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 ...

Meet the Team – Mickey Slakey

My name is Mickey Slakey, and I found Black Diamond Camp in the spring of 2019, soon after I accepted Christ into my life. I worked as a counselor for the summer of ‘19 and loved every minute of the adventure! One of the biggest perks of camp ministry is witnessing campers grow in their relationships with Jesus. After camp that summer, I moved to Indianapolis, where I taught 3rd grade until the summer of 2022. I am thrilled to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...