Meet Annaliesa-2022 Summer Staff

Hey! My name is Annaliesa and I’m from Lee’s Summit, Missouri (which is just south of Kansas City). I really enjoy spending time outside, whether it’s playing sports or just going for walks. I also love reading and movies. I heard about Black Diamond Camp from my friend who had a roommate who worked here a few summers ago and loved it! I knew I wanted to give this summer to God to focus on serving Him in any way ...

Today I Declare the Lord’s Faithfulness

Today, I declare the Lord's faithfulness. The world around us, since the moment we left the Garden, has been tumultuous and chaotic. But through it all the Lord is faithful to those who follow him. He was faithful to deliver his people from Egypt, to cross the Sea of Reeds, and to dwell with them in the dessert.   As the Psalmist says, "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord ...

Adventure Activity: Arrow Tag

Looking to channel your inner Katniss Everdeen? Archery Tag at Black Diamond Camp is perfect for any group seeking a little healthy competition. Located behind the Rattlesnake Ridge Playground, the Archery Tag course is a clearing filled with trees and obstacles creating the perfect arena for a battle!   While you can opt for a typical 1 verse 1 or team vs. team version of the game, there are also plenty of game modes to try out!  For example, there is ...

A Summer to Remember

Hear about Madison’s experience working on summer staff at Black Diamond Camp in 2021. Why did you decide to do summer staff? “Prior to working at Black Diamond Camp, I had no prior experience in camping ministry, but after hearing such good things about Camp, I decided to apply. Although I had no idea what to expect, I wanted the summer camp experience. I wanted to move out of state for the summer, serve my staff and serve kids! Black ...

An Inspirational Experience

Group Camp is a program that inspires partnerships with pastors and churches in having the best experience they can at Camp with their students. The program provides complete programming while taking care of logistical needs. Black Diamond runs this program’s curriculum through a seven-year cycle starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation. The hope and desire in this model are for sixth graders coming to Camp for the very first time will hit all the major points in the Bible ...

A Weekend of Play

I’m so glad I found Minister’s Escape! As a Senior Pastor, our family is very busy and doesn’t get to play together often.   The Camp packs so many incredible family-play options into two days that we make up for lost play time and then some! From zip lining and rappelling to swimming and glow-in-the-dark dodge balling, there’s so much fun to be had! The Staff are very friendly, and the accommodations and meals are excellent, especially “grill your own steak” ...

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 Journey

Christ-like change through outdoor adventure, authentic relationships, and Biblical truth. I didn’t realize it as a camper, but my whole camp experience was shaped by this mission statement.   When I was nine, I started coming to Day Camp and it became like my second home. I begged to come back week after week, summer after summer. Once I was old enough, I became a counselor-in-training, and it was during that time that I truly accepted Christ. I can vividly remember ...

Everybody

For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God. For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. But faith’s way of getting right with God says, “Don’t say in your heart, ‘Who will go up to heaven?’ (to bring Christ down to earth). And don’t say, ‘Who will go down ...

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 ...

The Weight of Encountering God

As I write this my neck and shoulders are still sore from moving, lifting, and dragging 24,000 pounds of roofing shingles with 3 other guys. About two weeks ago we got a call that a couple wanted to donate the materials for two huge roofing projects here at Black Diamond Camp. This was a jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, lightheaded-inducing act of generosity.   We were in the process of psyching ourselves up for a big development campaign over the next couple of years ...

Unexpected Destination

Unexpected blessings. If I could sum up what these past few months have looked like for me, it would be exactly that, an unexpected blessing.   About a year ago, I graduated from Liberty University without a clue of what I was doing with my life, and it felt like I was in a huge “in-between.” I had accomplished so much, but I wasn’t where I wanted to be. In all of this, I wondered, “How long? How long would ...

For all Those Facing Hardship

For all those facing hardship and in harm’s way. To all those who are terrified in spirit and soul.  Standing with You! Receive these words from God for you today: Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap ...

Fun in Granite Mountain Gym at Black Diamond Camp

The Granite Mountain Gym at Black Diamond Camp provides a variety of indoor adventure activities for groups of all ages. With activities like a 3D Climbing Wall and Drift Trikes, the Gym offers plenty of opportunities for your group to have fun!    After renovations over the winter to improve some of the activities, this facility is ready for some real adventure. Perfect for high school and adult groups, Axe Throwing has received new lighting updates to help you land a ...

Team Building at New Heights

The Vertical Playpen at Black Diamond Camp is perfect for any group looking for a challenge! Suspended between two trees, you and two friends can work together to navigate swaying beams, slanted posts, and spinning tires as you make your way to the top. Once at the top, everyone can stand tall and take in a view of Camp from a platform set at over 35-feet from the ground!  Looking to grow as a team? The Vertical Playpen offers unique ...

Food for Living

"But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -Matthew 4:4 NLT "Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the ...

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   ...

Focused Action

“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  Confession: I have been on a “mission” to get something from the next room only to arrive and think, “What did I come in here for?”  It usually ...

Bringing the Bible to Life at Group Camp

Take a moment and imagine being surrounded by 400 other people. Some strangers, some long-time friends, some people who you just met this week from a completely different church. You are all being led by a counselor whom you met at the beginning of this week, and they are taking you to your evening gathering.   When you all finally arrive, you see a bunch of tables surrounding the area with food on them, but for some reason, there are no ...