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Grace for the day

I sat waiting to pull out onto the highway, and the line of cars was a far as the eye could see. I thought, "Wow! I'm going to be here awhile." Then, after about 10 seconds, a car deliberately slowed down to let me pull in. I smiled and waved, grateful to the lady for letting me in.

She had shown me "grace." Something she didn't need to do. Something I didn't deserve. Something I was very grateful for. I began to draw a new sense of direction from that one act of kindness. What would I do now, in light of that grace?

About a mile further on, I noticed a car waiting to pull out onto the highway. I slowed down deliberately and let him in. I smiled again.

God works in much the same way. He showed us grace when He came to earth. And He expects us to give grace away in the same way. The simple act of kindness shown to me "made my day." And, it is in my power to pass that along to someone else.

Joanie Yonker, Executive Assistant
Warm Beach Camp, life changes here


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Much joy and celebration at Special Needs Summer Camps

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Standing back and watching the first day of any of our Special Friends Day Camp, summer camps for special needs adults, makes you wish you could go. From the minute a camper arrives they are celebrated, the way we all wish we were, with abashed enthusiasm and acceptance. Lines of campers and buddies on either side cheer the arrival of every camper. Every day holds a celebration of some kind, anywhere, from a un-birthday party, to a live concert, recreation activities and more. Special Friends Day Camp is a celebration of life. It broadens the edges of one’s experience, whether it be camper or volunteer “buddy.”

Margret “Sparkles” Spears has been involved in Special Friends Day Camp for the past four years and said, “It is a total celebration and affirmation of who the campers are, and the buddies experience so much joy during their time at Special Friends Day Camp.”

Special Friends Day Camp is also a celebration of friendship and community. Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA, has been hosting Special Friends Day Camps for the past nine years and many of the campers and volunteers have been participating from day one. Campers look forward to seeing their camp friends all year long.

This summer, Warm Beach Camp will once again be hosting five Special Friends Day Camps and two Overnight Camps. Come, join the celebration and volunteer this summer – you too, may be filled with a special joy.

For more information on being a Special Friends volunteer
For more information about Special Friends Day Camps
For more information on Special Friends Overnight Camps

The Warm Beach Vaulters are going international!

VaultersPhotoNewsEquestrian Vaulting is truly an amazing sport for spectators to watch! It is the competitive sport of dance and gymnastics performed on the back of a moving horse. Vaulting is performed both individually and in teams, with up to three vaulters on a horse at one time performing choreographed routines to music.

Warm Beach Camp has had a vaulting program as part of the Horsemanship Program since 2006. A number of youth have participated in the program, gaining athletic ability, but also learning teamwork and responsibility in a program that seeks to honor God. They participate in competitions regionally and nationally, winning trophies and gaining recognition for the Horsemanship Program at Warm Beach. The Warm Beach Vaulters has grown to be the largest club in the Pacific Northwest.

A vaulter’s dream is to compete in the Junior World Championship vaulting competition, this year being held in Ermelo, The Netherlands, August 5-9, 2015. For four of the Warm Beach Vaulters, this dream is becoming a reality. Anna Erickson and Daniel Janes will be competing in an open competition, while Kaleb Patterson and Luke Overton hope to represent Team USA in the first ever Junior World Championship. Kaleb and Luke must first qualify through a selections process that takes into account their scoring from competitions that occur in the US and Canada.

Yet, these athletes have more in mind than just competition and world travel. Kaleb Patterson says he has many reasons for aiming for Junior Worlds, but for him, the most important is: “I want to spread the light of Jesus Christ across the world. I feel that is my mission from God, my mission field that I want to take head on. I want to show vaulters across the world what the true love of the Holy Spirit looks like.”

You can follow the Warm Beach Vaulters on Facebook at www.facebook.com/warmbeachvaulters or on the web at www.warmbeachvaulters.com. If you would like to help these athletes financially, please send your tax-deductible contribution to Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292, and be sure to mark it for “Vaulting Europe.”

Partners in Ministry Annual Appreciation Event

We invite you to join us in a time of appreciation as we honor you, our partners, for the important role you play in keeping this ministry strong and growing. Please give us the opportunity to say thank you, to share what we’ve done with your investments of time and money, and to take a look at where God is leading us.

voetbergfamily2014Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm in the Camp’s Program Center Auditorium for a delicious supper, and special music by the Voetberg Family Band. We will also share testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.

You will be receiving an invitation card in the mail soon with more information, but please put the date on your calendar now.

The people who stand with us as volunteers and donors are vital to making the ministry of Warm Beach Camp work, and we think it is important to tell you that. The Partners in Ministry members have a huge impact on the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Come as we celebrate in the joy of the victories God has given us.

I really hope to see you there!

Please note: reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by May 2.You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party to associates@warmbeach.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.

It's the volunteers who make it possible!

LOCVolunteer2014The 18th year of The Lights of Christmas was as bright as ever! The attendance was the highest ever, with 72,501 people coming to enjoy the festivities. Guests were treated to a new Light Maze, a myriad of food vendors, as well as three indoor eateries. There were five live music stages, plenty of shopping, and all the kids’ favorite activities like train rides, pony rides, and Bruce the Spruce, the talking tree.

None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for the faithful volunteers. This year over 750 volunteers donated 10,728 hours of service. Over a 100 volunteers per night powered the event. As you can imagine, there was a wide variety of jobs: indoor hosting, parking attendants, pony ride attendants, train conductor, and much more.

Darlene Brooks, who has been attending and volunteering at The Lights of Christmas since it began said, “I like volunteering because I love interacting with the guests. I love watching the families and their children and I love working the ticket booth on Pay What You Can Nights. There is just an atmosphere at The Lights of Christmas that I love being a part of.”

The Lights of Christmas is so much more than just a Christmas event. While there is plenty to do, The Lights of Christmas is really about creating an atmosphere of grace and hospitality, which is exactly what Jesus did when He came to earth in the form of a baby. That atmosphere is created by the people who staff the event, like our faithful volunteers.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made The Lights of Christmas 2014 happen. You are a light in a dark place. The Lights of Christmas would not be the same without you.

Project Updates - March 2015

Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • The renovation work continues in lower Cedar Lodge. The new walk-in cooler and freezer have been installed and are in use, more than doubling the capacity of the old units. The old units have been removed, and workers are re-configuring that space, expanding the size of the kitchen. This is the first major expansion of the kitchen since the building was constructed in 1958-59! A new conference room has also been completed in lower Cedar Lodge. Meanwhile, the plans are coming together for the Cedar Lodge Chapel renovation project slated for early 2016. These projects are funded by the Embracing the Vision Campaign.

  • SpecielFriendsConstructionTwo new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps have been funded and are now under construction  (photo at right). Each dorm will house 18 people and is designed to accommodate those with special needs. These two dorms will be ready for the Special Friends Overnight camps this summer.

  • The coffee service in Cedar Lodge Lobby is being upgraded with a new automated brewer that will provide hot, fresh coffee for the guests, while reducing staff labor to keep it supplied. Come on by for a cup!

  • This spring, a new health room, office, and storage area is being built at W-Bar-B Ranch. The health room will provide a much needed area where the camp nurse can dispense medications and address the medical needs of the campers. This project is being funded, in part, by a foundation grant.

  • Native plant habitat improvements have been completed around Bayview Ranch House and new landscaping is being planted. Bayview is also scheduled to be painted and get new gutters this spring.

  • At the Stables, the construction of the new manure shed is getting underway this spring. This project helps the Camp protect the water quality in Port Susan Bay. The other project at the Stables, the new box stall barn, is on hold until funding can be secured.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or email her at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

South Korea, a life-changing mission experience

Korea12 IMAG2124 webHospitality – that’s the first thing you notice when going to South Korea for a mission trip. Koreans are amazing hosts and take very good care of our Warm Beach Camp team each year. Christianity has been in Korea for over 100 years, but only since the Korean War in the early 1950’s has the gospel really begun to take root in the South. The Korean Church as a whole is very dynamic. They are also very eager to partner with American churches for the evangelism and discipleship of their own people.

The people of the Myungsun Church in Suwon, South Korea, have embraced Warm Beach Camp as a ministry partner with whole hearts. They even have a memorial table on our grounds overlooking Port Susan Bay commemorating the partnership in ministry that began in 2010. Myungsun Church conducts outreach through English language classes and camps. Having native English speaking staff helping with the program adds greatly to the appeal of the program. Myungsun also brings over 30 youth to America each year for cultural experiences including a week of summer camp at Warm Beach Camp. These youth come for the “American experience” and, we hope, leave with Jesus.

In 2010, Warm Beach Camp sent over our first mission team to work with the Koreans on an English Camp and a leadership and cultural exchange program for Myungsun Church’s young adults. Since then, Warm Beach Camp has sent teams to Korea. Some team members teach our English curriculum while others lead games, sports, crafts, and music. In a friendly and hospitable manner, our Korean hosts quickly become friends. Cross-cultural relationships enrich our lives and truly become a valued part of the rest of our lives.

This year, the Warm Beach Korea Mission Team still has space available for both adults and teens age 14+ who desire to serve and share the love of Christ. Warm Beach Camp provides team leadership and plans the curriculum and schedule with our Korean hosts. Team members generally come from a variety of communities and quickly bond over the two weeks they are in Korea. This year’s trip is July 29-August 11. The cost is only $2,250 which includes airfare, lodging, meals, and ground transportation. Not only is Korea an amazing mission experience, but is also one the most affordable trips you’ll find outside of North and Central America.  

For more information and to request an application packet, please email Jo Reed at jreed@Warmbeach.com or visit www.warmbeach.com/programs/global-initiatives/WarmBeachCamp-Korea.

Warm Beach Vaulters prepare for international competition

Vaulting Anna 450Have you ever seen equestrian vaulting in person? If not, you have truly missed out on one of the more amazing and unique horse sports you’ll ever watch. Vaulting is the sport of dance and gymnastics on the back of a moving horse. Vaulting is performed both individually and in teams of up to six people with up to three on the horse at one time performing choreographed routines to music.

The Warm Beach Vaulters’ dreams to compete in international competition in Europe is becoming a reality this year. Four vaulters are planning to compete in Ermelo, The Netherlands, August 5-9, 2015. Anna Erickson and Daniel Janes will be competing in an open competition, while Kaleb Patterson and Luke Overton hope to represent Team USA in the first ever Junior World Championship Vaulting Competition. Kaleb and Luke must first qualify through a selections process that takes into account their scoring from competitions that occur in the US and Canada.

Junior Worlds as well as Vaulting World Championships and the World Equestrian Games offer vaulters the opportunity of a lifetime – representing the United States as well as their home club on a world stage. We are humbled and grateful to support these athletes as they follow their dreams as far as they can. These athletes have more in mind than just competition and world travel. Kaleb Patterson has many reasons for aiming for Junior Worlds, most important being: “I want to spread the light of Jesus Christ across the world. I feel that is my mission from God, my mission field that I want to take head on. I want to show vaulters across the world what the true love of the Holy Spirit looks like.”

The Warm Beach Vaulters have a fundraising dinner and performance for these European-bound athletes March 16 at The Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/VaultingFundraiser. European competition is the culminating experience for young athletes that have generally spent six to ten years perfecting their skills. We are so pleased to have such highly committed young people who serve as ambassadors not only of their country and their club, but also their faith lived out in love.
You can also follow the Warm Beach Vaulters on facebook at www.facebook.com/warmbeachvaulters or on the web at www.warmbeachvaulters.com.

Kids 2 Camp program is impacting lives!

858 kids2Camp KidFor the past 12 years, the Kids 2 Camp Fund has provided a way for kids to attend camp at Warm Beach, regardless of financial ability to pay. In a caring and compassionate environment at camp, each child is presented with the love and good news of Jesus Christ.

Recently, the Camp received an email from the Executive Director of one of the partnership organizations where Kids 2 Camp funds were used to help bring 30 of their kids to Warm Beach Summer Camps. Here, in part, is what he had to say:

“I certainly don’t need to tell you how impactful camp is for any child, but for these children whose life experience has been living in extreme poverty, the experience is much greater. These children have likely never experienced a family vacation, or camping, or swimming or even being out of the city. Imagine stepping from their world into Warm Beach Camp for a week. To say that this is a lifelong memory or a life-changing experience is not an overstatement. It may well have been the highlight of their young lives.”

By the end of 2014, more than $173,000 was given out in Kids 2 Camp scholarships, helping more than 1,500 campers attend camp at Warm Beach Camp. For some, they only need a partial scholarship to be able to come. But, whatever it takes, Warm Beach Camp is committed to finding a way for kids to attend camp.

The Kids 2 Camp program is only possible because of the generous contributions from many, many people. If you would like to help, you may give a gift through our website at Kids2CampFund.com, or mark your gift for the Kids 2 Camp program and mail it to the Warm Beach Camp.

Warm Beach Camp and Play-Well TEKnologies offer camps for LEGO lovers

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For the little engineers and those who just like to put things together, Warm Beach Camp is offering two weeks of summer camp with modules designed to fascinate and delight the LEGO-lovers of the world. Play-Well TEKnologies offers programs at their Activity Center in Kirkland as well as in over 2,000 locations around the country, now including Warm Beach Camp, where young people can explore the world of LEGOs and let their imaginations run wild.

Along with regular camp activities, campers will spend three hours a day exploring the creative possibilities of the LEGO building system with guidance from experienced and enthusiastic Play-Well instructors. Campers will dive into their classes and exercise their innate gift for building and experimenting. Not only will campers begin understanding the fundamental principles of engineering and physics, but they will have amazing fun in the process.

Play-Well harnesses the power of tens of thousands of LEGOs to apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, mazes, motorized cars, and more. Campers can explore crazy ideas and discover new ways to get even more fun out of those LEGOs at home. You can count on Play-Well’s amazing instructor-led, play-based curriculum that capitalizes on kiddos’ natural curiosity, as campers work to solve real-world problems through experimentation and exploration.

These camps are scheduled alongside traditional youth camps offering campers the best of both worlds. “We want to offer something for those campers who may ‘like’ Camp but really ‘love’ designing and building,” says, Matt Lambert, Program Director. There will be two engineering camps this year:
Junior Engineering Camp - August 10-15, 2015
Junior High Engineering Camp - August 17-22, 2015

These dates overlap with programs for a wider age range at the same time. This allows families a greater chance to send all their junior and junior high age kids to camp at one time.

For more information on Play-Well TEKnologies, visit them online at www.play-well.org. And don’t forget, Play-Well’s camps fill up fast, so jump on this bandwagon sooner than later. Register now for Engineering Camp.

What will your kids build this summer?

Men, join us for a life transforming weekend.

Stu Weber, speaker for this year's Men's Advance weekend at Warm Beach Camp, March 6-8, invites all men to attend. Stu has a passion to help men become all God intends them to be.

"Hi guys, I'm Stu Weber and I want to extend a personal invitation to you and to the Men's Advance. I hope to see you there. We'll have some good food together. We'll have some fun, lots of fellowships, some games and some great worship. You'll wanna be there.
We're going to have some major life transforming sessions. You know life is a battle, everything is a struggle, we're all wounded warriors and we're going to spend some time together talking about the warrior's soul and what goes inside the chest that enables us to engage and come out as winners in all of life.
So, guys, I look forward to see you on March 6-8 at Warm Beach Camp. That's the website WarmBeach.com. Register early, March 6-8. See you then!"

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