If there was a contest for the greatest act of kindness, I wonder what the entries would be. Personally, the most meaningful is intentional thoughtfulness to help carry a load in life, or simply the surprise of unexpected generosity. 

Advocacy is an act of kindness. Things like, advocating for someone who is vulnerable or misunderstood, creating opportunity for someone who needs a fresh start, or simply giving someone a chance to develop and grow. To extend kindness, a spirit of selfless and unconditional love needs to be cultivated. Kindness is done for the good it brings others. It is not an attempt to bring attention to ourselves.

The greatest act of kindness I have ever received is forgiveness that Jesus Christ brings to my life. Every piece of brokenness, deceit, manipulation, anger, (the list goes on) that has, or ever will, exist in my life is forgiven. He didn’t just carry my load, He completely took it and called it His own.  Jesus, at the direction of His Father, gave His life as forgiveness, redemption, and restoration for me and for all people.

On my best day, I only have glimpses into the magnitude of God’s kindness. Being a father and grandfather have opened my eyes to part of His unlimited kindness and grace. Being a husband has revealed the beauty of selflessness and the challenges of selfishness. Adoption has shown me the deep desires to be loved and the significant challenges of being abandoned. 

The ministry of Warm Beach Camp extends kindness by advocating and creating opportunity for people to have life changing experiences in safe and caring environment. It is a living expression of the faith we hold in Jesus Christ, for the good of others.

Thank you Jesus.

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. Ephesians 1:7.

Ed 80pxEd McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Refreshed Option 1 px450Navigating home and social life for foster and adoptive families can come with a unique set of challenges. That is why Refreshed Family Camp is so important. Refreshed Family Camp, at Warm Beach Camp, provides foster and adoptive families a time and place to find refreshment by drawing closer to God and each other. The schedule is relaxed with a great variety of options and blend of age levels for a great family experience.

Another great benefit of this camp is it gives foster and adoptive families the chance to see they are not alone. They are part of a community that loves and cares for them. One mother said, “Thank you, truly, for sowing into our family, for believing in us, for cheering us on, for honoring us, for valuing us, for refreshing us,  and for enabling us to get away and experience a few days at camp, where we can come closer as a family and closer to Jesus. We are so very, very, grateful!”

“Wins can be hard to come by in the foster and adoptive community. Camp is an awesome environment to experience a win. Dance parties, human whirlpools, field games, s’mores and bicycle parades come alongside age level programming, times of teaching, and opportunities for rest.” Said Ed McDowell, Director of Warm Beach Camp.” When you’re a family that isn’t quite like the rest, it’s important to take time to be Refreshed in a place that loves and accepts you just the way you are.

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Project Update Ovens px450A new wheel chair accessible mounting station was built for the Therapeutic Horsemanship program, thanks to Synergy Construction, Dunn Lumber, and Stanwood Redi Mix. Now our program can truly serve the needs of our participants.

Cross-ties are being installed at the Stables, replacing the old tie stalls. These will improve convenience and supervision of the tacking process.

New convection ovens were installed in the kitchen replacing items that were over 30 years old. Many thanks to our generous donors. The next upgrade for Food Services are new hot boxes which will keep food hot between the kitchen and serving areas.

The new canoe dock arrives this month. It will provide improved safety and convenience for our canoeing guests.

New covered storage is being built at the maintenance shop to meet the growing needs of The Lights of Christmas program. This project also results in more parking spaces in the shop yard and a much cleaner and more professional appearance.

Two staff cottages are getting work done, making them ready for occupancy. If anyone would like to assist with interior or exterior painting, we can use some more help.

Several cords of firewood was cut on Saturday, June 9. Thanks to the H.U.G.E. Men of God ministry for bringing guys to do the work. We use nearly 20 cords of wood a year! We need all the help we can get keeping our amphitheaters and fire pits well-stocked.

Cascadian Lodge improvements, Mountain Cabin roofing, and Whistler bathroom improvements will go on throughout the summer and early fall, as facilities and workers can be scheduled.

Volunteer assistance is needed for gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, and painting throughout the summer and fall. Please e-mail Faith Oates for details or call 360-761-1267.

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SF Volunteer Needs px450Summer 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 campers are safe and well cared for at camp. Licensed nurses are needed for 4 weeks this summer.

Oasis & Refreshed Family Camp programs need Children’s classroom leaders and helpers, July 29- Aug 5, 2018. Discounts for Family Camp registration are available for volunteers.

Warm Beach Horsemanship is seeking help with Horse Camp, Vaulting Camp, stable hands, and more… If you like to work hard and enjoy being around horses, we have a job for you!

General labor is needed for ongoing projects in maintenance, landscaping, the paint shop, and food service.

If you’d like to get involved in any of the ways listed above, email Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.

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Summer Camp photocredit Jamie Smith 292 350pxA summer camp week is an experience unlike any other, offering a lifetime of positive impact. Youth overnight camps at Warm Beach provide a safe and fun environment for youth to step away from everyday distractions and step into who they are in Christ.

Perhaps the most valuable and unique element of summer camp at Warm Beach is the intentionality of the program and staff. Along with fun activities and recreation, campers are placed in a community where they are loved and taken care of by trained cabin guides. The camp experiences provide opportunities for campers to grow in leadership, teamwork, responsibility, confidence, and love. Camp cultivates positive relationships, often lifelong friendships between peers and strong bonds with camp guides.

This summer, our focus is what it means to be alive in Christ and how to follow in His footsteps. There will be time for campers to enjoy the outdoors, and reflect on their purpose. It’s going to be an amazing summer!

www.WBYouthCamps.com

SaraRodriguezSara Rodriguez
Youth Program Manager

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“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.” - Proverbs 29:25 NLT

When the human spirit rises and falls on the approval and opinions of others, we are in a vulnerable position. The writer of Proverbs calls it a “dangerous trap.”

People caught up in domestic violence are often trapped in a situation where they literally live in the fear of the abuser every moment of every day. It is a very dangerous situation. Sometimes individuals, in pursuit of their faith, end up following a pastor, teacher or religious leader with greater priority than knowing Jesus and following God. This too, is a risky move.

In my own life, I have learned that even with the best efforts and intentions, I will let people down. I make mistakes and need forgiveness and grace from others for those mistakes. This is true for all of us. While human relationships have the potential to be very meaningful, when we live in fear of them, we are not in a good place.

At Warm Beach Camp, we know there is a relationship that is always safe. God provides a relationship through Jesus Christ that is good. Putting our trust and faith in God does not fail. He never abuses. He forgives mistakes. Grace is extended where we fall short. Love is present. Trust and truth give us hope and faith. People are not taken advantage of. Instead, people are restored, renewed, and refreshed. God is transformational.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for being trustworthy. Thank you for pointing out that living in fear of people’s disapproval is risky and dangerous. I love you and put my trust in you today. In your name Jesus, Amen.

Ed 80pxEd McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Horse Camp Photo 450pxLife 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 surface this may all look like “fun and games” and a neat little camp, but trust me, there was SO MUCH more going on during this experience!

The very first night, we participated in equestrian vaulting activities and heard the concept of trust building and relationship. The second day, we built on the foundational trust relationship with the BIG draft horses. Then we began applying this trust relationship to the horses we had been assigned to care for and build a relationship with for riding.

The boys understood the trust relationship with the horses and the relationships they are in with people (like with me and the trainers) and we were able to talk about these things. On top of all that, the boys experienced the responsibility of grooming and saddling their horse. They also learned their horse’s personality, how to work with them, and how to understand and listen to the horse - without words.

I believe one of the key elements that makes this camp unique is that we, the guardians or foster parents/adults, also participate in ALL the exercises. The exercises with the boys were profoundly moving and built around “relationships” in ways that did not have to be verbalized.

The ENTIRE experience of this short camp was such an amazing experience for these boys in my care and had a profound effect on them. It was IMPACTFUL on their healing and had relational context to their lives and those who care for them.

We are thankful for the opportunity to provide experiences that bring positive impact in people’s lives. And we appreciate the ways people contribute to help to make it possible.

 

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Jeannie Photo

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 to honor Jesus."  At Warm Beach Camp, this spirit of comradery is alive and well.

While Jeannie has been working in the Development Department since July of 2017, this new role will engage Jeannie’s giftings more fully.  Jeannie is uniquely qualified for this position with her background in finance, historical knowledge of the Camp, and excellent networking skills.

Warm Beach Camp’s Development Department is thrilled to see Jeannie step into this role.

 

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Project Update Photo 450pxA new wheelchair ramp and mounting station was constructed for our Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. This project was funded and built by the Master Builders Association, Hamilton Lumber, Dunn Lumber, Cenex, and Synergy Construction.

Vital cleaning, painting, groundskeeping, fence building, and more was accomplished by the Lakeland High School group from Florida.

The new beauty bark recently spread along with the spring flowers create a beautiful oasis.

Cascadian Lodge rooms 12-30 are now renovated and in use by guests.

New convection ovens have been ordered for the kitchen and will be installed the week of May 28th.

New canoe dock has been ordered and will be installed in early June.

If anyone would like to donate towards or volunteer for any of these or other projects, e-mail Jessica Wilson, Development Director, or call at 360-312-3417.

 

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WarmBeachCampRampathon2Nearly choking back tears, the crew foreman for Synergy Construction described how meaningful it was to watch little Ashley Schreiber mount the big black draft horse, Freya. His crew had just spent three days at Warm Beach Camp Stables building an elaborate ramp, complete with hand rails, a mounting platform, fencing, and gates, to create a safe space for mobility challenged riders to mount their horses.

With ease, Ashley was able to transfer from her wheelchair to the back of a horse with assistance. Once on the horse, Ashley proceeded with her adaptive vaulting lesson, performing her moves for the King 5 Evening Magazine film director, while the construction workers watched with awe. If you missed King 5’s Evening Magazine broadcast about the Rampathon project at Warm Beach Camp, check it out online.

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County sponsored their 25th Annual “Rampathon.” Synergy Construction answered the call to be the builders. Out of 149 applicants, 50 projects were chosen where people needed ramps built for wheelchair access. Ginger Reitz, Assistant Horsemanship Director at Warm Beach Camp, got wind of this effort and submitted an application. Our prayers were answered.

Synergy Construction workers volunteered their time. Dunn Lumber, Matthews Lumber, and Stanwood Redi Mix donated materials. Over three days, the ramp became a reality in the north end of the Warm Beach Camp Stables indoor riding arena.

A mounting station is critical for serving a wide range of needs through our new Therapeutic Horsemanship program. Ashley Schreiber, a member of our Warm Beach Equestrian Vaulters, now has a more comfortable and safe way to get on her vaulting horse. Our dream is that Ashley will be followed by many more who need a little mobility assistance, can feel the magic of a horse moving underneath them.

Our hope for the Therapeutic Horsemanship program is to partner with Warm Beach Camp Outdoor Education and Special Friends programs, para-educators and counselors in the four neighboring school districts, psycho-therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, case managers for DHSH and foster care, Tribal community, veteran groups, and more. For more information about Warm Beach Camp Therapeutic Horsemanship, contact Ginger Reitz or see www.WBHorsemanship.com.

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There is not a single experience quite like a week at summer camp. I have experienced this as a camper and a staffer.

I began my journey as a camper in the fifth grade. I was nervous, but excited to spend a week with a bunch of strangers away from home. My first summer could be summed up in the words “fun,” and “relationships.” It was the first time I really saw Christianity lived out in other people my age. I began to understand what a real relationship with Jesus looked like. I learned how to make friends and maintain those relationships beyond camp. During my second summer, the Lord really got ahold of my heart and turned my world upside down. I left knowing I had experienced true love for the first time from the source of love Himself. Camp allowed me the space to step away and be still. It gave me the chance to listen, and for the first time I heard Him say my name.

During my time as a camper, I felt a call to ministry. I pursued this in college and spent summers working as a staffer at camp. I did just about every job and gained a wide range of work experience. The intentional community built was unlike any other. The ministry experience prepared me for where I am today.

In a recent survey I asked parents of campers, past campers, and camp staffers, to share the impact camp had on their life. I was incredibly encouraged by the answers. Here are a few of them:

“Camp has helped her overcome fears, learn independence, and strengthened her relationship with Jesus.” – parent

“I was able to be myself with youth my age! Camp caused me to confront fears while giving me the tools to overcome those fears.” – summer camper

“It was one of the hardest yet most rewarding summers of my life.” – summer staffer

The power of camp is real. The life-long impact is undisputable. Genuine possibilities are here at www.WBYouthCamps.com.

SaraRodriguezSara Rodriguez
Youth Program Manager

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