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The Lights of Christmas 2008 Schedule

General Admission:Open 5 - 10 pmDecember 4-7, 11-14, 17-23, 26-28 Baylight Dinner Theatre:December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 22-23 Sunday Dessert Matinee:December 7, 14, 21 Overnight at The Lights:December 4-7, 11-14, 17-22, 26-27 For more Information:Go to the Camp's Website NEW THIS YEAR - Make your reservationsfor The Lights of Christmas online!

Director’s Column

I am glad it is Christmas time As I write this, the global economy is under stress. Recent news talked of local businesses that are closing their doors. By the time you read this, our next president will have been elected. There is a profound sense that we are standing in a place and time we have never been before. By the way - it's Christmas time ... I am glad it is Christmas time: I know who Christmas is ...

What Happens the Rest of the Year?

By Eugene Barnes, Director of Guest Services A question that comes up often while I am working with Mike and Dakota, the draft horse team, as they pull the big wagon around the Tinhorn Town loop during The Lights of Christmas is, "So, what do you do the rest of the year?" I tell them that, as the Director of Guest Services, I have the privilege of working with a different team - Warm Beach Camp's Guest Service Team. As ...

The Lights of Christmas by the Numbers

Behind the twinkling lights and breath-taking displays, there is an incredible amount of careful planning and preparation that goes into the execution of The Lights of Christmas each year. The following information is a collection of interesting (and sometimes fascinating) statistics we have compiled about The Lights. The next time you need a conversation starter, feel free to drop a few of these numbers into your conversation.(Note: Unless otherwise specified, the information is based on annual numbers.) General Event18 - ...

Grant Awarded for Cedar Lodge Renovation

By Nancy Nelson, Development Director After the phone call, I could have danced on my desk! The phone call was to let me know the trustees of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust had approved a $490,000 grant proposal for the renovation of the Camp's flag-ship building, Cedar Lodge. This will be the largest grant ever in the history of Warm Beach Camp. As a matter of fact, I have promised the staff that I WILL dance on my desk when ...

Halfway Around the World – Kids are still the Same

By Emily Lambert, Outdoor Education Coordinator Warm Beach Camp's ministry extended far beyond its home in Stanwood, Washington, this past August to a small country in eastern Africa. In partnership with Sister Connection, an organization that helps widows and orphans in war-torn Burundi, a team of staff from WBC traveled to help in the second annual youth camp for the children of widows in Burundi, held at the end of August. The camp took place at a local mission station ...

Do You Really Need a Will?

By Darrell Weiland, Director, Warm Beach Foundation In the United States of America, we have laws. Throughout our lives, different laws apply to us at different times. Our birth is registered as required by law. As teens, we face consequences if we violate traffic laws. As adults, we comply with laws in regards to purchasing a home, paying taxes, and in many more of life's activities. Most of our life is governed by law. When we die, our life's passing ...

Vaulting Team Sponsorships Make a Difference

Fresh from national competition in Watsonville, California, the Warm Beach Vaulters have already begun their 2008-09 season with competitions in Chilliwack, B.C., and Auburn, Washington. Three teams and more than 20 young people will be traveling this year to British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon for competitions, and finally, to Lexington, Kentucky, for the national competition in July, 2009. Warm Beach Vaulters come from all over the region, from British Columbia to Renton. They range in age from four years old ...

WBC’s Online Reservations Proves Popular

By Scott Rossiter, Assistant Director of Guest Services The Camp's new online registration system now provides guests with an easy-to-use, 24-hours-a-day, way to place reservations for upcoming WBC events. Last April, the online event reservation system went live with an initial focus on summer events like Day Camps, W-Bar-B youth camps and Horsemanship camps. Within a few weeks, the online catalog grew to include Marriage and Engaged Encounters, Dad & Me Weekends, and the Philip Yancey and Tony Campolo Weekend. ...

Randy Cloes – A Man on Mission

By Joanie Yonker, Executive Assistant When Randy Cloes said "Yes" to joining the Warm Beach Camp Board of Directors this past summer, little did he know that he was going to increase his mission-mindedness. You see, Randy has been "on mission" for years. Until last spring, Randy knew very little about Warm Beach Camp. Then, he was asked to consider joining the Board. He came to the spring board meeting and began to make inquiries about just what this Warm ...

Briefly…

Horseback Riding and Vaulting Lessons are being offered this winter. These weekly lessons are ideal for riders to sustain the riding improvements they experience during summer camp. For more information, contact Patti at Warm Beach Camp, or log onto the Camp's website. When the cost of fuel was sky-high, some people had to park their full-size pickup trucks, and others tried to sell them. If you have a full-size pickup that you've discovered you no longer really need, would you ...

Tony Campolo to Speak at Warm Beach Camp

"Jesus desperately wants you to allow Him to work through you to begin to change His world into the world He wills for it to be." These words, excerpted from Tony Campolo's book, You Can Make a Difference, paint a vivid picture of the message that will be shared at the next Potter's Wheel Weekend, February 13-15, 2009. Tony Campolo will be spending the weekend at Warm Beach Camp and those attending will not only have their views of the ...

Bob and Joan – Helping to Make it Happen!

By Jessica Beach, Volunteer Coordinator This being my first year as the Volunteer Coordinator for The Lights of Christmas, I have been a little nervous about recruiting, and scheduling more than 500 volunteers into 1,800 shifts for this momentous event. My co-workers have been assuring me (probably due to my periodic hyperventilation) that all will be well. Their confidence, which is certainly not rooted in my years of experience, made me suspicious that they had information that I did not. ...

August Extravaganza Auction Donors

We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each of the following individuals and businesses that helped make the August Extravaganza, held on August 23, 2008, a huge success. And we encourage your patronage of these outstanding businesses.   Acai Vida, Lee Smith, Stanwood, WAAce Hardware, Stanwood, WAAdriatic Grill, Tacoma, WAAlpine Fire and Safety Systems, Inc., Steve and Tami Bounds, Burlington, WAAmigo Mexican Restaurant, Jose De La Cruz, Owner, Stanwood, WABob Barber, Stanwood, WABattle Creek Golf Course, Tulalip, ...

Fall 2008

Day Camp Goes to the Kids! "... The tents were set up, games organized, and all was readied to greet the children arriving at noon for a two-and-a-half-day camp extraordinaire."The Baylight Dinner Theatre is the Answer! Does an evening of delicious gourmet food and absorbing live entertainment sound interesting?Director's Column Into All The WorldA Place Where Walls can Come Down "Warm Beach Camp is a place where we can take our kids out of the city - away from the ...

Day Camp Goes to the Kids!

By Sylvia Miles, Day Creek Chapel I went to pick up the last vestiges of "Camp 2 Kids" from the campground we set up in a field on our property in Day Creek, Washington. The seven tents are gone, sleeping bags and gear for 26 kids and five counselors are cleared out. Just two nights before, voices of 2nd - 5th graders sent decibel levels off the charts. I take a moment to reflect on the weekend events, and to ...

The Baylight Dinner Theatre is the Answer!

By Loren Isaac, The Lights of Christmas Assistant Director Are you looking for something really special to do during the holiday season? Does an evening of delicious gourmet food and absorbing entertainment sound interesting? We have the perfect solution for you! The Lights of Christmas Baylight Dinner Theatre offers a delicious six course dinner with choice of entrée's (including a vegetarian option), and a full length holiday theatre production. The Baylight Dining room, dressed in festive décor and the professional ...

Director’s Column

Into All The World One of the Bible teachers here at the Camp this summer asked the question, "Why are we so reluctant to do what God is asking us to do?" Answers began coming. One answer was that sometimes we don't know what mission God may be sending us on, so we sit around and wait for Him to speak. Or we might be afraid to answer the call. Then, the final comment, spoken strongly, without hesitation, "The first ...

A Place Where Walls can Come Down

By Doug Jonson, Tacoma Youth for Christ On July 29, Tacoma Youth for Christ and New Song City Central Church in Tacoma joined together again to go to Warm Beach Camp for our second annual Tacoma Urban Outreach Camp for high schoolers. This time, we also teamed up with Tacoma Rescue Mission and Peace Lutheran Church, also in Hilltop. We brought 53 kids from Tacoma. A majority of our kids come from the Hilltop and Eastside areas of Tacoma, and ...

New Volunteer Cottage is a Real Blessing!

By Patrick Patterson, Director of Administration Warm Beach Camp's ministry relies heavily upon volunteers who give days, weeks, months, and sometimes years, to "keeping the path clear to the cross." Our summer camps particularly rely upon a strong corps of volunteer nurses, camp pastors, and counselors. Typically each week, there are up to two nurses and one camp pastor assisting with Day Camp, Horse Camp, and W-Bar-B Ranch Camps. Additionally, dozens of volunteer counselors support the ministry throughout the summer. ...