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The ministry of Warm Beach Camp takes on many forms. The most publicly visible aspects of the ministry are programs we plan and sponsor, such as Special Friends Camps for adults with disabilities, Horsemanship Camps, and The Lights of Christmas Festival. Yet, the majority of guests who come to Warm Beach Camp attend year-round events produced by nearly 300 different church, school, or non-profit groups that rent our facilities.
These guest groups are our partners in ministry. Each group’s event, in their unique way, is designed to change lives and transform communities.
Earlier this year, we heard from a group who specifically focuses on ministry to the Japanese community in the Puget Sound Region. JEMS (Japanese Evangelical Mission Society) has been holding annual family camps at Warm Beach Camp for decades. Their PNW Director, Carolyn Shimabukuro, shared the following in her newsletter:
How wonderful it is to open an email and read, “I have great news from the JEMS Warm Beach Camp (Aug. 2016)... a Japanese guy... received Christ on December 31. PTL! He has joined our men’s Bible study and will come to our church.” The seeds of the gospel were planted at Warm Beach and with four months of watering through prayers, friendship, and additional partnerships with conferences and churches, this young man received Christ. One by one people are coming into an authentic relationship of faith in Jesus Christ. God uses all of us as a wonderful Body of Christ – and we can all praise Him for being the One who makes all things grow.
“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” 1 Corinthians 3:7
Warm Beach Camp provides Christ-centered hospitality in partnership with groups like JEMS and God uses this to invite people into relationship with Himself. While much of the daily tasks for Warm Beach Camp’s staff are cleaning, cooking, office work, maintenance, and grounds keeping, etc. we are encouraged how God weaves together the work of many to accomplish His purposes on Earth. This is our way of, “keeping the path clear to the cross” and it is this hope which sustains us. God is at work. Life changes here.
Patrick Patterson, General Manager/C.O.O.
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center
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At the heart of a camp or retreat experience at Warm Beach Camp is one thing: An invitation to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
In our world today, we are dealing with all kinds of problems and proposed solutions. We see the realities of this show up at camp all the time. Jesus offers a clear response — it is surprisingly simple, and yet life changing. Jesus invites us into relationship.
Warm Beach Camp is all about inviting people into relationship. The people, experiences, and programs are all built around healthy relationships that communicate love and acceptance. Forgiveness is lived out daily. Grace is extended. Community values are practiced for the benefit and encouragement of everyone.
There is a simple truth — healthy relationships are the basis for a healthy world. God made us this way. There is one relationship that brings it all together and allows life to work... a relationships with Jesus Christ.
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center
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“Come one, come all!” to Warm Beach Camp’s annual Kids 2 Camp Auction in the big red and white circus tent near the Camp entrance on Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9:30am-2:00pm.
Enjoy the fun, fellowship, and family atmosphere while helping raise money for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund. The scholarships help kids come to camp who otherwise would not be able to attend because of finances.
Come ready to bid on a wonderful selection of items for all ages including toys, household décor and services, clothing, appliances, tools, sporting equipment, vacation trips, etc. A complete list can be found online. Stock up on gifts for Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries. There’s something for everyone, even the family pet.
Back by popular demand, the baking squad will provide the following delicious auction items – pies, cakes, granola, and cinnamon rolls – for crazy, fun bidding. It’s a scrumptious way to give to the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund.
Help us claim matching funds of $65K.
Hope to see you at the Kids 2 Camp Auction on Saturday, August 26!Add a comment
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The Church in South Korea is inspiring. With a fraction of the population of America, it is the second largest missionary-sending country in the world, just behind the U.S.! Korean Christians are some of the most passionate of any in the world.
Nevertheless, only 30% of Koreans express faith in Christ. Korean Christians are working hard to reach their fellow citizens. One of the effective means of reaching Koreans with the Gospel is through English language learning.
Myungsun Presbyterian Church, just outside of Seoul, has an extensive outreach through English ministry. The key to their success is an annual summer English Camp in South Korea and a Summer American Immersion experience here in the Pacific Northwest. Warm Beach Camp partners with Myungsun to send a team of 10-20 American youth and adults to South Korea to work with them in ministry. And each summer, 30 Korean young people attend a week of Warm Beach summer camp as part of their American cultural experience.
This year, a twelve-person Warm Beach Camp Korea ministry team served in South Korea August 1-15, 2017. They were joined by 20 Korean young people who rapidly immersed the team in Korean culture building effective teamwork. Once oriented, the team joined the Korean hosts in ministry to the homeless, holding the English day camp at a local church and a week-long English Camp. The experience is truly a ministry immersion with our Korean hosts.
English Camp combines English language learning with camp-style games, crafts, music, and sports. Along with ministry to elementary-age campers, Korean and American High School students enter a leadership track where they will assist with the camp and spend time in biblical leadership studies led by the U.S. Team Pastor.
The Lord always reaches deeply into the hearts of His people as we go and engage in the work to which He calls us. Saying “Yes” to Jesus when He calls us to go is the first step in a journey of transformation.Add a comment
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Saturday, August 26, 2017
The 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!Add a comment
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On 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!Add a comment
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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:
The 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.Add a comment
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I 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 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.Add a comment
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There 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-312-3417.
Ed McDowell, Executive Director
Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center