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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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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K2C BenefitAuction IMG 3366“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.

Too far away or have a schedule conflict? You can still participate by donating online, emailing, or calling Jeannie at 360-312-4984.

Help us claim matching funds of $65K.

Hope to see you at the Kids 2 Camp Auction on Saturday, August 26!

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KoreaTeam2017The 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.

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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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