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Clean, Renewable Energy at Warm Beach Camp

11986970 10153544225733119 5969414245536615790 nWarm Beach Camp and Conference Center welcomes the New Year with a brand new solar power system on the flagship building, Cedar Lodge. This solar system quietly generates clean electricity through a 9.6 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system mounted on the southwest-facing Cedar Lodge roof. This system connects to the Snohomish County PUD power grid. Electricity generation from the system reduces the energy Warm Beach Camp purchases from PUD. This connection also allows the Camp to feed power back into the grid if the solar panels were to produce more than Warm Beach Camp demands.

“We are thrilled with the community partnership between the Camp, PUD, and Arlington Electric. This solar project will be a showcase of clean energy stewardship for the thousands of guests who attend events at Warm Beach Camp. A TV monitor inside Cedar Lodge displays a graph of energy production in real time. This allows guests to see the difference this project is making and we hope it stimulates a vision for what we all can do to live more sustainably,”says Patrick Patterson, Warm Beach Camp General Manager.

The solar power system was provided through a grant from Snohomish County PUD’s Planet Power program. Installation was completed by Arlington Electric & Solar Company. Visitors are welcome to see the project first hand. For more information on Planet Power, visit www.snopud.com.

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Love is stronger than…

When we think of strength and power, images and ideas of being a super power or a super hero often come to mind. Our conversation trends towards great acts of might. We also use strength to describe the child who is “strong willed” or the outstanding athlete. And, we talk about the person with a strong mind as one who is smart and/or overly opinionated.

The Bible talks about a strength that is stronger and more effective than any other form of strength and power we think about. In a word… LOVE.

One of the Bible writers, Paul, says that even if he knew all of God’s plans, even if he could literally move mountains through the power of his faith, even if he had all knowledge, it would all come up empty and weak compared to love. (Read 1 Corinthians 13)

As a person, this means that I need to learn to lead my life from a position of love. Any physical, intellectual or emotional strength applied in this world will only have lasting effectiveness for good if coming from a place of love.

As a husband, my wife must know and sense that all of my care and concern for her flows from strong love. As a father, all the rules, structure, correction, discipline will come up empty if they are not rooted and expressed in love.

As a leader, any difference Warm Beach Camp hopes to contribute to this world will only work from a place of love. At Camp, all kinds of fun and cool things are possible. Sometimes these even take the forefront of our communication and celebration. However, it is the love of God flowing through the staff and volunteers of Warm Beach Camp that provides the eternal good in others.

There is nothing stronger in conflict than love. Love can overcome rage. Love can rise above betrayal. Love can open up a hardened and hurt spirit. I see it happen all the time at Warm Beach Camp.

I have come to know two things about this incredible love: Love doesn’t naturally happen in ourselves and the source of this love comes from God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God’s Holy Spirit comes alongside of us to help us live our lives from a place of love.

If you want to live a strong and effective life, live a life filled with love. There is nothing stronger than God’s love in this world.

Ed McDowell, Warm Beach Camp Executive Director

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Celebrating Veterans at The Lights of Christmas

The Lights of Christmas is pleased to partner with VFW (Veterans Of Foreign Wars) Burien-Highline Post 4314 to offer a special discount of 50% off normal pricing for the Nightly Festival on Saturday, December 5, 2015. To receive the discount, veterans simply show their VFW card or retired military ID at the ticket booth.

“Behind this special night is a VFW Post 4314 member who has volunteered at The Lights of Christmas for 8 years. He had an idea, talked to us, and then talked to VFW Post 4314, and here we are, doing something special together for veterans from all over,” stated Ed McDowell, Executive Director of Warm Beach Camp.

On Saturday Night, all veterans are invited to come to The Lights of Christmas from 5-10 pm at ½ price.  Parking opens at 4:30 pm.

This Veterans day, The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Camp want to send a strong message of gratitude for those who have served to guard freedom, fight for what is good, and defend us from what is bad.  We are grateful to VFW Post 4314 for encouraging this special night at The Lights of Christmas.

We hope many veterans will be able to join us for this special night and that their lives will be filled with the joy and wonder of Christmas.

For more information about The Lights of Christmas Holiday Festival go to our website.

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3 days to see... creation + Dessert Matinee Giveaway

3 days to see... creation

Earlier this fall I spent a week in the Olympic Rain Forest in Washington State camping and hiking with my oldest son. While everyday was beautiful, the first couple of days were filled with thoughts about all of my responsibilities. On the third day I began to take in the beauty of the rain forest. There were plants I didn't recognize. A red frog nestled in the leaves was simply spectacular. Sitting on a hill above a creek I could see and hear different birds and the chatter of chipmunks.

Most of our life is spent thinking about how we make a difference in the world. On the third day, I became immersed in the rain forest, appreciating the difference God's creation was bringing to me. There was a deep sense of rest as the sights and sounds of the rain forest renewed me. The time my son and I shared was full of life and new perspective.

This is what Warm Beach Camp is all about. A place to come, connect, and be renewed.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director


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Advanced reservations required and dependent on space availability. Valid for 2015 only. Not redeemable for cash. Contest entries must be submitted by Nov. 11, 2015 midnight. One winner will be drawn randomly from among the entries. Value of $60. The prize is not redeemable for cash. Expires 12/20/2015. See official rules.

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The home we long for... + Giveaway

The home we long for...

Have you ever experienced or even found yourself longing for a place of security, provision, unconditional love and acceptance, and an overwhelming sense of belonging?

Whether this describes a desire or a real experience, all of us wish we could stay right there. It just feels like "home" - at least the kind of home we wish for deep down. If we let ourselves reflect and ask, "Is there such a home for me," I believe we can hear the affirming voice of God to which we can say by faith, "I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live." Psalm 23: 6 (Today's English Bible)

If you need a place that will connect you to God's house of love, please make Warm Beach Camp part of your life. Over and over again, we see how life changes here.

Patrick Patterson, General Manager/C.O.O.


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Overnight at The Lights

Contest entries must be submitted by Oct. 12, 2015 midnight. One winner will be drawn at random for $50 OFF on Overnight at The Lights 2015 Reservation. The prize is not redeemable for cash. Expires 12/29/2015. See official rules.

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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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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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The Power of Camp

By Joyce Zeigen, Warm Beach Camp Store ManagerWarmBeachCamp-ThePowerofCamp-350

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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