vaulting_picWarm Beach Camp hosted its 4th year of Equestrian Vaulting Camp this summer. Vaulting is the sport of gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse. Since coming to the United States in the 1970s, vaulting has gained popularity and will be featured at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, this fall. WBC’s Vaulting Camp attracts more campers from out of state then any other program offered during the summer. Some of this year’s camp attendees have journeyed from Vancouver, BC, Florida, and South America in order to attend.

The Vaulting programs offered by WBC hold several main attractions. For starters, the camp owns over 55 horses, six of which are used solely for vaulting. Those who attend get to spend extensive time working on group and individual vaulting training with Coach Patti Skipton. Coach Skipton has over 30 years coaching experience and was awarded Trainer of the Year by the American Vaulting Association in 2009. Other camp activities include swimming, ropes course and a climbing tower.

Two campers coming all the way from Columbia, South America discovered WBC on the internet.

[quote author=""]We were both looking for a vaulting camp and were searching the internet. I just typed in summer vaulting camps and Warm Beach Camp was one of the first ones to pop up. So we saved the money for the camp and our parents paid for the plane tickets.[/quote]

It is apparent that a blend of great coaching, beautiful camp grounds and a loving environment has made WBC the ideal place to learn this emerging sport.

For more information email the Registration Department
or call 360-652-7575 / 800-228-6724 toll free during office hours 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.

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Parent Information

  • Overnight Camp Schedule +

    Schedule subject to change.

    7:00 am Round Up - campers wake up and prepare for breakfast
    8:00 am Breakfast
    8:50 am Campers meet at hitching rail for Wrangler devotions
    9:00 am Campers lead, tie, groom and saddle their horses
    9:30 am Group A: Arena lesson
    Group B: Trail ride
    10:30 am Group A: Trail ride
    Group B: Arena lesson
    11:30 am Loosen cinches and water horses
    12:00 pm Lunch
    1:00 pm Cabin Bible Study and rest time
    2:00 pm Horsemanship Ground Class following CHA curriculum
    3:00 pm Snack Shop
    3:30 pm Cabin clean up
    4:00 pm Recreation time - includes pool, mini-golf, disc-golf, Camp Store (daily) and
    Climbing Tower/Team Swing on Wed. only
    5:30 pm Get ready for dinner
    6:00 pm Dinner
    6:45 pm Evening Horse Activity:
    Tues-Thurs: Vaulting/Drill
    Fri: Trail Ride/Level Testing
    8:15 pm Clean Barn
    8:45 pm Chapel (Campfire on Friday)
    9:30 pm Get ready for bed (Night Swim on Wed)
    10:00 pm Lights Out
  • Day Camp Schedule +

    Schedule subject to change.

    9:00 am Arrive
    9:30 am Barn Orientation
    10:30 am Group A: Groom & Saddle/Arena Lesson & Trail Ride
    Group B: Ground Class/Game/Vaulting
    11:30 am Loosen cinches and water horses
    12:00 pm Lunch
    1:00 pm Cowboy Chapel
    1:45 pm Group A: Ground Class/Game/Vaulting
    Group B: Arena Lesson & Trail Ride/Unsaddle
    4:00 pm Depart
  • What to Bring to Overnight Camp +

    What To Bring:

    • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
    • Flashlight
    • Coat/Jacket/Rain Gear
    • Bug Repellant
    • 4-6 Jeans/Long Pants for riding
    • Towels & Toiletries
    • Modest Swimsuit & Towel
    • Bible/Notebook
    • Extra Clothes/Shoes
    • Camera (optional)
    • Tennis Shoes
    • Riding Boots & Helmet (optional - helmets provded by Warm Beach Camp; limited supply of boots are available)
    • Water Bottle
      Please put camper's name on everything

    What NOT to Bring:

    • Gaming Devices
    • Radios
    • Music Devices (Ipods/MP3 players/CD players)
    • Cell Phones/Tablets
    • Knives
    • Weapons
    • Drugs
    • Valuables
    • Perfume/Body Scents
  • Camp Photos +
    Photos and videos from camp will be uploaded  to our private online gallery on SmugMug. The week after camp, you will receive an email with a link to photos on a private gallery. The photos can be downloaded for free and there is an option to purchase prints or merchandise. If you have questions, please contact our Registration Department at registration@warmbeach.com, 800.228.6724 ext. 2282.
  • Contacting Campers +

    Send camper mail to:

    Camper's Name / Session #
    Warm Beach Camp
    20800 Marine Drive
    Stanwood WA, 98292

    Send camper email to:
    camper@warmbeach.com
    Subject: Camper's Name / Session #

    Call:
    800.228.6724
    Registration Department office hours: 8:00am-5:00pm weekdays
    After hours: recorded message will give instructions for the Guest Service cell number.

  • More Details +

    Camp Store

    The Camp Store is open daily for campers. Snacks and drinks are available for your child to purchase, along with gift items, souvenirs, and Warm Beach Camp attire. Typical spending is $20-30. Soda and candy purchases are limited each day to make sure campers do not over-indulge on sweets. Camp Store money is collected at check-in and exchanged for a “Store Card” through which staff keep track of camper’s purchases. Any unused money will be returned at the close of camp.

    Optional Extra Fee Items

    The following items may be purchased at registration and check-in:

    Store Card – money for Camp Store (see information above)

    Horseback Trail Rides

    Horsemanship campers may purchase Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) manuals: individual level or composite of all levels.

    Visitors

    Parents are encouraged to meet our staff and tour the camp during check-in or on the last day of camp. During the week we ask that campers not have visitors nor encourage phone calls. Campers may not have guests during the camp session.

    Lost and Found

    Lost and Found items are collected by staff and held by our Accommodations Department. Please contact the receptionist and leave detailed information about lost items, what camp/week your child attended, and your contact information: office@warmbeach.com / 800.228.6724

    Camper Health and Safety

    Camper health and safety is Warm Beach Camp’s paramount concern. An on-site nurse is available 24 hours a day while camp is in session. The nurse operates under the standing orders of a licensed physician. Counselors are carefully screened, selected, background checked, and trained. (see Leadership & Staff information for details)

    In order to protect children, our policy prohibits any staff person to be alone in a private location with a camper. If a camper needs to return to their cabin for something, for example, a staff member will never do this alone with a camper – they will get another camper or staff member to go with them. If a one-on-one conversation is necessary between a staff member and camper, it will always be in view of other people. 

    Behavior Management

    We enforce a no tolerance policy at camp. All counselors are trained in our behavior management and anti-bullying policy. If a behavior does arise that causes a disturbance: the child is removed from the situation, there is a very caring conversation about a change in behavior. We partner with the camper to come up with a solution that works for everyone, grace is given, and consequences are enforced, if necessary. At no point will corporal punishment be allowed. If there is no change in the camper’s behavior, the Camp Director will call the child’s parent/guardian and discuss the options.

    Leadership and Staff

    Warm Beach Camp program leadership serve on year-round staff and possess many years of camp leadership experience. We hire college-age leadership staff and cabin counselors who facilitate the programs on a daily basis alongside year-round Camp staff.

    Warm Beach Camp invests heavily in staff training and certifications, particularly in the more high risk areas such as aquatics, challenge course, and horsemanship. Year-round staff attend conferences and trainings through Christian Camp and Conference Association. Pool staff are Red Cross certified lifeguards. Challenge Course staff are trained according to the standards of the Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). Horse staff are certified through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA).

    Staff are selected following a rigorous process involving a detailed application form, four personal references, personal or Skype interviews, and a national background security check.

    The first week of the summer is spent in summer staff training where counselors receive over 50 hours of instruction on camp procedures, first-aid, cabin group management, conflict management, camp activities, and Warm Beach Camp’s Child Protection Plan.

    Camp Philosophy

    Warm Beach Camp draws kids out of their routine lives and places them into a natural environment. Camp is filled with unique experiences tailored to their age and development that offer personal growth and connection with God and other people. The heart of camp is relationships that lead to personal and spiritual growth. Camp is meant to be fun, memorable, and personally enriching spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and physically.

    Warm Beach Camp History

    The Free Methodist Church sold two smaller camp sites to found Warm Beach Camp in 1956. For over sixty years, campers have experienced the many ways that life changes here. For more information on our history, visit our website at www.warmbeach.com/history.

    Warm Beach Camp Mission

    We exist to provide environments, experiences and resources that connect people of all ages to God, one another, and all of creation.
    Our mission is lived out in ways that point others to the life-transforming work and the teaching of Jesus Christ. For more information on our mission, visit www.warmbeach.com/mission.

    Questions?

    Contact our Registration Department at: registration@warmbeach.com / 800.228.6724 x2282

  • Camper Safety +

    Dear Parent,

    Our organization has always taken the protection of our campers very seriously. And because we diligently seek the highest standard of child care in the youth serving industry, in 2012 we implemented a Child Protection plan to maintain the highest level of safety possible for all our campers. This safety plan begins with you. Because you know your child better than anyone, we ask that you discuss our organizations Code of Conduct with them before they arrive. Help us educate your child on what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior for staff and/or youth. This effort will not only help protect them, but our staff and other youth as well.

    We have also provided a list of resource materials that will help educate you, as well as, give insight into discussing sensitive issues with them. While we DO NOT discuss sexuality as part of our curriculum, it is important that they have an age appropriate discussion with you before they come. We seek to take a proactive role in preventing any situation of this nature. Educating your child is empowering them to make the right decisions.

    Please feel free to call Lindsey Baer-McDowell, our Director of Youth & Outdoor Ministries, at 800.228.6724 ext. 2264 to discuss any information on this subject.

    Our Child Protection Policy (PDF) contains the following:

    • Code of conduct
    • Minor’s rights
    • Disciplinary policy
    • Resource materials

    We seek to provide an atmosphere of “Christ-like” relationships at our organization and your involvement can only serve to promote our efforts.

    Thank you,

    Patrick Patterson
    General Manager/C.O.O

Horsemanship Leadership

The staff are passionate for sharing the love of God through professional horsemanship instruction. They believe in the amazing ability of horses and horse related activities to nurture the potential in each person. The staff are active in one or more professional associations such as Certified Horsemanship Association, American Vaulting Association, and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.

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Horsemanship Director
Lisa Tremain
New Zealand native, Lisa Tremain, is excited to be back at Warm Beach Camp to serve as the Horsemanship Director where she hopes to share her love of horses and God with others. Lisa first came to Warm Beach Camp as a WIT (Wrangler in Training) in 2003, and since has served in other camp ministries throughout New Zealand. She believes horses provide a unique opportunity to teach not only horsemanship skills, but also core life skills including trust, respect, communication and the importance of relationships.
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Assistant Horsemanship Director
Ginger Reitz
Ginger Reitz has been involved in various horse sports for decades including – riding, competing, teaching and training. In her role as the Assistant Horsemanship Director Ginger oversees the Warm Beach Vaulters competitive vaulting club and the Warm Beach Therapeutic Horsemanship programs. Ginger has a God-given compassion for those who can benefit simply from the activity and environment of vaulting, riding, and horse-related activities. Her goal is to improve people’s lives through equine-assisted activities and create space for others to connect to the love of God.