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Welcome to Linda McNeely!

Linda joins the Warm Beach Camp Ministries Business Office as the new Accounts Payable Associate with a background in accounting as a CPA. Linda and her husband Keith came to Warm Beach Camp as SOWERS (Servants on Wheels Ever Ready) in 2017 and have continued to serve in that capacity since that time, for several months each year. While volunteering at Warm Beach, the McNeely’s have really felt God’s presence and they enjoy the sense of family that Warm Beach ...

The Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction Recap!

What a joy to be back together in person again for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction. After two years of hosting the Kids 2 Camp Auction online due to Covid, we honestly didn’t quite know what to expect! There were quite a few changes from what we had done in 2019 including hosting it during Family Camp in the end of July, moving from the Big Top tent to the Maple Center, adding many family fun elements (including free ...

Best Christian Workplaces Certification

Warm Beach Camp Ministries (WBCM) has always been focused on the mission of sharing the love and hope of Christ through camping ministries and experiences in the Pacific Northwest. By keeping the path clear to the cross, the goal is for guests to have an encounter with Christ that will transform their life and ripple out to bless families and communities.   The prayer for the staff is we would experience the transformation we desire for others. Serving in a Christian ...

Mount Baker Cabins – The Value of Versatility

When it comes to facility rentals and lodging, nothing beats having options. The power to shape a space for your group's specific needs is something that Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center’s (WBC) Guest Services team prides themselves in providing. This value is on full display through the most popular facility on the grounds. The most rented lodging facility at WBC is the Mount Baker Cabins. These seven versatile, cute cabins are grouped together with their own parking lot and ...

Praise the Lord for our new Guest Service Associates, Scott Brandenberger & Liz McBride

Welcome Scott Brandenberger! Many of you may already know him from his time as Camp counselor at Warm Beach in 2005. In the intervening years, Scott has lived in Korea where he met and married his wife, Grace. They have three wonderful kids (Alan, Elsa, Levi)  to add to our Camp family. Scott has also owned his own woodworking business, been a teacher and brings many years of customer service to our team. He will be working on the Registration ...

Welcome Emily Lambert, Development Systems Coordinator

Please welcome Emily Lambert, our new Development Systems Coordinator  Emily began working at Warm Beach Camp as Summer Staff in 2002. From there, Emily filled many roles: Youth Camp Counselor, Youth Camp Dean, Summer Staff Accommodations, Dining Room Manager, Outdoor Education Director, and many roles in The Lights of Christmas. In 2015 Emily and her family moved to Wenatchee to serve in church ministry.   After six years, Emily, her husband Matt, and four children (Elijah 12, Jonah 10, Asher 8, ...

Introducing the New Director for The Lights of Christmas

Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center, home of The Lights of Christmas, is excited to announce Kayla Castiglione as the new Director of The Lights of Christmas. The leadership team believes in Kayla and her vision for the future of the event. Kayla grew up volunteering at The Lights of Christmas with her mom and recalls the many memories of building lifelong relationships through the event. She later interned and became the Project Coordinator for the event shortly after her ...

5 Hidden Gems of Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

It’s no secret that Warm Beach Camp is bursting with beautiful scenery, but some areas of the Camp’s grounds are more visited than others.  We want to share the more beautiful and less known areas of the grounds so everyone can enjoy all the amazing beauty of Camp!  #1 – The Serenity Circle Nestled between the RV/tent sites and the main conference center grounds, this lush loop trail is home to a small fire circle, a small stream fed bog, and ...

Covid19 – 5 Crisis Communication Tips for Nonprofits

Photo by Tai's Captures on Unsplash The past few months have been filled with global change. In a world of quick transient news, narratives spread fast. Users are more involved with news and media content than ever before, often changing a narrative before it’s even published. Nonprofits are especially vulnerable, because their funding often depends on the altruism of their donor base. In order to preserve and protect nonprofits, crisis communication must be considered in brand development. Here are 5 tips to developing effective lines of communication during crisis.  Understand the ...

The Role of Journalism in Nonprofit Communication

Photo by Artem Maltsev on Unsplash When I took a job in the marketing office of a nonprofit camp and conference center after majoring in Journalism during college, I was repeatedly posed the same question, in one form or another: “How are you using your degree?” The answer I usually gave is along the lines of: “Stories are always important whether the target audience is the general public, or a certain group of people.” Going to college taught me how ...

5 Ways to Grow Leadership Potential

The subject of leadership fascinates, allures, and sometime repels us in many ways. Some aspire to become great leaders, whatever “great” means. Others shun leadership for all of the pitfalls and heartache toxic leadership may inflict. For all of the research and experienced opinion out there on the subject, it remains fascinatingly complex and simple all at the same time. Having served in Christian Camps and Conference Centers for over 30 years, I have seen my share of young people ...

Leadership and Stability

Photo by Kobu Agency on Unsplash A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it. Proverbs 29:4 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.29.4.NLT There is a direct relationship between a just and honest leader and the overall health and stability of the community being led. The integrity of a coach, president, CEO, pastor, teacher, manager, or head of household is significant to the well-being of the people in their sphere of leadership. People thrive where stability in leadership ...

5 Ways to Retain Volunteers

Every nonprofit needs volunteers, but finding a good volunteer is like finding a hidden treasure. Unfortunately, there isn’t a map labeled with a big X designating where those volunteers are, but once you have good volunteers it’s very important to keep them. Volunteers are invaluable, cherish them like you would a precious gem! Here’s 5 ways to retain volunteers. Invite volunteers to be an active part of your community. Many volunteers are able and willing, but don’t know if or ...

5 Ways to Preserve Dignity in Content Creation & Storybranding (Nonprofit Christian Sector)

Photo by Taras Shypka on Unsplash The need to produce high quality and engaging content in a saturated market can feel overwhelming. Trying to stand out amongst a variety of brands, messaging, and products can be challenging. Selling the brand, cause, and experiences in the nonprofit sector comes with unique challenges that can be difficult to navigate. To meet the demand for new content and effective storybranding, we often find ourselves scouring surveys, photos, and emails from staff, looking for ...

A Community that Cares- Employee Commitment to Creation Care

At the beginning of 2019, the staff of Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center made a commitment to make changes that would contribute to meeting the goal of reducing campus waste by 10% from combined fuel, propane, electric, and solid waste consumption by 2020. Every month leadership sends an email to staff with the latest news in the field of sustainability with an attached action step. The action step incorporates the news shared with practical ways of integrating it into ...

Experiential Learning Outcomes for Outdoor Science Education

Photo by Ellie Storms on Unsplash “What I hear, I forget. What I see, I’ll remember. What I do, I’ll learn.”                          -Chinese proverb This proverb could be the first identification of the styles of learning. It certainly is one of the earliest confirmations of what many educators have developed over the years. Many advocated children going outside to learn about the forest by walking in the forest. Encouraging students to bring a notebook along, stopping, seeing, drawing, smelling, digging, and measuring. ...

Is a Fundraising Event Right for Your Organization?

From time to time I am approached by organizations looking for ways to improve their fundraising efforts. One idea on their list is inevitably an auction. Auctions seem pretty straight forward right? You get items donated, people pay for the items and your organization benefits from those purchases. I wish I could say it was so easy, but auctions can be much more complicated than they appear. There are few questions you should ask yourself before you dive in head ...

Top 5 Contributions Millennials make to the Non Profit Sector

Millennials are the hope of the future. Having worked alongside this cohort since they were in high school, I have found them to be intelligent, hard-working, and committed to the kinds of community values that make the world a better place. Millennials are an amazing gift to non-profits in five important ways: Quest for meaning: Millennials are motivated by meaning, by a purpose greater than themselves. Every non-profit needs motivated employees and volunteers who align their personal Photo by Annie ...

Child health and development at summer camp

Research shows kids are healthier, learn better, and form lasting friendships when they spend an extended amount of time outside away from technology. Study after study has shown when children are out in nature regularly they are more mentally and physically healthy1. The combination of physical activity and being outdoors is proven to be important to mental, physical, and environmental health. Nature is viewed by scientists and researchers as a fundamental health resource. Being out in nature helps people recover ...

5 myths about working as a camp counselor

In order to talk about the benefits of working at a summer camp, we must start by debunking some myths people believe about the job. Myth #1: It’s not a “real” job. Truth: Working at a summer camp is mentally and physically demanding. Camp counselors are no longer only responsible for the well-being of themselves, but the well-being of students ranging from 6 years old - 18 years old. Many summer staff work 16 hour days, six days a week, not to mention ...