Camp Casey Conference Center, Whidbey Island, Washington

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By Richard 27 Nov, 2017

Casey isn't just a place for sports camps and group retreats; it's also an ideal venue for a multidisciplinary earth system science workshop.

That may sound odd since Casey isn't known to be a research facility.

The recent science workshop focused on the distinctive glaciological, geological, oceanographic, and climatic aspects of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. So why then did the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) initiative select Casey as the site of their 24th annual workshop?

The 2017 WAIS hosts were Knut Christianson of the University of Washington and Ted Scambos of the University of Colorado Boulder. Scambos says that Casey provided the necessary meeting room space for the more than 80 people attending the workshops, plus lodging and meal service. "Being able to provide lodging, meals, and meeting space all in one location is critical for our gathering. It's not just about conducting the workshops; equally important is being in an environment that fosters relationship building and community."

The researchers and scientists who gathered for the WAIS workshop traveled from more than 17 universities and research facilities, and seven different countries. What the organizers of the WAIS initiative have learned is that the advancement of the research and data collection becomes more efficient and effective when the teams collaborate and share techniques, technologies, findings, failures, and challenges. Collaboration and sharing are much more potent between colleagues who have developed a personal relationship and are part of a community. Casey fosters community.

Your group doesn't need to be made up of the world’s foremost Antarctic researchers to benefit from getting away from the daily distractions. Casey offers groups like yours the ideal place to reflect, excel, discover, and grow. Give us a call!

By Richard 20 Nov, 2017

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them. I ask all of you to do this unfailingly every day.” – Pope Francis

Silence. Stillness. Solitude. These qualities seem to be in short supply today. Author Thomas Merton wrote “All … need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard." Retreats allow us to find that silence, stillness, and solitude and to reflect on and deepen our relationship with God. Jesus modeled this pattern of engagement and withdrawal, and it is instructive for contemporary disciples as well. Retreats strengthen our fellowship through shared experiences and help focus the group on issues and questions through reflection and meditation, discussion, and dialogue with others.

To retreat means leaving your usual location and activities and going to a place of quiet and seclusion. By going to a retreat, we physically remove ourselves from life’s distractions, the call of chores, and the demands of people. Computers and cell phones leave many of us tethered and continuously stimulated. Taking some time to unplug and walk along a beach or through a forest makes all the difference in the world. There is nothing like staring at the stars in the night sky to gain some perspective. Inspiration comes while sitting around a fire pit sharing stories or enjoying a quiet moment of reflection while listening to the rhythmic sound of the waves.

Where can you find these opportunities? Camp Casey’s Church Weekend Getaway Package is popular with youth groups, church groups, and prayer groups. The package offers lodging and meals. This affordable package provides the opportunity to connect with your faith in a beautiful and spiritually stimulating environment. Access to A/V equipment and resources allows for special programming and music. Guests can also engage with the fascinating history of the region while sleeping in Camp Casey’s historic barracks and exploring nearby Fort Casey and Admiralty Head Lighthouse.  

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!

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