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CBD's Geography - Map of CBD
In the center of Camp Blue Diamond is the lake. To the north of the lake is the Retreat Center, which consists of the Main Lodge, Hemlock Lodge, the Ouch House, and the 10 surrounding, winterized summer camp cabins. From early April through early November this area is used for Outdoor School or Summer Camp. This area is available year-round to rental groups except during the summer camp season: June, July and early August. On the east side of the lake are the Rising Sun and Lakeside cabins. These cabins are available for rental by church, family and other not-for-profit grougs year-round. On the south side of the lake is the RV Family Campground which is open from May 15 - October 15.

The large carpeted meeting room has lots of room for activities and meetings Main Lodge
Pictured at the top of the this webpage, the Main Lodge is equipped and winterized for year round use, the building accommodates up to 150 people for meals and meetings. Upstairs there's a large meeting room, pictured at the left. The carpeted meeting room has a digital piano, padded chairs, 6' and 8' tables and a sound system. A soundproof retractible curtain separates the meeting room from the dining hall. The dining hall has room to feed up to 120 at a seating, and a large stone fireplace. The dining hall and meeting room can be used as one large room or three separate ones. WiFi is available in the Main Lodge, but cell phone service is very limited. A phone is provided at no charge for guests' phone needs.

Downstairs there are six bedrooms with a total of 24 beds, and ample restroom and shower facilities. Larger groups can use the newly built, modern, winterized cabins (which sleep up to 100), which circle the back of the Lodge. Nearby Hemlock (20 beds) and Ouch House (6 beds) cabins are available as extra sleeping and meeting space use by large Main Lodge groups too.

The Main Lodge is an ideal space for groups of 20 - 150 to relax, worship, play and fellowship. The building has central heat, and a large stone fireplace and woodstove which make it very warm and cozy in the winter. Because of Summer Camp and Outdoor School, the Lodge Kitchen is a state inspected facility (like a restaurant kitchen) and can only be operated by trained staff. Groups using the Main Lodge will receive meals prepared by camp's cooks. Groups of 30 or less, that prefer to prepare their own meals may rent the Lakeside and Rising Sun Cabins. (There is no facility at Camp Blue Diamond for groups of more than 30 that want to cook their own meals.) Smoking, Alcoholic Beverages and Pets are not allowed. Firearms are only allowed for hunting groups, and must be kept in locked vehicles. Hunting is not permitted on camp property. Rates are listed a the bottom of this page.

 

The Main Lodge dining room.


The Main Lodge meeting room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Camp Cabins  Interior of Winterized Camp Cabin
There are ten winterized summer camp cabins with electricity and heat that surround the Main Lodge. Each cabin can sleep 10. These cabins can be used year round. (One is pictured at the right.)

All of these cabins are located in the woods, forming a large semi-circle around the Main Lodge.  Larger rental groups (from 25 up to 150) are welcome to use these cabins together with the Main Lodge as extra sleeping space.  A large modern shower house with private toilets and showers is centrally located among these structures. Smoking, Alcoholic Beverages and Pets are not allowed.

 

 

 

 

Hemlock Lodge & Ouch House
Near the Main Lodge are Hemlock and the Ouch House. Large Groups (over 25) renting the Main Lodge may also use Hemlock and the Ouch House. Both are winterized, and have bathroom and showers. Hemlock sleeps up to 20 and has a small kitchenette and meeting room. Ouch House sleeps up to 6 and is a great space for guest who need privacy away for the main group (special leaders, speakers, familes with babies, etc...). To find out more about Hemlock and the Ouch House, and see photos check out the Retreat-Cabin webpage.

Recreational Options  
Rental groups using the Main Lodge, Hemlock, and the surrounding cabins have access to a basketball/volleyball court, four square diamond, and an eighteen hole (tree) disc golf course at no additional fee. Swimming, Canoeing and the Initiatives Course are available to all rental groups. Camp Blue Diamond is surrounded on all sides by a state forest, which provides many hiking, mountain biking and hunting opportunities. Hunting is not allowed on camp property.

Only hunting groups may have firearms. Firearms must be locked in vehicles while on camp property.

Recreational Fees: 
Swimming (May-Sept), Canoeing (Apr-Oct): $10/hour (NC for small family groups),
$20/hour for larger groups requiring two lifeguards.

Initiatives (Group Building) Course: Facilitator Led $5/person, mimimum $40,
Self Led $25/group <20 $50/group >20

Climbing tower and Zip Line: $15/Person, mimimum 8. Groups using the tower, must notify CBD at least 1 month prior. No charge: Basketball, Volleyball, Fishing, Hiking, Skating, Sledding, Disc Golf, etc...

Prohibited:
Camp Blue Diamond is a restful, family friendly retreat center. Alcoholic beverages, smoking and motorized recreational vehicles (ATV's, Jet Skis) are not permitted. Golf Carts are only permitted for handicapped guests, and can only be driven by those licensed to drive an automobile. Rental Groups may not bring Pets.  Pets are allowed in the RV Campground.

 

Retreat Group Rates - 2018

For Lodging Discounts for Member Brethren & American Baptist Churches
and Outdoor School Groups, call (814) 667-2355 or Email.


Main Lodge:

Unavailable During Summer Camp Season (June - early August)
Camp Staff provides meals.
Rates are per person, per day (24 hr. or less).
Normal check in time is 5 p.m. or after.

 

Group Size
 Rate
Minimum Fee
(Deposit)
Lodging 
 20-39
 $27
 $540
40-79
 $26 
 $540
80+
 $25
 $540

Lodge Day Guests (6 hrs. or less): $11
Lodge Groups renting other cabins pay Lodge Rates
Children age 5-12: Half Price
Children age 4 & Under: No Charge

 

Meals:

Adults
Children
Snack
$2.10
$2.10
Breakfast
$6.40
$5.05
Lunch
$8.00
$6.40
Dinner
$9.50
$7.65
Chicken BBQ
$10.00
$7.80

Meal Minimum 20, BBQ Minimum 30
Children's Rate applies to Children age 5-12,
or attending Outdoor School
Children age 4 & Under: No Charge
Outside Food Services Not Permitted

Reservations:
When reserving a facility, a deposit is due within 2 weeks. Groups with less than the minimum number of people are welcome, but deposits and minimum daily fees still apply. Camp Facilities are not available for rental Easter weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, the last two weeks of December and the first week of January.