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See The Lights of Christmas from the inside out!

The Lights of Christmas opens this year on December 3rd, but the crew that hangs all those lights is already hard at work. It takes about three months to get the Christmas lights in place! An event like this doesn’t just happen by itself. It takes lots of planning and a lot of help to make it all come together!

During October and November, all the effort is in the preparations. Decorations will be cleaned up and painted. Light displays will get put together. The volunteers needed to staff the event are being recruited. If you are interested in helping make The Lights of Christmas happen, there are lots of ways you can pitch in.

Volunteers are needed to help with several projects for The Lights. These include testing the strings of Christmas lights, painting decorations, and more.

TWW Vol 2015The final big push to get ready for The Lights happens during Thanksgiving Working Weekend, November 26 to 29. Join a crew of volunteers for an extreme makeover weekend as we transform the grounds into a Christmas wonderland.

During The Lights of Christmas, there is no lack of things to do on the 19 nights we are open. More than 100 volunteers per night power the event. As you can imagine, there are a wide variety of jobs: indoor hosting, parking attendants, pony ride attendants, train attendant, and much more. Volunteering during The Lights gives you the opportunity to get a glimpse behind the scenes to see how this event happens.

The final critical need for help happens after the event when it is time to take things down and put them away. Take Down happens on December 30 and 31. If enough people get involved in this process, everything gets done over a couple of days. If there are not enough volunteers for Take Down, it takes much longer to get the decorations put away.

Are you interested in helping with any part of The Lights this year? To register or for more information about the above mentioned events, you can visit our volunteer website, or call Jessica Wilson at either 360-312-3417 or 360-652-7575 ext. 2276.

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Benefit Auction raises record amount for Kids 2 Camp Fund!

Silent Auction 2015After a summer of warm, dry weather in Western Washington, it didn’t seem fair that a sudden change brought rain and gusty winds to Warm Beach Camp on August 29, the day of the Camp’s annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction. Despite the weather, a crowd of people showed up for the event, and at the end of the day, the auction raised $111,900 for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund, the most ever raised from the auction!

This will make it possible for a lot of kids to go to camp who would not have been able to without all of the generous donors and participants at this event!

By the end of this year, more than $177,000 will have been given out in scholarships, helping bring more than 1,625 campers to WBC. We are committed to turning no child away from camp if the reason they can’t attend is financial. But, it requires funds for scholarships to make this possible. Each year, many people help provide the financial resources so this can happen.

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

More than the money raised, the success of this event is measured in the changed lives of the kids who will get to go to camp. Mark your calendar now for the seventeenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

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The desires of your heart

GordonsSizedIf you had told the Gordon family a year ago they would be living and volunteering at Warm Beach Camp, they probably would have laughed at you. The Gordons were living in a comfortable home not far from the Camp.

Several years ago, Jamie and Steve started talking about the possibility of taking up R.V. living in Steve’s retirement years. The family, including their daughter Amber, has done lots of camping and always enjoyed it. They felt the desire to simplify their lives and to contribute to something bigger than themselves. They never imagined the opportunity would come so soon.

During The Lights of Christmas 2014, Steve was serving alongside another volunteer who was doing the very thing Steve and Jamie had dreamed of — R.V. living and volunteering, and they were doing it at Warm Beach Camp.

In the spring, feeling the Lord’s prompting, Jaime began making some investigative calls to see if Warm Beach would be a good fit for their family, too. By September, their house was on the market and they had begun living and volunteering at Warm Beach Camp.

The Gordons are just getting their start at the Camp but plan on staying for a while. Steve and Jamie both help with grounds keeping and say they feel blessed to be able to serve. They appreciate the physical activity that comes with keeping up a large facility and Amber loves the horses and the wide variety of things to do at Camp. Warm Beach Camp is thrilled to have the Gordons as a part of our volunteer family.

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This Auction is a fun and amazing event!

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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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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Last call for Dinner!

The Partners in Ministry Dinner, Saturday, May 9

We are holding our annual thank you event for our volunteers and donors, and you are invited! It is just days away, but if you act quickly, it is not too late to get your reservations made to attend! I hope you will join us as we share what God has been doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp, and allow us the opportunity to express our appreciation to you, our donors and volunteers.

voetbergfamily2014Please join us on Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm in the Program Center Auditorium for a delicious supper, and testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. The doors will open at 5:30 pm.

We are excited to have The Voetberg Family Band with us to provide special music (pictured at right). This talented family features eight siblings between the ages of 15 and 25, each an award winning musician. Their music is delightful. You will enjoy hearing them!

This event is not a fundraiser. There will be no appeal given. It is simply a time of appreciation and sharing how the Camp has used your investments in this ministry to make a difference.

You 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. Come as we celebrate together 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 2. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of those coming in your party and your phone number to associates@warmbeach.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.

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How about some Holiday plans?

Memorial Day Working WeekendMWWVolunteerPhoto, a long-standing volunteer event here at Warm Beach Camp, allows the Camp to prepare for its summer program season by asking volunteers to come and help spruce up the place. This is a great opportunity for individuals and civic, school, and church groups to get involved in their community.

Volunteers paint, garden, clean, chop wood, power wash, clear trails, set up tents, or help with crafts and Lights of Christmas projects.

This year, the event runs from May 22-25. Volunteers who are staying on grounds arrive and get settled in on Friday night. After breakfast on Saturday, work begins at 8:30 and goes until 5:30. Sunday is a day of rest, and then it’s back to work on Monday morning.

Volunteers work through the afternoon, enjoy supper together, and then head home. If you can only make it for one of the work days, we would still love to have you! You are welcome to stay with us while you volunteer, or you can commute from home. Housing and meals are provided for a small fee.

For more information, or to register, go to Memorial Working Weekend page on our website. You may also call Jessica Wilson at 360-312-3417.

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Partners in Ministry Annual Appreciation Event

We invite you to join us in a time of appreciation as we honor you, our partners, for the important role you play in keeping this ministry strong and growing. Please give us the opportunity to say thank you, to share what we’ve done with your investments of time and money, and to take a look at where God is leading us.

voetbergfamily2014Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm in the Camp’s Program Center Auditorium for a delicious supper, and special music by the Voetberg Family Band. We will also share testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.

You will be receiving an invitation card in the mail soon with more information, but please put the date on your calendar now.

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. 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 2.You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party to associates@warmbeach.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.

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It's the volunteers who make it possible!

LOCVolunteer2014The 18th year of The Lights of Christmas was as bright as ever! The attendance was the highest ever, with 72,501 people coming to enjoy the festivities. Guests were treated to a new Light Maze, a myriad of food vendors, as well as three indoor eateries. There were five live music stages, plenty of shopping, and all the kids’ favorite activities like train rides, pony rides, and Bruce the Spruce, the talking tree.

None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for the faithful volunteers. This year over 750 volunteers donated 10,728 hours of service. Over a 100 volunteers per night powered the event. As you can imagine, there was a wide variety of jobs: indoor hosting, parking attendants, pony ride attendants, train conductor, and much more.

Darlene Brooks, who has been attending and volunteering at The Lights of Christmas since it began said, “I like volunteering because I love interacting with the guests. I love watching the families and their children and I love working the ticket booth on Pay What You Can Nights. There is just an atmosphere at The Lights of Christmas that I love being a part of.”

The Lights of Christmas is so much more than just a Christmas event. While there is plenty to do, The Lights of Christmas is really about creating an atmosphere of grace and hospitality, which is exactly what Jesus did when He came to earth in the form of a baby. That atmosphere is created by the people who staff the event, like our faithful volunteers.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made The Lights of Christmas 2014 happen. You are a light in a dark place. The Lights of Christmas would not be the same without you.

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Have fun volunteering at The Lights of Christmas

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.

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