Silent Auction 2015After a summer of warm, dry weather in Western Washington, it didn’t seem fair that a sudden change brought rain and gusty winds to Warm Beach Camp on August 29, the day of the Camp’s annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction. Despite the weather, a crowd of people showed up for the event, and at the end of the day, the auction raised $111,900 for the Kids 2 Camp Scholarship fund, the most ever raised from the auction!

This will make it possible for a lot of kids to go to camp who would not have been able to without all of the generous donors and participants at this event!

By the end of this year, more than $177,000 will have been given out in scholarships, helping bring more than 1,625 campers to WBC. We are committed to turning no child away from camp if the reason they can’t attend is financial. But, it requires funds for scholarships to make this possible. Each year, many people help provide the financial resources so this can happen.

We are very grateful to each of our auction donors who gave items to be placed in the auctions. We also want to thank all of the very generous bidders who came to the event and bought all those items.

More than the money raised, the success of this event is measured in the changed lives of the kids who will get to go to camp. Mark your calendar now for the seventeenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

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GordonsSizedIf you had told the Gordon family a year ago they would be living and volunteering at Warm Beach Camp, they probably would have laughed at you. The Gordons were living in a comfortable home not far from the Camp.

Several years ago, Jamie and Steve started talking about the possibility of taking up R.V. living in Steve’s retirement years. The family, including their daughter Amber, has done lots of camping and always enjoyed it. They felt the desire to simplify their lives and to contribute to something bigger than themselves. They never imagined the opportunity would come so soon.

During The Lights of Christmas 2014, Steve was serving alongside another volunteer who was doing the very thing Steve and Jamie had dreamed of — R.V. living and volunteering, and they were doing it at Warm Beach Camp.

In the spring, feeling the Lord’s prompting, Jaime began making some investigative calls to see if Warm Beach would be a good fit for their family, too. By September, their house was on the market and they had begun living and volunteering at Warm Beach Camp.

The Gordons are just getting their start at the Camp but plan on staying for a while. Steve and Jamie both help with grounds keeping and say they feel blessed to be able to serve. They appreciate the physical activity that comes with keeping up a large facility and Amber loves the horses and the wide variety of things to do at Camp. Warm Beach Camp is thrilled to have the Gordons as a part of our volunteer family.

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

  • Construction is finally nearing completion on the two new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps. There is some finishing electrical and plumbing projects to be done as soon as the contractors are able to schedule the work, and outside landscaping and site grooming to be done early next year.

  • Solar Panels ProjectThe Camp was awarded a grant from the Snohomish County P.U.D. for a solar power project installed on Cedar Lodge. The solar panels are up and running, producing electricity that is providing part of the power needs for Cedar Lodge. We appreciate the fine work of Arlington Electric who did the installation and grateful for the funding received from Snohomish PUD through the Planet Power program.

  • The exteriors of the Stables barns are currently being painted with volunteer help.

  • Work is underway to create 100 more parking spaces for The Lights of Christmas. These spaces are needed to handle the ever-growing numbers of vehicles that arrive each evening of The Lights.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or email her at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

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The home we long for...

Have you ever experienced or even found yourself longing for a place of security, provision, unconditional love and acceptance, and an overwhelming sense of belonging?

Whether this describes a desire or a real experience, all of us wish we could stay right there. It just feels like "home" - at least the kind of home we wish for deep down. If we let ourselves reflect and ask, "Is there such a home for me," I believe we can hear the affirming voice of God to which we can say by faith, "I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live." Psalm 23: 6 (Today's English Bible)

If you need a place that will connect you to God's house of love, please make Warm Beach Camp part of your life. Over and over again, we see how life changes here.

Patrick Patterson, General Manager/C.O.O.


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Overnight at The Lights

Contest entries must be submitted by Oct. 12, 2015 midnight. One winner will be drawn at random for $50 OFF on Overnight at The Lights 2015 Reservation. The prize is not redeemable for cash. Expires 12/29/2015. See official rules.

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Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction
Saturday, August 29, 2015

AuctionTable1The sixteenth annual Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction is just days away! This fun 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 $105,000!

This year, you will find some incredible items in the auctions, including lots of great gift items, some real "finds," and even some nice get-a-way experiences. There’s something for everyone and every price range!

The auction preview opens at 10:00 a.m., and the first auction begins at 10:45 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, 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, including Ivar’s clam chowder and the Camp’s delicious cinnamon rolls.

This is the largest fundraiser we hold each year for the Kids 2 Camp Fund, and is important in providing the needed funding that allows any child who wants to come to camp with a way to attend. Besides, it is just plain fun for everyone who attends the auction! Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 29, and plan on attending.

For more information, or to see a list of the auction items, go to the Auction website, Kids 2 Camp Benefit Auction.

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

  • The renovation work in lower Cedar Lodge has been completed! This is the first time the kitchen has been expanded since the building was built in the late 1950’s. The refurbishing work in Cedar Lodge Chapel will be done next year, and will focus on updating the room, installing energy efficient windows, and upgrading the audio/visual systems.

  • SF Dorm Flooring1Construction is nearing completion on the two new Chinook Village dorms to serve the Special Friends Overnight Camps. Right now, the flooring is being installed (photo at right). We expect the dorms to be done by the end of September. Once construction is finished, there will still be some outside landscaping and site grooming to be done that we will need a work crew to help with.

  • Bayview Ranch House has received fresh paint and the new gutters have been installed.

  • Camp groups have really been enjoying the expanded fire circle and stage area at the Amphitheater this summer. These improvements are in preparation for a new permanently installed outdoor sound system scheduled to go in next year. This project is being funded by the Apostolic Family Camp and Warm Beach Camp.

  • New playground equipment in the Tot Lot is installed and ready to provide lots of fun for the younger campers. We are grateful for the donors who gave financial gifts for this project, and for the volunteers who installed it. Let the fun begin!

  • Many of our landscaping rail fences that help beautify the grounds have been replaced this summer by several MMAP volunteer groups. We are grateful for their help with this project.

  • The Camp has been awarded a grant for a solar power project that will be installed on Cedar Lodge. The project installation is scheduled for this fall, and is expected to provide up to 20% of Cedar Lodge’s power needs.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any projects, whether you have a few hours or a few days, call Jessica Wilson at (360) 312-3417 or email her at jwilson@warmbeach.com.

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SF High Ropes3God is at work all around the Camp this summer — in more ways than we can imagine. One of the areas is the Special Friends Camp program.

Special Friends Camp is a place for special needs teens and adults to experience all the fun of camp, regardless of the challenges they face. Campers get the opportunity to go swimming, play mini-golf, ride a horse, go on the zip line, and do almost anything else other campers get to do.

Campers are provided camp counselor “Buddies” who assist campers for the week. Many of these are volunteers, about 45 to 50 each week, helping to fill a vital role, making sure their campers have a safe and fun time at camp! Many are high school aged youth. They grow personally as God uses them to show His love to these special campers. Adults also come out to be buddies, or help with crafts, do face painting, or lead other activities.

This year, Special Olympics brought several of their special needs teens and adults out to experience the fun of overnight camp for a week, joining our campers for some of the activities.

God is also touching the lives of the campers’ parents and caregivers, who are able to experience a much needed break when they can bring their child to camp, knowing that they will be cared for, accepted, and even celebrated.

Several generous donors and charitable foundations have partnered with the Camp to help cover program expenses, and to fund two brand new dorm style cabins that will be available for overnight special needs camps and retreats, and will open up new opportunities for year-round programs and events.

Yes, God is at work in the Special Friends Camps. He is using a lot of people to be His hands and feet, touching lives in a special way. Thank you to all who have had a part in making this program possible this summer!

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Steve JohnsonsSteve and Jacque Johnson recently joined the volunteer corps at Warm Beach Camp. They have dedicated much of their liives to the service of the Lord and are impassioned by working with youth and overseas missions, among a long list of other things they have done.

But it hasn’t always been like this. Both Steve and Jacque came to know the Lord in their thirties. Prior to salvation both admitted that they were “not the people you see now.” The Spirit of the Lord swept through the Johnson’s lives and were almost instantaneously transformed. “My eyes were opened,” said Steve.

When the Johnsons became Christians, their children were still young. Steve and Jacque believed that they should be involved in whatever their children were doing, so, when the kids went to church activities, they were right there alongside them. As their children grew and became adults themselves, the Johnsons continued to be involved with youth ministry.

Over the years, Steve has also established a car repair ministry, both Steve and Jacque have been called to Christian clowning, and both are involved with Operation Mobilization, that “seeks to help plant and strengthen churches, especially in areas of the world where Christ is least known.”

The Johnson’s children attended Junior High and High School Camps at Warm Beach and the whole family came for Family Camp. As the Johnsons reached their retirement years, they were looking for a ministry to become involved with on a long term basis and Warm Beach Camp “seemed like a natural fit for us.”

In March, the Johnsons pulled into Warm Beach Camp as volunteers for the first time. Since arriving, Steve has spent the majority of his time helping to get the new Chinook Cabins ready for Special Friends Campers. “It’s just been really neat to see how the community has helped these cabins come together,” said Steve. Jacque has been helping to get programming elements produced for Special Friends Day Camp. Now that Special Friends campers have arrived, Jacque also helps with face painting, crafts and other programs. “Special Friends has just blessed my heart,” said Jacque.

Warm Beach Camp is also blessed to have Steve and Jacque as a part of the volunteer family as they continue to bless the body of Christ with the work of their hands.

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By Jo Reed, Marketing Coordinator

Everyone can benefit from a camping experience in many ways. Here are my favorites:

  1. Outdoors, nature, sunshine, fresh air - more oxygen and sunlight brings less stress to your body and soul
  2. New challenges, activities, exercise - fun activities bring enjoyment and re-creation
  3. Simplicity - when distractions of daily life are removed it brings a feeling of calm and you can find a renewed joy
  4. Solitude and meditation - emotional and spiritual rest helps to connect you with God and can bring a positive outlook in life
  5. Strengthened relationships - time together in a relaxed and fun setting broadens friendships and reconnects family This summer, go camping and experience renewal, body and soul.

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Provided by Mr. Ed Covert, executive director at Redwood Glen, Loma Mar, Calif., a Salvation Army camp.

  1. Arrange for your child to stay with a grandparent or friend for a night or two. This way, your son or daughter can experience what it is like to sleep somewhere new and different.
  2. Make sure your child can manage basic personal hygiene such as brushing teeth, changing clothes and bathing. Bed wetting should not preclude a child from attendance at camp; however, the camp staff needs to be aware of the issue so that appropriate arrangements can be made and to ensure the camper’s dignity is protected.
  3. During the weeks leading up to camp, take time to share your own camp stories and memories with your child to build excitement and anticipation for camp. If possible, pull out old camp photos or scrapbooks for your kids to look at.
  4. Do not schedule a significant family event while your child will be away at camp. No child wants to be abandoned at camp while mom, dad and the rest of the family go on a fun family vacation or have a special celebration.
  5. Develop a checklist of items needed for camp (or get one from the camp) and work with your child to get everything together. Call the camp if there are items that you cannot secure for your camper. It is not necessary to buy a lot of new gear; most camps will have extra supplies or resources that will ensure that each camper arrives at his or her cabin with all the essentials to have a successful week at camp.
  6. Mark the first day of camp on the family calendar. Together with your child, mark each day off and spend a time talking about what a great experience it will be.
  7. Write your child a couple of letters and pack the sealed envelopes in their luggage a day or two before they leave for camp. Tell your son or daughter they can open them while they are away at camp. It’s also equally important that you write a letter and send it through the mail. “Mail Call” is always a big event at camp and every child loves to get mail from home.
  8. Pack paper, postcards and stamps so that your child can write to you.
  9. Encourage your child to have a backyard sleep out by pitching a tent in your backyard. This will give your son or daughter the freedom to navigate through their feelings of anxiety, curiosity, and excitement within the safety and security of their own home. Also, consider going to the library and checking out a kid’s book about summer camp and read it together by the light of your flashlight in the tent.
  10. When you arrive with your child at camp, make a point of meeting and connecting with the camp staff so your child can see that you are interested in, and trust the people that will be caring for them.
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By Ruthann Good
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My time spent as a horse camper were some of my favorite childhood memories. Each summer, I would wait in anticipation for my week of horse camp, packing my bags far in advance before I would go. I could not wait to spend a week with horses, staff, and fun all day long.

Ruthann webI started going to horse camp as young as I was allowed, all the way through high school, and then worked as a Jr. Wrangler or Wrangler in Training. I can’t even begin to count all the things I learned as a camper but these few things have impacted my life forever!

I learned a lot about horses - how to ride, groom, saddle, and learned enough to teach it. More than all that though, I learned how much Jesus loves me and how horses and God impact people for a life time. I had counselors who spurred me on when I was going through hard seasons, ones who taught me about servant leadership, and how to love as Jesus does.

I would never in a million years take away my time at camp, and honestly, it has helped shape me into the person I am today.

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