Summer Leadership Intro: Chase

Hi there! My name is Chase Rodriguez, and I am excited about being this years’ Group Camp Speaker! I am originally from sunny Phoenix, Arizona, and have been in the Seattle area for almost nine years. I’ve had the privilege of serving in various youth ministry contexts in both the Church and non-profit organizations, which has led me to my current position as the Bible and Theology Teacher at Rainier Christian High School. My wife, Ali and I live in ...

Among Us and With Us!

This past Spring Break Day Camp was a huge success! Through our theme "Among Us and With Us," campers learned how God’s presence is everywhere and is available to everyone, and most importantly, that God wants to have a relationship with them today! Thankfully, the weather was wonderful all week long and the 20 campers that attended were excited to learn about God, ready to play, and had the urge to dance. It was a fun week! With spring break ...

Summer Leadership Intro: Preston

What's up! My name is Preston, and I am from Kent, Washington. I began working at Black Diamond Camp in the summer of 2022, have been a part of the Internship Program for the last 2 years, and I was the Service Team Lead last summer. I am so excited to say that I will be returning to be one of the Service Team Leads this summer! If you aren’t familiar with Service Team, this program is designed for students ...

Summer Leadership Intro: Libby

My name is Libby Schneider, and I am 19 years old. I am currently living in Bozeman, Montana while attending university. When I first applied for Black Diamond Camp, I knew very little about the program. My roommate and I were looking to apply for a summer camp, and we both ended up applying to Black Diamond Camp because my roommate loved attending the Warm Beach Camp campus as a kid. When we interviewed, we thought the managers seemed friendly, ...

Welcome to the Dining Hall

Have you had the chance to visit the Mount Baker Dining Hall at Black Diamond Camp? Here at Camp, we believe that some of the best conversations happen at mealtimes. So, we serve meals family style! That means when a group arrives at the Dining Hall, they will have tables reserved just for them; already prepared with plates and utensils. There is also a wooden token that gets taken back into the service area of the kitchen in exchange for ...

Summer Leadership Intro: Liza H

Hi! I am Liza Hubbard, I’m 20 years old and from Centralia, Washington. I was first introduced to Black Diamond Camp in 2018 at a Dare to Share event that was hosted onsite. After that I attended Group Camp for the next four summers. Being a camper, I loved every aspect that Camp had; from Bible Study and ziplining to dance parties and hanging with friends. After my last summer as a camper, I knew that the next step for ...

Summer Leadership Intro: Maddie W

Hey everyone! My name is Maddie Williams, and I am a 21-year-old college student from Auburn, AL, currently studying Management at Auburn University. I unconventionally stumbled upon Black Dimond Camp online and I could not think of a more perfect fit for me! Adventuring outdoors is one of my favorite pastimes. The opportunity to pair it with intentional emotional and spiritual growth while pouring into others is a near-perfect alignment of my passions and values. When offered the opportunity to ...

Band Together, Start the Party!

Sharing God’s love with everyone you encounter is meant to be a joyous and cheerful time, and the young campers experienced that at Black Diamond Camp just last month! This year’s Winter Day Camp theme was “Band Together, Start the Party!” Our focus was on how God is a fantastic reason to celebrate and to be joyful through life because of Him. Thirty campers from ages 5 to 12 joined in the party fun. Regardless of the cold and wet ...

Who Are You Counting On?

"Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God." Psalms 146:3-5 NLT We love to put our confidence in a person. We so easily focus on powerful people with great plans. These powerful people gather attention and are ...

Internship Highlight – Elijah

Hi, I’m Elijah Vander Pol, and I’m part of the Internship Program at Black Diamond Camp. I am nineteen years old and from Auburn, Washington. Before doing the Internship, I had experienced Camp in many ways. I have been a camper, Summer Staff, and I even went to Rainier Christian Schools, who’s campus is onsite at Camp. Ever since my first experience as a camper, I have always loved it here at Black Diamond Camp. Camp has always been an ...

Winter Break Camp Recap – Band Together

Winter Break Camp came along with joy and excitement for campers and counselors! The rain didn’t put a damper on the festivities at Camp, as we were joined by several returning families, as well as several brand-new additions to our camp community. The Winter Break Camp theme was “Band Together- Start the Party!” Throughout the week, campers learned about how life with Jesus is a party, and how they can be the party starters among their friends and families. To ...

My Summer Staff Experience: Ewa

Hello! My name is Ewa, I'm 20 years old and I'm from Łódź, Poland. I first heard about Black Diamond Camp through Camp America in 2022. Camp America is a program that allows people from all around the world to travel to the United States for the summer to work at a camp. I knew I wanted to visit the United States and after seeing Black Diamond Camp on their website, I knew I wanted to come and meet everyone! ...

Welcome Ricky Rivera

Black Diamond Camp is excited to welcome Ricky Rivera as a full-time Guest Services Event Coordinator! Ricky joined the team all the way from Phoenix, AZ, along with his wife Carissa and their one-year-old son Deni. Their family shares a love for sports, particularly basketball, and travel—whether it's exploring small towns or enjoying the magic of Disneyland. Before his current role, Ricky was an Event Coordinator at UCYC, a camp in Prescott, AZ, where he first met his wife on ...

My Summer Staff Experience: Jenna

Hi! My name is Jenna. I first came to Camp many years ago as a camper and continued to serve as a part of the Service Team Program. This past summer I worked at Black Diamond Camp as a part of the Summer Staff team with Day Camp and Group Camp. Group Camp is a summer program where churches bring their youth groups to Camp and we, as Summer Staff, serve as their counselors! Throughout these 4 to 5 day ...

More Than Listening

"But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like." James 1:22-24 NLT I recently had a physical. The doctor made some recommendations for my well-being. I listened attentively. Every one of the doctors’ recommendations made good sense to me. Imagine ...

Memories at Glacier Peak

Dan, lead Pastor of Parkside Church, walks up to the podium at center stage. After a night's rest in the comfortable beds at Glacier Peak, he and his church are ready to soak up all that God has for them this weekend. Climbing walls, indoor swimming, and drift trikes for the kids are just a few activities that have been booked for the annual family retreat. He loves that his group gets to sleep in the same building where they ...

A Full Circle Experience

As a first-year Intern at Black Diamond Camp, it is truly a joy to help run The Lights of Christmas. When I was a little kid, I experienced The Lights of Christmas with loved ones. Now that I work for the event, I have come full circle! I am blessed to see friends and family excited to see me participate in the long-loved tradition of sharing the joy and hope of Christmas with the community through the event. During my ...

God With Us

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)." Matthew 1:23 NIV Before you start reading this, I encourage you to take a deep breath right now. Breathe in for five seconds, hold for five seconds, then breathe out for five seconds. Now think about this scripture for a little bit. How true does that scripture ring true to you when you hear “God with us”? As we ...

Internship Highlight – Olivia

Hi, I’m Olivia Gaines and I’m an Intern at Black Diamond Camp (BDC). I am twenty-two years old and originally from Hockinson, Washington. I first came to Black Diamond Camp in 2021 as part of the Summer Staff team. I had such a wonderful summer full of deep friendships and opportunities for personal growth, and I knew I would miss camp when I left. I heard about the Internship Program and really wished I could stay for it, but I ...

A Chance to Serve

Hi! My name is Jenna Clifton, and I am 18 years old. I’m from Auburn, Washington and I’m currently an Intern at Black Diamond Camp. I have been a part of Black Diamond Camp for about 11 years as a camper, Service Team Member, Summer Staff, and now as an intern!I have made so many fun memories, many of which are from my time as a Service Team member. If you don’t know, Service Team is a program for campers ...