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See & read about what is going on in the Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center community

An incredible year

Quiet and focused, he stood with his family at the Nativity scene. His family was enjoying the beauty of The Lights of Christmas festival and soon drifted off towards Joyland, leaving Dad alone. His eyes were glued to the passage of scripture sitting right next to the baby Jesus. Line by line he read it silently and reflectively. God was speaking to him. Life changes here. During summer camp this year, the theme for Friday was “Truth” with the subtitle, “What lies ...

Generosity

“Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!” - 2 Corinthians 9:15 NLT Plant a few seeds, get a small return. Plant many seeds, get a large return. This is one of God’s great gifts to us: Generosity. Paul encourages followers of Jesus to trust living generously. Chapter 9 of 2 Corinthians talks about the gift of generosity. Paul explains God’s gift is “too wonderful for words.” Be generous in every phase of life. Put much into life. Invest ...

God’s provision of grace

As I walked down the gravel road I could feel the cold sneaking into my coat. Winter’s approach grew stronger each day. I’ve lived in cold climates before. I grew up in Indiana and braved the Michigan winters through college. However, this winter felt different. It wasn’t because of the cold or the frost covered grass. It felt different because I was different. Last winter I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. As a new mom, I was also helping ...

Project Updates

November is the month our whole team is preparing for The Lights of Christmas. Projects include: Temporary parking lot preparation Sets, scenes, lighting, and décor Grounds clean-up One Mt Baker deck replaced Interior painting of one staff park model

Through the eyes of Frosty

I love coming to The Lights of Christmas! True, it’s often a bit warm for me - but the things I see – those things make it worth all the sweat and the few pounds of snow I shed! I see so much each evening. Folks of all ages in and out of Joyland Courtyard - eating cotton candy and snacks from the Cafe, visiting the Ornament Shop, listening to the choirs and other groups in the Concert Hall, shopping at ...

Serving others reveals God’s heart of love

As I looked around the room I saw unfamiliar faces, a rarity in my small town. Over 200 people had gathered at my church in Northern Indiana. As a pastor’s kid, I often got roped into every church event and activity. Soup for the Soul, our church’s meal program to the homeless, was no exception. For me, Soup for the Soul was different. As a flawed human being, I overlooked many of the people in my local community who would ...

Let’s focus on the right things

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” - Philippians 4:8 NLT Have you done an audit on your focus? What do you think about? Would the things you focus on fit into one of the categories Paul provided for us in the Bible? Most of the news cycle does not focus on ...

Project Updates

Here are the projects currently being planned or are underway: The Lights of Christmas set up continues. Watch for new features in the Wonderland area this year. One Mt Baker Cabin deck is being replaced this month. A staff cottage is going to receive new flooring this fall. Landscaping improvements are underway near Cedar Lodge.   Volunteer assistance in areas of gardening, lawn mowing, carpentry, painting, The Lights of Christmas set-up are needed throughout the fall. Please e-mail Faith Oates or call 360-761-1267.

The healing power of a horse

Kristine Campbell, a Warm Beach Camp resident and volunteer, has been participating in the Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, at Warm Beach Camp for several months. Kristine has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease of the central nervous system. MS can cause fatigue, eye problems, cognitive problems, heat sensitivity, and balance issues, just to name a few. For Kristine, having MS means that she has to be vigilant whenever she is walking so that she doesn’t lose her balance. About a year ago, ...

A season of giving!

In December 2017, Tracy Graves and her three kids decided to make their Christmas all about giving and dedicated the entire month to volunteering at The Lights of Christmas festival. Tracy, Jessica (14), David (13), and Isabell (11) joined their grandparents, Bob and Evie Graves, and the whole family teamed up to help make The Lights of Christmas a success. David worked with his grandpa at the Polar Express train. Jessica joined her grandma helping in the Ornament Shop and bussing tables in Tinhorn ...

The best path

“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’” - Psalm 32:8 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.32.8.NLT It is common for us to want the best. When it comes to the overall direction for our lives, we often find ourselves perplexed and frustrated because we don’t think we are in the best position, the best job, the right relationship, etc… and the search goes on. Along comes God’s word. He makes a ...

Project Updates

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 ...

We are Blessed

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 ...

All we can say is, “WOW!”

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 ...

Giving God praise and thanks…

“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 ...

Project Updates

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.

Welcome to the Osborn’s

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. ...

Leave It at The Cross

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 ...
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Let everything you say be good and helpful

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 ...
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Project Updates

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 ...