K2C Auction 2017The day of the auction the energy in the tent was evident, the items displayed for auction were impressive - vacations, outdoor gear, grills, toys, handmade items, and baked goods… you can’t forget the baked goods! The Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction takes months of planning, lots of volunteer help, generous donations and a tent full of bidders. Who would have guessed the talk of the day would be a dozen cinnamon rolls and a gallon of granola? The bidding for this item went on for a good 15 minutes, the competing bids swirling around the tent. Finally the cinnamon rolls and granola “SOLD” for $500! Celia Hansen, the Camp’s baker, offered to make a second identical item, for the next highest bidder. Bringing the grand total for this famous Camp breakfast to $1,000!

The day went off without a hitch, fun was had by all and the auction tent was cleared out and cleaned up as quickly as it was all put together. All of this to help fund Kids 2 Camp scholarships that make camp possible for kids who otherwise couldn’t attend. Last year 606 kids got to experience the joy of camp, hear the gospel and experience life change.

By Faith Oates
Volunteer Coordinator

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K2C BenefitAuction IMG 3366“Come one, come all!” to Warm Beach Camp’s annual Kids 2 Camp Auction in the big red and white circus tent near the Camp entrance on Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9:30am-2:00pm.

Enjoy the fun, fellowship, and family atmosphere while helping raise money for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund. The scholarships help kids come to camp who otherwise would not be able to attend because of finances.

Come ready to bid on a wonderful selection of items for all ages including toys, household décor and services, clothing, appliances, tools, sporting equipment, vacation trips, etc. A complete list can be found online. Stock up on gifts for Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries. There’s something for everyone, even the family pet.

Back by popular demand, the baking squad will provide the following delicious auction items – pies, cakes, granola, and cinnamon rolls – for crazy, fun bidding. It’s a scrumptious way to give to the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund.

Too far away or have a schedule conflict? You can still participate by donating online, emailing, or calling Jeannie at 360-312-4984.

Help us claim matching funds of $65K.

Hope to see you at the Kids 2 Camp Auction on Saturday, August 26!

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

K2CAuction2016The eighteenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction is just a few weeks away! This fun and important event raises funds for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund, helping make it possible for kids to go to camp. Last year, the auction raised nearly $141,000!

Last year, we also launched a brand new family fun activity to help raise scholarships — the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run. It was exciting to watch young children, parents, and grandparents alike experience the beauty of God’s nature while supporting a great cause. Invite your family and friends to join you this year and walk, jog or run your way through a scenic race route unique to the grounds of WBC. Benefit Run packet pickup time is 7:30 am on Saturday, August 26, with late registration at 8 am and races starting at 9:00 am.

The auction preview opens at 9:30 am, and Silent Auction runs from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The Live Auction is from 12:30 am to 2:00 pm. The auctions will feature hundreds of items, including things for the yard and garden, dining opportunities, gift certificates, craft items, tools, gift items for kids, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, home furnishings, and one-of-a-kind experiences. The event also has activities for the kids and food concessions on site, this year featuring a lunch buffet with choice of entrée, soups, salads, and delicious dessert.

This is the largest fundraiser we hold each year for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund. In 2016, more than $220,000 in scholarship monies was given out, helping to bring more than 1,850 at risk children, families and special needs adults to Warm Beach Camp. We are thankful for everyone who helps support this benefit event to bring kids to camp who otherwise would not be able to attend.

To learn more about the Benefit Auction and to see a list of auction items, go to the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction page on our website.

Don't forget to sign up as a runner, walker, or a volunteer for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run!

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K2C Benefit Run 2016 Nelsons2 300pxI love the word ALL! God is faithful to ALL generations. At Warm Beach Camp, no child is turned away because of their ability to pay for camp – ALL can attend because of the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund. Besides that, ALL can participate to make certain it is possible.

Last year I was at the finish line of the first annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run held at Warm Beach Camp, cheering as the runners crossed the finish line. There were runners of ALL ages. Leading the pack was a senior who had been a track star in college.

But what brought joy to my heart was to see the young families complete the 1 mile run/walk, including my own three-year old granddaughter and her nine-month baby sister, who rode along in a stroller.

If you can run or walk, join in the fun on Saturday morning, August 26, 2017 for the second annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run to help all children get to camp. There are 1 mile, 5K, and 10K courses. You can register online or get more information at www.kids2camprun.com.

Not up to running or walking? Then join me around 9:30am at the finish line, by the big red and white tent close to the Camp entrance. We’ll all cheer together as the runners complete the course.

All proceeds from the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run go toward the scholarship fund. Don’t miss out…ALL generations are needed to make certain ALL kids can attend Camp!

PS - After the Benefit Run, you are invited to attend the Kids 2 Camp Auction at Warm Beach Camp, 9:30am-2:00pm. More information at www.kids2campauction.com.

Nancy Nelson, Director of Donor Relations
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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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.

Rooseveltroad bandBPlease 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.

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Lakeland14aNearly 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.

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August 26, 2017

K2C Fun Run 1Last 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

PIMDinner14bPlease 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 associates@warmbeach.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.

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SFBuddies4bThe 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.

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