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Thank you for helping improve our facilities and grounds. Current projects include:
- Landscaping clean-up, dead tree removal, and lawn care.
- Cascadian Rooms 1-11 and lobby are being remodeled to match the lovely interior improvements done to rooms 12-30.
- The Mount Baker Cabin roofs have been pressure washed and cleaned.
- Plans to re-pave the circle drive in front of the Program Center and Cedar Lodge has begun. Included in the project are changes to the interior parking lot, commonly called “staff parking.” Through landscaping and better definition of parking spaces, this will increase parking, create a simpler lay-out, and beautify the grounds.
- Reroofing Cedar Lodge dining room and one staff cottage will be done later this year.
- The High Ropes Challenge Course improvements have been made! The improvements allow us to increase capacity while providing exceptional experiences to each participant.
Through our generous donors and volunteers, these improvements provide a place where people feel cared for and experience a place of beauty and refreshment.Add a comment
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Steve and Jacque Johnson began volunteering at Warm Beach Camp over four years ago. The couple dedicated their lives to service for the Lord and enjoyed working with youth and overseas missions. Steve spent 41 years working with the youth group at Wenatchee Free Methodist/Sage Hills Church. In 2005, Steve and one of his best friends, Ron Bundy, bought a shop where they repaired cars for single mothers and widows, and spent years ministering to hundreds.
Steve’s life was cut short at the age of 73 by cancer. Those who knew him would say he did more for others in those 73 years than most do in two lifetimes. Steve gave every ounce of himself away to others. He was kind, generous, and very hard working.
Warm Beach Camp was blessed by Steve’s service. The work of his hands is evident here. He helped build the new Chinook Cabins, a new storage building at the stables, and helped to remodel 19 rooms of Cascadian Lodge. Steve also helped upgrade the lighting in Cedar Lodge, fixed countless Camp vehicles, and volunteered at The Light of Christmas!
We praise the Lord for the life of Steve Johnson!Add a comment
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“Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” - John 6:35 NLT
They came out to the countryside to hear Jesus speak. Thousands of people gathered. People were hungry. There were not any caterers or food trucks standing by. Jesus took a small amount of food, and fed everyone to the full with leftovers!
The day ended. Jesus traveled to another town across the lake. The next day, people crossed the lake in boats to catch up with Jesus. People had lots of questions: Who is Jesus? What else can He do? Can He show us how to do the same thing? What do we have to do for all of this to continue and be possible in our own lives?
Pause the story for a moment.
You and I are very familiar with the next amazing solution for our lives. From diets to gadgets, we are marketed “miracles” that will change our lives forever (individual results may vary). There is something about us that seeks ultimate solution. We want the best and we want it all. As a result, our culture is up to its eyeballs in debt, straining for the next best thing to solve issues in our lives.
Back to the story.
Jesus makes a simple statement to everyone: I am the bread of life. He goes on to respond to their questions by telling them that only one thing is asked of them: Believe in Jesus as God’s Son. Jesus continues by saying, contrary to other food that does not last, He provides food that lasts forever through His very life. Jesus makes a challenge: Focus on what lasts. Physical food spoils. It has to constantly be replenished. Believing in Jesus as the source of eternal food (life forever) that never spoils.
The story continues to a point of conflict. Jesus literally uses the image of His own flesh and blood as that which needs to be fed upon to participate in this life that lasts forever. This was hard for people to understand then as it is now. There was a time, as described in the Old Testament of the Bible, where the flesh and blood of animals were used as a sacrifice for our sins. It was the sacrificing of animals that kept us in relationship with God. This had to be repeated according to the details of God’s law.
Jesus comes along and talks about an eternal sacrifice that does not have to be repeated. It literally involves His own flesh and blood, once and for all. In effect, for everyone to feed on.
There is an ancient meal known as the Passover where the provision of God providing life in the midst of death literally happened. Wine and unleavened bread are taken to remember the day God provided life when death came knocking.
Jesus ties into this history. He knew the people would understand the connection. The way of animal sacrifice was a lot of work and effort. Jesus is taking the entire work of the sacrifice onto Himself, forever. His body. His blood.
In the Church today, we symbolize eating and drinking of Jesus through the sharing of Communion. This sacrament is a repurposing of the Passover. It literally means that Jesus gave us life when death came calling. This meal represents the sacrifice of Jesus to bring us into right standing before God, forever. The entire meal symbolically represents his flesh and blood.
At this point in the story, many people left Jesus. This teaching seemed bizarre and difficult.
Jesus points out that we cannot pull this off in our own effort. It is not enough to simply say, “I am going to do this through my own interest and effort.” It requires the pursuit and invitation of God the Father, Jesus’ Father. The Father draws us to His Son. He invites us and draws us close. With His help and pursuit of us, we are able to respond to Jesus.
The 12 disciples stay with Jesus because of this truth.
Faith in Jesus is not a fad or a trend. Contrary to our “self-help” culture, we cannot pull this off by ourselves. God brings us to Jesus and invites us to the bread of life that lasts forever.
Thank You for being the bread of my life. Father God, thanks for drawing me to Jesus. I love You. Today I give fresh focus to believing and dwelling with You. I long to pursue You and Your kingdom forever.
In Your name Jesus I pray,
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center
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"Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest'"
Matthew 11:28 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/mat.11.28.NLT
I am weary and carry burdens that are heavy. Do you?
It seems that the most common response I receive in regards to how people are doing today involves being fatigued or under a heavy load in one way or another.Do you identify with any of the following categories? Which ones apply to your life right now?
- Relationships under stress
- Too much debt
- Vocational challenges
- Over commitment
- Not enough food
- No insurance
- Lack of opportunity
- Culture and politics
- The need to change
- Bitterness and resentment
- Insecurity and anxiety
I am sure each of us can add specifics to this list that includes names of people and organizations we love and care about.
Along comes Jesus. He lays out a way of living in relationship to Him that is profound:
- A new beginning
- Transformation over time
- Peace that is beyond our own understanding
- Joy that surprises
- A constant advocate on our behalf
- Provides wisdom in real time
- He never leaves us
- Love that is stronger than fear
If you are already a follower of Jesus, you too can fill out this list of God’s incredible faithfulness in your life.
Jesus makes a simple offer: Come to Him.
Jesus promises: I will give you rest.
I am going to Jesus right now, right here, because rest sounds good right about now.
Thank You for the invitation. Even this morning, I was tempted to bypass coming to You for rest. There is so much to be done, and taking time to rest with You seems counterproductive to the endless lists and needs of people and organizations in my life.
Thank You for pursuing me this morning and bringing me into Your rest. Thank You for letting me give to you my weariness and burdens. Please lead, guide and provide in each of these areas.
Thank You for Your generous peace.
With gratitude in Your name Jesus I pray.
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center
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When I was asked to talk about my experience at Warm Beach Summer Youth Camp, I struggled at first because there is truly no accurate way to describe an experience so life-changing. Eventually, I pinned down the three best parts of my camp experience. The environment created by the staff, the time away from normal habits, and unique and amazing opportunities for personal growth. These three things made my summer incredibly fulfilling.
During my time at camp, staff came together and created a special culture of acceptance and growth. I was surrounded by amazing people. I couldn’t escape feeling welcomed and encouraged to grow in my relationship with Christ. The bonds I formed at camp were not just surface level, but deep, spiritually rooted friendships. My coworkers became friends I could count on and trust to challenge me to become better.
Camp life is different from what most people are used to. I have been involved with camp for several years but last summer, as a cabin guide, was a new experience. Being an example of Christ for the campers pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to be a better person. Through that process I created habits that were healthy and didn’t revolve around comfort. I realized God had so much more planned for me than the routine I had fallen into. Putting my wants, and cell phone, away for even 12 hours a day yielded rich rewards. These rewards weren’t simply momentary. I took those habits home with me and saw an improvement in self-worth, work ethic, and overall joy
The last, and greatest, part of camp for me was the opportunity to be a role model for the next generation of kids. To teach them the things I wish someone had taught me. Camp was my chance to become something more, something greater, and be part of a life-changing culture.
2018 Summer Camp Counselor (Cabin Guide)
and Current Program Intern
Warm Beach Camp
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I have had the pleasure of seeing how horse partnerships impact campers’ lives, bringing self-confidence and joy. Some campers come to horsemanship fearful and by the end of their program ride confidently with their new horse friend.
Horses have so much to teach us about trust, leadership and self-confidence. Through horsemanship I aim to teach students that in relationship with their horse they can become effective leaders. If given clear cues and treated with respect, a horse will begin to view the child as the leader. Students gain an enormous amount of self-confidence when they see the positive results of their leadership.
Like any healthy team environment there must be mutual trust and respect for the leader to lead well, and the team to willingly follow the vision and instruction of the leader. I love seeing the joy these lessons bring to students and how this learning overflows into other areas of their lives.
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"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry." - James 1:19 NLT
Every person I know, or have met throughout my life, hopes to have healthy and meaningful relationships. Around the many campfires of Warm Beach Camp I have had the privilege of listening to people experiencing the joy that comes with healthy relationships and the pain of broken families, marriages, and friendships. There is a common thread in all of it: People long for good relationships in their lives.
Good relationships have some things in common. Here are three points of wisdom from the Bible for anyone interested in cultivating healthy, Christ-centered relationships in every sector of life:
Be quick to listen: Listening is the core activity in understanding someone else’s perspective. We live in a culture where “quick to speak” is the norm. Talking all the time gives no room for understanding someone else. Constant talking turns the focus on oneself. Listening is the foundation for knowing other people.
Be slow to speak: It has been said that true listening is not thinking about the next thing to be said as soon as there is a break in the conversation. Listening consists of receiving what the other person has to say, and actually reflecting on it before responding. Ask clarifying questions about the content of the conversation to encourage further understanding. Resist quickly trying to get the next word in.
Be slow to get angry: Anger in relationships does not produce healthy results. Hot-tempered and quick flashing anger creates incredible instability within other people. Trust and safety become eroded. There are appropriate uses for anger, but it is far less often than we might think. Don’t turn to anger over the insignificant. Don’t come to anger quickly. Reserve anger as a response to significant issues in a relationship that are not right and need to be addressed in an urgent manner. Even then, be slow and careful in showing anger in a way that communicates true concern because the relationship is what really matters.
Consider increasing your ability to listen to others. Focus less on what you are going to say. Only use anger in thoughtful and measured ways that communicate true concern for the relationship regarding essential issues.
God’s Word comes through again, giving us wisdom for all of our relationships.
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center
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Ladies Night Out was an event that will not soon be forgotten. Preparations were made, prayers were said, centerpieces were placed, and the smell of bacon wrapped cheesy jalapeno hors d'oeuvres filled the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in downtown Stanwood. I don't think I'm alone when I say that the Ladies Night Out Auction benefiting Special Friends Camp at Warm Beach Camp was wildly successful.
As all eyes were fixed on the video of a day at Special Friends Camp, a camp for adults with special needs, I felt a shift take place. Smiles widened, eyes became teary, and cheers came freely as campers whizzed by on the zip-line or tackled the climbing wall and rang the victory bell! No wheelchairs, leg braces, withered legs, or lack of sight held those determined souls on the ground!
Following the video, the 180 women in attendance were asked to consider sponsoring a day of camp for one camper at $92 a day. As the last words of the request for sponsors were spoken, the white bidder numbers flew off tables in an overwhelming sea of YES! Like a mighty wave cresting on the ocean, a powerful movement of compassion, generosity, and tangible joy moved through the crowd and flooded my heart with humbling gratitude.
I watched as women held their bidder number in one hand and displayed how many days of camp they would like to sponsor, if more than one day, on the other hand. Two days, three days, four days, 10 days... even 24 days were sponsored by individual women moved to change lives through Special Friends Camp!
Even as I type the words now, I am in awe of the movement of the Lord in those moments. The love and desire to make a way for those who cannot make a way on their own was overwhelming.
At the final count, 152 days of camp were sponsored and over $33,000 raised overall! This far exceeded any expectations and the whoops and hollers of victory were proof! Every minute of Special Friends Camp is an opportunity for a miracle, a life to change, hope to be restored, and worth to be realized. I am forever changed by the outpouring of kindness I witnessed in my own little town. What an amazing special night!
Margaret Elaine Spears
Special Friends Camp Chaplain/Lead Staff
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Here is what you helped accomplish at Warm Beach Camp
- The Program Center Auditorium has received acoustic treatment on the stage plus a complete interior painting.
- Cascadian Lodge Rooms 1-11 and the Lobby are being remodeled.
- The Mini Lodge lobbies are receiving new cabinets and sinks.
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By Laurie Fertello, Special Friends Camp Director
Have you ever had someone declare, “You’ll be my friend for life!”? When it happens, it’s a very special day indeed!! And it happens frequently at Special Friends Camps for adults with disabilities at Warm Beach Camp!
One such relationship was shared between Paris, a buddy (volunteer), and Vivian, a camper. They became dear friends at Special Friends Camp and shared precious moments together. They were the best of friends...the “friends for life” kind. When Vivian passed away, Paris was heartbroken, as were everyone who knew Vivian.
When I think about their special connection, their special friendship, I’m reminded that this is what Special Friends Camp is all about. Loving as Jesus would, spending time together, and enjoying all the fun and fellowship camping has to offer.
Vivian found a friend for life in Paris. And Paris will tell you her friendship with Vivian was a tremendous blessing!
Special Friends Camp is a time of true wonder and excitement. As I watch campers arrive and step off the Dart Bus and out of the cars they are greeted by cheering staff and volunteers. I think to myself, “let the friendships begin”!
Staff and volunteers have endless opportunities to share the love of Jesus and relationships develop quickly. Many friendships reach beyond the boundaries of camp to include attending special events together like ball games, parties, church services and weddings. And for some, funerals.
Over 200 volunteer buddies are needed for Special Friends Camp each summer. Would you, or someone you know, be interested in volunteering? If so, go online to www.warmbeach.org/sfvolunteer or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Faith Oates at 360-761-1267 or via e-mail.Add a comment
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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” - Hebrews 12:1-2
I am excited about so many things coming this summer at Warm Beach Youth Camp!
I am most excited about the Amazing Race event each week at camp! We will be working up to this event. On Fridays, teams of campers get to embark on the Amazing Race. This will mirror the TV show but will incorporate the week of camp into the game. The race will comprise of stops along significant places at Camp and the challenges will be specific to the location. The challenges will test the teams on their ability to work together and encourage one another. Teams will be competing for the “golden plunger” award, which they will sign after their victory.
Another part of summer camp I cannot wait for are the keynote speakers, our camp pastors. We will have someone different delivering the message to the campers each week. This provides variety and diversity. No week of camp will be the same! How cool is that? Our speakers are not only speaking at chapel but will participate in activities with the campers and will be available as spiritual mentors.
As the Youth Program team journey down this road of camp ministry we are striving to infuse intentionality into everything we do and provide. You can be assured if your camper is a part of youth camp here at Warm Beach Camp, they will leave having been loved and heard in the most intentional ways.
Registration is open, so head over to www.wbyouthcamps.com and sign your camper up today!
Youth Program Director
Warm Beach Camp