For the past 90 years, Alderwood Community Church has been serving its community with a focus on spiritual leadership, counseling and community building activities. One of the ways the church serves the youth of their community is through Alderwood Student Ministries, which provides spiritual growth activities for young people from 6th grade through college. Alderwood Student Ministries was looking for a fun and affordable place to host their annual Fall Ministry Retreat and Camp Casey Conference Center provided the perfect fit.
“ASM has held our two-day Fall Ministry Kick-off event at Camp Casey for the past five years,” Darcy Sparks, ASM Administrative Assistant said. “The weekend is full of team competitions outside, teaching from our pastor and a worship time.”
Sparks said she really appreciates that the group has the option to prepare their own food in one of two of Camp Casey’s mess halls. The other mess hall onsite allows for groups to have meals catered, if they so choose. It is because of these flexible options that the church is able to put together a meaningful experience while keeping the cost down for students and their families, Sparks said.
One of the unique aspects of Camp Casey Conference Center that attracts many youth organizations is the barracks-open bay. “We appreciate the spacious dorms, so all the kids can be together in one dorm, not divided into separate rooms, which is great for bonding.”
The breathtaking waterfront and natural environment surrounding the conference center’s Whidbey Island location, paired with the historic Fort Casey State Park next door, make for nearly endless educational and recreational opportunities for groups of all ages.
“There is a lot to do during free time: use of the gym, beach combing, fort exploring,” Sparks said. The recreation facilities also provide Alderwood Student Ministries with a wide array of options for organized team competitions and activities.
The church had previously tried other retreat locations, but they had become pricey and logistically challenging. “It’s so wide open, so you can do lots of activities, but also confined enough that the kids can bond and interact together,” she said. “I would recommend it. Overall the Camp is really just great to work with!”