“Warm Beach Camp is where my faith in Jesus became real,” said one summer staff, reflecting on her years as a camper and now staff. As various youth camp staff shared how they had grown closer to God this summer, a deep unity and sense of holy purpose came over the group.

The staff shared about relationships, leadership opportunities, and a profound sense that God was living and working through them.

Over the course of the summer, the staff ministered to youth from local churches, students from Japan and South Korea, foster and adoptive kids, and kids who have parents in prison. Warm Beach youth campers come from very diverse backgrounds. They come for the fun and new experiences. They leave with Jesus.

With deep gratitude, we praise God for the 25 youth campers whose faith in Jesus became real for the first time this summer.

Thank you, Jesus, for the incredible group of youth camp staff.

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

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Cabins 450pxWhistler bathroom remodel is done.

Whistler, Glacier, and Mountain Cabins have been painted.

Three Mountain Cabins are being re-roofed in August.

New automatic water system controls are to be installed this month.

Dike road repairs are scheduled for August.

Volunteer assistance in areas of gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, and painting are needed throughout the summer and fall. Please email Faith Oates for details or call 360-761-1267.

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Osborn 450pxIn early July 2018, Lon Osborn and his wife Addie, and one-year-old daughter Naomi, pulled into Warm Beach Camp. Lon recently accepted a position as the Technical Lead for The Lights of Christmas. This new position is responsible for display maintenance, programming automated displays, as well as creating and implementing new display ideas.

Lon is uniquely suited for this position with a degree in Engineering and a degree in Applied Science, as well as a background in maintenance, and visual media.

Lon found his passion for ministry after several years working in the engineering industry. “I did work in the engineering industry for two years and the whole time I was unsettled in my heart. I knew God had more that I could be doing with my life.” So Lon quit his engineering job, took a job with a mission organization as a photographer, and traveled the world for two years taking pictures, interviewing people and recording their testimonies. Not long after returning to the United States, Lon felt the call to accept the position at Warm Beach Camp.

Warm Beach Camp is excited to have the Osborn family as part of the team. Welcome!

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Cross 450pxAll summer, young people and families attending camps at Warm Beach are leaving lies they have come to believe at the cross of Jesus Christ. Lies many of us begin to believe about ourselves and our families.

After hearing the truth about their identity in Christ, campers are invited to leave lies at the cross. Some of the lies include:

  • I am the problem, others would be better off if I wasn’t here.
  • My parent left me because he/she does not love me.
  • People don’t like me.
  • I can’t sing.
  • I am ugly and not beautiful.
  • I can do this by myself.
  • Our family is the worst family, a fraud.
  • I am a terrible parent.

Children, teenagers, and families are invited to accept the truth about who they are in Christ. The truth is they are loved. The truth is, Jesus is for them. The truth is, they will never be abandoned by God. The truth is, there is nothing about their past that would turn Jesus away from them. The truth is, each one is a child of God. 

It is a powerful moment when one chooses to leave lies and deception at the cross of Jesus Christ. There is freedom in picking up one’s true identity in Christ.

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Our words matter. The words we speak, tweet, message, write, and stream have an impact.

Step back and ask a simple question: “What do I want the effect of my words to be in this world?”

There is a great answer to that question: “Let our words be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

This answer greatly challenges us. We are addicted to the freedom of words. Unfortunately, there is a loss of personal responsibility. The result of reckless words can be hurt and division.

I invite you to a simple, but difficult, challenge of “letting everything we say be good and helpful”  for the purpose of bringing encouragement to this world.

At Warm Beach Camp we recognize the significance of words and attitudes that lift people up. It is my hope that refreshing and encouraging words are shared with everyone who comes to Warm Beach Camp. Words can give life and hope.

By the way, this idea is not new with me. It comes from the very best source of all, the Bible: “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” - Ephesians 4:29 NLT

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

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New hot boxes recently arrived in the kitchen. These keep the food warm between the time it leaves the stove or oven and goes upstairs to the serving line.

Shipping containers have been re-positioned in the shop yard to optimize general storage and parking for The Lights of Christmas.

Three staff cottages received paint and flooring and one has a new roof.

Bathrooms in Whistler Mini-lodge are now being remodeled and repaired.

An addition to our water system control building has begun. New system controls are needed and additional covered space is required for the electronics.

Road repairs are needed to the road leading to the sewer lagoons. Plans are to begin the project this summer. 

Volunteer assistance in areas of gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, and painting are needed throughout the summer and fall. Please e-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267 if you are interested in volunteering.

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Joel and Marilyn Hume 350pxWhen Joel and Marilyn Hume got married and started having children, it seemed only natural to start helping with the children’s programing at Warm Beach Oasis Family Camp each summer. Joel and Marilyn have volunteered in the 1st and 2nd grade kids’ class for the past 25 years.

Volunteering at Family Camp has been a joy for Joel and Marilyn.  Marilyn said, “When they grow up you find out how much Camp meant to them.”

Family Camp is a special time when people of all ages come together to relax, renew, and reconnect with God and each other. For kids and adults alike, Family Camp is a memorable experience with lasting impacts.

Warm Beach Camp would like to thank Joel and Marilyn for their faithful service over the past 25 years. Volunteers like the Humes make Family Camp a joy for the whole family.


If you would like to be a Family Camp volunteer, e-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Last year, 1630 campers were able to attend a life-changing week at camp because of Kids 2 Camp scholarships and the generous people who made it possible. That’s why the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day, on Saturday, August 25, is such a big deal! And, it’s fun for everyone!

The day kicks off with the 3rd annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run/Walk, an event for the entire family. It begins at 8:00am and includes a 10K, 5K, and 1-mile course through the beautiful grounds of Warm Beach Camp. The competitors out there will be pleased to know the 10K and 5K will be chip-timed!

After the Run, the 19th annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction begins with hundreds of items going on the auction block. Both the Silent and Live Auctions include a variety of outdoor items, vacations, gift items, dining opportunities and more! The Auction runs from 9:30am to 2:00pm.

The Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day also features fun activities for the kids and lunch for purchase.

And, it all goes to support Kids 2 Camp scholarships to bring kids to camp!

Would you like to help make the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day a success? Here’s how:

     1. Plan to attend on August 25 and bring your friends! 
     2. Check out our list of items on line.
     3. Be a Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day volunteer. E-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.

More details can be found at www.sendkids2camp.org  or you can e-mail the event coordinator, Kirsten Radke.

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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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