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Does it take a visit from an angel?

By Maggie Allen, Executive Assistant

Is this your year to experience the joy of The Lights of Christmas from the inside out? Have you ever wondered what it takes to staff a night of this amazing multi-faceted event? (“How do they do that?”) Well, it takes a lot of warm, smiling, hospitable people with willing hearts and helpful hands – one hundred fifteen volunteers or more each night, plus a small army of staff.

Even though nearly all of the Camp’s staff are involved in the effort, it takes a combination of staff and volunteers working together to make it all happen. You, your family, or your church group could complete the team.

Whether you can help with one night, or a number of nights, young and old alike, we need your help. And, no matter what your skills and interests are, there is a task that will work for you!

Do you know someone who enjoys a fast pace and dealing with money? They could be ticket sellers or retail sales clerks. How about the animal lovers or horse people? The Shepherd’s Keep and Pony Rides need you! Then, there are those gregarious folks who just naturally make guests feel welcome and comfortable; they would shine as hosts in the various entertainment and dining venues, and as outdoor greeters.

What about the behind-the-scenes, low-profile folks? We definitely have a place for those servant-hearts. Each night there are many cars that need to be directed to a parking space. As guests finish enjoying their dinner or snacks at one of dining spots and leave their tables, those tables need to be bused and cleaned. And, some of the best FROSTYS or WHISTLESTOP CHARLIE BEARS have been the shyest people – being in costume can bring out the clown in all of us.

Children and teens can definitely be an important part of volunteering at The Lights. Call for details on opportunities for youngsters to volunteer on their own or with their parents in a learn-as-you-serve role.

We often work with teams such as youth groups, civic organizations, 4-H Clubs, home fellowship groups, Sunday School class groups, and families. If you are looking for a unique service project or an unusual fellowship event, we have some great ideas to help you meet your goals! Call early this fall to save your group’s spot as a Lights of Christmas Team! For the answers to all your questions e-mail Jessica Beach, Volunteer Coordinator.

Looking for a paid position for the holidays? We also have a limited number of seasonal, paid positions available during The Lights of Christmas. For more information, or an application, email Becky Collins, or call her at the Camp at 360-652-7575.

Staff Alumni News

Tammy (Daniels), who worked on Summer Staff in '89 and '90, and Brian Keepers announce the arrival on June 12, 2008, of their baby girl, Abigail (Abby) Elizabeth. Proud big sister is 5-year-old Emma. Grandparents include Joanie Yonker, Executive Assistant, and husband Mike. Cami (Cook), who worked in The Lights of Christmas Dept., and managed the bookstore for several years, and husband, Eric Blue, were delighted with the arrival of their third child, Gracie Jean, born on May 20, 2008. ...

Giving to Warm Beach Camp through your Workplace

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. See your employer for more information on their gift matching program. In most cases, ...

No Child Left Behind

For years we have sent our children to Camp, with some parents paying all or part of the costs and the Church providing scholarship funds for those less fortunate. However, over the last several years, the number of families needing assistance has increased greatly. In response, Warm Beach Camp has graciously provided matching funds through their Kids 2 Camp program. This year, we have a greater challenge, and are linking arms with the Camp policy of "no child left behind." ...