News & Updates

See & read about what is going on in the Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center community

Retirement … What’s That!

by Jessica Beach, Volunteer Coordinator

Phil and Darlene Brooks don’t believe in the concept of retirement, as is evidenced by their lives. While they do not work for pay here at the Camp, they definitely work.

Phil and Darlene have grown with Warm Beach Camp since its inception over 50 years ago. In their so-called retirement years, they have chosen Warm Beach as their home base when they are not out on the road serving through their ministry, Families 101.

For 25 years, Phil served as a pastor in Free Methodist churches, but, in 1992, stepped down after receiving a definitive call from God to work full time in the area of marriage and family ministry.

Through the 46 years of their marriage, Phil and Darlene have learned that harmonious relationships will not only cause us to grow as individuals, but will also improve society as a whole. Their ministry seeks to equip individuals with the tools to cultivate healthy relationships. This ministry first began as homeowners in Wenatchee. Then, seven years ago, the Lord called them to take their ministry on the road.

In 2001, they sold their home and purchased a truck and fifth-wheel travel trailer, and so began their lives as itinerant missionaries. Now they literally follow the call of the Lord all across the United States, ministering to the hearts of pastors, congregations, married couples, and their families by helping them restore broken relationships or simply by providing a listening ear.

Already, since the beginning of the year, the Brooks have traveled from Texas to Oklahoma to Arizona and returned to the Camp, where, I am sure, they will continue to minister to the Camp staff and volunteers, and even the Camp’s guests. It’s just in their blood; they can’t resist.

We are delighted to have Phil and Darlene call the Camp “home” when they are not out on the road. When it comes right down to it, their ministry is about the same thing as the Camp’s – influencing the lives of people with the love of Christ. And, as it says in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Through Phil and Darlene, both ministries help the other.

The Brooks have made themselves available at the Camp by participating in Marriage Encounter for 23 years, have been a part of the Engaged Encounter team for 15 years, and have provided seminars during Family Camp for several years.

While they are counselors at heart, Phil and Darlene are also a vital part of our volunteer work force. Since they are so familiar with the Camp, they are irreplaceable during The Lights of Christmas in the area of hospitality. Because of their love for people, whether they are greeting guests, selling tickets, or directing someone to the petting farm, they are in their element. When the Camp is not covered in lights, Phil can be found riding a lawn mower, helping to keep vehicles maintained, or just being a listening ear. Darlene can often be found at the receptionist’s desk, or in the Camp Store – wherever her help is needed at the moment.

So call the Brooks what you will, but retired, they are not. They like to call themselves, “Retreaded.”

Disabilities Program - Serving Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Camp SunSparrow

It is common knowledge that people need interaction with one another. To take that fact a step further, community and belonging are critical to the health and well-being of each and every person on planet Earth. It is a lesser-known fact that people with intellectual or developmental disabilities don’t have the same access to community as most populations. While there are a slowly growing number of environments facilitating this type of interaction, there is a continued need for these individuals ...

Horse Spotlight | Sapphire

We want to introduce you to the horses that serve at the Warm Beach Horsemanship and will be highlighting one of the 30 horses in our program every month.  Please meet our first horse, Sapphire. Age: 17 Breed: Friesian/QH Height: 15.1 Weight: 1,200 Color: Bay Discipline: English & Western With her kind spirit, steady temperament, and personable disposition, Sapphire is favored by many Warm Beach Horsemanship (WBH) students of all levels and disciplines. Sapphire has thrived in the WBH riding ...

The Perfect Pairing

Earlier in the Spring, Warm Beach Camp hosted a wonderful Kiwanis group om our grounds in Stanwood, WA! Our staff loves working with leaders to create successful events and for these guests it seemed to be the perfect pairing! Here's what they had to say: April 5-7th the Pacific Northwest Circle K International students had an opportunity to visit and stay at Warm Beach Camp. Circle K is the largest student lead service group for university students around the world. ...