Benefit Event Raising Funds for Kids 2 Camp
Saturday, August 27, 2011

AugExtrav_250The twelfth 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 to go to camp. Last year, the Extravaganza raised $54,000!

You will find some incredible items in the auctions including lots of great gift ideas, and even once-in-a-lifetime experiences … each item going on the auction block. There’s something for everyone 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, dining opportunities, gift certificates, craft items, tools, kids toys, golf packages, sports memorabilia, home furnishings, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Click here to see the entire list! 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 27.

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Extravaganza_Bid_250Benefit Event Raising Funds for Kids 2 Camp
Saturday, August 27, 2011

The twelfth 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 $54,000!

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 27.

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • The application for permits to do the restroom relocation project in Cedar Lodge has been submitted to the County for approval. This process will take a minimum of three months to complete. Lord willing, the actual work on this first phase of the Cedar Lodge renovation project will begin later this year. After years of talking about moving the restrooms upstairs in Cedar Lodge, it may just be months away from actually happening. Keep praying!
  • The Conditional Use Permit process continues to proceed, albeit slowly, through the County. Please pray that the plans will be approved by the County this year with support from the community and with few revisions required.
  • programcenterA_250At the Program Center, new carpeting for Meeting Room A has been ordered with funding coming from Men’s Advance and Women’s Retreats. Exterior painting is waiting for additional funding, and the railing project in the courtyard is waiting for volunteer labor.
  • Volunteers have taken down the bridge on the Nature Trail in the kettle-hole cirque for safety reasons, and soon we will be dismantling the “McDonald’s” Playland structure for the same reason.
  • Other projects in the works as funding allows include painting the exteriors of Olympic View Lodge and the Warner House, painting the interior of Cascadian Lodge, putting together ten picnic tables, constructing a new fuel depot area at the shop, and cutting, splitting and stacking more than 20 cords of wood.
  • Thanks to the gifts received from a recent letter sent out, we will be installing a new counter top and refinishing the cabinets in the guest snack area of Cedar Lodge and constructing several portable stage sections for our meeting rooms. And, when we have the volunteer labor, we will be installing some park benches.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Beach at 800-228-6724 or jbeach@warmbeach.com.

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Memorial Working WkndHave you made any plans for your Memorial Day Weekend? May I be so bold as to offer a suggestion? WBC’s Memorial Day Working Weekend is a long standing volunteer event that draws many of the Camp’s veteran volunteers back year after year. They have their favorite jobs and love the fellowship of working alongside others in support of the Camp’s ministry.

Memorial Day Working Weekend is an event that brings volunteers together to help the Camp prepare for the busy summer camping season. Volunteers paint, garden, clean, sew, pressure wash, chop wood, help with The Lights of Christmas projects, provide child care, or help with other important projects.

It’s a great opportunity for individuals, families, and groups to get involved in something significant. When asked what they liked best about volunteering at Working Weekend they said, “It’s the fun of working alongside other people.” Another said, “I love getting a pair of heavy duty pruning sheers and whacking away at something. It’s really gratifying.”

This year, the event runs from May 27-30. Volunteers arrive and get settled in on Friday night. Then the work begins after breakfast on Saturday morning and goes till dinnertime. Sunday is a day of rest and recreation. Then, it’s back to work on Monday morning until dinner when there is a celebration of everything that was accomplished.

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 and meals are provided for a small fee.

For more information contact the Registration Department at 360-652-7575 / 800-228-6724 (Toll free) or registration@warmbeach.com. To register click here.

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Kids2CampWeb250With 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 $117,000 was given for Kids 2 Camp scholarships, helping 1,460 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.

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 this page, or mark your gift for the Kids 2 Camp program and mail it to the Camp.

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2011 Winter Warm UpFor about 80 Northwest vaulters, the Winter Warm Up Fest is a competition weekend of “firsts.”

  • First competition of the season
  • First time performing new routines
  • First time competing with new team members

All winter long, vaulters refine their compulsory move skills, experiment with new free-style routines, and stretch their limits of physical conditioning.  For some, this is their first competition ever and for others the first competition at a new level. The first competition of the Spring is a chance to see the fruits of a long winter of preparation.

Warm Beach Vaulters were blessed to win first place in all but two rounds of competition and there they won second place.  Vaulting is a team sport with every vaulter supported by parents, horses, lungers, coaches, and fellow vaulters.  Such a strong showing at the first competition of the season is a tribute to the dedication of each vaulter and the team of supporters that surround them.

Congratulations, Warm Beach Vaulters!

Warm Beach Vaulters comprise nearly half of any regional competition they attend.  Their positive influence, uplifting attitudes, and support to other clubs contribute mightily to the strength of the region.  Even more important than their accomplishments in the vaulting ring is the influence they have as God’s love shines through these amazing athletes, coaches, and staff.

The next competition is May 28-29 at Fallbrook Farms in Hillsboro Oregon and then Regionals June 18-19 at the Washington State Horse Park in Ellensberg, WA.  We hope to see you there!

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Here is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • The Camp received a review comment letter from Snohomish County a week ago regarding the Conditional Use Permit we’ve submitted. We will be responding with further information and clarifications. So far, the process is proceeding well. Please pray that the plans will be approved this year with support from the community and few revisions required by the County.
  • While we complete the final plans for the Cedar Lodge restroom project and then wait for building permits from the County, work started last month on some major repair work in the dish room that must be done before the main project can be started. This has taken the dish room out of service since early February, requiring the use of disposable tableware to serve our guests. Just a few days ago, we got the dish room back up and running. Now, Lord willing, the actual work on the first phase of the Cedar Lodge renovation project will begin later this year.
  • thumb_Light-TestersWith all of the lights from The Lights of Christmas now back in storage tubs, it is time to start testing each string of lights and making needed repairs. This will take the next seven months to complete. There is a small group of staff and volunteers who are working on this project as they have time, but it is a daunting task to check all 1.2 million lights! Please pray that God will send ample workers to make “light work” of this huge job. Next year when you see all of those lights at the Camp during December, remember the people who made sure they would all light up!
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  • A major refurbishment project is underway in the bunkhouse cabins at W-Bar-B Ranch. New windows have just been installed. Work still to be done includes repainting the interiors, putting down new flooring, and installing new siding. We are also trying to secure funding to install decks on the cabins, as well.
  • Several projects are in the works for this spring. Carpeting in Program Center Meeting Rooms B and C has been installed. The carpeting in Meeting Room A and the exterior painting at the Program Center is waiting for additional funding. The railing project in the courtyard at the Program Center is waiting for volunteer labor. And, plans are in the works to repaint the exterior of one of the Camp’s dorm houses. If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any of these projects, contact Jessica Beach at the Camp at 800-228-6724 or jbeach@warmbeach.com.
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help-wanted250Each summer, the Camp seeks to fill between 40 and 45 summer job positions with people who have a desire to serve God, minister to people, and be part of a ministry that touches the lives for Christ. These staffers serve during the two-and-a-half-month period from mid-June to the end of August. In most cases, no experience is necessary.

There are currently summer employment openings for counselors in Youth Camp and Horsemanship Camp, facilitators for Day Camp, Youth Camp, and Horsemanship Camp, workers in food service, accommodations, maintenance, recreation, and wranglers in the Horsemanship program.

Do you know someone looking for something new and exciting to do this summer? They could experience the life-changing work of summer staff employment at Warm Beach Camp. We are looking for those with a passion for ministry, enough energy to last the summer, are at least 18 years old by June, and graduated from High School. Warm Beach Camp may be the perfect opportunity for summer employment!

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Project-Serve_250pxIt’s a cold Saturday in February and the rain is bone chilling. Yet, there is a group of high school age young people wearing yellow rain coats working on one of the Camp’s roads. They are busy shoveling dirt off a truck and into the pot holes that riddle the dirt roads on the grounds. Most high school kids would probably choose a different way to spend a cold, wet Saturday, but these high schoolers are not just any young people. They are here as a group through the Stanwood-based organization, Serve it Up.

Serve it Up is an organization that connects Stanwood High School students who need to complete their community service requirements for graduation with over 40 local organizations that need volunteer help. Serve it Up is part of the non-profit organization, Stanwood Community Ministries, that operates "The Station," a non-profit coffee shop/game room in downtown Stanwood. Since June of 2010, 120 Serve it Up students have contributed 993 hours of volunteer service through 35 projects. Four of those projects have been on the grounds of Warm Beach Camp.

Serve it Up provided two volunteer groups during The Lights of Christmas in December 2010, and two more groups were here to help improve WBC’s grounds last month.

Brian Hoyer, the leader of Serve it Up, says, “The kids always have a good time at Warm Beach,” even after filling pot holes on a rainy day. Brian said, “The staff at the Camp understand youth culture and they communicate with the kids really well. And, it’s great to get everyone outside.”

Are you looking for a way to fulfill your community service requirements? Warm Beach Camp can provide a way for you to meet your requirements that is satisfying and rewarding. We are currently recruiting volunteers to help with everything from painting projects to saddle cleaning. We can customize your volunteer experience to fit your time frame and range of skills, and offer projects that can accommodate groups or individuals from near or far.

If you need more information or would like a complete list of opportunities available, contact Jessica Beach at 360-652-7575 x2276 or jbeach@warmbeach.com. Or, check out our volunteer page.

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240_cedarlodge_drawingHere is the latest news on the Camp projects currently underway:

  • The Camp’s Conditional Use Permit has been submitted to the County. Now it goes through a 120 day evaluation and hearing process. We are hoping that the public hearing where there is opportunity for the community to comment on the plans can take place in February. The County can also require revisions. Please pray that the plans will be approved with support from the community and few revisions by the County.
  • While we complete the final plans for the Cedar Lodge renovation project and wait for building permits, work has begun on some major repair work in the dish room that must be done before the main project can be started. This takes the dish room out of service for about four weeks, requiring the use of disposable tableware to serve our guests. Hopefully, this work will be completed quickly and without any hitches. Lord willing, the actual work on the Cedar Lodge project, first phase — moving the restrooms to the main floor — will begin later this year.
  • The light hanging crew is busy taking down the 1.2 million Christmas lights from The Lights of Christmas. It takes three months to put up all the lights, and about a month to take them down. Then, between February and September when we start the light hanging process all over again, each string must be tested and the broken ones repaired.
  • Projects being prepared for this spring include repainting the interiors and putting down new flooring in the W-Bar-B Bunkhouse cabins, and installing new windows and siding, and painting the exterior of one of the Camp’s dorm houses. At the Program Center, we will be replacing the railings in the Courtyard, putting down new carpeting in two of the meeting rooms, and repainting the exterior walls. If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any of these projects, contact Jessica Beach at the Camp.
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George-Colby_250px“It’s difficult to say how long I’ve been volunteering at The Lights of Christmas. It’s been so long I don’t remember,” said volunteer George Colby. After giving it some thought, George figures he has been bringing groups to volunteer at The Lights for more than ten years. This year, he came with three different groups, the Boy Scouts, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and the Camano Chapel youth group.

Volunteer groups make up about a third of the total number of volunteers who help at The Lights. This year, 15 volunteer groups came to serve. When I asked George why he comes year after year, he said, “I think it’s a practical way to be involved in a community service that has a significant purpose. The kids have a great time and it gives me an opportunity to hang out with them in an environment I wouldn’t normally be able to.”

“Volunteering during The Lights of Christmas is not your ordinary volunteer experience,” George said. “It gives kids a chance to do things they wouldn’t normally do, like sell tickets, be a costume character, help in parking, or work in the toy shop. That’s what’s cool about The Lights.”

Not only are the jobs fun but volunteers are served dinner the night they volunteer, receive a ticket to come back to The Lights on another night, and if the group has come from outside the area, provided with overnight accommodations.

“I like volunteering at The Lights because it’s a community service that doesn’t involve trauma, sadness, or brokenness. The whole volunteer experience is based on such a joyful occasion,” said George.

Some of the people who attend The Lights of Christmas come into the event with heavy hearts but, time after time, we are told that the spirit of the event, much contributed to by its volunteers, lifts that sadness and sends guests on their way with a much diminished burden.

Thank you to all of the volunteers of The Lights of Christmas for helping to deliver the hope of the Christmas season to thousands of people.

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