Partners in Ministry Dinner, Saturday, May 11
The Partners in Ministry Appreciation Dinner is just days away. Have you made your reservations to attend yet? It’s not too late! I hope you will join us as we share what God has been doing through the ministry of WBC, and take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to you, our donors and volunteers, for your partnership with us.
Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 11, at 6 pm in the Program Center Auditorium for a delicious soup supper, special music by saxophone artist, EJ Erickson, and hear testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
This is not a fund raising event. There will be no appeal given. It is simply a time of appreciation and sharing how the Camp has used your investments in ministry to make a difference in so many lives.
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 once in a while. 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 4. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party to email@example.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.
A few weeks ago, a group of high school students from Seattle Christian Schools came to Warm Beach Camp as part of their school’s InterSCession program. This program provides the opportunity for students to have a week-long creative learning experience, and gives both teachers and students opportunities to pursue specialized subjects and skills. Students select from a wide variety of optional learning experiences that can be either academic or service and short-term ministry related. One of those options was to spend a week at Warm Beach Camp, volunteering on projects.
Nineteen students and their adult chaperones spent a week here helping with several projects that had to be done to meet requirements of the Camp’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Tree planting, blackberry and ivy removal probably don’t make it to the top of most peoples’ “fun list,” but over the course of several days, these students made huge progress on these important projects. Altogether, they gave over 170 hours of volunteer service at Warm Beach Camp.
Staff member Julie Land, who supervised the group said, “It’s not very common for us to get a volunteer group for several days in a row. It was good to get to know them and get our hands dirty. We had a great time!” It was wonderful to have such a great group of young people come and help out!
Volunteer groups like Seattle Christian play an important part in the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Last year, over 25 groups participated in volunteer work, doing everything from raking leaves, to greeting guests during The Lights of Christmas. If you would like to learn more about how your group can participate in volunteering at Warm Beach Camp, call Jessica Wilson at 360-652-7575 x2276 or check out the Camp's volunteer page at WarmBeach.com.
Have you made a list of spring cleaning projects to tackle around your place this year? I can assure you that, at Warm Beach Camp, we have a long list of projects that need to be done before summer arrives! Every year it seems like that list gets longer, and the only way we ever get everything checked off is an annual event called Working Weekend.
Memorial Day Working Weekend is an event that brings volunteers together to help the Camp prepare for the busy summer camping season. Volunteers paint, garden, clean, sew, pressure wash, chop wood, help with The Lights of Christmas projects, provide child care, or help with other important projects.
It’s a great opportunity for individuals, families, and groups to get involved in something significant. When asked what they liked best about volunteering at Working Weekend one volunteer said, “It’s the fun of working alongside other people.” Another said, “I love getting a pair of heavy duty pruning sheers and whacking away at something. It’s really gratifying.”
This year, the event runs from May 24-27. Volunteers arrive and get settled in on Friday night, then the work begins on Saturday morning. Sunday is a day of rest, worship, and recreation. Then, it’s back to work on Monday to complete that list of projects. What a celebration there is at the end because of everything that gets accomplished!
You’re only able to make it for one of the work days? We can still use you! You are welcome to stay with us while you volunteer or commute from home. Housing and meals are provided for a small fee.
For more information, or to register, go to our website, or call the Registration Department at 1-800-228-6724.
Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:
Check out this story from last summer and learn about the life-changing impact summer camp can have in a child's life.
In the quiet stillness of Warm Beach Camp, secret plans were being laid in Cabin One. Counselor "Chip" briefed his guys on the scheme.
"Okay boys, remember to be perfectly quiet. And don't spill anything!"
With bowls full of water, they turned out the lights, and snuck into the night. As the boys crept up to Cabin Two's door, Chip whispered,
"One, two... three!"
The boys flung the cabin door wide open and yelled in unison,
"YOUR FEET STINK!"
Startled, the boys from Cabin Two sat right up in their bunk beds. Not knowing what to think -- the boys from Cabin Two began throwing socks and yelling,
"NO, YOUR FEET STINK!"
Chip gathered his boys in the center of the room.
"O.K. guys, settle down, settle down. Cabin One is here to do a foot washing! We know Jesus showed his friends that love serves others, even if that means washing smelly, sweaty feet!"
From rowdy yelling to shocked silence, the boys in Cabin Two slowly started to laugh. Instead of a prank, they were getting... a foot bath?
With that, the Cabin One boys washed their friend's feet. As the boys stepped into the soapy water that night, the odor of stinking feet faded into a sacred, life-changing memory of camp.
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