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Just Like New

Nearly fourteen years ago I arrived at Warm Beach Camp after driving three days cross-country to be the Dinner Theatre cook for The Lights of Christmas. I didn’t know it then, but Warm Beach Camp would become my new home. My first two years at Camp I spent my holiday seasons cooking prime rib and slowly simmering French Onion soup. I even helped set up the ponds in front of Cedar Lodge and hauled out the gnome village.

After my time as a cook, I moved into the Volunteer Coordinator position, finding decorators, carefully balancing each night’s schedule of volunteers, and even stepping in as a courtesy cart driver for a few nights. For the past several years now, I have been the Development Director at Warm Beach Camp.

Every year, at the beginning of September, a light hanging crew is hired, the displays come out of storage, and the paint shop staff works feverishly to meet their deadlines. As opening night approaches, everyone prepares themselves for the part they will play in the magical wonder that is The Lights of Christmas. I have seen this dance year after year, sometimes from the kitchen, sometimes from a golf cart, sometimes walking home after a very long day.

One moment never gets old… Opening Night.

It can be easy to think, after fourteen years, that this year The Lights of Christmas will be just another season, but something happens inside me when I throw open the doors of Cedar Lodge on Opening Night. It’s the magnitude that gets me every time. My senses are overwhelmed. With every bulb illuminated, the sound of the train in the distance, and the smell of doughnuts in the air, my chest fills up with delight. It’s almost as if I’m seeing it for the first time. Inevitably, well bundled families walk toward me, children point off in the distance and squeal with delight, and I think to myself “I know how you feel kid.”

The Lights of Christmas isn’t just another holiday event. It’s a chance to be taken back to child-like wonder, a chance to connect with family, a chance to let us do the work while you remember what Christmas is all about. Join us for The Lights of Christmas. If I still love it after fourteen years, so will you.

-Jessica Wilson, Development Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

Praise the Lord for our new Guest Service Associates, Scott Brandenberger & Liz McBride

Welcome Scott Brandenberger! Many of you may already know him from his time as Camp counselor at Warm Beach in 2005. In the intervening years, Scott has lived in Korea where he met and married his wife, Grace. They have three wonderful kids (Alan, Elsa, Levi)  to add to our Camp family. Scott has also owned his own woodworking business, been a teacher and brings many years of customer service to our team. He will be working on the Registration ...

This is God’s Place

God chose Warm Beach Camp to be the home of The Lights of Christmas! He chose the people to start this amazing experience to share the true message of Christmas. He fills the staff with His love and joy so that it pours out of us to the community to soften hearts and bring change. The world is a dark place, and the last couple of years have been difficult! But no matter what, when you drive through The Lights ...

Horses: Life Impact

If you have ever felt a horse’s warm breath on your skin or breathed in their scent as you hugged their neck while laying your head on their side, you will know that horses have a way of reaching deep into your soul. They bringing comfort to places in your heart that may be buried under layers of grief, bitterness, rejection, fear, or hurt. Our goal at Warm Beach Horsemanship is to provide as many opportunities as possible for people ...