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Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction
Saturday, August 29, 2015

AuctionTable1The sixteenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction is just days away! This fun event raises funds for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund, helping make it possible for kids to go to camp. Last year, the auction raised $105,000!

This year, you will find some incredible items in the auctions, including lots of great gift items, some real "finds," and even some nice get-a-way experiences. There’s something for everyone and every price range!

The auction preview opens at 10:00 a.m., and the first auction begins at 10:45 a.m. The auctions run until approximately 3:00 p.m. The two live auctions and a silent auction will feature hundreds of items including things for the yard and garden, dining opportunities, gift certificates, craft items, tools, gift items for kids, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, home furnishings, and one-of-a-kind experiences. The event also has activities for the kids and food concessions on site, including Ivar’s clam chowder and the Camp’s delicious cinnamon rolls.

This is the largest fundraiser we hold each year for the Kids 2 Camp Fund, and is important in providing the needed funding that allows any child who wants to come to camp with a way to attend. Besides, it is just plain fun for everyone who attends the auction! Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 29, and plan on attending.

For more information, or to see a list of the auction items, go to the Auction website, Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction.

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Project Updates - August 2015

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

  • The renovation work in lower Cedar Lodge has been completed! This is the first time the kitchen has been expanded since the building was built in the late 1950’s. The refurbishing work in Cedar Lodge Chapel will be done next year, and will focus on updating the room, installing energy efficient windows, and upgrading the audio/visual systems.

  • SF Dorm Flooring1Construction is nearing completion on the two new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps. Right now, the flooring is being installed (photo at right). We expect the dorms to be done by the end of September. Once construction is finished, there will still be some outside landscaping and site grooming to be done that we will need a work crew to help with.

  • Bayview Ranch House has received fresh paint and the new gutters have been installed.

  • Camp groups have really been enjoying the expanded fire circle and stage area at the Amphitheater this summer. These improvements are in preparation for a new permanently installed outdoor sound system scheduled to go in next year. This project is being funded by the Apostolic Family Camp and Warm Beach Camp.

  • New playground equipment in the Tot Lot is installed and ready to provide lots of fun for the younger campers. We are grateful for the donors who gave financial gifts for this project, and for the volunteers who installed it. Let the fun begin!

  • Many of our landscaping rail fences that help beautify the grounds have been replaced this summer by several MMAP volunteer groups. We are grateful for their help with this project.

  • The Camp has been awarded a grant for a solar power project that will be installed on Cedar Lodge. The project installation is scheduled for this fall, and is expected to provide up to 20% of Cedar Lodge’s power needs.

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.

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Special Friends Camps - A very special program!

SF High Ropes3God is at work all around the Camp this summer — in more ways than we can imagine. One of the areas is the Special Friends Camp program.

Special Friends Camp is a place for special needs teens and adults to experience all the fun of camp, regardless of the challenges they face. Campers get the opportunity to go swimming, play mini-golf, ride a horse, go on the zip line, and do almost anything else other campers get to do.

Campers are provided camp counselor “Buddies” who assist campers for the week. Many of these are volunteers, about 45 to 50 each week, helping to fill a vital role, making sure their campers have a safe and fun time at camp! Many are high school aged youth. They grow personally as God uses them to show His love to these special campers. Adults also come out to be buddies, or help with crafts, do face painting, or lead other activities.

This year, Special Olympics brought several of their special needs teens and adults out to experience the fun of overnight camp for a week, joining our campers for some of the activities.

God is also touching the lives of the campers’ parents and caregivers, who are able to experience a much needed break when they can bring their child to camp, knowing that they will be cared for, accepted, and even celebrated.

Several generous donors and charitable foundations have partnered with the Camp to help cover program expenses, and to fund two brand new dorm style cabins that will be available for overnight special needs camps and retreats, and will open up new opportunities for year-round programs and events.

Yes, God is at work in the Special Friends Camps. He is using a lot of people to be His hands and feet, touching lives in a special way. Thank you to all who have had a part in making this program possible this summer!

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Serving Where God Leads

Steve JohnsonsSteve and Jacque Johnson recently joined the volunteer corps at Warm Beach Camp. They have dedicated much of their liives to the service of the Lord and are impassioned by working with youth and overseas missions, among a long list of other things they have done.

But it hasn’t always been like this. Both Steve and Jacque came to know the Lord in their thirties. Prior to salvation both admitted that they were “not the people you see now.” The Spirit of the Lord swept through the Johnson’s lives and were almost instantaneously transformed. “My eyes were opened,” said Steve.

When the Johnsons became Christians, their children were still young. Steve and Jacque believed that they should be involved in whatever their children were doing, so, when the kids went to church activities, they were right there alongside them. As their children grew and became adults themselves, the Johnsons continued to be involved with youth ministry.

Over the years, Steve has also established a car repair ministry, both Steve and Jacque have been called to Christian clowning, and both are involved with Operation Mobilization, that “seeks to help plant and strengthen churches, especially in areas of the world where Christ is least known.”

The Johnson’s children attended Junior High and High School Camps at Warm Beach and the whole family came for Family Camp. As the Johnsons reached their retirement years, they were looking for a ministry to become involved with on a long term basis and Warm Beach Camp “seemed like a natural fit for us.”

In March, the Johnsons pulled into Warm Beach Camp as volunteers for the first time. Since arriving, Steve has spent the majority of his time helping to get the new Chinook Cabins ready for Special Friends Campers. “It’s just been really neat to see how the community has helped these cabins come together,” said Steve. Jacque has been helping to get programming elements produced for Special Friends Day Camp. Now that Special Friends campers have arrived, Jacque also helps with face painting, crafts and other programs. “Special Friends has just blessed my heart,” said Jacque.

Warm Beach Camp is also blessed to have Steve and Jacque as a part of the volunteer family as they continue to bless the body of Christ with the work of their hands.

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Benefits of camping to health and life

By Jo Reed, Marketing Coordinator

Everyone can benefit from a camping experience in many ways. Here are my favorites:

  1. Outdoors, nature, sunshine, fresh air - more oxygen and sunlight brings less stress to your body and soul
  2. New challenges, activities, exercise - fun activities bring enjoyment and re-creation
  3. Simplicity - when distractions of daily life are removed it brings a feeling of calm and you can find a renewed joy
  4. Solitude and meditation - emotional and spiritual rest helps to connect you with God and can bring a positive outlook in life
  5. Strengthened relationships - time together in a relaxed and fun setting broadens friendships and reconnects family This summer, go camping and experience renewal, body and soul.

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10 Things You Can Do To Prepare Your Child for Camp

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Provided by Mr. Ed Covert, executive director at Redwood Glen, Loma Mar, Calif., a Salvation Army camp.

  1. Arrange for your child to stay with a grandparent or friend for a night or two. This way, your son or daughter can experience what it is like to sleep somewhere new and different.
  2. Make sure your child can manage basic personal hygiene such as brushing teeth, changing clothes and bathing. Bed wetting should not preclude a child from attendance at camp; however, the camp staff needs to be aware of the issue so that appropriate arrangements can be made and to ensure the camper’s dignity is protected.
  3. During the weeks leading up to camp, take time to share your own camp stories and memories with your child to build excitement and anticipation for camp. If possible, pull out old camp photos or scrapbooks for your kids to look at.
  4. Do not schedule a significant family event while your child will be away at camp. No child wants to be abandoned at camp while mom, dad and the rest of the family go on a fun family vacation or have a special celebration.
  5. Develop a checklist of items needed for camp (or get one from the camp) and work with your child to get everything together. Call the camp if there are items that you cannot secure for your camper. It is not necessary to buy a lot of new gear; most camps will have extra supplies or resources that will ensure that each camper arrives at his or her cabin with all the essentials to have a successful week at camp.
  6. Mark the first day of camp on the family calendar. Together with your child, mark each day off and spend a time talking about what a great experience it will be.
  7. Write your child a couple of letters and pack the sealed envelopes in their luggage a day or two before they leave for camp. Tell your son or daughter they can open them while they are away at camp. It’s also equally important that you write a letter and send it through the mail. “Mail Call” is always a big event at camp and every child loves to get mail from home.
  8. Pack paper, postcards and stamps so that your child can write to you.
  9. Encourage your child to have a backyard sleep out by pitching a tent in your backyard. This will give your son or daughter the freedom to navigate through their feelings of anxiety, curiosity, and excitement within the safety and security of their own home. Also, consider going to the library and checking out a kid’s book about summer camp and read it together by the light of your flashlight in the tent.
  10. When you arrive with your child at camp, make a point of meeting and connecting with the camp staff so your child can see that you are interested in, and trust the people that will be caring for them.
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What I learned as a horse camper

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By Ruthann Good
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My time spent as a horse camper were some of my favorite childhood memories. Each summer, I would wait in anticipation for my week of horse camp, packing my bags far in advance before I would go. I could not wait to spend a week with horses, staff, and fun all day long.

Ruthann webI started going to horse camp as young as I was allowed, all the way through high school, and then worked as a Jr. Wrangler or Wrangler in Training. I can’t even begin to count all the things I learned as a camper but these few things have impacted my life forever!

I learned a lot about horses - how to ride, groom, saddle, and learned enough to teach it. More than all that though, I learned how much Jesus loves me and how horses and God impact people for a life time. I had counselors who spurred me on when I was going through hard seasons, ones who taught me about servant leadership, and how to love as Jesus does.

I would never in a million years take away my time at camp, and honestly, it has helped shape me into the person I am today.

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The Power of Camp

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A cabin of boys came as part of a big group, already aware of who the “problem” was. They made it pretty obvious by their attitude and comments toward him. Their camp counselor, Simba, could see how the camper’s antics got him labeled as a problem. So Simba decided to take action, using the power of words and the heart of Christ. Instead of thinking of this camper as a problem, he renamed him as a child of God needing love and grace.

Simba looked for opportunities throughout the week to positively reconnect the group of boys, demonstrating empathy and good friendship behavior instead of sharp words. By the end of the week, the boys in the cabin were renewed in knowing each one of them is a child of God, a son of the Father.

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” – Proverbs 12:18

Warm Beach Camp counselors do much more than supervise campers all week. They listen, share, model good behavior, and love each of their campers (even those with extra grace required). They understand the power of camp and look for opportunities to be a beacon of light in the lives of the youth who come here. It doesn’t matter if the campers are part of a large church group, are rich or poor, or have never heard the Gospel. The counselors work hard to treat all campers as equals and provide them with an opportunity to grow in Christ and know they are loved.

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Our Monthly Giveaway - May

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Full Circle

858-youthcampsIt's not easy to raise three boys, especially if you are a single mother. Each summer, the boys head out to Camp—a respite for Mom and a highlight for the boys.

As the boys become teenagers and are in high school, imagine the profound joy of Mom when she hears one of her sons ask, “Can I go to Warm Beach and volunteer with Special Friends Camp?” Some stories only become deeper and richer with time. Later that summer, Mom heard “I want to do that again next year!” Camp, a place of both giving and receiving.

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2015 Refresh - A Women's Event Wrap Up

About 300 women from the Pacific Northwest attended Refresh - A Women’s Event 2015 for a weekend of fun, worship and nourishment for the soul.

Keynote speaker, Kim Meeder, boldly shared God’s timeless messages of Truth, Hope, Encouragement and Purpose for every woman. You can listen to her speaking sessions from the weekend in the audio files below. We hope you will be encouraged and strengthened in your faith.

Audio Files:

Kim Meeder, Session 1, Friday evening | Download:

Kim Meeder, Session 2, Saturday morning | Download:

Kim Meeder, Session 3, Saturday evening | Download:

Kim Meeder, Session 4, Sunday morning | Download:

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