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We often say that we could not do what we do if it weren’t for our volunteers, and here is the proof: in 2012, 1,435 volunteers donated 32,403 hours of volunteer labor. That is 22% of all documented work that took place on grounds last year, and a 1,000 hour increase over the previous year’s donated hours.
The largest project where our volunteers played a major role was the completion of the new Cedar Lodge restrooms. Volunteers also completely painted the exterior of Olympic View Lodge, replaced countless windows and doors in staff cottages, tested nearly every Lights of Christmas light string, gardened, cleaned anything that was dirty, power washed anything that was mossy, installed outdoor signs, chopped down trees, planted trees, built cabinets, took care of sick campers, mucked horse stalls, and stuffed envelopes.
Then, there were the events where volunteers helped, such as Memorial Day and Thanksgiving Working Weekends, the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction, and The Lights of Christmas, just to name a few.
As you can see, 2012 was a very productive year for Warm Beach Camp volunteers. There simply isn’t enough space to list everything they did this past year, and we don’t dare start to mention names because there isn’t enough room for that either, and we are afraid of leaving out a name or two!
From the volunteer that comes for a few hours to work on a special project, to the volunteers who come and stay for several months, or even longer, the combined effort of each of them was huge! We are very grateful to have so many brothers and sisters who come alongside and help with the Kingdom-of-God work here at Warm Beach Camp. Thank you!
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Last year marked the tenth year of providing a way for any child to attend who wishes to come to camp at Warm Beach, regardless of financial ability to pay. Over those 10 years, thousands of children, youth, and even some adults, have attended camp. In a caring and compassionate environment, each child is presented with the love and good news of Jesus Christ, and for many, it is truly a life-changing experience.
Last year, more than $138,000 was given out in Kids 2 Camp scholarships, helping 1,250 campers attend events at Warm Beach Camp. For some, they only needed a partial scholarship to be able to come. But, whatever it takes, Warm Beach Camp is committed to finding a way for that camper to come.
We also worked with more than 30 churches, Christian ministries, 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 for their kids. Nearly $75,000 in additional funds came from those partnerships in this matching program and provided scholarships for their kids.
The Kids 2 Camp program is only possible because of the generous contributions from many, many people.
Now the process starts all over again for the 11th year. 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 ask you to 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 your prayers.
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Last year we sent over 400 needy kids to Warm Beach Camp through our scholarship program Kids 2 Camp.
Giving kids the time of their lives can change their futures. Kids 2 Camp gives these kids the opportunity to make life-changing decisions and lasting friendships.
But I got to thinking. How could we send more kids . . .
. . . to camp in spite of a tough economy? And then Jeff Ericson at Camano Island Coffee Roasters reached out to me. Jeff suggested that supporters of Warm Beach Camp could support Kids2Camp with money they already spend -- money already spent on coffee.
So here’s the idea . . .
For every dollar you spend on Camano Island Coffee, they will donate 10% to Kids2Camp. With just your cup of coffee you can change a needy kid’s life.
To get you started Camano Island Coffee will give you a FREE pound of coffee.
Click here and see the 3 Steps to Making a Difference in a needy kid’s life with coffee!
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp
Life changes here
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You may think that living on the road, hopping from town to town, and picking up odd jobs sounds like the life of a vagabond, a long-haul truck driver or the kid who wants to run away and join the circus! But you’d be surprised to learn this is a fairly accurate description of the lives of lots of retired senior adults!
A number of the volunteers who come to Warm Beach Camp are retirees who travel in their RVs as participants in several different senior volunteer programs, assisting Christian ministries around the country with all kinds of projects, from construction and maintenance to sewing, cleaning, and office help.
This past year, Warm Beach Camp has been blessed with volunteers from three amazing organizations: MMAP (Mobile Missionary Assistance Program), SOWER (Servants on Wheels Every Ready) and Hard Hats for Christ. Besides these, there have been a number of other RV volunteers not affiliated with any organization who have come to help.
RV volunteers are unique in that they bring their own housing and become part of the Camp staff for an extended period of time. They work alongside our staff, providing valuable services that are a huge blessing to the Camp. They are constantly available, flexible, dependable, and fun to work with! There are so many projects that just would not get done without the labor provided by these wonderful volunteers.
They also become part of the Camp family, joining us for special events, participating in potlucks, game nights and other activities. They often tell us that serving at the Camp has touched their lives, too!
When it is time for the RV volunteers to pull out they leave a lasting mark on the ministry, through the projects they completed, and by the impact they have had on our staff. We often joke that they will wake up on the morning they are scheduled to leave only to find their tires missing. They always go with our wish that they will return one day.
Thank you to all of our RV volunteers who have contributed a piece of their lives to the Camp over this past year. You will always be a part of the Camp family!
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Warm Beach Camp has been blessed this summer by many hard working volunteer groups who have not only left their mark all over Warm Beach Camp, but also touched the lives of the Camp staff. This summer, Building In Youth—an organization affiliated with Hard Hats for Christ—was one of those groups. Their goal is to apply 1 Corinthians 3:9-11 to build spiritual values and character into the lives of young people by teaching them construction skills, and the value of integrity and a strong work ethic.
For two weeks this past June, 29 youth and adults from Building In Youth came to Warm Beach Camp to help with several work projects. They painstakingly pried up every nail that held down approximately 100 feet of decking off of Cedar Lodge Dining Hall so it could be replaced with new deck material. They also put together 10 new picnic tables, replaced boards on 24 old picnic tables, painted three cabins, trimmed shrubs, and scrubbed street signs and fire hydrants.
The 15 boys and girls who came learned new construction skills and important life lessons. Their perseverance in these projects spoke to the hearts of all who saw their hard work, and it built in them an appreciation for what they could accomplish through hard work and a teachable spirit.
The parent organization, Hard Hats for Christ, is a group of Christian construction craftsmen who help spread the gospel of Christ by providing skilled volunteer labor to assist Christian ministries with construction projects. They also strive to share Christ with their fellow construction workers and prepare young people for life by equipping them with basic construction and maintenance skills.
Phil and Lucy Hayes, the founders and coordinators of Building In Youth, enjoyed their volunteer experience at the Camp and said, “Truly the Lord’s anointing is on Warm Beach Camp. There is such a spirit of love, generosity and encouragement among the staff and volunteers that impacts all those who attend. The testimony is far-reaching. We are so thankful to Warm Beach for the opportunity to partner with them.”
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The Camp’s annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction, held on Saturday, August 25, raised $63,000 for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund! This will make it possible for a lot of kids to go to camp who would not be able to without all of the generous donors and participants at this event!
By the end of this year, nearly $138,500 will have been given out in scholarships, helping bring more than 1500 campers to WBC. We are committed to turning no child away from camp if the reason they can’t attend is financial. But, it requires funds for scholarships to make this 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 and bought all those items.
Special thanks go to the people who pledged a total of $20,000 if we could match that amount in gifts for the Kids 2 Camp program as part of the auction. These donors are Vital-Soft of Stanwood and owner John Overton, Eileen Voth, Nick and Liesl Gelotte, Don and Gayle Andrews, Lakeville Homes of Bellevue, and two anonymous donors.
It was amazing to see several donors who were unable to attend send in their gifts to help meet the match, and when we fell short at the event, several more came through in the days after the auction until we had met the entire $20,000 match, resulting in a total of $40,000 for Kids 2 Camp!
More than the money raised, the success of this event is measured in the changed lives of the kids who will get to go to camp. Mark your calendar now for the fourteenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 24, 2013.
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The Partners in Ministry Appreciation Dinner is just days away. Have you made your reservations to attend yet? It’s not too late! 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 as our guests on Sunday, May 20 at 5 pm in the Program Center Auditorium for a delicious soup supper, special music by the popular Voetberg Family and hear testimonies and reports on what God is doing through the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Doors open at 4:30 pm.
Please note: reservations are required. You may reserve your place by emailing the names of the people coming with you in your party to email@example.com, or by calling the Camp at 1-800-228-6724.
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.
Partners in Ministry members have a huge impact on the scope and success of the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. Over the years, those who give and those who volunteer have literally been a backbone of strength, the silent partner of every camping session, sharing together in the joy of each victory. I hope to see you there!
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Memorial Day Working Weekend is a long-standing volunteer event here at Warm Beach Camp. Many of the Camp’s veteran volunteers come back for this event year after year. They have their favorite jobs and love the fellowship, but many of our newer volunteers may not even know what Memorial Day Working Weekend is.
Working Weekend 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. When asked, several long time Working Weekend volunteers said that what they liked best was the fun of working alongside other people. “I love getting a pair of heavy duty pruning sheers and whacking away at something. It’s really gratifying,” said one.
Volunteers paint, garden, clean, sew, chop wood, power wash, set up tents, help with crafts, and Lights of Christmas projects, or help in child care.
This year, the event runs from May 25-28. 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 till 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 on 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 commute from home. Housing, meals and insurance are provided for a small fee.
For more information or to register click here or call Jessica Wilson at 360-652-7575 ext. 2276.
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With summer right around the corner, registrations are coming in for the summer youth camps. It also means that we are receiving requests for help through the Kids 2 Camp program. Without financial assistance, some of the children and youth who will be coming this summer would be unable to experience their week at camp.
A number of these kids come from churches and social service agencies who are working with at-risk youth. For many of these kids, 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 gospel of Jesus Christ.
Last year, more than $121,000 was given for Kids 2 Camp scholarships, helping over 1,200 children, youth, and adults attend events at Warm Beach Camp. With the tight economy, we know that the need for help will continue this year.
We are determined to leave no one behind. Because of the generous help of many, many people, we have been able to keep that commitment for the last nine years. During this time, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been given for the Kids 2 Camp program, and thousands of young lives have been touched.
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.
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Warm Beach Camp’s volunteers come from far and wide. This past year, we had volunteers from Kansas, California, Virginia, and Texas. Thanks to Deedee Jeffreys, we can now add Alaska to the list.
Deedee came to Warm Beach all the way from Coffman Cove, Alaska, where she owns an RV park. The cold Alaska winters bring the RV park activity to a halt, so Deedee heads south to a warmer climate. When you live in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest is a warmer winter climate! She also has family in the Pacific Northwest to visit, so it all works out very well.
Deedee has long been connected to Warm Beach Camp. She first came as a camp counselor when she was still in high school. More recently, she attended Family Camp several times with her son’s family. When she considered a place to serve as a volunteer while basking in the moderate winter climate of the Pacific Northwest, her thoughts turned to Warm Beach.
Owning her own business, Deedee is no stranger to hard work. She came in time for Thanksgiving Working Weekend ready to work! Then she stayed to help with the final set-up for The Lights of Christmas. Next came The Lights where she helped in the gift shops, Ornament Shoppe and Shepherd’s Keep, and hosted in the Hospitality Center, in Cedar Lodge Lobby, Deer Mt. Lodge, and the Joyland Concert Hall.
She helped with Take Down after The Lights and after all the decorations were put away she stayed around to do some deep cleaning in guest facilities and helped to write grant proposals. She finally pulled herself away mid-February to go visit her grandson, and take some much-needed vacation time.
Deedee said, “Warm Beach Camp is a friendly, safe place” where she came not only to give but to grow spiritually.
Deedee plans on returning next winter to enjoy the climate again, and visit family. And now, she has even more family to visit because we consider Deedee a part of the Warm Beach Camp family. Thank you to Deedee for all her hard work.