For 2017, nineteen different summer camp programs will be offered for campers ages five through adults.
Online Summer Camp Registration began January 1st, and summer camp brochures were mailed to past campers the first week of January. Member Church of the Brethren & American Baptist congregations received Summer Camp Brochures after the Camp Rep. Meeting on January 22nd. If you would like a summer camp brochure mailed to your home, please contact Camp Blue Diamond.
For the 5, 6 or 7 year old (and a parent or grandparent) there will be Kiddie Weekend or Kiddie Camp, a two day, one night introduction to summer camp. 1st & 2nd graders can attend Tenderfoot camp, also a two day, one night experience, but without parents!
Juniors can come for either a three day camp - Pioneer Camp (Grades 2 - 4), or one of the week long Junior Camps (Grades 3 - 5). At Junior Adventure 4th and 5th graders can experience a different challenge each day, like caving, the giant swing and climbing the tower.
Junior Highs have lots of choices ranging from the week long Jr. High Camps, to specialty camps like: Caving Camp, Bike & Raft Adventure, Wild OLS (Outdoor Living Skills), Yough Adventure (rafting, biking, hiking), and Creative Arts (music, crafts and drama).
Sr. Highs can choose from a week long Bike Adventure, Advanced Wild OLS (Outdoor Living Skills), CIT camp - where youth develop the skills needed for counseling, or Youth camp - a CBD classic with sessions, worship, music, work projects, and activities geared specially toward senior high age youth.
Adults can attend Bike Adventure, Family Camp or come with their child or grandchild to one of the Kiddie Camps.
Summer Camp 2017:
Need Financial Aid?
Be sure when you register for summer camp to check out all the summer camp aid available. Most families qualify for church stipends, discounts, or scholarship aid. If you have any questions about aid check out the Financial Aid page.
- Church of the Brethren & American Baptist Churches typically pay ½ or more of the fee! This is known as a Church Stipend. Check with your church’s Camp Rep or Pastor!
- Early Bird Discounts. If you register before March 1st, you automatically receive the Early Bird Discount.
- Families sending more than 1 child may also request the Multiple Sibling Discount - $25 for each camper coming for a week long camp, $15 for Caving or Pioneer Camp, $10 for Tenderfoot or Kiddie Camp, $5 for CIT Camp!
- The CBD Youth Scholarship Fund is available for those with greater need. Camp has a huge fund and wants to help. You don’t have to be Brethren or Baptist. Scholarship aid is available for families sending one or two campers to CBD with income of less than $50,000/year, or for families sending three or more campers to CBD with income of less than $60,000/year. See the Family Income Tables of the Scholarship Application page of the Registration Form to see the minimum amount your family would need to pay. Families receiving Scholarships cannot request Multiple Sibling Discounts too.
The CBD Summer Camp Program
Camp Blue Diamond is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association.Developed exclusively for the children's camp industry, this nationally recognized program focuses on program and facility quality, hiring and training practices, and health & safety issues. ACA accreditation requires us to review every facet of our operation. To learn more about CBD's ACA Accreditation visit the Mission/Affiliation webpage.
CBD is a Church Camp
Camp Blue Diamond is a church camp. It is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, a small denomination, which is very well representated in central Pennsylvania. There are 55 Church of the Brethren congregations in the five county area around CBD (Huntingdon, Centre, Blair, Bedford and Mifflin counties). The Brethren are an anabaptist, protestant denomination. Anabaptist means they believe that each member must decide personally to be a Christian, other anabaptist groups include Baptists, Mennonites, Quakers and many independent churches. Brethren are protestant meaning they broke away from the established government churches of Europe, and believed everyone should choose their own faith and church. Other protestant churches include Methodist, Presbyterians, Lutherans, United Church of Christ and others.
Brethren belief is very similar to Mennonite. Like Mennonites they put a strong emphasis on the New Testament scriptures and the teachings of Jesus. Brethren and Mennonite share many common organizations and a hymnal. Brethren and Mennonites believe in baptism by choice, that Jesus is the Son of God, that the Holy Spirit is God's presence in the world today, that all members should read and study the Bible carefully, and that all believers should practice social justice, simple living, and peaceful nonresistance to violence.
At CBD your child will have daily Bible Study, which will last about 30 minutes. They will be taught scriptural lessons from the Bible, and Jesus's life will be held up to them as an example. They will have morning watches and evening campfires that include biblical lessons, and before each meal they will sing graces and have a prayer.
Brethren believe that each person, whether adult or child, needs to decide their faith path for themselves. That coercion will not convert a person or make them a believer. No child attending CBD will be told what to believe, but he/she will be challenged to learn from Jesus's words, lessons and model. CBD does not baptize or "save" campers. If a camper tells a staff person that he/she would like to be baptized, this information is passed onto the child's parents and home congregation. To find out "Why Church Camp is Important" to the development of a child's faith, or to learn about this summer's Bible Study curriculum, visit the Church Camp web page.