Kids2camp benefit auction 858Looking 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.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Auction 8-14BThe fifteenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction is just days away! This fun 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 $81,000!

This year, you will find some incredible items in the auctions, including lots of great gift items, some real bargains, and even a few once-in-a-lifetime experiences. There’s something for everyone and every price range!

The auction preview opens at 10 a.m., and the first auction begins at 10:45 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, dining opportunities, gift certificates, craft items, tools, kid’s toys, golf packages, sports memorabilia, 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 delicious cinnamon rolls.

For more information, or to see a list of the auction items, go to the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction webpage. Please come and be a part of this exciting event — the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 23.

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Nestelroads 3Steve and Karen Nestelroad visited Warm Beach Camp for the first time over 20 years ago when they came to see Karen’s brother, Rod Allen, and his wife, Maggie. Rod and Maggie were, at that time, staff members at Warm Beach. Steve and Karen would volunteer to work alongside Rod and Maggie, and in their free time, they would explore all the wonders that Washington has to offer – the two couples working and playing together.

“Coming to Warm Beach was a way to get out of the world.” said Karen. Steve and Karen would visit every two years or so, and Warm Beach Camp came to feel like home…so much so that, even after Rod and Maggie moved away, Steve and Karen continued to come back to volunteer. Their visits became even more poignant after Rod died from cancer in 2010.

The Nestelroads still come back to make more memories. In fact, they are currently here for six weeks. “Warm Beach is synonymous with peace for us. It’s a breath of fresh air,” said Karen. “There is a statement that says, ‘Go where God’s working.’” said Steve. “And God’s definitely working here.”

Over the years, Steve and Karen have done everything from trail work to nearly every job at The Lights of Christmas. This trip out, Steve has been helping out with miscellaneous maintenance projects while Karen has been a Buddy for Special Friends Day Camp for the past two weeks. Karen said, “We saw the Lord answer prayers. It made me tear up to see the way Christ was shown to the campers through those young counselors.”

Needless to say, the Camp staff have come to see Steve and Karen as family, and we always look forward to their visits. Without volunteers like the Nestelroads, Warm Beach Camp would not be able to provide the depth of ministry it does today.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Warm Beach Camp, contact Jessica Wilson by calling 360-312-3417, or by email.

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volunteer gardeners Volunteer gardeners Camille McDugald, Jean Bach and Vera Sagan.Have you looked at your yard recently? Did you notice spring is here? Most of us have started up the lawn mower more than once this season, and if you haven’t tended to those flower beds, the weeds have already grown to monstrous proportions. Now, imagine over 200 acres of lawns, flower beds, berm after berm, and forests woven through with miles of trails and you have the scope of grounds keeping work to be done at Warm Beach Camp.

Warm Beach Camp’s need for grounds keeping help is overwhelming. With less staff available to make sure the grounds look great, volunteers are stepping in and taking on this enormous task.

Three faithful women, Camille McDugald, Jean Bach, and Vera Sagan, are volunteers who come weekly to assist Warm Beach Camp in this way. Both Camille and Jean have been volunteering since the spring of 2013, and Vera joined the team a month ago. Together, they have already conquered areas around the Mt. Baker cabins, the Program Center, Cascadian Lodge, Cedar Lodge, and they are now tackling the Maple Center grounds.

All the ladies agree that the best part about gardening is getting to be out in nature and interacting with the guests as they roam by. They also enjoy the things that gardening teaches them about the nature of God.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who help keep Warm Beach Camp looking amazing. We still need consistent grounds keeping helpers. If you are interested in helping, complete online volunteer inquiry form, or call Jessica Wilson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 360-312-3417.

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The Partners in Ministry Dinner, Saturday, May 10

Dinner2013This annual thank you event for our volunteers and donors 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 WBC, and take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to you, our donors and volunteers, for your partnership with us.

Please join us on Saturday, May 10, at 6 pm in the Program Center Auditorium for a delicious soup supper, special music by singer Leanna Crawford, and testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. The doors will 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. You 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!

Sincerely,

Ed McDowell
Executive Director

Please note: reservations are required. Please help us prepare by making your reservations by May 3. You may reserve your place now by giving us the names of those coming in your party and your phone number either by email, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.

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If you are like me, and probably you are, I try very hard to manage my resources. As a Christian, being a good steward of my money and other resources is a spiritual responsibility. I wouldn’t dream of handing that responsibility over to someone else!

Yet, many people have not prepared their will. Without a will, the state court will appoint someone to make all the decisions for you, often ignoring your important preferences. Even with a will, your estate will go through probate. There will be fees associated and delays in the disposition of your assets.

Your will includes:

  • 240 weilandExecutor - A trusted friend or relative who will carry out your wishes
  • Guardianship - Deciding who will serve as guardians of your minor children, and providing guidelines concerning how the children will be raised
  • Bequeaths - Disposition of your accumulated wealth, to your beneficiaries & charities

What we do during our lifetime becomes a statement of our faith. Our will, also serves as a final testimony of our faith-journey in life and gives direction as to how we want our property distributed. We exercise good stewardship when we plan and write a will. We can also leave a legacy that lives on after we are gone.

Our Warm Beach Foundation Director, Darrell Weiland, will be happy to meet with you for a no-cost, no obligation consultation to explain your options and answer any questions you may have. You can reach Darrell by calling (425) 308-6712, or contact him by email.

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Memorial Day Working Weekend is a long standing volunteer event at Camp where people come to help prepare the Camp for summer. Many of the Camp’s veteran volunteers come back each year for this event. They have their favorite jobs and love the fellowship that goes along with the work. Some of our newer volunteers may not have discovered Memorial Day Working Weekend.

LarsonMWWWorking Weekend is when volunteers come and help spruce up the place to get everything ready for the busy summer season. This is a great opportunity to get together and enjoy camp friends. It is also a chance for individuals, civic, school and church groups to get involved in their community.

When I asked several long-time Working Weekend volunteers what they liked best about the event they said things like, “I enjoy the fun of working alongside other people…” or, “I love getting a pair of heavy duty pruning sheers and whacking away at something. It’s really gratifying!”

Volunteers clean, chop firewood, garden, test Christmas lights, paint, pressure wash, and help with projects for summer camps. There are many important projects awaiting completion.

This year, the event runs May 23-26. Volunteers can arrive on Friday evening and get settled in. Work begins after breakfast on Saturday morning and goes till dinner at 5:30. Sunday is a day of rest and recreation. Then, it’s back to work on Monday. Volunteers typically work through the afternoon and head home after dinner.

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 or commute from home while you volunteer. Housing and meals are provided for a small fee. For more information or to register, visit the Camp’s website, or call Jessica Wilson at 360-312-3417.

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May 10, 2014 -- Please save this date! We want to say, “Thank you!”

Leanna Crawford and FriendsThe 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! The Partners in Ministry Dinner is our chance to thank you!

Please join us as our guests on Saturday, May 10, at 6 pm in the Program Center Auditorium. Enjoy a delicious soup supper, wonderful special music by local singer, Leanna Crawford, and Friends, and hear testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.

This is a time of appreciation as we honor you, our Partners in Ministry, 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 into the future God is laying before us.

You will receive an invitation in the mail soon with more information, but please put the date on your calendar now.

I really hope to see you there!

Ed McDowell, Executive Director

Please note: reservations are required. You may reserve your place now by emailing the names of the people coming with you in your party and your phone number to associates@warmbeach.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.

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Partnership CampersDo you know who comes the farthest distance to attend summer youth camp at Warm Beach? For the past five summers, Warm Beach Camp has partnered with the Myungsung Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea, and they have been sending kids all the way to the U.S. to go to summer youth camp at Warm Beach, a distance of more than 5,000 miles!

The government in South Korea mandates that everyone learn to speak English. Christian churches there have been teaching English as a second language as an outreach tool. The opportunity to attend a camp in the U.S. has a strong attraction for the kids who attend church, and for the unchurched, as well!

Last summer, a group of kids from a Japanese school started coming to summer camp here, as well. The ministry of WBC's summer youth camps has turned global!

Not all of the partnerships with WBC are as far reaching, globally speaking, but they still have a profound impact on the lives of the kids who come for a week of summer camp. Last summer, WBC worked with 28 organizations to help bring the kids they work with to camp. These groups ranged from churches, after-school programs, governmental social service agencies, and missions serving the homeless. All told, more than 300 campers came to WBC last summer through partnerships with organizations.

More than $52,000 from the Kids 2 Camp scholarship fund went into helping these campers come to Warm Beach. The partnership organizations invested another $55,000 to help the campers from their groups attend. This multiplies the impact of the dollars given to the Kids 2 Camp program!

This summer, the process starts all over again. WBC will be working with these organizations, coordinating the effort to bring kids to summer camp. Those kids, many of them underprivileged or at risk, will have the opportunity to experience the love of Christian community that takes place at camp, and to hear the gospel of Christ presented in a clear way that youth can understand. For many of these campers, it will be a life-changing experience.

This is only possible because of the generous support and financial gifts of many people. Thank you for helping to touch young lives through the ministry of WBC and the Kids 2 Camp scholarship program.

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