Cascadian Room Remodle 450pxJanuary is a transition month between The Lights of Christmas Festival and our winter/spring retreat season. Here’s what is happening this winter:

  • The Lights of Christmas scenes, sets, and décor are going back into storage and the grounds are being restored for winter retreats.
  • Cascadian Lodge remodeling has begun! The facility is receiving insulation, noise reduction, new fixtures, carpet, furniture, and interior décor.
  • The Stables will have cross-ties installed, providing improved safety and covered space for tacking up horses.
  • Automatic door openers will be installed on at least one set of doors in the Program Center, Maple Center, and Cedar Lodge. This will enhance accessibility for those with mobility challenges.
  • Tree thinning will occur in areas that need more understory planted later this spring.
  • Whistler Mini-Lodge will receive upgrades to the meeting room and remodeling of one of the bathrooms.
  • Metal roofs, sidewalks, mini-golf, pool, and tennis courts will receive power wash cleaning.
  • Landscape maintenance such as pruning and cleaning the beds will occur in February and March so that beauty bark can go down before the weeds start pushing up.
  • Planning is underway for a new cabin in Chinook Village and possible road paving that may occur over the next couple years.

Interested in volunteering?
Whether you have a few hours or a few days, your help is appreciated! Contact Faith Oates, Volunteer Coordinator, (360) 761-1267 or email foates@warmbeach.com.

Interested in donating?
If you are interested in supporting the projects financially, donate online or contact Jeannie Patterson, Administrative Assistant: 360-312-4984 or email jpatterson@warmbeach.com.

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Estate Planning 450pxDid you know...

 Warm Beach Camp Foundation offers estate planning services?

If you answer “NO” to any more than one of the questions below, you just might benefit from estate planning services.

Question 1: I am an immortal who does not experience physical death and will not need burial arrangements.  Yes ___   No ____  

Question 2:  I am immune to all forms of disease or injury and will remain fully able to communicate my wishes about the healthcare, financial and practical needs for myself and loved ones under my care.  Yes ___   No ____  

Question 3:  I have sworn an oath of poverty, and have foresworn all earthly possessions and methods of payment (money)?  Yes ___   No ____  

All kidding aside, all of us can benefit from estate planning services such as wills, powers of attorney, and trusts. The Warm Beach Camp Foundation assists those in all stages of life with these important matters. To schedule your free, confidential, and no obligation consultation, contact our Warm Beach Camp Foundation Director, Scott Rossiter at (425) 367-7034 or by email at srossiter@warmbeach.com

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Nativity Volunteer Article 450pxThis year, The Lights of Christmas Festival saw record breaking numbers with 78,753 guests in attendance. Over 700 volunteers and 159 staff worked cleaning rooms, serving food, parking cars, selling tickets, driving the train, helping in Elfland Toyshop, and a number of other festival jobs. The volunteers make The Lights of Christmas possible!

Volunteers came from near and far. Some helped for one night and others helped for the entire event. One volunteer couple, Jim and Chris Nydam, came all the way from Redlands, California, 1250 miles away.

The Nydams heard about the event through friends who work at Warm Beach Camp and they decided to stop in for a night and volunteer. After the experience, they came away with praise for everything from the volunteer sign-up process to the overnight accommodations. When asked what their favorite part of The Lights of Christmas was, Chris said, “The nativity was especially beautiful, from the hanging angel to the music in the background. I could really sense the presence of the Lord on the grounds. What a great event this is!”

While this was their first time to volunteer at The Lights of Christmas, the Nydams are planning to return next year with their whole family. The Lights of Christmas simply couldn’t take place without volunteers like these.

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The good news of Jesus coming is for everyone. Everyone is invited. Everyone is included.

It is meant to be shared in everything we do. The life He offers to everyone who believes in Him is nothing to be ashamed about. Quite the opposite. His good news is meant to flow through every aspect of our lives.

Interaction with other people is meant to be filled with grace. When truth is shared, it is meant to be shared in love. We are meant to live generously with each other. Sharing with each other sacrificially in times of need.

The good news of Jesus challenges us to love and forgive people when we are in conflict with them. Jesus reminds us to lead from a position of serving.

We are also told that we are not left to do this ourselves. The Holy Spirit has been given to guide us into all truth, comfort us in times of hurt, and to give us the words to say in pressurized situations. The Holy Spirit is an encouragement to come alongside of us.

One thing is asked of all of us: To believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to save us from all that separates us from God.

The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Camp is meant to lift up the beautiful truth that Jesus, the Son of God, has come. He is here. No one needs to be separated from God anymore.

From all of us at Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center,
Merry Christmas.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes…” - Romans 1:16

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LOC Display Blog px450Fall is a time of year in which we wrap up summer projects and begin to prepare for The Lights of Christmas. Work currently underway includes:

  • New flooring for Warner House has been laid. The next area to receive new flooring will be the Cedar Lodge entryways.
  • Following The Lights of Christmas, the remainder of the storage containers in the maintenance yard will be re-positioned for more usable storage space. Efficiently designed storage is very important to the stewardship of The Lights of Christmas.
  • At the stables, worn out corral fencing is being replaced this fall. As time, volunteers, and donations allow, we would like to add loafing sheds to some of the horse corrals that would allow the horses to be under cover some of the time. Plus, we will be adding cross-ties to the interior of the barn. Cross-ties create wider spaces for campers to work around their horses. These projects are on-going throughout the winter.
  • New road signs are installed thus improving ease of navigation around the grounds.
  • This month, the roads are receiving new gravel and grading that will allow for better driving and walking experience during The Lights of Christmas.
  • November is the month in which most of the outdoor scenes and sets are erected. We can always use more help Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm in putting up tents, artwork, the nautical scene, the ponds, gnomes, and more.
  •  Wonderland (Mt Cabin) area is receiving a thematic makeover which will take two years to accomplish. Phase one includes new lighted elements and design touches to the Mt Cabins. Wonderland is a new holiday fairy tale area.

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 email her at foates@warmbeach.com.

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LOC Volunteer Blog px450More than 140 volunteers are needed each of the 22 nights The Lights of Christmas is open. We especially need more volunteers for the nights of December 26 through 30.

It takes people serving as parking attendants, costumed characters, greeters, ticket sellers, toy shop “elves,” hosts, 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 Lights than being on the team that puts it on!

We also need about 150 volunteers to come to Thanksgiving Working Weekend on November 23rd to 26th and help put on all the finishing touches. Then, after The Lights closes, we need another 150 volunteers to help with Take-Down, getting lots of stuff down and put away. That will happen on January 6th and 7th.

As a volunteer, you can share the hope and joy of the Christmas season with the thousands of people attending The Lights. What better gift could you give? 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.  Or, e-mail Faith Oates, Volunteer Coordinator, at foates@warmbeach.com. For the best chance of getting the volunteer assignment you want, sign up as soon as possible!

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LOC Blog Picture 450pxEven if you’ve seen The Lights before, you will find lots of fun new things this year! There is lots of activity going on around the grounds at Warm Beach Camp as we get everything ready for The Lights of Christmas to open for the 2017 season.

A new light display has been created to go with the Gloria angels near the Nativity Scene. It is a spectacular light fountain that will be in the middle of the angel display. Then, check out the Nativity Scene where you will find several new Nativity pieces have been added.

The Mountain Cabins have been spruced up with new window shutters and boxes and painted fascia boards. The Pines area has a new spacious planting berm which will be full of light. And, the new sidewalk will be open for pedestrian traffic between Joyland and Cedar Lodge.

Be sure to try some of the new offerings by our food vendors.  Also notice that some of the locations have been rearranged from last year.

In the Live Theatre, the play this year is Back Home on the Tumblin' D by Victoria Ritchey and is the sequel to last year’s play.

Many people tell us there is a special feeling when they are at The Lights. Share this feeling with those you love. Share the ministry of The Lights of Christmas this year.

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Lutheran Brethren Family Bible Camp has been going for 69 years. Fifty-five of those years have been in ministry partnership with Warm Beach Camp, forming a family-like relationship. Zoe and her family have been a part of their Family Camp for many years. Her testimony bears witness to the amazing ways God changes lives at Warm Beach Camp.

“I want to thank everyone at Warm Beach Camp for keeping the path clear to the cross all these years. It has made all the difference in our family. For a long time my husband did not know Christ. He is a long haul truck driver, and could be a hard person to live with before Christ. In 2002 he made a commitment to come to camp with our family. Towards the end of the week, he responded to the invitation to meet and accept Jesus Christ.” 

The positive change in the family was dramatic and enduring. Zoe cherishes the photos of her husband being ordained an Elder in the Lutheran Brethren Church a few years later. Her family has been forever changed for the good.

One of her sons, a Navy sailor, recently recounted how much it meant to him to attend Lutheran Brethren Family Camp through his childhood years. He even decided to donate campership money so others could continue to come and grow up with the same significant experience at camp. 

Zoe’s story illustrates the ways that life changes here. We are grateful for all those who work faithfully in partnering with us to keep the path clear to the cross.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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

  • SignThe new sidewalk from Cedar Lodge Chapel to the Program Center has been completed. Landscaping and park benches add to the beauty and peacefulness of the surroundings.
  • New flooring is scheduled this fall for the Abbot Cabin, Warner House, and the entryways of Cedar Lodge Lobby.
  • Storage containers are being re-arranged in the maintenance yard in order to provide increased parking for The Lights of Christmas. This project will continue into 2018.
  • A new staff cottage received a new roof and other structural and cosmetic improvements. 
  • Work is underway on upgrades to The Lights of Christmas. A new fairy tale theme area will be taking shape over the next couple of years.
  • New and improved road signage made its appearance this summer. Work is underway to complete this improvement in time for The Lights of Christmas.
  • At the stables, new cross-tie stalls are being worked on as volunteers are available. These provide wider spaces for campers to groom and saddle their horses.

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 email her.

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K2C Auction 2017The day of the auction the energy in the tent was evident, the items displayed for auction were impressive - vacations, outdoor gear, grills, toys, handmade items, and baked goods… you can’t forget the baked goods! The Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction takes months of planning, lots of volunteer help, generous donations and a tent full of bidders. Who would have guessed the talk of the day would be a dozen cinnamon rolls and a gallon of granola? The bidding for this item went on for a good 15 minutes, the competing bids swirling around the tent. Finally the cinnamon rolls and granola “SOLD” for $500! Celia Hansen, the Camp’s baker, offered to make a second identical item, for the next highest bidder. Bringing the grand total for this famous Camp breakfast to $1,000!

The day went off without a hitch, fun was had by all and the auction tent was cleared out and cleaned up as quickly as it was all put together. All of this to help fund Kids 2 Camp scholarships that make camp possible for kids who otherwise couldn’t attend. Last year 606 kids got to experience the joy of camp, hear the gospel and experience life change.

By Faith Oates
Volunteer Coordinator

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It came in the mail... a bulky envelope from a partnership ministry who sent several kids to summer camp who have experienced some hard things in life. Donors of Warm Beach Camp made camp possible for these kids by giving to the Kids 2 Camp scholarship fund.

In the envelope were several thank you notes. Each thank you note read like a precious gift to me. "Thank you for helping me come to camp." read one. Another stated, "I made some really good friends at camp." One camper said, "I really like the horse you gave me to ride, can I ride it again next year?"

A few of the notes talked specifically about camp chapel times. "The chapels were the best part of camp." And, "I really liked the things we talked about."

Each note filled me with gratitude for many reasons:

  1. Every camper had a great experience.
  2. The generosity of people giving to Kids 2 Camp scholarships makes this possible.
  3. The Warm Beach staff and volunteers did a fantastic job meeting each kid right where they were.
  4. The kids hope they can return.
  5. Several kids grew in their connection with God.

I am so grateful for an entire ministry that bends itself for the well-being of kids, giving them a chance to be loved and connect with God. I am also grateful the kids took time to say thank you.

For all who helped, and will help, make camp possible for kids - THANK YOU.

Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center

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