Perfectly On Time

Chris Renzema has a song that says, “And maybe it's not so bad, if right now is all we have. Cause as long as You're here with me, I can let go of these old dreams.” When I made the decision to apply for an internship at Black Diamond Camp, it felt like I had reoriented my entire life. Before coming to Camp, I was a full-time student living and working in California and knew that after college I wanted ...

Light Beyond the Campfire

“It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders of the most high God has done for me.” Daniel 4:2 ESV The warmth from a campfire on a cold winter evening, sticky marshmallows from the s’more you put a little too close to the fire, The flames popping and crackling in a pile of wood welcome friends to come cozy up around a campfire in the woods. The trees swaying in the wind just happen to create ...
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Counselor Spotlight: Evan Sterbick

Here at Black Diamond Adventure Camps, we LOVE our summer staff! These super-fun, spiritually-sound, college-aged leaders come from all walks of life, and serve our campers with enthusiasm, day in and day out. It’s not always easy, they say, but the experience is worth it 100 percent! Today we’re featuring Evan Sterbick! Hey, Evan! Where are you from? Graham, Washington What do you do in the off-season? I’m a full-time student at Western Oregon University. I volunteer with Family Building ...
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Retreat Staff Spotlight: Heather Hartke

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… Heather Hartke! Hello! What’s your name? Heather Hartke Where are you from? Born and raised in East Texas! What’s your position on the retreat staff and what does it involve? Retreats Director. I work with ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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3 Ways to Spread Christmas Cheer this Season

Christmas is almost here! If you’re already crafting the perfect playlist, decking the halls, and dreaming of gifts and gatherings, you’re right on track for getting into the holiday spirit. And while all these things are fun and good, it’s important to remember the reason why we celebrate this special season – the birth of our Christ our King! This year, don’t forget to make the effort to consider the needs of others as you celebrate. Here are 3 easy ...
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My Favorite Place at Camp

When you come across the bridge at the entrance of Black Diamond Camp you are greeted by the friendliest of all trees. This tall tree sits on the bank of the creek and monitors the traffic. The traffic of the kids walking in its shade, the traffic of cars crossing the bridge it stands next to, and the traffic in the bustling creek that flows beside it.   Of all the trees at Black Diamond Camp this is my favorite one. Its leaves start as the smallest buds in spring and ...