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How many volunteers does it take to make The Lights of Christmas happen? There are a little over 2,600 volunteer work slots to be filled by more than 800 individuals! These include parking attendants, costumed characters, greeters, ticket sellers, Toy Shop “elves”, 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 Holiday season!
Not only does it take a colossal volunteer effort each night the event is open, but in the month prior to the event and the week after it closes, hundreds of unseen volunteers help to set up and take down this festive spectacle.
Between November 22 and 24, we need 15 volunteers to help. We need about 150 volunteers to come to Thanksgiving Working Weekend, November 26 to 28. Then, from November 29 to December 1 we need another 15 volunteers. From December 2 to December 29 we need up to 120 volunteers each night the event is open. And then for take-down on December 30 and 31, we will need about 150 people.
Whew! Are you out of breath yet? As a volunteer, you can share the hope and joy of the Christmas season this year 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 website: volunteer.warmbeachlights.com. Or, give Jessica Beach, Volunteer Coordinator, a call at the Camp at 360-652-7575 or 800-228-6724. She can answer your questions, and send you an application.Add a comment
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On Saturday, August 28, a lot of long-time friends of the Camp, along with a few new ones, showed up to bid against one another as item after item went on the auction block. Clowns, face painting, rides and activities for the kids, and delicious food prepared by the Camp’s Food Service staff, all combined to make for a wonderful, festive atmosphere.
By the end of the day, more than $54,000 had been raised for the Camp’s Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund!
By the end of this year, over $142,000 will have been given out in scholarships, helping bring nearly 1500 campers to WBC. We are committed to not turning any child away from camp, especially 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. Click here for a list of individuals and business that donated items for the August Extravaganza 2010.
We also want to thank all of the very generous bidders who came to the event. Special thanks go to the people who gave the $11,000 matching funds for the Kids 2 Camp program that doubled the dollars given for scholarships at the auction: Vital-Soft of Stanwood and owner John Overton, Nick and Liesl Gelotte, and two anonymous donors.
More than the money raised, the success of this event is measured in the lives of the kids who will get to go to camp because people came, participated, and gave. Mark your calendar now for the twelfth annual August Extravaganza on Saturday, August 27, 2011!Add a comment
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There is a group of volunteers who have left their indelible mark on the grounds of Warm Beach Camp. This group is the SOWERs.
The SOWERs (Servants On Wheels Ever Ready) organization started in 1983 and is a group of retired couples who dedicate their retirement years to traveling the U.S. in their RV’s doing volunteer work for 180 different Christian organizations, one of which is Warm Beach Camp. Since their inception they have had over 3,100 members, with 850 now active.
Ray Arthur, Office Manager for the SOWERs, explains that the heart of the ministry is “to serve and encourage Christian Ministries to fulfill the commands of Jesus Christ.”
The first SOWER group set foot on WBC in May of 1997. Since that time, 182 volunteer couples have come to serve. This totals 19,656 hours of volunteer labor!
Clearly, this amazing ministry has had a huge impact on WBC. They provided nearly all the labor for the construction of the Maple Center and the two new Mt. Baker cabins, and for the renovations of the five original Mt. Baker cabins. They not only provided the labor, but gave most of the funding for converting a former camp cottage into the Volunteer Center. They have worked on countless staff houses. In the dead of winter, they built a temporary dishwashing room behind Cedar Lodge while they renovated the pot washing area in the kitchen.
The men typically help with construction projects and are often skilled laborers, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, and carpenters. The ladies help with anything from office work to sewing to cleaning. Mind you, all this help comes to the Camp free of charge.
Thank you to all the SOWERs who have poured their time and abilities into WBC. Your hands have truly left your mark on this ministry.Add a comment
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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