(800) 228-6724

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.

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.

Have fun volunteering at The Lights of Christmas

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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.

Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction -- in a word: WOW!

Auction 2014 Pic 5430Warm Beach Camp’s annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction, held on Saturday, August 23, raised $106,500 for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund! This makes it possible for a lot of kids to attend camp who would not be able to go without all of the generous donors and participants at this event!

By the end of this year, more than $173,000 will have been given out in scholarships, helping bring more than 1500 campers to attend camp at WBC.

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

Special thanks go to the people who pledged a total of $40,000 for the matching gift if we could raise that amount for the Kids 2 Camp program as part of the auction. Before the auction even started, nearly $25,000 had already come in to help meet the match challenge from people who were unable to come to the auction!

More than the money raised, the success of this event is measured in the changed lives of the kids who get to attend camp. Mark your calendar now for the sixteenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

How many volunteers does it take to change a light bulb?

LOC Vol Pic 4478Okay, so it is an old joke. I don’t even know how many it would take, but I would guess one. We have a lot of very talented volunteers!

I do know how many volunteers it takes to put on The Lights of Christmas. We need between 120 and 160 each night. There are about 2,750 spots to fill! More than 825 volunteers filled all those jobs last year. That is a lot of volunteers!

It takes people serving as parking attendants, costumed characters, greeters, ticket sellers, Toy Shop “elves,” hosts, security help, and more. The volunteers provide the smiles and warm hospitality that the event is best known for. Plus, the volunteers get to be a part of an amazing event. What better way to experience The Lights than being on the team that puts it on!

We have some exciting new volunteer opportunities this year during The Lights of Christmas.  We are adding a Light Maze and need up to four volunteers each night to staff it. We also have a fun new Cookie Decorating Station located in Tinhorn Town. If you are creative and good with people, you might enjoy volunteering to help people decorate Christmas cookies. How fun is that?

We also need about 150 volunteers to come to Thanksgiving Working Weekend, November 27 to 30, and help decorate and put on all the finishing touches. Then, after The Lights closes, we need another 150 volunteers to help with Take-Down, to get the decorations taken down and put away. That will happen January 2 and 3. Whew! Are you out of breath yet?

As a volunteer, you can share the hope and joy of the Christmas season with the thousands of people attending The Lights. We have a volunteer task that will work for you!

If you are interested in helping before, during, or after the event, you can get more information or sign-up at our Volunteer Web Page, or give Jessica Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, a call at (360) 312-3417. She can answer your questions, and help you sign up. For the best chance of getting the volunteer assignment you want, sign up as soon as possible!

Because Life Changes Here.

Kids2camp benefit auction 858Looking around the grounds, you can see it; praying for the campers, you can feel it. Life changes here. Sometimes lives change as a result of simply arriving at Warm Beach Camp. For some families, sending their kids to camp is financially and logistically impossible, but impossible situations are where God does His best work.

A mom and her teenagers living in a car for the past year; a grandmother desperate to rescue her granddaughter out of a dangerous living environment; single parents working low wage jobs; parents who have lost their jobs; etc.—these are real stories about real people who call the Registration Department at Warm Beach Camp, looking for help. With our Kids 2 Camp Scholarship program, we are able to bless the children of these families with a week at camp where they can be safe and cared for, and just be kids.

In addition to individual families, Warm Beach Camp partners with churches and organizations to bring children to camp. Our ministry partners bring children of incarcerated parents, children of migrant farm workers, children of immigrant families from African countries, and children of the homeless or those in transitional housing. This summer, Warm Beach Camp also partnered with churches from the Oso/Darrington area to bring nearly 30 kids affected by the mudslide to camp.

Because of generous and loving donors, the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Program at Warm Beach Camp provides a way for these kids to come to a week of summer camp. Children from all types of difficult situations come and experience loving counselors, good food, fun games, swimming, chapel times, and more. During a week at camp, God has an opportunity to speak to their hearts. What happens as a result? Lives are touched by love and transformed.

Together, we are the body of Christ. We are His hands, His feet, and His heart. The work done at Warm Beach Camp begins long before our guests set foot on the grounds. Our faithful prayer partners, generous donors, and volunteers pour out their hearts and resources all year long to make this ministry possible. Thank you!

If you would like to be a part of the incredible work God is doing at Warm Beach Camp, through prayer, financial giving, or volunteering your time, please go to our Giving section. And remember — life changes here.
Join us for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction, Saturday, August 23rd! Click here for event details and auction item list.

Your Workplace may be an Avenue for Giving

Many people give to Warm Beach Camp out of the resources God has given them as individuals and families. We praise God for them. But others have discovered they can share out of the resources of their business, occupation, or professional talents. Here’s how:

  • Many companies have gift matching programs for their employees. Your employer may match every dollar you give to a qualified non-profit organization. Check with your employer to see if they have a gift matching program and to find out how you can participate.

  • In most cases, you can give to Warm Beach Camp through the United Way Campaign in your workplace. Warm Beach Camp is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and as such, can receive designated gifts through the United Way Campaign. Simply name Warm Beach Camp as the recipient of all or a portion of your pledge when you fill out your United Way pledge card in this year’s Campaign. Your United Way Campaign Coordinator can give you information on how to direct your pledge to a specific agency of your choice.

  • Volunteer your professional skills to Warm Beach Camp. We are looking for people who are skilled in nursing, the construction trades, office and technical work, building maintenance, and more. Chances are, we can use you.

For more information, call Gary Kocher at 360-312-3232 or email Gary  and let us know how you would like to help the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Together, we can see God do great things in the lives of children, youth, adults, and families.

The Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction is coming!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Auction 8-14BThe fifteenth 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 $81,000!

This year, you will find some incredible items in the auctions, including lots of great gift items, some real bargains, and even a few once-in-a-lifetime experiences. There’s something for everyone and every price range!

The auction preview opens at 10 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, kid’s toys, golf 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.

For more information, or to see a list of the auction items, go to the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction webpage. Please come and be a part of this exciting event — the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 23.

Go where God is working

Nestelroads 3Steve and Karen Nestelroad visited Warm Beach Camp for the first time over 20 years ago when they came to see Karen’s brother, Rod Allen, and his wife, Maggie. Rod and Maggie were, at that time, staff members at Warm Beach. Steve and Karen would volunteer to work alongside Rod and Maggie, and in their free time, they would explore all the wonders that Washington has to offer – the two couples working and playing together.

“Coming to Warm Beach was a way to get out of the world.” said Karen. Steve and Karen would visit every two years or so, and Warm Beach Camp came to feel like home…so much so that, even after Rod and Maggie moved away, Steve and Karen continued to come back to volunteer. Their visits became even more poignant after Rod died from cancer in 2010.

The Nestelroads still come back to make more memories. In fact, they are currently here for six weeks. “Warm Beach is synonymous with peace for us. It’s a breath of fresh air,” said Karen. “There is a statement that says, ‘Go where God’s working.’” said Steve. “And God’s definitely working here.”

Over the years, Steve and Karen have done everything from trail work to nearly every job at The Lights of Christmas. This trip out, Steve has been helping out with miscellaneous maintenance projects while Karen has been a Buddy for Special Friends Day Camp for the past two weeks. Karen said, “We saw the Lord answer prayers. It made me tear up to see the way Christ was shown to the campers through those young counselors.”

Needless to say, the Camp staff have come to see Steve and Karen as family, and we always look forward to their visits. Without volunteers like the Nestelroads, Warm Beach Camp would not be able to provide the depth of ministry it does today.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Warm Beach Camp, contact Jessica Wilson by calling 360-312-3417, or by email.

Faithful volunteers keep grounds looking great

volunteer gardeners Volunteer gardeners Camille McDugald, Jean Bach and Vera Sagan.Have you looked at your yard recently? Did you notice spring is here? Most of us have started up the lawn mower more than once this season, and if you haven’t tended to those flower beds, the weeds have already grown to monstrous proportions. Now, imagine over 200 acres of lawns, flower beds, berm after berm, and forests woven through with miles of trails and you have the scope of grounds keeping work to be done at Warm Beach Camp.

Warm Beach Camp’s need for grounds keeping help is overwhelming. With less staff available to make sure the grounds look great, volunteers are stepping in and taking on this enormous task.

Three faithful women, Camille McDugald, Jean Bach, and Vera Sagan, are volunteers who come weekly to assist Warm Beach Camp in this way. Both Camille and Jean have been volunteering since the spring of 2013, and Vera joined the team a month ago. Together, they have already conquered areas around the Mt. Baker cabins, the Program Center, Cascadian Lodge, Cedar Lodge, and they are now tackling the Maple Center grounds.

All the ladies agree that the best part about gardening is getting to be out in nature and interacting with the guests as they roam by. They also enjoy the things that gardening teaches them about the nature of God.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who help keep Warm Beach Camp looking amazing. We still need consistent grounds keeping helpers. If you are interested in helping, complete online volunteer inquiry form, or call Jessica Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 360-312-3417.

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