Camp Casey Conference Center, Whidbey Island, Washington

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By Richard 05 Nov, 2017

Retreats are of value to any organization, not just to ministry or church groups. Are you new in your leadership role and believe you should get everyone together for a retreat? Retreats are a wonderful way to get away from the distractions of everyday life. Getting your group or organization out of their routine will help rejuvenate communication skills and build community. A team that improves their interactions and communication enhances their trust and appreciation for one another, and increases their productivity.

If problem-solving or improving effectiveness is your goal, then just about anything that goes on in your office is fair game. Retreats provide opportunities for brainstorming. They provide time away from routine assignments and foster thinking "outside the box" about issues or improvements. Asking teams from mixed departments to create a full marketing strategy during your retreat, as an example, encourages each department to think outside the box and understand the responsibilities and perceptions of other team members.

Challenging employees to collaborate on a project also provides an opportunity for team building. Especially something that builds relationships and lets your team focus on their interactions. Simple shared activities, such as tours, hiking, sports, or preparing meals have been proven to be very effective. Company retreats are perfect for getting to know your team members on a whole new level. Maybe a team member is an incredible chef or an accomplished musician. These are typically things you would never learn from someone in a business meeting, but in a retreat setting, bonding and community happen at a new level. Getting away gives you the chance to unwind and discover more about one another.

What does Camp Casey offer for retreats? We offer large meeting rooms and all the same technical capabilities of your office setting. Will your group be spending the night? We offer a wide array of accommodations from dorm style to a turn of the century Victorian House. Do you want your team to be able to share the cooking and cleanup of meals? We have lodging options with kitchen facilities. If cooking is not your thing, our mess hall provides classic or custom menu choices. And lastly, what about those opportunities for tours, hiking, or sports? Our options are many, and include miles of beaches and hiking trails. We have several sports fields, including basketball and tennis courts. Ft. Casey and the Admiralty Lighthouse are right next door, as well as the quaint town of Coupeville.

Retreat to Casey. You’ll be glad you did!

By Richard 18 Oct, 2017

Each summer, just as the training season begins, the SPU Volleyball team comes to Casey for a retreat. 2017 is the first year at Casey for Abbie Wright '10, head coach. Wright, the 2015 NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year at Biola University in Los Angeles, was named the head coach at Seattle Pacific on February 16, 2017.

Sports groups coming to Casey have various agendas. Some come to Casey to make use of the expansive playing fields. Conditioning and honing the player's fundamentals and play skills are typically their objectives. Getting the players away from their day-to-day distractions allows the coaches to focus the players’ attention to the lessons of the day. By having lodging, meals, and sports fields all in one location, players stay engaged in the planned activities 24/7. Others come for an entirely different reason.

Wright, when asked about her primary goal for this year’s retreat, stated simply, "bonding." "At the SPU campus, I structure everything for the team." She believes this time away is for the team members to be together without a schedule or task list, allowing them to be in control of the day's activities. "The only requirement I placed on them is that whatever they do, they do it together. Also, I encouraged them to set aside time for storytelling." She believes sharing life stories helps them learn and understand each other's personalities.

What Coach Wright said isn't foreign to us. Almost all coaches who bring their teams to Casey incorporate some measure of bonding and team building. When can we expect your team retreat at Casey?

By Richard 02 Oct, 2017

While visiting Casey in the fall, you'll find a healthy mix of fun outdoor activities, as well as local favorites that promise both excitement and entertainment.

1.   Go on a nature hike. Bring along a field guide to identify different kinds of trees. Look for wildlife collecting food for winter. Explain to kids how animals are starting to fatten up and grow thick, protective winter coats. Watch for migrating birds. Crockett Lake and Ebey’s Bluff are great spots for watching birds. Casey can also arrange for a forest/meadow walk, guided class, or an Audubon class and activity on local birding.

2.   Collect fall leaves. Press them into books or preserve them in glycerin. Paste them onto handmade paper to create greeting cards, or glue them between two pieces of wax paper to make an attractive sun catcher.

3.   Take a hayride. Many local farms offer hayrides during the fall, an excellent way to kick back and enjoy nature with smaller kids who may not be up for a long walk.   While not titled a hayride – Sherman Farms offers Trolley Rides through their fields, weekends only beginning in October. Visit their Facebook page for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/SPFProduce/

4.   Visit the pumpkin patch. Don’t buy your Halloween pumpkin from the grocery store. Go straight to the source. Kids will love wandering around the patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Choose a couple of big ones for jack-o-lanterns, and grab a few smaller ones for painting or general household decorations. Roast the seeds in your oven with a sprinkling of tasty spices, and grab a few to make pumpkin pies. Sherman Farms is the place to go. 

5.   Stuff a scarecrow. Dig out an old shirt and overalls and stuff it with leaves until firm. Add a pumpkin head (from your trip to the pumpkin patch), and you’ve got a great fall decoration.

6.   Fly a kite. The gusty, brisk air makes autumn a great time for flying kites. Buy one from our store, or make your own.  

7.   Visit a haunted fort – at Fort Casey State Park Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21. This year, a Bounce House will be included, as well as games, lots of food vendors, and guided fort tours for kids 10 years and older.  https://www.gocampcasey.org/haunted-fort-casey

8.   Partake in color walks. Pinterest has tons of ideas on how to make your fall walks enjoyable. This one focuses on a color (all the yellow things, or green things, or whatever color you’ve chosen).   Or if that’s not exciting enough, let us help you arrange a forest scavenger hunt.

 More information on fall activities at http://minref.wixsite.com/coupeville-halloween/activities .

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