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

  • amphitheatre325Renovation work on the Amphitheatre is nearly complete, and what a difference it makes! The wooden boards that made up the walkways and seating had deteriorated over the years to the point they gave an unsettling, springy feeling when you walked or sat on them. Thanks to a small army of volunteers, that is a thing of the past. We are still raising the needed funding to cover the rest of the costs of this project (click here to help!). The availability of the volunteer help and the condition of the structure required this project be done as soon as possible, before the funding was all in-hand.
  • The Conditional Use Permit process continues to proceed slowly through the County. We are waiting for yet another round of County planner comments which we will review and respond to. Please pray that the plans will finally be approved this year with few additional revisions required.
  • Renovation work on five staff houses has been completed, receiving different combinations of new windows, new siding and fresh paint. There are several more staff houses waiting for new windows and other improvements in the future. While these projects don’t directly serve our guests, they are important to preserving and maintaining the investments in our staff housing and providing for the care of our staff families.
  • This time of year is when a lot of our attention turns to preparing for The Lights of Christmas. There are a number of new lighting displays that need to be created to cover the restroom construction area in front of Cedar Lodge during The Lights, and painting projects, preparing scenes and sets for the event, to name just a couple.
  • Construction of the new fuel depot area at the shop is nearing completion, and the ten picnic tables have been assembled. Help is still needed on a large firewood cutting and splitting project.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Beach at the Camp.

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joann_walston250“Come and get it!” Those words may not be heard out loud, but the Volunteer Dining Room Host knows that all the volunteers during The Lights of Christmas will make their way to the Volunteer Dining Room for supper each night. And JoAnn Walston is waiting for them.

For many years, JoAnn has been one of the faithful volunteers that have “manned” this post. From making sure there’s plenty of food, to cleaning up someone else’s mess, to smiling and greeting each volunteer as they arrive, JoAnn has helped make this position one of grace and love shown in service to the Lord.

“It is such a joy to be able to help these people who come in cold and needing something to eat,” JoAnn states, with a smile in her voice. “I just want to warm them up!”

JoAnn is just one of the 100 volunteers that are needed each night during the run of the event to help make The Lights of Christmas happen. From the Parking team and the Greeters out front to the person who helps get the Victorian Carolers into costume or hosts in the Volunteer Dining Room, there is a job that is just right for you.

For a complete listing of volunteer positions and to sign up, go to Volunteer.WarmBeachLights.com or call Jessica Beach at the Camp a 1-800-228-6724 ext. 2276.

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vol_tinhorn_town250Are you interested in becoming more involved this year with The Lights of Christmas? Maybe you’ve been a volunteer at The Lights in the past and want to do it again. We have a free program where you can hear what’s going to be new for this year, learn about all the volunteer opportunities, and get answers to your questions about what’s up with The Lights. In fact, that’s what it’s called: “What’s Up with The Lights?”

But, there’s more! Here is an opportunity to reconnect with your camp friends, get special discounts at The Camp Store, and we even provide snacks!

What’s Up With The Lights? is on Sunday, October 9th from 3 to 5 pm in Cedar Lodge. Please come join us for this informal time of fellowship, fun, and helpful information. It will get you in the Christmas spirit early this year!

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

  • Train_Car_250A new train car for the Polar Express is nearing completion and was actually rolled out during Family Camp week! This special wheelchair-accessible car will enable us to accommodate wheelchair-bound guests on the train. Funding for this project came from a grant from the Tulalip Tribes and the work was accomplished by a team of dedicated volunteers.
  • There are a number of projects going on right now. We have 14 volunteers here for the month of August, and they are really getting a lot of work accomplished. They are rebuilding the Amphitheatre, replacing siding and/or installing new windows in four staff houses. They are also working on painting projects, hosting in the Dining Room, cleaning, sewing, refinishing lobby furniture, and working on decorations for The Lights of Christmas. Wow!
  • We just received the permits from the County for the restroom relocation project in Cedar Lodge. This is a huge praise for which we are very thankful! Construction will begin very soon, and the goal, Lord willing, is to have the new restrooms open in time for The Lights of Christmas in December. Keep praying!
  • The Conditional Use Permit process continues to proceed slowly through the County. Please pray that the plans will finally be approved this year, and with few revisions required.
  • The Warner House is looking great with new exterior paint. The interior of Cascadian Lodge is getting new paint and is about half done so far. Still waiting for volunteers and funding is painting the exterior of Olympic View Lodge, putting together ten picnic tables, constructing a new fuel depot area at the shop, and a large firewood cutting and splitting project.
  • The guest snack area in Cedar Lodge was refurbished by a group of volunteers from the Arlington FM Church.

If you would be interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, contact Jessica Beach 1-800-228-6724, or at jbeach@warmbeach.com.

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Many people give to Warm Beach Camp out of the resources God has given them as individuals and families. We praise God for them. But others have discovered they can share out of the resources of their business, occupation, or professional talents. Here’s how:

  • Many companies have gift matching programs for their employees. Your employer may match every dollar you give to a qualified non-profit organization. See your employer for more information on their gift matching program.
  • In most cases, you can give to Warm Beach Camp through the United Way Campaign in your workplace. Warm Beach Camp is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and as such, can receive designated gifts through the United Way Campaign. Simply name Warm Beach Camp as the recipient of all or a portion of your pledge when you fill out your United Way pledge card in this year’s Campaign. Your United Way Campaign Coordinator can give you information on how to direct your pledge to a specific agency of your choice.
  • Volunteer your professional skills to Warm Beach Camp. We are looking for people who are skilled in nursing, the construction trades, office and technical work, building maintenance, and more. Chances are, we can use you.

Give us a call and let us know how you would like to help the ministry of Warm Beach Camp. For more information, contact Gary Kocher at gkocher@warmbeach.com, or call 1-800-228-6724. Together, we can see God do great things in the lives of children, youth, adults, and families.

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“My experiences at Warm Beach Camp have been some of the most fulfilling experiences for me, both spiritually and professionally.”

These words came from Carrie Harris, one of Warm Beach Camp’s volunteer nurses. She continues, “Warm Beach is one of my favorite places. There are very few places on this earth where my family and I would rather spend our free time. We feel like we are truly on holy ground. We love Warm Beach.”

From weeklong camps to weekend retreats, and ranging from summer youth camps to adult conferences, and The Lights of Christmas, over 70 Warm Beach Camp events each year must be covered by a camp nurse. Volunteer nurses receive room and board for them and their family, plus there are discounts available for family members to attend camp sessions at the same time.

There are almost always needs for camp nurses at Warm Beach for upcoming events. To qualify, the Nurse must be a certified LPN or RN. If interested, please email Jessica Beach at jbeach@warmbeach.com, or give her a call at 1-800-228-6724 ext. 2276, for more information. Discover why, like the Harris family, you and your family will love the volunteer nursing program at WBC!

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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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