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 ...

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 ...

JESUS! (whisper) I know Him

Photo by Burkay Canatar from Pexels I love Christmas! The music, the gifts, the joy, the decorations, the cookies, and yes even the ugly sweaters which I have one for every day of the week! The reason I love Christmas above all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is God became flesh and dwelt among us. This was something new, something the world had never seen before!    After 400 years He broke the of silence and restored His presence ...

Day Camp

“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 ...
BD Blog Ministers Escape

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 ...
BD BLOG FATHER SON

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 ...
John Cargill BD Retreat Staff Spotlight

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 ...