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 ...
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4 Reasons Why Becoming a Camp Counselor is Worth It

If you think that being a camp counselor is nothing more than making s’mores and singing campfire songs, think again! Here at Black Diamond Adventure Camps, our summer staffers spend their days bringing our mission to life: inspiring Christ-like change through outdoor adventure, authentic relationships, and Biblical truth.  It’s not always easy, they say, but the experience is worth it – 100 percent! Here are four reasons why. 1. Make A Difference Working as a camp counselor will impact your life in ...

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“The kids STILL cannot stop talking about how much they loved camp. I had them at a few other camps through Boys & Girls Club this past summer since it was closer to my job in Bellevue, and because it was their first year at camps outside of what’s offered through the school district, so I wanted them to try different things out. They have mentioned at least on a weekly basis that I better not sign them up anywhere ...
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How A Minister’s Escape Can Change Your Church

Rest is holy. Pastors know this to be true and teach it regularly to the people they shepherd. Yet for many church leaders, the opportunity to rest, reflect, and connect with God outside the walls of the church, seldom comes. Why is this? There are many reasons – involving budget, time, and expectations – but most often, the reason a break doesn’t make the calendar, is simply because the overarching benefits aren’t known or talked about. And while it might ...
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3 Unexpected Benefits of a Father-Son Retreat

Father-Son Retreats – they may sound like all fun and games (trust us, they still are!) but these unique getaways offer far more than what you might expect. At Black Diamond, our Father-Son Retreats provide dads and sons with the opportunity to engage in adventure activities that strengthen their special bond and teach both parties important lessons along the way. Here are three benefits of a Father-Son Retreat at Black Diamond that you might not have thought about yet! Bonding Over ...
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Retreat Staff Spotlight: John Cargill

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… John Cargill! First off, John, where are you from? I’m from Lubbock, Texas. What’s your position on the retreat staff and what does it involve? I am a Retreat Coordinator. I assist groups in the ...
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A Day in the Life of a Day Camper

No two days at Black Diamond are the same! Come along with us and learn about the typical – but never ordinary – day in the life of a Day Camper. Before we start, let’s talk about who’s who at Black Diamond Day Camp: Campers: Local kids, ages 5-12, who love to have fun! Counselors: College-aged Christian adults, carefully screened and selected, to serve our campers all summer long. They’re stellar role models, and they love to have fun, too! Ready? ...
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3 Ways to Spread Christmas Cheer this Season

Christmas is almost here! If you’re already crafting the perfect playlist, decking the halls, and dreaming of gifts and gatherings, you’re right on track for getting into the holiday spirit. And while all these things are fun and good, it’s important to remember the reason why we celebrate this special season – the birth of our Christ our King! This year, don’t forget to make the effort to consider the needs of others as you celebrate. Here are 3 easy ...
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My Favorite Place at Camp

When you come across the bridge at the entrance of Black Diamond Camp you are greeted by the friendliest of all trees. This tall tree sits on the bank of the creek and monitors the traffic. The traffic of the kids walking in its shade, the traffic of cars crossing the bridge it stands next to, and the traffic in the bustling creek that flows beside it.   Of all the trees at Black Diamond Camp this is my favorite one. Its leaves start as the smallest buds in spring and ...