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Light hanging has begun for The Lights of Christmas Festival. The Donut Hut has been getting a new makeover and many other projects are underway.
Two of the three wells are now running on new automated controls. The third well will have new automated controls soon.
Shipping containers in the shop yard have all been moved for more efficient use of the space.
Two more staff houses have received flooring and some were serviced for repairs.
Cascadian remodel of the long wing continues. The lobby and short wing will be completed by spring of 2019.
A new sprinkler has been purchased for the horse arenas.
Volunteer assistance in areas of gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, and painting are needed throughout the fall. Please contact Faith Oates for details at Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.Add a comment
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This August, several Warm Beach Camp staff returned from a two week ministry trip to the Republic of Korea. The theme for the camp the team cohosted was, “I am blessed.” The Holy Spirit knit the team together with Korean hosts. Lives were touched and children and youth came to faith in Christ.
Camp in Korea is much like camp in the U.S. with the addition of English language learning lessons that are the main attraction for Korean families. Educational enrichment is something of a national obsession in South Korea with English learning one of the top priorities.
Our passion is Jesus and our platform is an English Summer Camp we call Warm Beach Camp Korea. The love of Christ was on full display as US and Korean team members worked side by side in worship, teaching, games, and activities. Elementary age kids took part in English classes taught by the US team, while middle and high school youth joined their US counterparts for team-building and leadership classes. Campers responded to the gospel; lives were touched for eternity.
Stepping into ministry with South Korean friends humbles, inspires, and amazes. Their devotion runs deep and their passion is strong.
Koreans are blessed with contagious joy. Whenever ministry teams co-labor with Korean friends for the sake of the gospel, they are blessed, inspired, and humbled.
Blessed with rich new friendship and a clearer vision for Christ and His global church, the Warm Beach Korea Team came home inspired by the message they preached, “I am blessed.”Add a comment
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After a little rain to cool the runners off, the summer sun peaked out from behind the clouds. The hustle and bustle from attendees entering the auction tent filled the room with excitement and joy. The day was packed with activities and fun. We were all excited to raise money for the many kids wanting to go to camp.
In fact, 80 people showed up in the rain that morning to participate in the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run. There were runners of all ages including a cross-country team who were here for a weekend retreat, and families who were running together.
Then, even more people arrived for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction. With nearly 300 items in the Silent and Live Auctions, there were lots of treasures for the bidders to bid on. The Silent Auction items went quickly, and we took a short break for lunch.
The anticipation grew as the auctioneer took the stage for the Live Auction. It was obvious by the bidding, that everyone wanted to help support Warm Beach Camp and the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund! By the end of the day, more than $235,000 was raised, the most money ever raised from this event! All we can say is, “Wow!” and “Thank You!”
We want to give thanks to everyone who participated: the enthusiastic runners, the generous donors and bidders, and our cheerful volunteers.
The success of this event will bring kids a life changing experience at camp. We are projecting more than $265,000 worth of scholarships will be given this year, bringing more than 1,530 campers to Warm Beach Camp!
Do you want to join the fun? Next year’s Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Mark your calendars!Add a comment
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“Warm Beach Camp is where my faith in Jesus became real,” said one summer staff, reflecting on her years as a camper and now staff. As various youth camp staff shared how they had grown closer to God this summer, a deep unity and sense of holy purpose came over the group.
The staff shared about relationships, leadership opportunities, and a profound sense that God was living and working through them.
Over the course of the summer, the staff ministered to youth from local churches, students from Japan and South Korea, foster and adoptive kids, and kids who have parents in prison. Warm Beach youth campers come from very diverse backgrounds. They come for the fun and new experiences. They leave with Jesus.
With deep gratitude, we praise God for the 25 youth campers whose faith in Jesus became real for the first time this summer.
Thank you, Jesus, for the incredible group of youth camp staff.
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center
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Whistler bathroom remodel is done.
Whistler, Glacier, and Mountain Cabins have been painted.
Three Mountain Cabins are being re-roofed in August.
New automatic water system controls are to be installed this month.
Dike road repairs are scheduled for August.
Volunteer assistance in areas of gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, and painting are needed throughout the summer and fall. Please email Faith Oates for details or call 360-761-1267.Add a comment
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In early July 2018, Lon Osborn and his wife Addie, and one-year-old daughter Naomi, pulled into Warm Beach Camp. Lon recently accepted a position as the Technical Lead for The Lights of Christmas. This new position is responsible for display maintenance, programming automated displays, as well as creating and implementing new display ideas.
Lon is uniquely suited for this position with a degree in Engineering and a degree in Applied Science, as well as a background in maintenance, and visual media.
Lon found his passion for ministry after several years working in the engineering industry. “I did work in the engineering industry for two years and the whole time I was unsettled in my heart. I knew God had more that I could be doing with my life.” So Lon quit his engineering job, took a job with a mission organization as a photographer, and traveled the world for two years taking pictures, interviewing people and recording their testimonies. Not long after returning to the United States, Lon felt the call to accept the position at Warm Beach Camp.
Warm Beach Camp is excited to have the Osborn family as part of the team. Welcome!Add a comment
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All summer, young people and families attending camps at Warm Beach are leaving lies they have come to believe at the cross of Jesus Christ. Lies many of us begin to believe about ourselves and our families.
After hearing the truth about their identity in Christ, campers are invited to leave lies at the cross. Some of the lies include:
- I am the problem, others would be better off if I wasn’t here.
- My parent left me because he/she does not love me.
- People don’t like me.
- I can’t sing.
- I am ugly and not beautiful.
- I can do this by myself.
- Our family is the worst family, a fraud.
- I am a terrible parent.
Children, teenagers, and families are invited to accept the truth about who they are in Christ. The truth is they are loved. The truth is, Jesus is for them. The truth is, they will never be abandoned by God. The truth is, there is nothing about their past that would turn Jesus away from them. The truth is, each one is a child of God.
It is a powerful moment when one chooses to leave lies and deception at the cross of Jesus Christ. There is freedom in picking up one’s true identity in Christ.Add a comment
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Our words matter. The words we speak, tweet, message, write, and stream have an impact.
Step back and ask a simple question: “What do I want the effect of my words to be in this world?”
There is a great answer to that question: “Let our words be an encouragement to those who hear them.”
This answer greatly challenges us. We are addicted to the freedom of words. Unfortunately, there is a loss of personal responsibility. The result of reckless words can be hurt and division.
I invite you to a simple, but difficult, challenge of “letting everything we say be good and helpful” for the purpose of bringing encouragement to this world.
At Warm Beach Camp we recognize the significance of words and attitudes that lift people up. It is my hope that refreshing and encouraging words are shared with everyone who comes to Warm Beach Camp. Words can give life and hope.
By the way, this idea is not new with me. It comes from the very best source of all, the Bible: “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” - Ephesians 4:29 NLT
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center
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New hot boxes recently arrived in the kitchen. These keep the food warm between the time it leaves the stove or oven and goes upstairs to the serving line.
Shipping containers have been re-positioned in the shop yard to optimize general storage and parking for The Lights of Christmas.
Three staff cottages received paint and flooring and one has a new roof.
Bathrooms in Whistler Mini-lodge are now being remodeled and repaired.
An addition to our water system control building has begun. New system controls are needed and additional covered space is required for the electronics.
Road repairs are needed to the road leading to the sewer lagoons. Plans are to begin the project this summer.
Volunteer assistance in areas of gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, and painting are needed throughout the summer and fall. Please e-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267 if you are interested in volunteering.Add a comment
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When Joel and Marilyn Hume got married and started having children, it seemed only natural to start helping with the children’s programing at Warm Beach Oasis Family Camp each summer. Joel and Marilyn have volunteered in the 1st and 2nd grade kids’ class for the past 25 years.
Volunteering at Family Camp has been a joy for Joel and Marilyn. Marilyn said, “When they grow up you find out how much Camp meant to them.”
Family Camp is a special time when people of all ages come together to relax, renew, and reconnect with God and each other. For kids and adults alike, Family Camp is a memorable experience with lasting impacts.
Warm Beach Camp would like to thank Joel and Marilyn for their faithful service over the past 25 years. Volunteers like the Humes make Family Camp a joy for the whole family.
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If you would like to be a Family Camp volunteer, e-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.
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Saturday, August 25, 2018
Last year, 1630 campers were able to attend a life-changing week at camp because of Kids 2 Camp scholarships and the generous people who made it possible. That’s why the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day, on Saturday, August 25, is such a big deal! And, it’s fun for everyone!
The day kicks off with the 3rd annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run/Walk, an event for the entire family. It begins at 8:00am and includes a 10K, 5K, and 1-mile course through the beautiful grounds of Warm Beach Camp. The competitors out there will be pleased to know the 10K and 5K will be chip-timed!
After the Run, the 19th annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction begins with hundreds of items going on the auction block. Both the Silent and Live Auctions include a variety of outdoor items, vacations, gift items, dining opportunities and more! The Auction runs from 9:30am to 2:00pm.
The Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day also features fun activities for the kids and lunch for purchase.
And, it all goes to support Kids 2 Camp scholarships to bring kids to camp!
Would you like to help make the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day a success? Here’s how:Add a comment