Saturday, August 26, 2017

K2CAuction2016The eighteenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction is just a few weeks away! This fun and important 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 nearly $141,000!

Last year, we also launched a brand new family fun activity to help raise scholarships — the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run. It was exciting to watch young children, parents, and grandparents alike experience the beauty of God’s nature while supporting a great cause. Invite your family and friends to join you this year and walk, jog or run your way through a scenic race route unique to the grounds of WBC. Benefit Run packet pickup time is 7:30 am on Saturday, August 26, with late registration at 8 am and races starting at 9:00 am.

The auction preview opens at 9:30 am, and Silent Auction runs from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The Live Auction is from 12:30 am to 2:00 pm. The auctions will feature hundreds of items, including things for the yard and garden, dining opportunities, gift certificates, craft items, tools, gift items for kids, vacation packages, sports memorabilia, home furnishings, and one-of-a-kind experiences. The event also has activities for the kids and food concessions on site, this year featuring a lunch buffet with choice of entrée, soups, salads, and delicious dessert.

This is the largest fundraiser we hold each year for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship Fund. In 2016, more than $220,000 in scholarship monies was given out, helping to bring more than 1,850 at risk children, families and special needs adults to Warm Beach Camp. We are thankful for everyone who helps support this benefit event to bring kids to camp who otherwise would not be able to attend.

To learn more about the Benefit Auction and to see a list of auction items, go to the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction page on our website.

Don't forget to sign up as a runner, walker, or a volunteer for the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run!

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Faith and JamesOn July 9th Faith and James Oates and their kids pulled into Warm Beach Camp. Faith is Warm Beach Camp’s new Volunteer Coordinator, and James is the new Assistant Plant Manager.

Faith grew up in Christian camping at Oak Glen Christian Conference Center in Southern California. The Oates family moved to Warm Beach Camp from Glorieta Camp 2.0 in New Mexico where Faith was the Front of the House Food Service Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, and James was the Facilities Director.

Faith and James have five children: Zach, Grace, Hope, Grady, and Wesley. The Oates family is fitting right in at Warm Beach and we are excited to have them as a part the Camp Family!

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Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:Here is the latest news on the Camp’s current projects:

  • Playground17The new playground equipment has been installed and is in full use. The new commercial-grade playground equipment is designed for children age 5 to 12, and has a capacity of up to 50 youngsters. The equipment includes slides, climbing apparatus, as well as ground level elements that children with mobility challenges can also enjoy. In addition to the new playground, volunteers also added siding to the tall metal canopy that houses the foosball, carpet ball, and ping pong tables. The sides come part-way down and will keep out much of the rain while still allowing in plenty of light.

  • The lighting replacement project at the Camp that started in January is about 98% completed. Nearly 3,000 florescent lights in facilities all across the grounds have been replaced with new energy efficient LED’s. This project is part of an efficiency grant from the Snohomish County PUD, and will make a significant difference in the Camp’s energy use.

  • All 30 of the rooms and the lobby in Cascadian Lodge have been memorialized in preparation for a major renovation project. Work has already begun in the lobby and hallways. More work is scheduled in the lobby this fall, and the renovation of the sleeping rooms will begin after the first of next year.

  • The new sidewalk from Cedar Lodge Chapel to the Program Center has been completed. This replaced an old sidewalk that had badly broken concrete sections, creating a wider sidewalk to the Program Center. It also included the removal of the old snack shop building, and re-positioned the metal picnic pavilion. Landscaping and some park benches will be installed this fall and early next spring.

  • A new master water meter has been installed on the line feeding the Warm Beach Senior Community as required by new Washington State Health Department regulations. The private homes on the Camp’s water system have also been metered. This keeps the Camp compliant with the governmental regulations, and allows us to begin charging water rates based on actual usage, which encourages conservation.

  • New flooring has been installed in the lobbies of both Glacier and Whistler Mini-Lodges, and the bathroom floors in Glacier have been repaired and new flooring installed. This was a much-needed improvement!

  • Painting has recently been completed in the interiors of the W-Bar-B Cabins, Maple Center, and the two Mini-Lodge lobbies. In addition, the exterior doors in Olympic View Lodge, Maple Center, and the Program Center have fresh coats of paint..

  • This summer, volunteers have been working in two staff cottages, installing new energy efficient windows, siding, and paint. The work is scheduled to be completed this month. Smaller repairs and upgrades are also being done in a number of offices and staff cottages.

  • This fall, we will be wrapping up projects and getting the grounds ready for The Lights of Christmas.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Faith Oates at (360) 761-1267 or send her an email.

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K2C Benefit Run 2016 Nelsons2 300pxI love the word ALL! God is faithful to ALL generations. At Warm Beach Camp, no child is turned away because of their ability to pay for camp – ALL can attend because of the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund. Besides that, ALL can participate to make certain it is possible.

Last year I was at the finish line of the first annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run held at Warm Beach Camp, cheering as the runners crossed the finish line. There were runners of ALL ages. Leading the pack was a senior who had been a track star in college.

But what brought joy to my heart was to see the young families complete the 1 mile run/walk, including my own three-year old granddaughter and her nine-month baby sister, who rode along in a stroller.

If you can run or walk, join in the fun on Saturday morning, August 26, 2017 for the second annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run to help all children get to camp. There are 1 mile, 5K, and 10K courses. You can register online or get more information at www.kids2camprun.com.

Not up to running or walking? Then join me around 9:30am at the finish line, by the big red and white tent close to the Camp entrance. We’ll all cheer together as the runners complete the course.

All proceeds from the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Run go toward the scholarship fund. Don’t miss out…ALL generations are needed to make certain ALL kids can attend Camp!

PS - After the Benefit Run, you are invited to attend the Kids 2 Camp Auction at Warm Beach Camp, 9:30am-2:00pm. More information at www.kids2campauction.com.

Nancy Nelson, Director of Donor Relations
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Erica Graf 150pxErica Graf served on the staff at Warm Beach Camp in 1989-1991. She was an emerging leader at that time. Now she serves as Early Childhood and Events Coordinator at Cascade Community Church. Recently, she came to Warm Beach Camp for a weekend of R&R and shared this story of life change.

Often as we minister, we plant seeds of God's love and the Gospel. Rarely, do we get to see the result of a long germination period...

One week, during a summer I spent as a horsemanship camp counselor at Warm Beach Camp, I had a precocious camper arrive who promptly pulled me aside to share that, while she understood this was a "religious" camp and there would be "religious" teachings, she did not come from that kind of background. She was polite and respectful, but wanted me to know I should not expect her to be swayed by what was shared–she was just there for the horses. I thanked her for being so upfront and assured her no one would attempt to coerce her into any kind of belief system. During the week, while she did have many questions during our Bible study times and following chapel services, I genuinely believed that as an intelligent girl, she was merely curious and wanted to understand what was being spoken. She gave no indication of having been spiritually impacted in any way by what was taught. At the end of the week, we parted happily–and she was still very firmly "non-religious." As the summer wore on, I mostly forgot about the experience.

A few years after that summer, I received a letter from this camper via my parents. In the letter she relayed to me that, now in high school, she had accepted a friend's invitation to accompany her to youth group. She enjoyed herself and began attending regularly. As she began to listen to the messages of the Gospel being shared, she was flooded with memories of her experience at Warm Beach those few years ago, and all the things that had been shared about God, the Gospel, and having a relationship with Jesus Christ. It all began to make sense to her and to reach her heart. She eventually prayed to receive Jesus and was now in a growing relationship with Him. She was writing to thank me for being the first person in her life to share the Gospel with her and patiently (but not forcefully) answer her questions. She was so grateful for how we had begun, even then, to point her toward Jesus.

Besides being thrilled with the news that she is now a believer, I was humbly reminded that many times we aren't aware of the impact we are having as we minister to others. Even when it looks like we're not making any inroads, the Spirit is at work and the Word is not void. Seeds planted germinate at different times. God's timing is perfect.

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YouthCamp 2009 218 350pxA camp counselor took some time to pray before the Night of Reflection at Warm Beach Youth Overnight Camp. She asked God to open up the hearts of her campers, and to break down any walls they had up. As she was reading her devotion one night, she came across a sentence that read, “If you keep praying…God will knock down the walls you are facing.” As she was praying for her campers, God was speaking the same truth to her! When she took a walk that night, two girls approached her and wanted to talk about their struggle with God, and invited her to pray for them. Walls came down and prayer was answered. God always speaks to our own hearts as we are praying for the words to share with others, doesn’t He? Add a comment

WBHorsemanship hugging s 350pxThere is something powerful when a child connects with a horse. It has been said that horses love us and bear our burdens unconditionally. This is the heart of Warm Beach Camp’s equestrian connection. For children who have had relational trust broken in their lives, a connection with a horse is a powerful way to rebuild trust and open a child’s heart to the possibilities of being loved and accepted.

The Warm Beach Horsemanship program offers a variety of equestrian classes and camps. For those who want to work on a team and participate in world class competition, the equestrian vaulting team offers great opportunities for local and global competition. The hall mark of the Horsemanship program are the summer week-long residential horse and vaulting camps. Relationship, skill, work ethic, competition, and a greater awareness of God and His love are the key outcomes experienced in the equestrian ministry. Lisa Tremain, Horsemanship Director, is leading a very committed and talented team of people who have a strong desire to connect people with Jesus Christ.

Information about the Warm Beach Horsemanship Program can be found at www.WBCHorsemanship.com. Those who would like to support the Horsemanship program financially can donate online, or contact Jessica Wilson at jwilson@warmbeach.com, 360-312-3417.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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specialFriends400The Easter egg hunt at Warm Beach Camp was a big hit at the Special Friends Play Day the Saturday before Easter. And yet, what if you are blind? How do you participate? One young “buddy” brilliantly led her blind camper to the tennis courts where Easter eggs were placed in the webbing of the tennis nets for this camper to discover. Oh, the joy! This precious blind camper was able to find Easter eggs by feeling her way along the tennis nets!

Special Friends Camps for adults with special needs, creatively accepts, loves, encourages, plays, and shares hope. We cannot cure anyone or rescue anyone from their circumstances. However, during the time our Special Friends campers are here, we can enter into the world of “Camp” and laugh, love, and learn together. Through this, the Spirit of Christ brings hope, touches hearts, and truly transforms the spirits of people. He cherishes as His very own.

In his article, “The New Discrimination (It’s Just the Old Discrimination),” John Hiski Ridge J.D., PhD concludes his own story as a parent of a special needs daughter, “There may be a happy ending to this story, but I don’t know what the future holds. The best we can do now is hope.”

The heart of the Special Friends program at Warm Beach Camp, is to offer hope with joy, acceptance, and love. Join us in this journey. https://www.warmbeach.com/programs/special-needs-programs  

Life changes here

Patrick Patterson, General Manager/C.O.O.
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Lakeland2017 IMG 1141Since 2007, the Senior Class of Lakeland Florida Christian School comes to Warm Beach Camp every spring for a “serving Senior Class trip.” About 90 seniors bring their best to any kind of work we throw their way. This year it included putting together new playground equipment, landscaping upgrades, weeding, clearing existing trails, blazing new trails, deep cleaning, building new picnic tables, and getting the RV area ready.  

More importantly, the students, faculty, administration and board of Lakeland Christian School are demonstrating values by how they choose to live and make a difference in this world. They show up to serve and make a real difference for the glory of God. They are helping to keep the path clear to the cross of Jesus Christ at Warm Beach Camp.

It all began in 2007 with the need to change plans for their Senior Class trip. The school’s travel agent in Florida said, “Years ago I gave my life to Christ at Warm Beach Camp at a Men’s Conference. You ought to check them out.”  Here we are, this many years later, as real ministry partners.  

One of my favorite moments each year is when the Lakeland seniors and faculty gather in a tight cluster together with the Warm Beach Camp staff surrounding them. The Warm Beach staff speaks words of blessing and prayer over their lives, asking for God’s direction and guidance at this incredible time of graduation.  

Giving God thanks for the many ways He accomplishes His work through Warm Beach Camp.

With gratitude in Christ,

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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FCamp IMG 1653 400pxHave you ever sat down with an elderly person and listened to them reminisce? If so, you’ve probably heard a lament that goes something like, “Where did the time go?”

Your family legacy can be one of shared family and faith experiences. Oasis Family Camp offers just such a time to build memories and relationships. Camp offers a getaway adventure that immerses you in fun, faith, and family for the whole five days. This “larger than life” experience together is made for sharing, not just consuming. You worship and learn about the faith walk with Jesus Christ that is both age appropriate and something you can share together.

One of last year’s attendees shared, “God has truly blessed us with such special relationships we have made and continue to make each year at Family Camp. Our kids were called to the altar and God is clearly working in their lives. Our hearts were so full of JOY by the end of camp. It is truly our favorite week of the year!”

At Oasis Family Camp, not only are family relationships strengthened but new friendships emerge. Extended families can join together in something like a reunion without anyone having to plan it all. Over time, Oasis Family Camp becomes an anchor point, a family tradition that is much greater than you would imagine. Real transformation occurs. Many years down the road, gratitude can replace lament when you reminisce about the past. Gratitude for God’s faithfulness and the lifetime of memories and joy shared at Family Camp.

For more information about Oasis Family Camp, visit https://www.warmbeach.com/programs/family-programs/family-camp

Patrick Patterson, General Manager/C.O.O.
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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Today the barn is quiet. There are no horses in the arena and no children in sight. The only sound is the distant hum of a weed eater. It’s hard to imagine in just nine weeks the stables will be full of children, horses and laughter.   

m with rusty 150webSummer Camp brings such sweet memories to mind. Each year I get the chance to witness many lives changed, many obstacles overcome and many children set free - free from the lies that they don’t matter, that they aren’t loved, that no one cares about them. I see kids’ eyes brighten as the weight of judgement and never measuring up to society’s standards, is left at the barn door. At Warm Beach Horse Camp they are accepted, they are loved, they are valued. Here they learn about God’s grace.  

I love the way God uses horses to heal hearts and instill a sense of self-worth in the lives of His beloved children. In a horse’s eyes there is no judgement - it doesn’t matter where you come from, who your friends are, what clothes you wear, or what you have done in the past. A horse just wants to love and be loved. Last year a girl told me her horse loved her. I asked how she knew this and she told me with a huge grin on her face, “He licked my face, that’s how I know he loves me!” I could not help but smile. God used this simple action to let this girl know that she is loved, that she is valued.  

I pray God will continue to use the Horsemanship Program at Warm Beach Camp this summer to soften hearts, change lives, and fill campers with the knowledge that they are loved.

Lisa Tremain
Warm Beach Horsemanship Director

Information about the Warm Beach Horsemanship Program and Summer Camp registration can be found at www.WBCHorsemanship.com

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