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Volunteer Keeps the Path Clear

By Beth Ensley, Development/Marketing Associate

From June through September nearly every year, Don Gazaway volunteers his time, energy, riding tractor, and weed eater, taming the fast-growing thorny blackberries, stinging nettles, and tall grasses along the dirt paths, steep banks, and parking lot areas. Keeping the paths cleared at Warm Beach Camp is a challenging project. Thanks to Don’s dedicated labor, many campers and visitors are able to more fully enjoy the winding paths and quiet, wooded solitude at WBC.

Friends to the camp for 50 years, Don and his wife, Joyce, have roots in the Free Methodist Church that run deep: They grew up in strong Christian homes, attending FM churches, and met while attending Seattle Pacific College (now University).

Among the earliest WBC lease lot owners, they chose their first treed lot in 1956, not long after the property was purchased and became Warm Beach Camp. In 1995, these retired teachers became part-time residents on their lot along W-Bar-B Road. Here they reside in their fifth-wheel RV during the summer months, away from their winter Sky Valley home in Desert Hot Springs, California.

The Gazaways are woven into the WBC heritage in many ways, and the family camping background and commitment is long-standing. Joyce, her dad, and aunt worked at the old Burlington FM camp location for years. Joyce’s brother is John Glancy, a member of the Camp’s Board of Directors, and this couple – along with her sister and husband, and brother and wife – recently memorialized one of the rooms at the newly dedicated Mt. Baker cabins at Warm Beach.
Volunteering and family heritage are only part of the story, however. Don and Joyce are also quite the team when it comes to making quilts! Don measures and precision-cuts the fabric pieces, while Joyce sews and quilts the project to completion. Some quilts have made their way into the Extravaganza auction at the Camp, while others have gone to family and friends through the years. Ask them to show you some of the photos of their many and varied quilts; they are colorful, complex, and creative! Ever heard of the Azteca Rose quilt pattern? Don assures us that this was the most complicated appliquéd quilt ever constructed by Joyce and him.

Quilt: A cover made of two layers of fabric stitched together with an interior padding of cotton held in place by decorative intersecting seams. Don and Joyce’s lives make a wonderful analogy to a quilt. The two layers of fabric represent each of them; the cotton padding holds the life experiences shared together; and the decorative intersecting seams are the visible evidences of God’s colorful, intricate handiwork weaving them together – all of it reflecting His presence and purpose in their lives.

The Gazaways’ servant hearts demonstrate love and dedication to God. They firmly believe the Lord has brought them both through deep waters over the years, and He has always been faithful. We’re glad their heritage has been long and faithful, not only to the Lord, but also to Warm Beach Camp.

Meet Adriene, the new Disabilities Ministries Coordinator

Warm Beach Camp is excited to announce Adriene Duguay as the Developmental Disabilities Ministries Coordinator! Adriene was born and raised in Shoreline, Washington, and graduated with a degree in Psychology from Trinity Western University in British Columbia. Adriene has diverse work experience ranging from working housekeeping at Seattle Pacific University to working in a hockey shop to, most recently, working at a day camp. No matter where she has found herself, she keeps being called back to working with individuals ...

New program, Camp SunSparrow, opening this summer!

Warm Beach Camp Ministries is delighted and grateful for the opportunity to bring back a beloved program in a new way. Serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities has been heavily led by the guidance of God through the decades, and Warm Beach Camp is elated to be serving this community once more! Through the evolution and restructuring of Special Friends Camp, Camp SunSparrow has emerged as the newest program in a long line of the Disabilities Ministry at Warm ...

Hosting the Annual CHA Conference | Community Impact

March began with excitement, as Warm Beach played host to this year’s CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Region I Conference! The Warm Beach Horsemanship team and its many crucial volunteers were dedicated to serving our regional community through the provision of safe horses, tack, facility, and accommodations. The event was a highlight for equine professionals and enthusiasts who gather each year to seek continuing education, mentorship, and community as well as a chance to sharpen their skills. The conference provides a ...