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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
God 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!
Provided by Mr. Ed Covert, executive director at Redwood Glen, Loma Mar, Calif., a Salvation Army camp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pack paper, postcards and stamps so that your child can write to you.
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.
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.
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.
It'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.
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.