My 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 our Crane Yard.

Though I got to help kids in Day Camp grow in their faith and show them kindness, they also taught me what it meant to love like Christ and to choose joy. Every day brought challenges, whether it was not feeling bold enough to lead a group, or a child having a bad day, or even just not feeling fully rested. However, the best part of my summer, and most surprising part, was getting to serve the middle school and high school students in Groups Camp. They were so affirming of who everyone was in Christ, including myself. I have so much love for them!

I’m so grateful I took the leap of faith and gave Summer Staff a shot!

To learn more about Summer Staff at Black Diamond Camp visit the link here.

 – Rachel Welch, 2022-23 Intern