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Steve and Jacque Johnson recently joined the volunteer corps at Warm Beach Camp. They have dedicated much of their liives to the service of the Lord and are impassioned by working with youth and overseas missions, among a long list of other things they have done.
But it hasn’t always been like this. Both Steve and Jacque came to know the Lord in their thirties. Prior to salvation both admitted that they were “not the people you see now.” The Spirit of the Lord swept through the Johnson’s lives and were almost instantaneously transformed. “My eyes were opened,” said Steve.
When the Johnsons became Christians, their children were still young. Steve and Jacque believed that they should be involved in whatever their children were doing, so, when the kids went to church activities, they were right there alongside them. As their children grew and became adults themselves, the Johnsons continued to be involved with youth ministry.
Over the years, Steve has also established a car repair ministry, both Steve and Jacque have been called to Christian clowning, and both are involved with Operation Mobilization, that “seeks to help plant and strengthen churches, especially in areas of the world where Christ is least known.”
The Johnson’s children attended Junior High and High School Camps at Warm Beach and the whole family came for Family Camp. As the Johnsons reached their retirement years, they were looking for a ministry to become involved with on a long term basis and Warm Beach Camp “seemed like a natural fit for us.”
In March, the Johnsons pulled into Warm Beach Camp as volunteers for the first time. Since arriving, Steve has spent the majority of his time helping to get the new Chinook Cabins ready for Special Friends Campers. “It’s just been really neat to see how the community has helped these cabins come together,” said Steve. Jacque has been helping to get programming elements produced for Special Friends Day Camp. Now that Special Friends campers have arrived, Jacque also helps with face painting, crafts and other programs. “Special Friends has just blessed my heart,” said Jacque.
Warm Beach Camp is also blessed to have Steve and Jacque as a part of the volunteer family as they continue to bless the body of Christ with the work of their hands.Add a comment
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The Partners in Ministry Dinner, Saturday, May 9
We are holding our annual thank you event for our volunteers and donors, and you are invited! It is just days away, but if you act quickly, it is not too late to get your reservations made to attend! I hope you will join us as we share what God has been doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp, and allow us the opportunity to express our appreciation to you, our donors and volunteers.
Please join us on Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm in the Program Center Auditorium for a delicious supper, and testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. The doors will open at 5:30 pm.
We are excited to have The Voetberg Family Band with us to provide special music (pictured at right). This talented family features eight siblings between the ages of 15 and 25, each an award winning musician. Their music is delightful. You will enjoy hearing them!
This event is not a fundraiser. There will be no appeal given. It is simply a time of appreciation and sharing how the Camp has used your investments in this ministry to make a difference.
You 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. Come as we celebrate together in the joy of the victories God has given us. I really hope to see you there!
Please note: reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by May 2. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of those coming in your party and your phone number to email@example.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.Add a comment
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Memorial Day Working Weekend, a long-standing volunteer event here at Warm Beach Camp, allows the Camp to prepare for its summer program season by asking volunteers to come and help spruce up the place. This is a great opportunity for individuals and civic, school, and church groups to get involved in their community.
Volunteers paint, garden, clean, chop wood, power wash, clear trails, set up tents, or help with crafts and Lights of Christmas projects.
This year, the event runs from May 22-25. Volunteers who are staying on grounds arrive and get settled in on Friday night. After breakfast on Saturday, work begins at 8:30 and goes until 5:30. Sunday is a day of rest, and then it’s back to work on Monday morning.
Volunteers work through the afternoon, enjoy supper together, and then head home. If you can only make it for one of the work days, we would still love to have you! You are welcome to stay with us while you volunteer, or you can commute from home. Housing and meals are provided for a small fee.
For more information, or to register, go to Memorial Working Weekend page on our website. You may also call Jessica Wilson at 360-312-3417.Add a comment
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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.
Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm in the Camp’s Program Center Auditorium for a delicious supper, and special music by the Voetberg Family 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 are vital to making the ministry of Warm Beach Camp work, and we think it is important to tell you that. The 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 really hope to see you there!
Please note: reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by May 2.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.Add a comment
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The 18th year of The Lights of Christmas was as bright as ever! The attendance was the highest ever, with 72,501 people coming to enjoy the festivities. Guests were treated to a new Light Maze, a myriad of food vendors, as well as three indoor eateries. There were five live music stages, plenty of shopping, and all the kids’ favorite activities like train rides, pony rides, and Bruce the Spruce, the talking tree.
None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for the faithful volunteers. This year over 750 volunteers donated 10,728 hours of service. Over a 100 volunteers per night powered the event. As you can imagine, there was a wide variety of jobs: indoor hosting, parking attendants, pony ride attendants, train conductor, and much more.
Darlene Brooks, who has been attending and volunteering at The Lights of Christmas since it began said, “I like volunteering because I love interacting with the guests. I love watching the families and their children and I love working the ticket booth on Pay What You Can Nights. There is just an atmosphere at The Lights of Christmas that I love being a part of.”
The Lights of Christmas is so much more than just a Christmas event. While there is plenty to do, The Lights of Christmas is really about creating an atmosphere of grace and hospitality, which is exactly what Jesus did when He came to earth in the form of a baby. That atmosphere is created by the people who staff the event, like our faithful volunteers.
Thank you to all the volunteers who made The Lights of Christmas 2014 happen. You are a light in a dark place. The Lights of Christmas would not be the same without you.Add a comment
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Do you wanna build a snowman? Or better yet, be the snowman? Come volunteer at The Lights of Christmas! There are still some openings to be the costume characters, Frolaf or Engineer Bear, during The Lights. For those who prefer working with animals, join the crew at Shepherd’s Keep or Pony Rides. There are also new activities that need volunteers this year such as the Light Maze and Cookie Decorating. And, every year we need lots of help with parking—the perfect job for folks who like to direct others where to go.
We welcome families (even children as young as 6 can help with adult supervision), individuals, civic clubs, youth groups, and pretty much anyone who has a desire to help at the best Christmas festival in the Pacific Northwest. Shifts are usually five hours and include free dinner. Plus, you get a free ticket to come back and enjoy The Lights of Christmas Nightly Festival as our guest.
Come, have some fun with us volunteering at The Lights of Christmas. Sign-up online is fast and easy at http://www.warmbeach.com/lights/volunteer.Add a comment
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Warm Beach Camp’s annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction, held on Saturday, August 23, raised $106,500 for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund! This makes it possible for a lot of kids to attend camp who would not be able to go without all of the generous donors and participants at this event!
By the end of this year, more than $173,000 will have been given out in scholarships, helping bring more than 1500 campers to attend camp at WBC.
We are extremely grateful to each of our auction donors who gave items for the auctions. We also want to thank all of the very generous bidders who came to the event and bought all those items.
Special thanks go to the people who pledged a total of $40,000 for the matching gift if we could raise that amount for the Kids 2 Camp program as part of the auction. Before the auction even started, nearly $25,000 had already come in to help meet the match challenge from people who were unable to come to the auction!
More than the money raised, the success of this event is measured in the changed lives of the kids who get to attend camp. Mark your calendar now for the sixteenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 29, 2015.Add a comment
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Okay, so it is an old joke. I don’t even know how many it would take, but I would guess one. We have a lot of very talented volunteers!
I do know how many volunteers it takes to put on The Lights of Christmas. We need between 120 and 160 each night. There are about 2,750 spots to fill! More than 825 volunteers filled all those jobs last year. That is a lot of volunteers!
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 have some exciting new volunteer opportunities this year during The Lights of Christmas. We are adding a Light Maze and need up to four volunteers each night to staff it. We also have a fun new Cookie Decorating Station located in Tinhorn Town. If you are creative and good with people, you might enjoy volunteering to help people decorate Christmas cookies. How fun is that?
We also need about 150 volunteers to come to Thanksgiving Working Weekend, November 27 to 30, and help decorate and put on all the finishing touches. Then, after The Lights closes, we need another 150 volunteers to help with Take-Down, to get the decorations taken down and put away. That will happen January 2 and 3. Whew! Are you out of breath yet?
As a volunteer, you can share the hope and joy of the Christmas season with the thousands of people attending The Lights. 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 our Volunteer Web Page, or give Jessica Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, a call at (360) 312-3417. She can answer your questions, and help you sign up. For the best chance of getting the volunteer assignment you want, sign up as soon as possible!Add a comment
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Looking around the grounds, you can see it; praying for the campers, you can feel it. Life changes here. Sometimes lives change as a result of simply arriving at Warm Beach Camp. For some families, sending their kids to camp is financially and logistically impossible, but impossible situations are where God does His best work.
A mom and her teenagers living in a car for the past year; a grandmother desperate to rescue her granddaughter out of a dangerous living environment; single parents working low wage jobs; parents who have lost their jobs; etc.—these are real stories about real people who call the Registration Department at Warm Beach Camp, looking for help. With our Kids 2 Camp Scholarship program, we are able to bless the children of these families with a week at camp where they can be safe and cared for, and just be kids.
In addition to individual families, Warm Beach Camp partners with churches and organizations to bring children to camp. Our ministry partners bring children of incarcerated parents, children of migrant farm workers, children of immigrant families from African countries, and children of the homeless or those in transitional housing. This summer, Warm Beach Camp also partnered with churches from the Oso/Darrington area to bring nearly 30 kids affected by the mudslide to camp.
Because of generous and loving donors, the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Program at Warm Beach Camp provides a way for these kids to come to a week of summer camp. Children from all types of difficult situations come and experience loving counselors, good food, fun games, swimming, chapel times, and more. During a week at camp, God has an opportunity to speak to their hearts. What happens as a result? Lives are touched by love and transformed.
Together, we are the body of Christ. We are His hands, His feet, and His heart. The work done at Warm Beach Camp begins long before our guests set foot on the grounds. Our faithful prayer partners, generous donors, and volunteers pour out their hearts and resources all year long to make this ministry possible. Thank you!
If you would like to be a part of the incredible work God is doing at Warm Beach Camp, through prayer, financial giving, or volunteering your time, please go to our Giving section. And remember — life changes here.
Join us for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction, Saturday, August 23rd! Click here for event details and auction item list.
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Many people give to Warm Beach Camp out of the resources God has given them as individuals and families. We praise God for them. But others have discovered they can share out of the resources of their business, occupation, or professional talents. Here’s how:
- Many companies have gift matching programs for their employees. Your employer may match every dollar you give to a qualified non-profit organization. Check with your employer to see if they have a gift matching program and to find out how you can participate.
- In most cases, you can give to Warm Beach Camp through the United Way Campaign in your workplace. Warm Beach Camp is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and as such, can receive designated gifts through the United Way Campaign. Simply name Warm Beach Camp as the recipient of all or a portion of your pledge when you fill out your United Way pledge card in this year’s Campaign. Your United Way Campaign Coordinator can give you information on how to direct your pledge to a specific agency of your choice.
- Volunteer your professional skills to Warm Beach Camp. We are looking for people who are skilled in nursing, the construction trades, office and technical work, building maintenance, and more. Chances are, we can use you.
For more information, call Gary Kocher at 360-312-3232 or email Gary and let us know how you would like to help the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Together, we can see God do great things in the lives of children, youth, adults, and families.Add a comment