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UGM Camp

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UGM Camp: Kids Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Abuse, and Addiction

Every summer, UGM partners with local churches to invite at-risk children from Spokane's low-income neighborhoods to enjoy a week at UGM's riverside...

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UGM Camp: 97 Hours Investing in Children

By Nathan Thiry, Growth Groups & Outreach Pastor at Faith Bible Church

What does God do during the 97 hours of UGM Camp? Each member of Faith who is...

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Meet Kids Who Experienced Life Change at UGM Camp

Guest post by Christa Inouye, former Youth Outreach staff member

 While transformation in Christ happens throughout a lifetime, UGM Camp provides an...

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The Yellow House: A Safe, Healing Environment for Moms and Kids

When a mom arrives at UGM with children in tow, we know her needs are going to be complex. She needs to know the little ones will be safe, she needs...

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Intentional Fun: How UGM Camp Helps Kids Build a Better Future

Today’s kids don’t have it easy. They’ve endured two-plus years of pandemic life: isolation, inconsistency and a lot of unknowns; they’re growing up...

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The Love of Jesus and Outrageous Fun Combined: An Exclusive Look at UGM Camp 2021

"The thing I loved most about UGM Camp was EVERYTHING." Joey, UGM camper

Through the love and generosity of hundreds of community members just like...

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It's a New Day: How UGM Camp Creates Hope

UGM’s Youth Outreach Director Ryan Brown got choked up when we asked him about his plans for this year’s series of week-long Summer Camps.

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UGM Camp: God Answers Simple Prayers

By Christa Hughes, Youth Outreach

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We count the little successes. We hold fast to the hope that God is working in the hearts of children. It can be...

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Absolutely, Positively the #1 Best Thing at UGM Camp

Looking at pictures of the kids having fun at UGM Camp, you might conclude that the best thing about camp is outdoor games, swimming, river tubing,...

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A Brief History of UGM, Part 2: 1987 to Present

Part 1 of the history of UGM covered our founding in 1951 through the retirement of Executive Director Harry Altmeyer in 1987. We pick up as his son...

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Let God Transform You

By Christa Inouye, former Youth Outreach staff member

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“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new...

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Trust-building exercises help friendships grow at UGM Camp.

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What Winning Looks Like at UGM Camp

This summer, dozens of children each week are enjoying a chance to get out of their urban neighborhoods and enjoy brand-new outdoor experiences at...

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UGM Camp: Faith Like a Child

By Christa Inouye, Youth Outreach

How much can an 8-year-old understand about the kingdom of God? Sometimes, people become discouraged in...

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All children who attend UGM Camp are exposed to the Gospel and God's great love for them.

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3 Ways UGM Campers Make Lifelong Memories

Siblings Caden and Teryn, 11 and 9, had never been to summer camp before they went to UGM Camp last summer – free of charge.

“We wanted to send them,...

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UGM Camp: The Gospel Sinks In

In our last blog post from UGM Camp 2017, we’re reminded of one of the key ingredients for many of the life transformations we see at UGM: time....

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Student Impact: Like Family

By Shatara Flowers, Student Impact Center resident intern

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A year ago I would have never imagined I’d be in such a place, experiencing life in such...

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UGM Camp: Love and Loyalty

By Danielle DePace, Youth Outreach Administrative Assistant

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10-year-old Leo could be seen wandering by himself away from the rest of the campers,...

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UGM Camp: The Luckiest One

By Annie Crain, Youth Outreach volunteer

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“I must be the luckiest boy in the whole world!”

These were some of the sweetest words I’ve ever heard....

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UGM Camp: No Longer Alone

By Danielle DePace, former Youth Outreach administrative assistant

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Looking at Hailey, you would think that she’s like any other 13-year-old,...

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UGM Camp: Much More than Fun and Games

Heidi Hash had the chance to give a priceless gift. It wouldn’t cost her money, but it would require a huge investment of time, energy – and faith.

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The Young and the Homeless: Fighting Poverty at its Roots

The numbers are hard to nail down, but they’re sobering any way you look at them. These are the best estimates we could formulate from the numbers we...

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Camp Reflection: Kids Like Us

UGM Camp is over for the summer, but it's worth ruminating on those marvelous eight weeks a little longer. (Unfortunately, the last week of camp was...

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It Started at UGM Camp

As a young kid, Zola lived with her mom, homeless in Compton, surrounded by an environment of drugs and prostitution.

“I remember one time, because...

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One Week at UGM Camp

"One week at camp can change a life."

We at UGM often use this phrase to describe the UGM Camp experience. We have the privilege of hearing about how...

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A Baptism at UGM Camp

By Clare Pursch, UGM Camp Blogger/Photographer

Last week the staff at UGM Camp walked down to the river and watched as one of their own was baptized ...

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