Published: Friday, 22 July 2016 15:01
Volunteerism has been an important part of Warm Beach Camp since its inception. In the early years, there was only one paid staff couple. The kitchen, program and hospitality staff were comprised solely of volunteers. Many of the original buildings were constructed using mostly volunteer labor.
As WBC has grown, so has its volunteer family. There has been a slow but steady increase in participation from 30,150 hours in 2008 to 50,916 hours in 2015. Today’s volunteers participate in nearly every area of ministry just like their predecessors did in 1959.
A major portion of the Camp’s current volunteer base is made up of RV Volunteers who live and travel in RV’s. They stay and volunteer at WBC for anywhere from one month to several years, providing stability and consistency in many of our programs and projects. This added workforce accomplishes work that would not get done otherwise.
The Camp currently has 20 RV sites dedicated to RV Volunteers. In our peak seasons, summer and The Lights of Christmas, often every site is filled. This summer, for the first time, WBC has had to turn away volunteer help for lack of space. Additional long term Volunteer RV sites are needed in order to accommodate the numbers of volunteers that want to stay and serve for an extended period of time.
The Camp is looking to develop five additional long term RV sites and improve three to five existing sites at a total cost of $30,000. Each site will produce an additional 500-2,000 volunteer hours per year depending on the length of stay of the volunteers, providing a significant return on investment for years to come.
We praise the Lord for drawing volunteers to the ministry of Warm Beach Camp and trust that He will continue to give us the means to provide for them.
Published: Thursday, 21 July 2016 16:01
Saturday, August 27, 2016
The seventeenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction is just a few weeks away! This fun and important 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 more than $111,000!
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-away experiences. There’s something for everyone in 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, this year featuring a lunch buffet with choice of entrée, soups, salads, and delicious dessert.
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 the means to attend. Besides, it is just plain fun for everyone! Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 27, and plan on being there.
For more information, or to see a list of the auction items, go to the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction webpage.
Published: Thursday, 21 July 2016 14:29
August 27, 2016
Warm Beach Camp helped more than 1,600 campers attend camp last year who would otherwise have been left out. This is possible only because of the generous financial help from many people. This year, the Camp is offering a new way to come alongside and help raise funds for Kids 2 Camp. It is the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run scheduled for August 27 at WBC.
The Benefit Run Schedule:
7:00 am - Packet pick-up
7:30 am - Late registration
8:00 am - 10k race starts
8:15 am - 5k race starts
9:30 am - 1 mile race starts
11:00 am - Lunch available for purchase
Camp is a place where kids can leave behind the cares, distractions, and problems of everyday life. It’s an opportunity for them to experience a breather — to catch a vision for the bigger picture of their lives where the love of God can become more real.
Join us for a fun run to benefit the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund at Warm Beach Camp. For more information, please visit the Benefit Run website, or call the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.
Published: Wednesday, 27 April 2016 12:36
The Partners in Ministry Annual Appreciation Event
There is just a little time left to make your reservations to attend the Partners in Ministry Dinner. 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.
Be our guests on Saturday, May 7, at 6 pm in the Camp’s Program Center Auditorium for a delicious supper, and special music by the Griffin 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.
This is not a fund raising event. There will be no appeal given. The dinner is complementary. 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. 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 hope to see you there!
Please note: the dinner is free, but reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by April 30. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.
Published: Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:49
In 1973, a strapping young Military welder met a “cute little sailor” who was a secretary in the Security Department at the Whidbey Island Naval base. Danny and Nellie Buckland got married in the chapel on the base, and the rest is history. The couple recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.
Upon retiring both Danny and Nellie agreed that they would prefer to serve the Lord over spending their time doing as they pleased. The couple agreed that they would both enjoy helping Camping ministries. “We prayed, Lord use our skills and gifts.” said Nellie. The couple soon got connected with Pend Oreille Bible Camp north of Spokane. For four years the couple spent their springs helping Pend Oreille get up and running for summer use.
During that time, the Buckland’s learned about an organization called Hard Hats for Christ. This organization helps to match skilled workers with organizations that need help, and in no time Danny and Nellie joined. They found out about Warm Beach Camp through the Hard Hats organization and began volunteering here just a few weeks ago.
Danny is working on a top secret welding project for The Lights of Christmas. Nellie is working in the paint shop on various projects for both The Lights of Christmas and Special Friends Day Camp.
While the couple has only been at Warm Beach for a short time, they say that they are enjoying their time here. Nellie said, “I am making the name badges for Special Friends Day Camp and as I am making them I am praying for each of the campers.” “As a volunteer, you come in expecting a mess to clean up,” Danny said, “but here you come in and you find this great Volunteer Center, the nice shop, and you think to yourself, this place is awesome! You guys really take care of people here.”
If you are interested in volunteering at Warm Beach Camp please contact Jessica Wilson by email or phone: (360) 312-3417.
Published: Monday, 14 March 2016 16:00
Judy Lang pulled into Warm Beach Camp (WBC) last December to be a volunteer at The Lights of Christmas, but her journey to becoming a Camp volunteer started many years ago when she first attended Warm Beach Camp as a Seattle Pacific University (SPU) student.
After graduating from SPU, Judy went on to work with refugees, migrants and international college students, teaching English as a Second Language for academic purposes.
In 2006, Judy pursued a Masters of Divinity degree at Regent College, a graduate school of theology in Vancouver B.C. Each year, Regent holds a retreat at WBC for students and faculty. While attending Regent, Judy again attended a retreat at Warm Beach Camp, this time with Regent.
With retirement approaching, Judy contemplated what the coming years would bring.
While at a state park on Labor Day, 2015, Judy bumped into an RV’er who told her about volunteering at Warm Beach Camp. It made sense to Judy that a camp would have opportunities in the summer, but, she said, “I wondered, who does anything at a camp in the dead of winter?” As it turns out, Warm Beach Camp does, and it’s called The Lights of Christmas!
The first week of December, Judy sent an e-mail to WBC inquiring about volunteer opportunities, and a few short days later, she was pulling her RV on grounds to volunteer. She had a great time and never worked the same job twice at The Lights of Christmas. She enjoyed being on the Security team the most as she "got the scope of everything that was going on.”
Judy has decided to stay on as a long-term volunteer. She says she enjoys “doing something that has value and is part of a Christ-centered community.” We are excited to have Judy Lang as part of the Warm Beach Camp family.
Published: Monday, 14 March 2016 15:45
Our gift to you!
We invite you to join us in a time of appreciation as we honor you, our donors and volunteers, 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.
Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 7, at 6 pm in the Camp’s Program Center Auditorium for a delicious dinner, and special music by the Griffin 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 Partners in Ministry, 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 for you to know that! Come as we celebrate together the victories God has brought about through the Camp.
I really hope to see you there!
Please note: reservations are required. Please make your reservations by April 30.You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.
Published: Monday, 14 March 2016 15:30
This past December, the President of the United States signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. Among the twenty-two permanent tax breaks included in this landmark legislation was language that made IRA Charitable Rollovers retroactive for the 2015 tax year and permanent for 2016 and beyond.
An IRA Charitable rollover enables individuals, age 70½, who face mandatory required minimum distributions, to contribute up to $100,000 per year from a traditional IRA (or a Roth IRA in certain situations) directly to charity. This qualified charitable distribution provides a dual benefit to donors in that they count toward the required minimum distribution, but are not counted as taxable income when made to a qualifying charity like Warm Beach Camp.
The benefit of making an IRA charitable rollover instead of paying income tax on an IRA mandatory withdrawal generally makes this gift worth considering. As always, be sure to check with your personal tax advisor or financial planner to look at your specific situation.
If you have questions about how to make charitable IRA rollover gifts, simple bequests or organizing your estate documents, our WBC Foundation Director, Scott Rossiter, is ready to assist you. Please call (425) 299-8661 to set up an appointment, or send an e-mail to him.
Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2015 09:24
There is lots of activity going on around the grounds at Warm Beach Camp as we get everything ready for The Lights of Christmas that opens on December 3 for the 2015 season. It takes lots of people to get everything put together for The Lights. Why do we make all this effort for an event that lasts just 19 nights?
It is because this event touches a lot of people. This lavish celebration of the amazing love that God gave us through the gift of the Christ Child brings the real meaning of Christmas into central focus.
I hope you will be able to come to The Lights this year! There are some new features I think you will enjoy seeing, like the new 18-foot-long Barkentine ship lighted with thousands of lights, a brand new play in Dinner Theatre by author, Victoria Ritchey entitled, “The Christmas Changeup,” and lots more! There is something that will cheer the heart and brighten the spirit of everyone who comes.
I encourage you to share The Lights with your family and friends as an opportunity to share the message of Christmas with those who have not yet received God’s gift in their life. You will find moments when it is just natural to share your faith. Many people tell us there is a special feeling when they are at The Lights. Share this feeling with those you love. Share the ministry of The Lights of Christmas this year.
After all, this just might be the best gift of all that you give this Christmas season.
Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2015 09:07
Over the past five years, the Warm Beach Foundation has helped more than 300 families create power of attorney and medical directive documents, wills, trusts and other estate plans, and gain peace of mind.
Warm Beach Camp is pleased to announce the Foundation has a new Director, Scott Rossiter. Scott has a long history with the Camp, starting in 1989 as a summer staff worker while in college. In 2005, he joined the Camp staff, working full-time in Guest Services. Four years later, he took over the reins of the Food Service Department. Now, he is taking the lead on the Camp’s Foundation.
The Warm Beach Foundation offers full service assistance in putting your planned giving in order. You can make sure your wishes will be honored, make legal arrangements for the care of your minor children, provide for your heirs, lessen the impact of taxes on your estate, and leave a legacy with gifts for ministries you believe in.
The Foundation’s services are free of charge, with only the cost of legal fees for the documents required to be prepared by an attorney. And, there is never any obligation. Give Scott a call or an email to learn more about the options available to you, and to get your questions answered. Contact him by email or call 360-652-7575, ext. 2448.
Everyone can leave a legacy by planning for it. What can your legacy be? Let’s find out together.