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 ...

At the Feet of Jesus

At the Home of Martha and Mary“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do ...

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! ...

Love is Patient

Everything around us moves so quickly, especially now with the Christmas season in full swing. The holiday season can test our patience, at the grocery store, on the road, even at home with our family. We want our packages to be delivered on time and we want everything to be perfect. Why is it we let ourselves become so frustrated and angry during this season of love and giving? Paul gives us some great insight in the book of Romans ...

Welcome Jagger Riffle!

Black Diamond Camp is excited to welcome Jagger Riffle as the full-time cook! Jagger served as an intern at Black Diamond for the last year and a half and has now transitioned his role from intern to full-time, year-round staff. The internship at Black Diamond allowed him to explore all the avenues of ministry involved in Christian Camping. Jagger came into his internship with missions experience through YWAM and also had experience working in a church. For Jagger, the draw ...

The Summer Staff Experience: Mya

My name is Mya Slakey and I worked as Activities Staff at Black Diamond Camp in 2019! While in this role, I helped facilitate the high ropes activities we have here at Camp, which also meant ensuring safety and a fun time for the campers. I grew up going to camps, so when I needed outdoor recreation & adventure experience hours for my college degree, I knew I wanted those hours to take place at a camp in a cool ...

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 ...

Interns Fall 2022

We are so thankful to have the privilege of working alongside nine amazing Interns this year and are looking forward to getting to know them over this season. Here’s a little to help you begin to get to know them too! Jagger Riffle is a second-year Intern here at Camp, originally from Kent, Washington. He came out to Camp in Summer 2021 to do Summer Staff and has been here ever since. He loves making campfires for groups here at ...

The “Why”

Working at Camp or, in another ministry, can be a lot. It can feel like there is consistently something that wants our attention. We bounce from one place to another and have about a million thoughts that race through our minds of what has been done or what needs to get done. It’s pretty easy to get caught up in the rush of it all, or to go through each day as if it’s a checklist that needs to be ...