Published: Sunday, 30 April 2017 13:00
Partners in Ministry Dinner, Saturday, May 13
The Partners in Ministry Appreciation Dinner is almost here. Have you made your reservations to attend yet? It’s not too late! I hope you will join us as we take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to you, our donors and volunteers, for your partnership with us.
Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 13, at 6 pm in the Program Center Auditorium for a delicious dinner, special music by Roosevelt Road Band, a popular group at The Lights of Christmas, and hear testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
This is not a fund raising event. There will be no appeal given. It is simply a time of appreciation and sharing how the Camp has used your investments in ministry to make a difference in so many lives. The people who stand with us as volunteers and donors are vital to making the ministry of Warm Beach Camp work, and we think it is important to tell you that once in a while.
I really hope to see you there!
Please note: reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by May 6. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party to the Camp Development Department, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.
Published: Saturday, 29 April 2017 09:00
Nearly every year since 2007, the senior class from Lakeland Christian School (LCS) in Lakeland, Florida, has migrated to Warm Beach Camp for their Senior Mission Trip. This year’s group will be made up of 15 chaperones and 81 students who will spend a major portion of their time doing volunteer work projects for the Camp.
This year, their work project include cleaning up the RV area, setting up the tents for summer, helping install the new playground equipment, constructing and painting fences, doing gardening and landscaping, and more!
Over the years, most of the new picnic tables on the grounds have been assembled by the Lakeland groups, and every year the new group cleans all of them before summer begins.
Mike Sligh, Headmaster of LCS says, “We appreciate the ministry of Warm Beach Camp, and your staff does a great job of connecting the work our students do there to the mission of the Camp and the Great Commission. We are the hands, feet, and muscle for a couple of days to position your staff to be the mouthpiece of the Gospel during the summer. It is a very unique and meaningful connection that keeps us coming back, and we look forward to seeing you all again in a few weeks.”
Our hats are off to the LCS Senior Class for spanning the continent to come help at Warm Beach Camp! Each one of them leaves the Camp a better place. Thank you.
Published: Friday, 28 April 2017 16:00
August 26, 2017
Last August, we launched a brand new family fun activity to help raise scholarships for the Kids 2 Camp Fund. We held our very first Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run with 75 participants of all ages. It was a chance to watch young children, parents, and grandparents alike experience the beauty of God’s nature while supporting a great cause.
We invite you to come help us finish the 2017 summer season strong at the 2nd Annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run on August 26, 2017. Bring your family and friends to walk, jog or run your way through a scenic race route unique to our facility. Find your spirit refreshed as you take in tranquil wooded trails, grassy fields and vista views of Port Susan Bay and the Olympic Mountains.
Your participation directly supports our Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund. With your help in 2016, more than $220,000 in scholarship monies was given, and this provided more than 1,500 at risk children, families and special needs adults the opportunity to attend camp at Warm Beach.
For more information, or to sign up as a runner or a volunteer for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run, click here.
Published: Saturday, 18 March 2017 17:05
by Nancy Nelson
During the last few years, my immediate family has been stepping into eternity. Matter of fact, when my 94+ year old mom, now on Hospice care, slips into Heaven, I will be the only one left from the family into which I was born. Thankfully, there is a legacy opportunity that we’ve taken advantage of here at Warm Beach Camp.
A few years back, we memorialized a room in the new ADA Mount Baker Cabin for my sister, Peggy, who died when she was 35 years old. When Dad passed away 10 years ago, we had the opportunity to fund an Olympic View room in his memory. When the dedication services occurred for these facilities, family members carried memorial plaques into the rooms, and prayed for the guests who would be using these newly furnished rooms.
As I walk by these “sacred spaces” at Camp, I can’t help but realize that my family’s legacy continues as Christ-followers. Just recently, my husband Stan and I have pledged to fund the renovation of a Cascadian room in memory of his folks.
All but six of the thirty Cascadian rooms have been funded or pledged, providing the dollars needed for renovating the rooms. Would you be interested in funding a room? Please join us in making this facility top-notch and ready to serve the next generation. It’s an amazing way to remember or honor a loved one. Just give me a call, Nancy Nelson, at (360) 312-3979.
Published: Saturday, 18 March 2017 08:48
Our opportunity to tell you thank you!
We invite you to join us in a time of appreciation as we honor you, our partners, for the important role you play in keeping this ministry strong and growing. Please give us the opportunity to say thank you, to share what we’ve done with your investments of time and money, and to take a look at where God is leading us in this ministry.
Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 13, at 6 pm in the Camp’s Program Center Auditorium for a delicious dinner, and special music by the Roosevelt Road Band. We will also share testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.
You will be receiving an invitation card in the mail soon with more information, but please put the date on your calendar now.
The people who stand with us as volunteers and donors, our Partners in Ministry members, have a huge impact on the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Come as we celebrate in the joy of the victories God has given us.
I hope to see you there!
Please note: reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by May 6. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.
Published: Friday, 17 March 2017 16:27
The minute a camper arrives at Special Friends Day Camp, they are celebrated — the way we all wish we were — with unabashed enthusiasm and acceptance. Lines of campers and “buddies” form on either side and cheer the arrival of every camper. Every day starts off with a celebration.
Summer can’t come soon enough for these Special Friends day campers. Special Friends Day Camp is for special needs adults ages 15 and up. Our campers never age out of the program, and many come back for multiple weeks year after year to see their friends and to have a great time.
Special Friends Camp is all about “fun without limits.” We always try to say “Yes, you can!” and help campers do all the things they want to do at camp.
But we can’t do it without volunteers. We need 45-50 volunteers each week. Would you consider being a “Buddy” (volunteer counselor) for a special needs camper this summer? You can sign up for a single week or for multiple weeks, depending on your schedule. Training takes place on Sunday and Monday each week, and then you spend Tuesday through Friday with your camper.
You are welcome to stay overnight at camp for the week you are volunteering. Accommodations are rustic, but lots of fun! You can even volunteer as a family, or as a group. Counselors need to be at least 15 years old, but we have some support positions for younger volunteers accompanied by an adult.
To sign up, or for more information, please go to the Camp’s Special Friends Camp Volunteer webpage. Or, you can email Jessica Wilson, or call her at (360) 312-3417.
Published: Tuesday, 15 November 2016 17:24
The year was 1997 and a brand new event opened for the first time at Warm Beach Camp — The Lights of Christmas.
As December arrived, no one quite knew what to expect. The Camp had never done an event like this before. Would anyone come? The idea of a Christmas event at Warm Beach Camp was brand new to people. What was this “lights thing” that the Camp was doing? Boasting a half-million lights and open just 12 nights, the event drew 20,000 people that first year!
Now, 20 years later, the question isn’t will anyone come. The question always is, “How many people will attend?” Since The Lights of Christmas began, nearly one million people have attended! Today, this is the largest Christmas festival in the Pacific Northwest. And, for the fourth time, The Lights has been selected as one of the Top 100 Events (see page 38) in all of North America by the American Bus Association, the association of tour bus operators!
There are a few special features this year to help celebrate the 20th year. A new entrance archway with computer-controlled lighting animation will welcome guests. A new gift shop is opening this year in the Starry Night Coffee House to replace Harbor Lights Gifts. There is a new Gingerbread House that is a great backdrop for a photo of your family and friends. The décor is being updated in several locations, and don’t miss the 10-foot-tall elk standing on a hill!
This December, I hope you have an opportunity to come help us celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, and the 20th birthday of The Lights of Christmas.
Published: Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:53
By Jenny Howell
It was three weeks ago that our family of seven arrived at Warm Beach Camp. With our future ministry unknown as we search for God’s direction, we have found a place of refuge, purpose, and encouragement. Our hearts are filled to the brim with a place to live, community who understands our pastoral season of transition, and an opportunity to serve the Camp and staff. Only God orchestrates this kind of goodness.
The seasons when we feel like all is spinning out of control, He really is doing His best work in us, isn’t He?
The sadness I felt about being alone for the holidays and without a home to celebrate in with family has been softened. Warm Beach welcomed us in with understanding, excitement and lots of work! Not only are we not alone for the holidays, but God saw fit to land us in a spot that celebrates with millions of lights and thousands of visitors. I’m so thankful He goes before us and gives us more than we could ever plan.
We had no idea The Lights of Christmas lit up Washington State until we arrived. What a beautiful blessing to the community. We love the anticipation that is growing around the Camp as the teams of light hangers work long days in the rain. Volunteers are setting the scenes in place and making all things beautiful for the guests.
It really is magical and hopeful just being here waiting for not only our next ministry assignment to come, but especially as we await the celebration of the birth of the Messiah. The God who sent our family here to fill our lives with hope this season is the same God who sees you and finds joy in meeting you where your deepest need is.
Published: Monday, 14 November 2016 15:08
During The Lights of Christmas, which opens December 1st, more than 100 volunteers are needed each of the 19 nights the event is open. We especially need more volunteers for the nights of December 20 through 23 and 26 through 28.
It takes people serving as parking attendants, costumed characters, greeters, ticket sellers, toy shop “elves,” hosts, security help, and more. The volunteers provide the smiles and warm hospitality that the event is best known for. Plus, the volunteers get to be a part of an amazing event. What better way to experience The Lights than being on the team that puts it on!
We also need about 150 volunteers to come to Thanksgiving Working Weekend on November 24 to 27 and help put on all the finishing touches. Then, after The Lights ends for the year, we need another 150 volunteers to help with Event Take-Down, to undecorate and put the stuff away. Take Down is December 29 and 30.
As a volunteer, you can share the hope and joy of the Christmas season with the thousands of people attending The Lights. What better gift could you give? We have a volunteer task that will work for you!
If you are interested in helping before, during, or after the event, you can get more information or sign-up at The Lights of Christmas website. Or, e-mail Jessica Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator. She can answer your questions, and help you get signed up. For the best chance of getting the volunteer assignment you want, sign up as soon as possible!
Published: Friday, 23 September 2016 09:29
The 17th annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction was held on Saturday, August 27. The bidding was brisk with more than 300 items going to the highest bidders. When the dust settled, more than $141,000 was raised for the Kids 2 Camp Fund!
By the end of this year, we are projecting that over $202,000 will have been given out in scholarships, helping bring more than 1,700 campers to Warm Beach Camo. We are committed to not turning any child away from camp, but this requires funds for scholarships to make that possible. Each year, many people help provide the financial resources so this can happen.
We are extremely grateful to each of our auction donors who gave items to be placed in the auctions. We also want to thank all of the very generous bidders who came to the event.
More than the money raised, the success of this event is measured in the lives of the kids who will get to go to camp. Mark your calendar now for the next Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 26, 2017!