My Summer Staff Experience: Rosalyn

Summers at Black Diamond Camp are lively, full of adventure, and packed with new experiences. As part of Summer Staff, I served by being the hands and feet of Christ in the counselor position. Though I served in both Group Camp and Day Camp, each day always began with a morning meeting devoted to prayer and preparation. With ready hearts, we set off to greet campers of all ages who were about to have the best week ever! From splashing ...

Jumping Into Abundance

At camp, my favorite activity is definitely the zipline. I love running the zipline, especially when I get to facilitate the crow’s nest. The crow’s nest position means you are at the top of the tree and are the person who is responsible for getting people safely attached to the zipline, talking them through the process, and providing the support needed for them to zip down. The crow’s nest sits at about 35 feet up and it’s amazing up there! ...

A Summer with Year-round Impact

Our family began attending Black Diamond Camp in 2016 when our kids were entering first grade, making this last summer our sixth year attending Camp! We truly feel that Black Diamond Camp has become a second home for our kids and each year, they beg to come to more and more sessions. Through the Day Camp program, our kids make friends, play outdoors, and have fun. When they get home, they are tired from all the fun they had all ...

The Summer Staff Experience: Rachel

This past summer, I had the privilege to work for Black Diamond Camp as a counselor. Originally, I came to Black Diamond for the Internship Program, but after getting my first real taste of camping ministry, I wanted to stay for Summer Staff. Throughout the summer, I got to spend time with the most amazing campers and be surrounded by an amazing team. Not to mention, I got to run activities like the 3D-Wall (my personal favorite), the Zip-Line, and ...

Welcome Stuart Jennings

Warm Beach Camp Ministries is so excited to welcome Stuart Jennings onto our team as Community Coordinator for Rainier Camp & Retreat Center. Stuart grew up attending camps at both Warm Beach Camp and Black Diamond Camp (when it was known as Camp Berachah) and joined Black Diamond staff in May 2022 as Summer Staff. After spending the summer leading worship, he decided to jump into this new role! We are currently hosting Crystal Mountain Ski Resort at our Rainier ...

Black Diamond Open House

The Black Diamond Open House, Saturday, September 24, was a great success, hosting over 100! Many had been guests this past summer, with a few new visitors to Black Diamond as well! It was a day full of sunshine, yummy food, and fun activities with the community. Everyone had the opportunity to tour the Camp, have some fun in the gym, and take a dip in the pool before heading home for the day. One of my favorite moments was ...

Growing Together

Sound Christian Academy brought 100 high school students for a few days at the end of August to help build connections among scholars for the new school year. They participated in several group development activities where students stepped out of their comfort zone to complete the 3D Web as well as the TP Shuffle; unique team building activities at Camp. The dean of students expressed how great it was to see several of their new students talk about how much ...

Summer 2022 Recap

Have you ever met someone filled with so much excitement, so much happiness, and joy that you want to be around them all the time!? Everyone at Black Diamond Camp this summer was blessed to be around a camper just like that this summer, and his name is Royal. His happiness is so infectious that you can’t help but laugh or smile being around him. Having Royal and other kids just like him come to camp this summer was a ...

Final REWIND!

This summer truly has been crazy. We had awesome opportunities to serve groups, both returning or just starting their partnership with Black Diamond, and in a summer that finally felt close to back to normal, we had some amazing times. From dance parties throughout the night, to kickball chaos that was played in 98-degree weather! When I think of this summer and what it can be culminated down to, it would be our last night of Session 7 on our ...

A Leap of Faith

Adrian came to Camp as part of a guest group at Black Diamond. He was recognized for his outstanding participation in the virtue and wisdom courses during the retreat. The camp staff observed almost immediately that Adrian paid more attention during the virtue and wisdom seminars than any of the other boys. His questions about faith were well thought out. Adrian made friends right away and approached each activity with great enthusiasm. One activity was a bit of a challenge ...