Learning Life Lessons at Camp

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Aug 26, 2016 3:46:29 PM

By Ryan Brown, UGM Youth Outreach Director

“Can I keep Him?” asked Marquise as he came walking towards me with a small Styrofoam cup.

As I glanced inside, I noticed a little water, some grass, and a tiny frog. The excitement in his eyes and the hopeful joy in his voice brought me to laughter, especially when I saw the ladybug in his other hand as he proclaimed, “I got him some food too!”

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Coming Together to Find Balance

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 22, 2016 2:00:14 PM

At UGM Camp, kids have an opportunity to simply be kids . But they also learn the importance of coming together and building relationships in order to find balance in a chaotic world.  

Here's UGM Youth Outreach Director Ryan Brown talking about how some of the campers recently came to this realization unexpectedly in the midst of a camp activity - whale's back (pictured below).

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Joining Together for Camp

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 12, 2016 1:03:03 PM

By Ryan Brown, UGM Youth Outreach Director

There’s a beautiful synergy that happens at camp each year that is truly an example of the Body of Christ working together to reach young people. As we begin our first week, I’m reminded of how big our camp ‘team’ is, and of course how big God is. God is inspiring people far and wide, in big ways and little ways, to give of themselves so that over 500 kids can have the experience of a lifetime.

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Can a week at camp really change a life?

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest May 29, 2015 2:34:00 PM

Did you know Union Gospel Mission has a camp for underprivileged kids? We want every child to have the opportunity to spend a week at camp – exploring, singing around the campfire, building relationships, challenging themselves, meeting Jesus – even kids whose parents can’t afford it. That’s what UGM Camp is all about.

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Experiencing God's Love at UGM Camp

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest May 27, 2015 2:41:00 PM

By Clare Pursch, UGM Camp Photographer/Blogger

Love that abounds, laughter that uplifts, hope that sustains, life that breathes life, light that swallows darkness, and joy that overflows.

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UGM Camp: You've got to be ALL-in

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jun 30, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Photos by Clare Pursch

My First Week as Camp Director

By Jenny Weddle

Antonio accepted Jesus into his heart on Thursday night.

When he arrived at camp on Monday morning, he was a nonstop ball of energy, disrupting orientation by yelling every 60 seconds, his mop of curls bouncing as he wriggled in his chair. I think many of the leaders were watching him and thinking the same thought I was: Antonio had the potential to be a tough camper. 

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Introducing at-risk kids to awe, trust-building and unconditional love

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director May 20, 2014 3:40:00 PM

Dennis Roach: 40 years of working with young people

Youth Outreach Director Dennis Roach is retiring at the end of June after 13 years with the Union Gospel Mission. Before coming to UGM, Denny spent 25 years as a social worker in the Juvenile Justice System. Denny has dedicated his professional life to impacting the lives of at-risk kids. He has collaborated with churches, youth pastors and schools to reach children in poverty and broken homes. For literally thousands of children, Denny has been the conduit by which they have been introduced to the great outdoors, risk-taking, trust-building and, most significantly, the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.

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