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by Laurie Fertello
I wish you could have been there when I had the opportunity recently, to tell two Mothers that their adult sons could come to Special Friends Day Camp! You would have seen the longing on their faces turn to joy and the tears in their eyes when they finally realized a dream come true for their adult children!
Saying “YES” to people who are so often told “NO”, is a great privilege of mine and I do wish you could be there when these moments of joy and hope rush in!
Would you and your friends, family or youth group join Warm Beach Camp this summer in the ministry to adults with special needs? For every camper registered, we need one volunteer counselor who becomes a “Buddy” for the week of camp. You’ll never know such joy in service!
I’m inviting you to consider making Special Friends Day Camp your short–term missions experience this summer. The cost is minimal, just $30.00 per week and the opportunity “to experience their world” is right here at home!
The need for volunteers will be great this summer as campers are already registering! Please consider helping Warm Beach Camp by volunteering at one (or all) of our three Special Friends Day Camps: June 29 – July 2, 2010, July 5-8, 2010, and August 23-26, 2010. After you do, you’ll be the ones telling the ministry stories and saying I WISH YOU COULD HAVE BEEN THERE!
For more information on how to register yourself or your group, please email Laurie Fertello at email@example.com or phone 425-239-9841.Add a comment
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There is a running joke at Warm Beach Camp that once you work or volunteer here, you end up coming back over and over again for the rest of your life. Scott Brandenberger, one of our current volunteers, is evidence that this may be more than just a myth.
Rod Brown, former Associate Director at WBC, recruited Scott from Greenville College in Illinois to be a summer staff counselor in 2003. “I didn’t know anyone when I got here.” said Scott.” But he was quick to make friends, friends that he would have for years to come. “That was such a great summer; awesome people. We had so much fun.”
When the summer was over, Scott returned to Greenville College to continue his education. He returned to Warm Beach in 2004 as a Volunteer Counselor for Youth Camps while also completing an Internship with Operation Night Watch in Seattle. After completing his degree in Sociology and Urban Cross Cultural Ministry in 2005, he returned to Warm Beach as a Resident Assistant for the summer staff boys’ dorm.
Since then, Scott’s travels have taken him from Warm Beach to Missouri to Maine and back again. He moved back to the Seattle area three years ago, and up until this past February, has been up and down the coast building everything from houses to boats.
That was when Scott came back once again to join the WBC family, this time as a volunteer working with the other unsung heroes of the Camp’s Maintenance Department. He has been assisting with everything from trash runs to demolition.
When I asked Scott what keeps him coming back time after time, he answered simply, “friends,” — some of those same friends he made that first summer at WBC.
As a volunteer at the Camp, you may not get paid a nickel but the connections you make and the relationships you build with people are ones that can last a lifetime. To learn more about our volunteer opportunities go here. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Jessica Beach at 360-652-7575.Add a comment
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On March 6, 2010, three Warm Beach Vaulters received awards at the national convention of the American Vaulting Association (AVA) held in Portland, Oregon March 5-7, 2010.
Coach Patti Skipton received the “2009 Trainer of the Year” award in recognition of her outstanding horse training ability. Nancy Stevens-Brown, AVA past president told Patti, “I am giving you this award because your horses always look so happy when they compete.” Patti will also be coaching the Friendship Team at the World Equestrian Games held at the Kentucky Horse Park this fall in Lexington Kentucky.
Stanwood High School Graduate (2009) and Seattle Pacific University student, Kimberly Barnes, received the 2009 Silver Women’s High Point award. This award recognizes vaulters who accumulate the most points in at least three AVA recognized competitions throughout the year.
“I was so surprised at first. I really didn’t expect it. It was an awesome way to end my vaulting career, since I’m off to university now,” said Kimberly.
Twin City Elementary Fifth Grader, Kaleb Patterson, received the Bronze Men’s High Point award. This is Kaleb’s second 2009 High Point Award, having received the Copper High Point award for 2008.
“Winning two times in a row was really exciting and showed that I earned may way to the Silver level,” said Kaleb.
Vaulting is the sport of dance and gymnastics performed on the back of a moving horse. Since arriving from Europe in the 1970’s, this sport has made its way to Snohomish County in a big way. The Warm Beach Vaulters, from Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood Washington, is the third largest club in the nation growing from just a few vaulters in 2006 to over 40 today. Warm Beach Vaulters are based at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, Washington.
Situated on a picturesque bluff overlooking Port Susan Bay, Warm Beach Camp hosts over 300 church, school, non-profit, and governmental agency groups a year. In addition to hosting camps, conferences, and retreats, Warm Beach Camp also provides programs for all ages including environmental education, challenge course team-building, horsemanship camps, special needs camps, and the Northwest’s premier holiday event, The Lights of Christmas. For more information on Warm Beach Camp and the Warm Beach Vaulters, log on to www.warmbeach.comAdd a comment
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We have several projects currently underway at the Camp:
- We are converting the old draft horse barn to a secondary work-out room for the Warm Beach Vaulters, thanks to volunteers Rob Down and Ray Samuelson.
- The parking pad and sidewalks for ADA restroom are being put in soon at The Pines. This is the final part of the ADA project we started last spring for the Special Friends Camps that included the purchase of a special trailer-mounted ADA mobile restroom.
Projects for this summer include:
- Re-furbishing the exterior of the Warner Retreat House, include taking out the fireplace, installing a new roof, and removing the carport. This house is known as the Nutcracker Suite during The Lights of Christmas.
- Painting the exterior of the Program Center and replacing the railings around the courtyard flower beds
- Installing new carpet in the Program Center meeting rooms A, B, and C.
The Conditional Use Permit application is still awaiting approval from the county. This permit is needed before we can begin on the Cedar Lodge renovation projects. Please pray that the Lord will go before us in getting this permit approved.Add a comment
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What an exciting moment when, on the last day of 2009, the final pledge was received to complete the funding for the first three phases of the Cedar Lodge renovation. This date was significant in that it meant we had met the last requirement to claim a grant from a foundation for $490,000 for this project.
This project includes moving the public restrooms to the main floor of Cedar Lodge, and expanding the kitchen and Cedar Lodge Chapel.
The first project slated for completion is the restrooms. We hope to begin construction this fall. Phases II and III are scheduled to begin in May of 2011. This all hinges on receiving our Conditional Use Permit from the county, followed by the building permits for each phase of the renovation projects after that.
We are currently working on the detailed plans for these projects, and lining up the help that will be needed to get these projects completed. Please pray that the Lord will bring everything together to allow us to proceed.Add a comment
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“The night before, he had given his life to the Lord,” says Bo, a Warm Beach Camp pastor and supervisor. “Even though his counselor had told him to behave, Kevin had violated camp rules.”
Bo could identify. As a youth, he had come to Warm Beach Camp and broken a few rules. As a 13-year-old at W-BAR-B, he had actually punched a fellow camper in the face. Though they provided for the family, Bo’s parents partied heavily on the weekends. “One night when I was a child, my dad told my mom and me that he would kill her if she ever left him. She actually believed him, so she took me and my sister and left him.”Add a comment
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“I don’t want to be the statistic. I want to be the inspiration.”
After six months of chemotherapy for breast cancer, Cheryl Boatman was too weak to wash dishes, let alone drive a car.
“I didn’t know if I had enough strength to go up to Warm Beach Camp for last spring’s women’s retreat. When I drove up, I was so dizzy I couldn’t sit up straight.
A man from her church unloaded the wheelchair from the back of her car and pushed Cheryl to the main meeting area. At Warm Beach, she rode in style over smooth, level paths.
At the retreat, Cheryl met Warm Beach staffer Laurie Fertello, a survivor of ovarian cancer.
“Laurie was the first to greet me and pray with me, and other people followed. Some women who saw my bald head looked scared, and that’s when I would reach out and hug them,” says Cheryl. “That weekend, I felt renewed; I felt God’s Spirit.”
Today, she looks forward to every day of life.
“I don’t want to be the statistic. I want to be the inspiration. I would rather be the person who survives.”
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Faced with a looming deadline, it was down to the wire when the last pledge came in on December 31, 2009 to reach the goal and complete the funding for the first three phases on renovation work to be done on Cedar Lodge. This has allowed the Camp to submit the paperwork to claim the $490,000 completion grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
We praise God for His faithfulness, and we are very grateful for all of the people who gave the gifts and made pledges that brought us to the finish line. We hope to begin construction in Fall 2010 on the first phase of renovation in this project: moving the restrooms to the main floor of Cedar Lodge. Phase II and III are scheduled to begin in May of 2011.Add a comment
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by Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Adoption Advocates International (AAI) and Warm Beach Camp—imagine the international flare of Ethiopian dance, the drums of Ghana, an international talent show, and soccer, soccer, soccer. AAI’s family camp was a special weekend filled with energy, international culture and a reunion of family and friends. Children who knew each other from orphanages were reunited in friendship. Adoptive parents had opportunity to share their stories, successes and challenges in a supportive environment. When families willingly join together in adoption to intercept brokenness and replace it with hope, unconditional love, and a future of opportunity, there is a special bond, a connection, that runs deep and true. Bev and I were thrilled to see WBC be a place for these families to gather. What a blessing… children from all around the world at WBC.
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Cedar Lodge is the building that serves as the center of our hospitality for gathering, food and fellowship. As WBC is growing in serving people with special needs, specialized diets, and disabilities it is essential to complete three phases of upgrades:
- Establish ADA restrooms on the main floor of Cedar Lodge,
- Expand the kitchen to meet the dietary needs of people today,
- Emprove the meeting room in Cedar lodge to better serve the variety of meeting formats required today.
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Completion Grant Opportunity: If $590,000 of new four-year commitments is received between now and December 2009, Warm Beach Camp (WBC) will receive an additional $490,000 completion grant - this will complete the funding commitments for this mission critical work.Add a comment