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 ...

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 ...

The Internship Program – Leading and Learning

In 2018, I was privileged with the opportunity to move from my small town in Texas, to Washington to participate in the Internship Program here at Black Diamond Camp. I spent my time as an Intern learning the ins and outs of camping ministry and loved it! During the Internship, we were able to shadow each of the departments at Camp and through that, I learned I love working with our Retreat groups. I started working full-time at camp in ...

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” ...

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 ...

Ministry Workers find Rest & Relax at Ministers Escape   

As an organization, we see how much pastors and those who work in ministry give of themselves daily. Our desire with Ministers Escape is to provide a place for those who minister to others to be ministered to. We want each person to have the opportunity to rest, refresh, and recharge.    At Ministers Escape, we strive to create a schedule which allows each person to come-and-go and create their own adventure whether as an individual, with team members, or with ...

Working at Camp changed my life!

I was 8 years old when I went to summer camp for the first time. It was the first time I had been away from my family. It was the first time that I made friends outside of school and the first time I ever bought a drumstick ice cream cone from a snack shack. There were a lot of firsts for me in my first week of camp (including my first mud pit). It’s where I experienced the depth of God’s love for the first time. I’ll never forget the impact that first week of camp ...
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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 ...