“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” - 1 Timothy 4:12 NLT

Young leaders, please jump in and lead. You are needed and wanted in the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Feel free to speak into my life, and the lives of staff and campers. Please address the issues of the day through Jesus and bring lasting good. You are welcome at the table and around the campfire. Your influence is needed. Please don’t let people older or younger than you scare you off.

As you lead, please remember to set an example for all of us following Jesus. Let your words be helpful and useful. Please don’t just sound off with the latest opinion of the moment on social media. Consider your words and the impact of them. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Please use all avenues of communication to lift up Jesus and to encourage the world.

Your communication, creativity, and understanding of how to connect to people today is amazing. Thank you.

Please think about how you live out your faith. Be genuine and authentic. Keep the good news of Jesus in front of us always. Challenge us to reach out and stretch to help others in a broken and confused world. Live with courage. Do not be defined by fear.

Let your love, faith, and wholesomeness define your life.

At Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, young leaders discover, explore, and launch into the adventures God has for each one. Life changes here. Thank you, young leaders.

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

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Project Updates 450 pxSpring gardening is in full swing with beauty bark coming April 30.

Cascadian Lodge rooms 12-30 will be complete by the end of May.

A new gas stove was installed in the kitchen.

New convection ovens will be ordered once sufficient funding is available.

Four staff cottages are scheduled for repairs and upgrades this spring and summer.

Whistler Mini-Lodge will receive new bathrooms and lobby upgrades as soon as a contractor can be scheduled.

We are seeking a volunteer group to build a much needed mounting station for our new Therapeutic Horsemanship Program.

Would you like to donate or volunteer for any of these projects? Email Jessica Wilson, or call 360-312-3417.

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Do you love serving others, love laughing and giving high fives to others? Then being a Special Friends “buddy” is the right job for you! Each summer, over 240 volunteer buddies are needed to walk alongside our campers with disabilities during their week of summer camp. Buddies provide campers an experience without limits which makes the week extra special!

Buddies don’t just change the lives of campers, buddies also get the experience of a lifetime and leave knowing their time at camp truly made a difference in the lives of campers. Lifelong friendships are formed amongst buddies, buddies grow spiritually, and a comradery based around serving others goes far beyond your typical camp experience.

Come be a buddy this summer! Bring family and friends to help too. We are now accepting applications for volunteer buddies. Sign-up online, email Faith Oates, or call 360-761-1267.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

The people who stand with us as volunteers and donors are vital to making the ministry of Warm Beach Camp happen, and we think it is important to thank you once in a while! This is the reason for the Partners in Ministry Appreciation Dinner!

Please join us for this complementary event on Saturday, May 12, at 6:00 pm in the Program Center Auditorium. The evening includes a delicious dinner, wonderful music, and testimonies about what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.

This is a time of appreciation to honor you, our Partners in Ministry, for the important role you play in this ministry. We will share how your investments of time and money are used, and look into the future God is laying before us. There won’t be ask for money or to recruit volunteers. We just want the opportunity to say thank you!

Please note: Reservations are required. Please make your reservations by May 1. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming with you and your phone number, or by calling the Camp at 800-228-6724.

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My name is Sara Rodriguez and I stepped into the role of Youth Program Manager at Warm Beach Camp in October 2017. I have been working in camp ministry in several different capacities for nine years. I attended Indiana Wesleyan University for my Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Ministries and Leadership. Then I spent two years teaching outdoor education at a camp in Texas while going to Dallas Baptist University for my Graduate degree in Christian Education and Business Ministry.

I started going to camp as a fifth grader. It was a place for me to slow down and take a break from my fast-paced life. At camp, my faith became more than a list of things to check off – I was led to a real relationship with the One who loves me more than anyone ever could. My faith became my own. I grew more confident in my identity and role in the body of Christ, and I made lifelong friends. The impact camp had on my life has driven me into full-time camp ministry.

I am finding myself in my dream position here at Warm Beach Camp. I am beyond excited for what the summer holds. This year, the program will revolve around the book of Ephesians. God gave me this idea one day when I was praying about a theme that could meet the needs of all our campers. Wherever a camper is in their faith journey, there is something special and powerful for them this summer. Ephesians covers everything from knowing you belong to Christ, to finding your identity in Him, to taking action as a follower of Christ. I cannot wait to see how the Lord works in the lives of the campers this summer.

This summer’s theme verses will be Ephesians 2:4-5:
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”

Almost all our summer camp guides (counselors) have been hired, and are now spending time preparing for this summer’s ministry to serve campers. It is going to be a summer your camper will never forget!

Be sure to sign up today on the website before sessions fill up! www.WBYouthCamps.com

I look forward to meeting you all this summer.

SaraRodriguezSara Rodriguez
Youth Program Manager

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We have kids attend who come from many diverse backgrounds; culturally, emotionally and spiritually. Everyone walks through the doors on the first day of Horse Camp with a different experience or expectation of what a week at camp will be like.

One particular young lady who attended had recently been transitioned into a new family. She was timid around all the new kids who were at camp with her, and she was very afraid and unsure being around horses. Over the first two days, I watched as the other children embraced her. They drew her into their groups with open arms and they encouraged her as she cautiously approached each day with her horse. I have often taught that horses aren’t judgmental – they don’t care what background someone comes from, what color their skin is, what kind of clothes they wear, how they do their hair, or whether they have makeup on or not. Horses display unbiased love and long for love in return. What amazed me about this week of camp was that I saw this same love also displayed by the campers. It was more than just the horses that did a healing work in this young lady’s life.

The environment at camp as a whole – from the horses to the campers, to the staff – was open, inviting and encouraging, allowing this young lady the freedom to open up her heart to new friends and experiences in ways she hadn’t thought possible on the first day of camp. This was the realization of our purpose to provide a safe, fun, encouraging environment that draws campers into God’s loving embrace. I can’t wait to see more campers experience this same embrace at Horse Camp this summer!

Information about this summer’s Horse Camps can be found at: www.WBCHorsemanship.com.

thumb Lisa TremainLisa Tremain
Horsemanship Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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I lived in hiding for over a decade, presenting a façade to everyone I met. I was the loving, respectable, stay-home housewife. The honorable mother and godly Sunday school teacher. No one knew the shame, the secrets I carried.

No one, that is, except God.

He saw my deepest wounds and everything I tried so hard to hide. He knew me well before my husband pulled me off the streets of Tacoma. He saw the high school dropout who spent more time drunk than sober, the girl without hope, or even a thought for her future.

But His vision, His love, went much deeper, and His call reached much farther than merely granting me salvation. He wanted to give me deep, unyielding spiritual and emotional freedom, the kind that says, “Yeah, I was a mess. I still am. But you know? That’s okay, because I’m loved and eternally accepted.”

And so, bit by bit, God began to expose and then uproot all the lies I had come to believe about myself. Lies like, “I’m unlovable. Ignorant. Shameful. Worthless.” He began to replace those lies with truth until, over time, I came to believe everything He said about and to me. The process was far from quick or easy, but it’s one He wants to take us all on.

Often, when we think about grace, we stop at salvation, which is awesome enough. But God wants to take us to total freedom so we can walk into any room, encounter any hardship, and remain strong and unshakable in our identity in Him. He wants us to give His voice prominence over all the others that bombard us each day, and learn to rest, truly rest, in His love for us.

Living loved is more than the intellectual consent that God loves us. It’s allowing the truth to permeate so deeply that our hearts begin to heal, our perceptions become clear, faith replaces fear, and we know-know-know with every fiber of our being that we are God’s beloved daughters.

Join us May 4-6, 2018 at Refresh Women’s Event and learn how to walk in love’s deep, all-consuming freedom. Learn More

Jennifer SlatteryJennifer Slattery
Refresh Women's Event 2018 keynote speaker
Founder of Wholly Loved Ministries

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We love good beginnings. They are filled with hope, optimism, and joy. Some of my favorite new beginnings are newfound love, babies, weddings, faith, and a new favorite place to go for rest and renewal.

Warm Beach Camp is a place of new beginnings in faith, relationships, and personal growth. Life changing decisions are made that alter the direction of a life forever.

New beginnings also serve as reminders to those who have been down the road a ways in life, to go deeper and further. Watching “new love” can remind us to tend to the love of our life. Seeing a couple get married can remind us of the covenant love we made in marriage. Holding a new born baby can spark the need to keep cultivating love and attention with our children and grandchildren of all ages. Finding a new favorite place for rest and renewal reminds us of the significance of tending to our own soul. What once began as new, challenges us to go deeper and further in life and faith.

Warm Beach Camp encourages people to go deeper and put down roots that grow deep into the soil of Jesus. Paul wrote to the church in Colossae with this exact encouragement: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your life be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

I was a junior in high school when I made a significant decision to be a follower of Jesus. I remember that decision. The day is a reference point as clear today as it was the day I made it. When I see people make new faith decisions at Warm Beach Camp, it reminds me to go deeper and further in my life with Christ. Paul gives two images:

  1. Deep roots in Him: You are planted in Jesus - let the core of your life go deep into the soil of Jesus. He is filled with life-saving and life-giving nutrients.
  2. Build on Him: The most stable and strong life is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

When we live this way, there is one more thing according to Paul: We will overflow with thankfulness. It is a joy being around people who are thankful.

Celebrate the good start. Then, go deeper and further in Jesus. Let Him fill your heart with overflowing thankfulness.

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

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Cascadian Remodel Photo 450pxSoccer goals have been installed on the East recreation field.

Canoe dock repair and replacement will occur this Spring.

The Program Center Auditorium stage will get acoustical treatment soon.

Cascadian remodeling continues. Rooms 12-19 will be completed at the end of April this year.

Lawn irrigation is being installed in front of the Mt Baker Cabins to keep those lawns green and healthy all summer long.

Metal roofs on our buildings are being power washed, which improves the care and general appearance of the facilities.

Whistler Mini-Lodge will receive upgrades to the meeting room and remodeling of one of the bathrooms later this year.

The Stables will have cross-ties installed, providing improved safety and covered space for tacking up horses.

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Volunteer2 Photo 450pxChaos” would be the word to describe my household when my husband has to go out of town for a week.  All of a sudden the stack of dishes looks bigger, the children are screaming louder, and my nine year old has more homework than ever. When my husband is out of town my moto is, “lower your expectations.” There is just too much to get done, so I settle for safe and fed. When my husband returns home, we hit our stride and the state of chaos subsides.

In the day-to-day operation of Warm Beach Camp, there are thousands of tasks to be accomplished that contribute to a fantastic guest experience. It’s the volunteers who come alongside the staff to make our mission possible. Volunteers make the mini-golf course look bright and inviting, help improve and maintain the grounds, and work on paint projects for summer camp and The Lights of Christmas Festival, and much more. Volunteers allow Camp to make sure guests are not just safe and fed, but they also leave cared for and loved. This is the heart of Christ.

By Jessica Wilson, Development Director

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Ginger Photo 450pxGinger joined the Warm Beach Camp staff in the fall of 2017 as the Assistant Director of Horsemanship. Ginger brings a passion for ministry to people who are hurting – physically and emotionally – through and with horses.

Ginger carries a life-long love of horses expressed through an extensive career in horsemanship training, competition, riding instruction, and managing her own horse farm in the Maple Valley area.  She and her daughters became involved in vaulting and were introduced to the Warm Beach Vaulters at regional competitions. As she watched the Warm Beach teammates accept, encourage, and pray with each other and other vaulters, a seed was planted in her heart. The seed began to grow as she witnessed the hand of God in a young, deeply hurting vaulter’s life. This young vaulter experienced healing specifically through the love of the staff and by helping another vaulter in need through the Adaptive (Special Needs) Vaulting Program at Warm Beach Camp.

Ginger believes that horses, especially combined with the ministry of the Holy Spirit, have a unique place in physical and emotional healing for people. This fueled her desire to provide a context for others to experience this healing, and a business plan was formed for Therapeutic Vaulting and Horse Assisted Learning programs.

At the same time, God was moving Warm Beach Camp to seek avenues of expanding the use of horses in therapeutic ways. The Assistant Horsemanship Director job opening at Warm Beach Camp coincided with Ginger’s determination that God was calling her to this work. And the rest, as they say, is history!

We are excited to have Ginger as part of the staff family at Warm Beach Camp, along with her husband, Bob, and daughters, Stella and Anna. Ginger’s unique perspective and gifts will certainly be a blessing to many, and we look forward to what God is going to do through these new programs. If you get a chance, introduce yourself and listen to her story. You will be glad you did!

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