Welcome Tyler Petras back to Camp

Black Diamond Camp is so excited to welcome Tyler Petras back to Camp as Youth Program Manager! Tyler Petras grew up attending Black Diamond Day Camp and it became like a second home for him. As he got older, he began working at camp in any way he could! January 2016 through March 2020 saw him working at Camp full-time. He and his wife Kayla are so excited to return to camp and cannot wait to see what the future ...

Welcome Mya and Mickey Slakey

Please welcome Mya and Mickey Slakey to the Black Diamond Camp staff! Mya and Mickey first came to Camp in 2019 as summer staff and it was there they both discovered their love for camp ministry. After getting married in March of 2021, they began talking about the next steps in their life together. At the time, they were both in full-time teaching positions but had a desire to go back into camping ministry. When hearing about open positions at ...

My Black Diamond Internship

When Easter 2021 came around, I had no idea what I was doing with my life. I had just spent the previous two years dedicated to missions in the South Pacific Islands when suddenly Covid started to spread around the world. This led me to move back in with my parents in Arizona as I tried to figure things out. Through this, I decided that I should move back to my hometown, Auburn WA, to look for new opportunities. Right away I got reconnected with my home church ...

Getting ready for Summer at Black Diamond

Summer feels like it is just around the corner, but fear not, curriculum is well underway! So, how does Black Diamond Camp come up with what to teach campers every summer? Well, it begins with a rhythm of going through the Bible in 7 years. Our hope is that as we serve campers through our programs, kids will experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. We divide the Bible into seven sections:   Genesis   Exodus – Joshua   ...

Cole Marshall, Black Diamond Intern

I love being an intern at Black Diamond Camp for many reasons! I love the community I get to work in and be surrounded by. I love getting to serve others every day and know that my actions are making an impact on the lives of the people who come to camp. I also love working with others while running different activities, it’s great to see people come out of their comfort zones to try things that might be daunting ...
Did I See What I Think I Just Saw

Did I See What I Think I Just Saw? Challenging our filters for enhanced clarity.

Since moving to Black Diamond Camps, I have been experiencing the pain and pleasure of the mountain on new levels through mountain biking. When going on these adventures, it is important to utilize the right gear to help you survive the mountain. With the droves of flying bugs, splattering mud, sun glare, and rogue tree limbs slapping my face at every turn, it did not take me long to realize the need for proper eye protection. Eyes are sensitive and ...
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Counselor Spotlight: Evan Sterbick

Here at Black Diamond Adventure Camps, we LOVE our summer staff! These super-fun, spiritually-sound, college-aged leaders come from all walks of life, and serve our campers with enthusiasm, day in and day out. It’s not always easy, they say, but the experience is worth it 100 percent! Today we’re featuring Evan Sterbick! Hey, Evan! Where are you from? Graham, Washington What do you do in the off-season? I’m a full-time student at Western Oregon University. I volunteer with Family Building ...
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What to Look for in a Summer Camp

How do you choose a summer camp? If you were a kid before the digital age, you might have attended the camp that came highly recommended by your best friend. Or maybe you went to the one a short drive away, just in case of homesickness. But today… the options are endless! And the ability to conduct research online can make the selection process a bit overwhelming for parents and youth leaders. With so many things to consider, where do ...
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Retreat Staff Spotlight: Heather Hartke

Our Retreat Staff at Black Diamond go the extra mile to see that our guests get the experience they’re looking for! From the initial planning stages until the very end of your stay, these leaders are committed to serving and serving well. Today we’re featuring… Heather Hartke! Hello! What’s your name? Heather Hartke Where are you from? Born and raised in East Texas! What’s your position on the retreat staff and what does it involve? Retreats Director. I work with ...
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How Ziplining Can Help You Grow Spiritually

At camps and vacation spots around the globe, ziplining has become a popular activity among thrill-seekers of all ages. And while most associate the experience with adrenaline rushes and breathtaking views, what many don’t realize is that ziplining can have surprising benefits for the heart. And we’re not just talking about the cardiovascular kind! Although ziplining has been shown to lower blood pressure, we’re referring to something much deeper: spiritual growth. An Exercise in Trust No doubt about it, ziplining ...