A Joyful Experience

As part of the Black Diamond Camp Internship, I have the privilege of helping prepare and put on The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, Washington. I enjoy preparing for The Lights of Christmas because I get to help create an experience for people to make fun memories with friends and family. Serving the community this way brings me happiness as I get to see smiles on the faces of people who come and experience it all. ...

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 ...

My 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

A New Perspective

In April of this year, I stepped into the role of Youth Program Manager at Black Diamond Camp. This position allows me to work closely with the Summer Staff in a leadership role unlike any I’ve had before. As I look back on this summer, it was amazing to see growth not only in the campers, but also in the staff I manage.   One of my favorite parts of working with this year’s Summer Staff was seeing them be so ...