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Adventure Retreats

Ideal for: School Groups       |       Grades: K – College       |       Dates: TBD

Adventure isn’t found behind a screen.

Get outside and dare to see what the Lord can teach you.

A 3-day getaway retreat that can be custom tailored to meet the needs of student groups of any grade from kindergarten through college. An experience that allows teachers and their students to connect and grow together, surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Explore. Do things. Learn more!

Give your students an experience they’ll talk about long after they’ve graduated. Our student retreats are centered on outdoor adventure, authentic relationships and Biblical truth. It’s custom-built exploration that transcends the classroom and goes way beyond book learning. Because no journey carries us far unless it extends into the world around us and goes an equal distance within.

Adventure Activities

Arrow Tag

Basketball

Bouldering Wall

Camp Store

Coffee Shop

Disc Golf

Blacklight Dodgeball

Drift Ball

Drift Trikes

Field Games

Ga-Ga Ball

Giant Swing

Rappelling

Sand Volleyball

Tree Zipline

Indoor Pool

Crane Yard

3D Climbing Wall

Indoor Rock Wall

Goliath Ball

Low Elements

Mountaintops

Low Elements

3D Web

Low Elements

Labyrinth

Low Elements

2D Web

Leap of Faith

Vertical Playpen

Lord's Steps

High 4

Blacklight Mini Golf

9 Square

Creek

Archery

Arrow TAG

We are hunters, and adventure is our game. We are unstoppable, and you are our prey. Take aim and bring ‘em down, before they get you!

Basketball

Ball hard, or maybe just a game of horse. Whatever your game, come break a sweat on our full court. Pick up moves with other campers from around the country, or take 'em to school like you do at home.

Bouldering Wall

You may only be a few feet off the ground, but that doesn’t make it easy. You’ll need balance, footwork, and strategy to beat our bouldering wall!

Camp Store

Maybe you want the latest shirt, or a new comfy hoodie. Maybe you need a bigger coffee mug, or a fresh new water bottle to cover with stickers. Whatever the occasion, this stuff is the best!

Coffee Shop

When you’re in the land of coffee, you drink a lot of coffee. It’s okay, we do too. Come enjoy a nice, warm atmosphere in our Mountaintop Coffee Shop and grab a cup!

Disc Golf

Can you curve the frisbee through the trees? You’ll have it down after you play here! Come test your skill on our technical course!

Blacklight Dodgeball

Dodgeball is better when you glow in the dark...

Drift Ball

It's like a cross between basketball, soccer, hockey, polo and demolition derby on our awesome drift trikes. Hard to explain. Amazing to play. Try it.

Drift Trikes

Fuzzy wristbands, Keds, and sliding sideways on a Big Wheel made for some serious street cred back in the day. Well, we've amped it up.

Field Games

Guaranteed to break the ice. This is camp-olympics! From scavenger hunts to more inventive contests, you're sure to make a few new friends along the way.

Ga-Ga Ball

Ga-ga wha? Trust us, it's not for babies. Part dodge ball, part tag and part king of the hill, it takes action to another level. Stay with it. Rule the octagon!

Giant Swing

Ever wonder what it’s like to fly through the trees? Harness up and get ready to soar!

Rappelling

Your heart pounds as you overcome your nerves and step off the edge. What were you thinking? Total focus. Step by step. Now you're down, confident. Again!

Sand Volleyball

Bring it on. Serve it up. Spike, slam, wham, attack - Let your competitive spirit take over. You'll need it. Dig, set, spin, spike! Leave the campfire for day's end.

Tree Zipline

There’s nothing normal about this. You’re jumping out of a perfectly good tree. One of the biggest trees on camp, at that. Harness up, clip in, and get ready to fly!

Indoor Pool

It’s chilly outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t swim! Our heated, indoor pool is perfect for every season!

Crane Yard

Are you agile enough to get across? Use that ninja skill of yours and see if you’re among the few to make it to the other side.

3D Climbing Wall

Because climbing regular holds was too easy. Climb the crane, or maybe the logging truck? Which path will you choose?

Indoor Rock Wall

Are you a climbing purist? Want to send it on a more traditional route? We’ve got you covered. Chalk up and hit the wall.

Goliath Ball

Some of us wish we were gladiators. Take up your sword and challenge your friends in this epic team fight!

Low Elements - Mountaintops

The floor is lava! Work together as a team to get everyone to safety in this group development challenge.

Low Elements - 3D Web

For those who thought our 2D web wasn’t enough of a challenge. This will test your group decision-making on a whole new level!

Low Elements - Labyrinth

Remember that game on your phone where you guide the ball through the maze? It’s that, life-sized!

Low Elements - 2D Web

You’ve got one goal: get to the other side. Your team has limited resources and just enough hands. Work together to figure out how to traverse the web with this group development challenge!

Leap of Faith

Your heart is pounding. You look down off the platform and see your team holding on to your rope. All that’s left is to jump. Do you take the leap?

Vertical Playpen

Think you can climb to the top of this suspended challenge course? What about if you’re attached to a friend? What about two friends? Let’s see you beat our record. Hint: it’s under a minute.

Lord's Steps

Explore high in the trees with this suspended walkway. Whatever you do, don’t look down!

High 4

Push yourself beyond your limits with our top four challenges: Leap of Faith, Giant Swing, Vertical Playpen, and Tree Zip!

Blacklight Mini Golf

All the perks of putt-putt, glowing in the dark! See how many strokes it takes you to complete this illuminated course!

9 Square

Four squares isn’t enough. Why not make it nine? Why not have it in the air? Let’s see how long you can hold the top spot.

Creek

Come fish for some crawdads, or just relax and dip your toes in the water. Either way, you’re in nature and that’s pretty neat!

Archery

Who can hit the bullseye first? Learn how to properly use a shortbow with this fun target practice!

Staff

Enthusiastic. Energetic. Inspiring. And SUPER Fun.

Black Diamond Camps’ staff seeks Christ-like change for every person who sets foot on our property. We aim to serve each group with a servant’s heart so retreats run smoothly and each participant has the chance to encounter God in a fresh way.

Heather Hartke

Retreats Director
253.939.0488 ext 711
heather.hartke@blackdiamond.org

John Cargill

Retreats Coordinator
253.939.0488 ext 704
john.cargill@blackdiamond.org

Allison Brannan

Retreats Coordinator
253.939.0488 ext 703
allison.brannan@blackdiamond.org

Jackie McGuffin

Retreats Coordinator
253.939.0488 ext 718
jackie.mcguffin@blackdiamond.org

Elizabeth Holder

Retreats Coordinator
253.939.0488 ext 718
elizabeth.holder@blackdiamond.org

Our staff members are recruited based on their:

Personality & Ability

Passion for Teaching

Servant's Heart

Relationship With Christ

Qualifications & Skills

Education & Training

Camp Features

Some of the things that make Black Diamond such a very special place.

Getting ready for camp.

Here’s your field guide for ultimate Student Retreat preparedness.

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Preparing Your Camper(s)

We’ve packed a lot of info in here so your campers can be fully prepared for their camp adventure. If you still have questions? Contact us directly. More

Student Retreats Lodging

Lodging at Black Diamond Camps is flexible, offering hotel-style rooms with private bathrooms, dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms, RV and camping facilities.

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What to Bring

Toothbrush? Check. Shorts and T-Shirts. Check. Swimsuits? Double-check. Here’s a complete list of stuff to bring with you to camp. More

What not to Bring

Not to be a downer, but this is camp, baby! Enjoy it. Here’s your list of items to leave at home. Yes, cell phones are on it. More

Getting To Camp

Black Diamond is located at:
19830 SE 328th Pl,
Auburn, WA 98092.
For directions click the "MAP" button below.

Map

Luggage Limit

You don’t have to go minimalist, but who wants a bunch of stuff to keep track of? Pack light for a stress-free camp experience.

Arrival & Departure

We can’t wait to welcome you to camp! For more information on arrival and departure times, please contact us. Email

Roommate Requests

Camp is a place to make new friends. But if you prefer to hang with your BFF’s, just check the little box at sign up and we’ll get back with you. Call for more info

Camp Credit & Squirrel Bags

Deposit funds for the purchase of snacks or merchandise, or pre-order a a “Squirrel Bag” filled with goodies and gear for your camper.

Email, Mail & Packages

Campers LOVE to get mail! You can leave it with us when you drop off your camper. Or mail it, but just remember to send it a week ahead.

Health and Safety

The spiritual, physical, and emotional well being of every camper is our top priority. We’re here to fulfill all their safety and nutritional needs. More

Adventure Activities

There are way more adventures to experience at camp than can be done in a week. But if your adrenaline isn’t rushing quite fast enough click the “More” button below. More

Payment Policies

Payments for groups and individuals can be handled in a number of ways. Review our options and policies BEFORE registering for camp. More

Code of Conduct

We’re here to have fun, build each other up and encourage others in love! But there are a few behaviors that just won’t fly at Black Diamond Camps. More

Cell Phones / Devices Policy

There is no app for this. Stop, listen and look around. Nature is amazing! Enjoy it while you can. Please leave your cell phones and devices at home.

In Case of Emergency

We want kids to establish their independence. But if there’s a home emergency, contact the camp Director and we’ll arrange a call. Contact Camp Director

Dates & Rates

Retreat CategoryLengthDatesRatesStatusRegister
Student's Retreat3-DayTBDTBDOPENSIGN UP

For any questions regarding Student Retreats or registration please contact:

Heather Hartke: Email  |  253.939.0488 ext 711

Payment Policy

  • Prices are the same for group leaders and campers
  • Full payment is preferred at the time of registration
  • A payment plan is available as follows:
    • Initial Deposit of $100 per person is due at time of registration.
    • Second Payment of 50% of your account balance is due 60 days prior to your camp or retreat.
    • Final Payment of the remaining account balance is due 7 days prior to opening day of your camp or retreat.
  • Please only register for the number of campers you are confident will attend. You can always add more campers later if space is available.
  • ALL PAYMENTS MADE ARE NON-REFUNDABLE for reservations abandoned with no advance notice.
  • Reservations canceled with advance notice will still require partial payment based on the schedule shown below:
    • 2 Months Prior – 50% Cancellation Fee
    • 1 Months Prior – 60% Cancellation Fee
    • 3 Weeks Prior – 70% Cancellation Fee
    • 1 Week Prior – 90% Cancellation Fee

If you have questions please contact heather.hartke@blackdiamond.org