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We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each of the following individuals and businesses that helped make the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction, held on August 25, 2012, a big success! At the end of the day, $63,000 had been raised for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund. Please help us express our appreciation by thanking these individuals and patronizing these wonderful businesses for helping make this event such a success.Add a comment
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Benefit Event Raising Funds for Kids 2 Camp
Saturday, August 28, 2010
The eleventh annual August Extravaganza is just days away! It is a fun event that raises funds for the Camp’s Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund, helping kids go to camp. Last year, the Extravaganza raised more than $66,000!
You will find some incredible bargains, lots of great gift ideas, and even once-in-a-lifetime experiences … each item going to the highest bidder. There’s something for you at the August Extravaganza!
The auction preview opens at 9 a.m., and the first auction begins at 10 a.m. The auctions run until approximately 3:00 p.m. The two live auctions and a silent auction will feature hundreds of items including things for the yard and garden, sports memorabilia, dining opportunities, gift certificates, craft items, tools, golf packages, sporting event tickets, vacation packages, home furnishings, and one-of-a-kind experiences. The event also has activities for the kids and food concessions on site, including Ivar’s clam chowder and the Camp’s famous cinnamon rolls.
Make your plans to be a part of this exciting event this year — the August Extravaganza, Saturday, August 28.Add a comment
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“I started out working in the mailroom” typifies a common perception of the mailroom clerk being an entry-level job. At Warm Beach Camp, the mailroom is a nerve-center for the organization, handling all the daily incoming and outgoing mail. That can be a couple hundred of pieces in each direction!
In the summer, the volume explodes with mail coming in for the 45 or so summer staffers and even more mail for the kids attending camp. It all has to be sorted and delivered to the right location.
And, it is almost all done by two volunteers! George Leasor and Dawn Morton are two mailroom heroes who have taken on this task. Sorting and processing the mail isn’t a very glamorous job. It is done behind the scenes — some of our own staff are not even aware of who sorts their daily mail — and provides the Camp with a huge savings in labor costs!
Besides these two, there is also a small army of other volunteers who help the Camp process outgoing bulk mailings. A few phone calls bring in a group of people who stuff envelopes, attach mailing labels, and get the letters or brochures into mailing trays. Thousands of pieces of mail are handled each year by these volunteers!
If you are interested in volunteering at Warm Beach Camp, there are all kinds of opportunities for you here. Let us know what you are interested in, and we will find the perfect job you!Add a comment
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By Nancy Nelson, Development Director
It was down to the wire at 11:30 am on December 31, 2009, when the last commitment came through enabling Warm Beach Camp to claim the $490,000 M.J. Murdock grant for the renovation of Cedar Lodge. And yes, I did dance on my desk, as promised. There’s a picture hanging in my office as proof. The Cedar Lodge project is part of the “Embracing the Vision” Campaign begun in 2006. It means that public restrooms will be moved to the main floor. The Cedar Lodge project also includes the renovation and expansion of Cedar Lodge Chapel and the kitchen. Work will begin as soon as all the necessary permitting processes are completed.
It has been amazing to watch God “call forth the living stones (that’s you and me!) to embrace the Kingdom vision He has for Camp. At present, $6.7 million has been committed to the campaign, which in these challenging economic times has been miraculous.
The total list of Campaign projects is long and many have been completed. Bottom line, investing in the three areas of the Campaign (People, Community, and Environment) translates into the Camp’s over-all vision of “keeping the path clear to the cross.”
We thank God for HIS faithfulness and we thank the many people who are supporting the campaign, too.Add a comment
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As I write this, our first major guest group of the summer is outside my office window, enjoying their family camp. The first horsemanship camp of the season is going on just down the hill at the Stables. The first Day Camp of the year, this one for our Special Friends, is in full swing in the big circus tent. And a brand new team of summer staffers have settled in alongside the year-round staff, ready to serve our campers and guests in Jesus’ name. It is summer!
Each season of the year is a special time at WBC, but summer is the high point! We serve our largest groups. Each new week brings a flurry of activity, with new participants. And each day, people find the answer to the needs of their lives in Jesus. That’s what it is all about. That’s what we are all about.
And, you are a part of all this, too. Because of your financial support, because of your volunteer efforts, Warm Beach Camp is a special place where people find rest, refreshment, and renewal.
You don’t get to hear all the happy sounds out your office window like I do. You probably won’t get to see the crosses hanging on the walls in our staff lunch room, each representing another child who has made a life-choice to follow Christ. You don’t get the privilege and pleasure of hearing people share their testimonies of the life-changing power of the Gospel of Christ they have experienced while at Warm Beach. But, I want you to see and hear it through my eyes and ears. It is for you, too.
May God bless you for what you are doing for Warm Beach Camp. —Ed McDowellAdd a comment
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In December 2009, Doug and Dorothy Wiebe ventured down from Abbotsford, BC, to enjoy an evening attending The Lights of Christmas. As they roamed about the event, they bumped into Camp volunteer photographer, Patrick Taylor, who offered them a tour in his brightly decorated golf cart. As he drove, Patrick told them about the volunteer opportunities at WBC. They were intrigued.
This past Memorial Day Working Weekend, the Wiebes enthusiastically joined the small army of volunteers helping get the Camp ready for summer. The Wiebes were assigned to work alongside Dwight Vlach in the Accommodations Department. They saw how much work there was to be done in keeping up the guest facilities.
But the Wiebes didn’t come just for Working Weekend. They stayed the entire month of June! They each spent 20 hours a week deep-cleaning the dark and long-forgotten corners of the Camp. This not being a very glamorous job, Dorothy’s response was surprising when she was asked how she felt about her volunteer experience.
“We discovered muscles that we didn't think we had. In that way, we felt invigorated even throughout those ‘not-so-lovely’ jobs. We were so glad that we had the opportunity to work alongside the operation of the Camp in general. We felt we understood better the challenges you people sometimes face. In this way, we were enlightened!
“Then, being able to attend the daily devotionals was the highlight of the day. Some of the sharing was heart-rending. We felt encouraged and challenged to walk the 'straight' path to the cross and, thereby, closer to Christ. In this way, we were uplifted.”
One morning during the Camp staff’s devotional time, Dorothy shared one lesson she learned through her volunteer work at the Camp. Most of what she and Doug did was done in solitude, and, at first, Dorothy was frustrated that no one would notice her work. Then, she realized that her pride was in the way. She didn’t need the glory for her labors—God should have the glory. “Thank you so much for enabling me to see this in myself,” she shared.
WBC thanks the Wiebes for their hard work and for the encouragement they were to the Camp staff.Add a comment
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With the arrival of summer, kids are now coming for their week of summer camp at Warm Beach. We have been receiving numerous requests for scholarship help to enable kids to come to camp. We are also working with more than 30 churches and social service agencies who work with at-risk youth. In order to bring groups of their kids to camp, we provide matching funds they can use to raise more money in this effort.
We are excited about several new partnerships with organizations serving at-risk youth. We want every child to have the opportunity for a summer camp experience.
For many of the kids receiving scholarships, a week at summer camp at Warm Beach can be a life-changing experience. In a caring and compassionate environment, each child is presented with the love and good news of Jesus Christ.
Last year, more than $155,000 was given out in Kids 2 Camp scholarships, helping more than 1,100 children and youth attend events at Warm Beach Camp. With the tight economy, we know that the need for help will be as much or more this year.
This scholarship program is only possible because of the generous contributions from many, many people. If you would like to help, you may give a gift through our website, or mark your gift for the Kids 2 Camp program and mail it to the Camp.
We also request you pray for this ministry to marginalized children and youth, that they will see Jesus’ love in every part of their camp experience, and return home with changed lives. Thank you for praying.Add a comment
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Every year since 2007, the senior class from Lakeland Christian School in Lakeland, Florida, has migrated to Warm Beach Camp for their Senior Mission Trip. This year’s group, made up of 11 chaperones and 73 students, spent a major portion of their time doing volunteer work projects for the Camp.
Dean, one of chaperones, says he sees the students tackle jobs here at the Camp with an enthusiasm he has never observed when they are at home. And, their enthusiasm is contagious. Year after year, Lakeland encourages the Warm Beach Camp staff with all their hard work.
Over the years, most of the new picnic tables on the grounds have been assembled by the Lakeland group, and every year they come back to wipe all of them down before summer begins. This year they also:
- Put up all the tents we will need for summer
- Chopped, stacked, and replenished firewood supplies
- Built trails and moved fences for conservation purposes
- Cleaned up the Chinook and the RV areas
- Deep Cleaned W-Bar-B
- Set up summer staff housing
- Deep cleaned the restrooms at the RV area, Program Center, W-Bar-B, and Mountain Cabins
- Pressure washed and painted stalls at the barns
- Deep cleaned the dining room
Our hats are off to the Lakeland Christian Schools Senior class for spanning the continent to come help at Warm Beach Camp! Each one of them left the Camp a better place. Thank you.Add a comment
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The August Extravaganza - Saturday, August 28, 2010
It is fast-paced, exciting, and fun for the entire family. It is Warm Beach Camp’s August Extravaganza.
The eleventh annual August Extravaganza is a fundraising event for the Camp’s Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund. You will find some incredible bargains, lots of great gift ideas, and even once-in-a-lifetime experiences, each item going to the highest bidder.
The auction preview opens at 9 a.m. and the auctions run until approximately 3:30 p.m. The two live auctions and silent auction will feature more than 350 items including things for the yard and garden, sports memorabilia, dining opportunities, gift certificates, craft items, tools, golf packages, sporting event tickets, vacation packages, home furnishings, and one-of-a-kind experiences. The event also includes activities for the kids, and food concessions on site including Ivar’s clam chowder and the Camp’s famous cinnamon rolls.
There’s something for you at the August Extravaganza!
It is a fun event for everyone, but the best part is, we are raising funds for the Camp’s Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund, helping kids go to camp. Last year, the Extravaganza raised more than $66,000 for the Kids 2 Camp fund.
“We want to invite you to the August Extravaganza,” says Gary Kocher, the Camp’s Annual Fund Director and event coordinator. “We’ve combined lots of fun activities into an extravaganza! And, it all helps send kids to camp. I know you will enjoy it!”
Make your plans to be a part of this exciting event this year — the August Extravaganza, Saturday, August 28.
Here are some things you can do to help make the August Extravaganza a success this year:
- Donate one or more items for the auction — new or near-new household or gift items or an experience or service you can offer to others.
- Promote your business and help support the Camp at the same time by donating a product or service to the auction. We will make sure your business gets some great publicity through the Extravaganza.
- Plan to attend the Extravaganza, and bring your family and friends with you.
Call Gary Kocher at 360-652-7575 for more information.
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A few weeks ago, more than 200 people gathered together at Warm Beach Camp to share a meal and receive a report on the ministry of the Camp. The purpose of the evening was to thank the people who have volunteered their time and talents to the Camp, and the donors who have invested their financial resources in this ministry.
The event was the first annual Partners in Ministry Appreciation Event held on Sunday evening, May 16. Following a delicious soup supper and dessert, Executive Director, Ed McDowell, took everyone on a virtual tour, through words and visual presentations, of the ministries of the Camp. The Kids 2 Camp story, the story of raising up leaders through our Internship program, the impact of our volunteer program on the lives of the volunteers themselves, how the Special Friends camps touch the lives of those with special needs, and a look at the worldwide impact of the Camp through our partnerships with other ministries, all featured on the tour. Ed also reported on the outcomes of the Embracing the Vision Campaign.
We were so happy to have the opportunity to let our Partners in Ministry know how thankful we are for their investments in Warm Beach Camp. If you were not able to attend the event, we want to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to you for your contributions to the ministry of the Camp. Your partnership is vital to keeping the Camp strong and growing in the years ahead. Thank you!
Check out the video that was shown at the Partner in Ministry Appreciation Event:
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