Camp Blue Diamond is a Christian camp affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. It is our hope and prayer that all who attend experience God as we live, play and worship together in the midst of creation. 440 to 450 campers attend camp each summer. Camp Blue Diamond offers camping opportunities an array of programs for children ages 5 to 18 years old. Typical camp activities include: swimming, canoeing, climbing tower, giant swing, crafts, nature study, hiking, and outdoor cooking. Specialized camps offer: spelunking, cycling, white water rafting, river canoeing, service projects, and leadership training. The CBD experience offers campers an opportunity to live in a Christ-centered environment where each person is valued, the Bible is taught, and campers discover what it means to live peacefully, simply and together. Counselors are college aged and older, selected by the Program Committee for their commitment to Christ, experience with children and passion for camping. Background checks are conducted on all staff members and a week-long orientation takes place prior to summer camp where staff learn specifics such as: communicating with campers, effective discipline, conflict resolution, and health-care and safety concerns. The facilities at camp include comfortable cabins with heat and electricity and a central bathhouse with private showers and bathroom stalls. Meals take place in a common dining hall, swimming is in a lake with a sandy beach. Though it varies according to age, the typical ratio is 1 staff member to 6 campers. As one camp parent said, “When my kids come home from camp, they are better people.”
Mission Statement: Camp Blue Diamond is a year-round facility with a summer camp program, environmental education school and retreat center. The mission of CBD is to encourage discipleship of Jesus Christ and to facilitate growth and healing in each person's relationship with God, others, and the created world. Summer Camp: A variety of residential, trip and specialty camps are offered. Two and three day camps are available for those ages 5-7, and week long camps for those ages 8-18. Trip/Adventure camps include whitewater rafting, canoeing and bike camps. Specialty camps focus on creative arts, outdoor living skills and leadership development. Summer camp scholarships are available as are multiple sibling discounts. Residential camp daily activities include Bible study, vespers, singing, nature study or crafts, swimming, surfbikes and canoeing. Special activities which occur once or twice during the week include campfires, cook-outs, the climbing tower, giant swing and zip-line, the initiatives course, water carnival, coffeehouse (skit night), hike day, and game night. CBD is an American Camp Association accredited camp. A registered nurse is always on duty, and all counselors and program staff undergo a week of training each year which includes American Red Cross 1st Aid, CPR and AED instruction. Background checks are performed on all staff and volunteers. Outdoor School and Rental Facilities: During the spring and the fall, CBD is home to Shaver's Creek Outdoor School, an environmental and experiential education program of Penn State University. Modern lodges, cabins, pavilions and a 50 site RV & tent campground are available to family, church, and not-for-profit groups for rental throughout the year. Foodservice is provided for groups of more than 20 people. CBD is a restful, Christian retreat center. Smoking, alcoholic beverages, motorized recreational vehicles and pets (expect in the campground) are not permitted.