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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!"

Learn More about Men's Advance | Register Now

Invest in your group

Offsite group retreats are worth it

InvestInYourGroupRetreats, camps and conferences have the common goal of seeing people’s lives positively impacted. Getting out of your normal environment and routine opens the heart and mind to new ideas and relationships. Any experience that dislocates a person from familiar patterns, places, roles and responsibilities, creates space for new learning, renewed inspiration, and perspective.

The most important investment you’ll make in your group is creating the space and time for refreshment, renewal, and re-connection. A successful retreat begins with purpose and goals -  desired outcomes. What do you want people to come away with? Information? Understanding? Stronger relationships? Personal renewal? The way you answer these questions will inform not only what you do with the time but where you will go. So, begin with the end in mind.

You’ve probably heard about the importance of “SMART” goals.
S – Specific     M – Measurable     A – Achievable     R – Realistic     T – Time Bound

  1. Goal/Objective. Briefly describe each goal/objective and when it should be accomplished
  2. Measurement. How will the goal/objective be evaluated?
  3. Importance. A goal may be essential, important, or simply desirable. Be sure to understand the relative priority placed on an individual goal.
  4. Consider goals/objectives as desired outcomes for your organization, for your attendees, with respect to personal enrichment, learning, health/safety, financial.
  5. Take time to write down goals, measurements, and importance.
  6. Keep the list reasonably short and simple enough to be understood by the whole leadership team.
  7. Engage your whole leadership team in formulating your event’s purpose and goals.

Once your goals are firmly in mind, program planning and site selection flow with greater purpose and clarity. Understanding your goals also informs your speakers, staff, and site staff as each seek to support your event’s goals. Venue providers want to know what you hope to accomplish so they can put before you the best combination of facilities, meeting spaces, menu options, and activities to help you reach your goals. The more clear your goals become, the more support you find in reaching them.

Invest in your group by spending time clarifying your goals and planning for a successful retreat, camp, or conference. As you look for space to hold your event, search for a facility partner who will place your goals in the center of the discussion. A reliable facility partner makes your goals their goals and brings together all of the available assets to support your program. Off-site events require some work, but they are well worth it in the end.

“Two hours into our retreat at Warm Beach Camp was more productive than eight hours of meetings back in our normal workplace.”

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To find out more about Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center rental facilities, contact the Guest Service Department at 800.228.6724 x2275 or check out our website.

Men’s Advance – Challenging, Engaging, Powerful

HighlandGames MensAdvance 858Sometimes you get funny looks from men when you invite them to Men’s “Advance.” Men’s Advance, a premier men’s ministry event in the Seattle area, is a weekend that challenges men to live into their God-given potential. It gives men hope that they can really be the person they want to be, who God created them to be. Through music, drama, testimony, and motivational teaching, men are filled with vision for their lives at Men’s Advance. Activities such as H.U.G.E. Highland Games, a “Cool Machines” show, and more, give guys things to do with one another that forms and strengthens friendships. Men’s Advance encourages connection with God and with other guys. For, it is in relationship with God and others that men “advance” in their faith and life.

Dr. Stu Weber is this year’s keynote speaker. This U.S. Army Green Beret Veteran, with three bronze stars, discovered his calling through the trauma and uncertainty of the Vietnam War. Stu came through the war with a call to proclaim Christ and His Kingdom and to call men to become all God intends them to be. Stu is an author, pastor, and teacher and also a devoted husband and family man with three sons and nine grandchildren. Widely-heralded for his clear, practical, and challenging messages, Stu has spoken for national men’s ministry events such as Promise Keepers, Men at the Cross, and Iron Sharpens Iron. He also maintains a consistent ministry to the U.S. Military both at home and abroad.

Men’s Advance is sponsored in part by H.U.G.E. Men of God, who sponsor local men’s forums each week for seven weeks leading up to Men’s Advance. What better way to prepare for Men’s Advance than to already be worshipping, praying, and connecting with guys in the local community. A list of Men’s Forum locations and times can be found at www.hugemenofgod.com.

So, men, if you want to advance in life and faith, then Men’s Advance is for you! Register today at www.Mens-Advance.com.

Have fun volunteering at The Lights of Christmas

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Do you wanna build a snowman? Or better yet, be the snowman? Come volunteer at The Lights of Christmas! There are still some openings to be the costume characters, Frolaf or Engineer Bear, during The Lights. For those who prefer working with animals, join the crew at Shepherd’s Keep or Pony Rides. There are also new activities that need volunteers this year such as the Light Maze and Cookie Decorating. And, every year we need lots of help with parking—the perfect job for folks who like to direct others where to go.

We welcome families (even children as young as 6 can help with adult supervision), individuals, civic clubs, youth groups, and pretty much anyone who has a desire to help at the best Christmas festival in the Pacific Northwest. Shifts are usually five hours and include free dinner. Plus, you get a free ticket to come back and enjoy The Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival as our guest.

Come, have some fun with us volunteering at The Lights of Christmas. Sign-up online is fast and easy at http://www.warmbeach.com/lights/volunteer.

Creating High Performing Teams at Warm Beach Camp

WarmBeach-Team-Building-SPU-Girls-Basketball-858What do groups from the University of Washington, church mission groups, college and high school sports teams, nonprofits, businesses, public safety organizations, and youth groups all have in common? They build a high performing team by investing in a Warm Beach Camp challenge Team Building program.

Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center’s Team Building program is so much more than a high ropes course and climbing tower. The staff work to create an experience designed to help groups and teams improve performance and grow together in trust, problem-solving, communication and more. The staff also bring a portable team building programs to locations between Seattle and Bellingham.

Group leader, Sister Kathy Stark summed it up well when she said, “the recreation staff here goes above and beyond their job duties.” The staff helped Kathy’s special needs group reach their goals and have a fun, positive experience.

Warm Beach Team Building leaders Lindsay Baer, Kurt Von Pessler, and Joe Wiederhold, put incredible heart and experience into working with group leaders to create a custom team building experience, choosing elements that best suit the group’s needs. The dedicated Team Building-Recreation staff enjoy facilitating groups to reach great heights!

For more information log on to http://www.warmbeach.com/programs/team-building.

Project Updates - November 2014

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

  • Walkin Installation Project 04Renovation work continues in lower Cedar Lodge. Workers, most of them volunteers, are re-configuring the spaces where the new walk-in cooler and freezer will be installed. In the photo to the right, workman are adding a new beam to provide structural support above the space where one of the walk-ins will be installed. Once installed, the new walk-ins will more than double the cooler and freezer space for Food Service. Installation of these two units is scheduled to begin on November 3. Meanwhile, the plans are coming together for the Cedar Lodge Chapel renovation project slated for 2015 or 2016. These projects are funded by the Embracing the Vision Campaign.

  • We have applied for construction permits for phase one of an indoor box stall barn for the vaulting horses. This first phase entails building a pole barn off the north end of the covered riding arena. Phase two will follow when funds are available, and will include installation of the actual stalls, water, lighting, and flooring. This project is necessary to provide for the care of the vaulting horses.

  • The swimming pools have required a lot of maintenance this year! This spring, we repaired numerous leaks in the large pool. Suddenly, this summer, the small pool’s liner failed and underwent emergency replacement. We are finding more leaks in the large pool, and will need to replace the fiberglass liner soon.

  • Funds continue to come in for the construction of two new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps. Each dorm will house 18 people and is designed to accommodate the campers with special needs. Once funding is complete, construction will begin. The goal is to have these two new buildings ready for the Special Friends Overnight camps next summer.

  • The asphalt roads and parking spaces were recently re-striped allowing for safer traffic flow and much improved appearance.

  • Repairs to the sound system in the Program Center Auditorium are underway. The blown speakers are being repaired, sub-woofers added, and equipment installed to better protect the speakers from future damage.

  • New coffee machines are being installed in Maple Center and the Program Center this fall offering improved access to fresh, hot coffee while reducing the staff labor to service these locations.

  • Our thanks goes to a wonderful volunteer, John, who installed roofing on the announcer’s stand at the riding arena. He plans on doing some heavy repairs to the horses’ feed stalls at the Stables, as well.

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 click here to send her an email.

Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction -- in a word: WOW!

Auction 2014 Pic 5430Warm Beach Camp’s annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction, held on Saturday, August 23, raised $106,500 for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund! This makes it possible for a lot of kids to attend camp who would not be able to go without all of the generous donors and participants at this event!

By the end of this year, more than $173,000 will have been given out in scholarships, helping bring more than 1500 campers to attend camp at WBC.

We are extremely grateful to each of our auction donors who gave items for the auctions. We also want to thank all of the very generous bidders who came to the event and bought all those items.

Special thanks go to the people who pledged a total of $40,000 for the matching gift if we could raise that amount for the Kids 2 Camp program as part of the auction. Before the auction even started, nearly $25,000 had already come in to help meet the match challenge from people who were unable to come to the auction!

More than the money raised, the success of this event is measured in the changed lives of the kids who get to attend camp. Mark your calendar now for the sixteenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

How many volunteers does it take to change a light bulb?

LOC Vol Pic 4478Okay, so it is an old joke. I don’t even know how many it would take, but I would guess one. We have a lot of very talented volunteers!

I do know how many volunteers it takes to put on The Lights of Christmas. We need between 120 and 160 each night. There are about 2,750 spots to fill! More than 825 volunteers filled all those jobs last year. That is a lot of volunteers!

It takes people serving as parking attendants, costumed characters, greeters, ticket sellers, Toy Shop “elves,” hosts, security help, and more. The volunteers provide the smiles and warm hospitality that the event is best known for. Plus, the volunteers get to be a part of an amazing event. What better way to experience The Lights than being on the team that puts it on!

We have some exciting new volunteer opportunities this year during The Lights of Christmas.  We are adding a Light Maze and need up to four volunteers each night to staff it. We also have a fun new Cookie Decorating Station located in Tinhorn Town. If you are creative and good with people, you might enjoy volunteering to help people decorate Christmas cookies. How fun is that?

We also need about 150 volunteers to come to Thanksgiving Working Weekend, November 27 to 30, and help decorate and put on all the finishing touches. Then, after The Lights closes, we need another 150 volunteers to help with Take-Down, to get the decorations taken down and put away. That will happen January 2 and 3. Whew! Are you out of breath yet?

As a volunteer, you can share the hope and joy of the Christmas season with the thousands of people attending The Lights. We have a volunteer task that will work for you!

If you are interested in helping before, during, or after the event, you can get more information or sign-up at our Volunteer Web Page, or give Jessica Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, a call at (360) 312-3417. She can answer your questions, and help you sign up. For the best chance of getting the volunteer assignment you want, sign up as soon as possible!

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