project came from a grant from the Tulalip Tribes and the work was accomplished by a team of dedicated volunteers.
  • There are a number of projects going on right now. We have 14 volunteers here for the month of August, and they are really getting a lot of work accomplished. They are rebuilding the Amphitheatre, replacing siding and/or installing new windows in four staff houses. They are also working on painting projects, hosting in the Dining Room, cleaning, sewing, refinishing lobby furniture, and working on decorations for The Lights of Christmas. Wow!
  • We just received the permits from the County for the restroom relocation project in Cedar Lodge. This is a huge praise for which we are very thankful! Construction will begin very soon, and the goal, Lord willing, is to have the new restrooms open in time for The Lights of Christmas in December. Keep praying!
  • The Conditional Use Permit process continues to proceed slowly through the County. Please pray that the plans will finally be approved this year, and with few revisions required.
  • The Warner House is looking great with new exterior paint. The interior of Cascadian Lodge is getting new paint and is about half done so far. Still waiting for volunteers and funding is painting the exterior of Olympic View Lodge, putting together ten picnic tables, constructing a new fuel depot area at the shop, and a large firewood cutting and splitting project.
  • The guest snack area in Cedar Lodge was refurbished by a group of volunteers from the Arlington FM Church.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Beach 1-800-228-6724, or at jbeach@warmbeach.com.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • The application for permits to do the restroom relocation project in Cedar Lodge has been submitted to the County for approval. This process will take a minimum of three months to complete. Lord willing, the actual work on this first phase of the Cedar Lodge renovation project will begin later this year. After years of talking about moving the restrooms upstairs in Cedar Lodge, it may just be months away from actually happening. Keep praying!
  • The Conditional Use Permit process continues to proceed, albeit slowly, through the County. Please pray that the plans will be approved by the County this year with support from the community and with few revisions required.
  • programcenterA_250At the Program Center, new carpeting for Meeting Room A has been ordered with funding coming from Men’s Advance and Women’s Retreats. Exterior painting is waiting for additional funding, and the railing project in the courtyard is waiting for volunteer labor.
  • Volunteers have taken down the bridge on the Nature Trail in the kettle-hole cirque for safety reasons, and soon we will be dismantling the “McDonald’s” Playland structure for the same reason.
  • Other projects in the works as funding allows include painting the exteriors of Olympic View Lodge and the Warner House, painting the interior of Cascadian Lodge, putting together ten picnic tables, constructing a new fuel depot area at the shop, and cutting, splitting and stacking more than 20 cords of wood.
  • Thanks to the gifts received from a recent letter sent out, we will be installing a new counter top and refinishing the cabinets in the guest snack area of Cedar Lodge and constructing several portable stage sections for our meeting rooms. And, when we have the volunteer labor, we will be installing some park benches.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Beach at 800-228-6724 or jbeach@warmbeach.com.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • The Camp received a review comment letter from Snohomish County a week ago regarding the Conditional Use Permit we’ve submitted. We will be responding with further information and clarifications. So far, the process is proceeding well. Please pray that the plans will be approved this year with support from the community and few revisions required by the County.
  • While we complete the final plans for the Cedar Lodge restroom project and then wait for building permits from the County, work started last month on some major repair work in the dish room that must be done before the main project can be started. This has taken the dish room out of service since early February, requiring the use of disposable tableware to serve our guests. Just a few days ago, we got the dish room back up and running. Now, Lord willing, the actual work on the first phase of the Cedar Lodge renovation project will begin later this year.
  • thumb_Light-TestersWith all of the lights from The Lights of Christmas now back in storage tubs, it is time to start testing each string of lights and making needed repairs. This will take the next seven months to complete. There is a small group of staff and volunteers who are working on this project as they have time, but it is a daunting task to check all 1.2 million lights! Please pray that God will send ample workers to make “light work” of this huge job. Next year when you see all of those lights at the Camp during December, remember the people who made sure they would all light up!
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  • A major refurbishment project is underway in the bunkhouse cabins at W-Bar-B Ranch. New windows have just been installed. Work still to be done includes repainting the interiors, putting down new flooring, and installing new siding. We are also trying to secure funding to install decks on the cabins, as well.
  • Several projects are in the works for this spring. Carpeting in Program Center Meeting Rooms B and C has been installed. The carpeting in Meeting Room A and the exterior painting at the Program Center is waiting for additional funding. The railing project in the courtyard at the Program Center is waiting for volunteer labor. And, plans are in the works to repaint the exterior of one of the Camp’s dorm houses. If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any of these projects, contact Jessica Beach at the Camp at 800-228-6724 or jbeach@warmbeach.com.
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240_cedarlodge_drawingHere is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • The Camp’s Conditional Use Permit has been submitted to the County. Now it goes through a 120 day evaluation and hearing process. We are hoping that the public hearing where there is opportunity for the community to comment on the plans can take place in February. The County can also require revisions. Please pray that the plans will be approved with support from the community and few revisions by the County.
  • While we complete the final plans for the Cedar Lodge renovation project and wait for building permits, work has begun on some major repair work in the dish room that must be done before the main project can be started. This takes the dish room out of service for about four weeks, requiring the use of disposable tableware to serve our guests. Hopefully, this work will be completed quickly and without any hitches. Lord willing, the actual work on the Cedar Lodge project, first phase — moving the restrooms to the main floor — will begin later this year.
  • The light hanging crew is busy taking down the 1.2 million Christmas lights from The Lights of Christmas. It takes three months to put up all the lights, and about a month to take them down. Then, between February and September when we start the light hanging process all over again, each string must be tested and the broken ones repaired.
  • Projects being prepared for this spring include repainting the interiors and putting down new flooring in the W-Bar-B Bunkhouse cabins, and installing new windows and siding, and painting the exterior of one of the Camp’s dorm houses. At the Program Center, we will be replacing the railings in the Courtyard, putting down new carpeting in two of the meeting rooms, and repainting the exterior walls. If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any of these projects, contact Jessica Beach at the Camp.
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