You Helped Change Children’s Lives!

Thank You

Because of your generosity, 538 campers attended a life-changing week at summer camp, filled with fun and adventure.

Summer camp is a transformative moment in a kid’s life, and you were a part of making that happen! Whether it was the 313 returning campers, or the 225 kids attending for a memorable first time, you’ve made a difference.

This year,

463

kids attended
weeklong summer
camps

75

parents attended
family camp with
their children

45

kids attended
day camps
at UGM

Camp Sparks Hope

Brooke’s Story

Brooke’s beaming smile and gentle demeanour are a rarity to find, especially in teenagers who’ve overcome the hurdles in life that this 18-year-old has.

Brooke grew up in Vancouver’s Eastside, born to parents who struggled with personal addictions to drugs and alcohol. “Honestly, before I went into foster care, I didn’t even realize what they were doing,” Brooke explains. Shortly before her third birthday, Brooke entered foster care, and was taken to live with a family in the Lower Mainland—a time she remembers fondly. “That was a really good environment,” she recalls. “We lived on a farm—it was just a fun place to be and even though I missed my parents, I felt safe, loved, and cared for.”

If it wasn’t for camp, I probably wouldn’t be the person I am today.

During those two years, Brooke was introduced to God, attending church and Sunday school with her foster family. Shortly after returning to live with her father, a return to addiction left him in a coma in the hospital for two months. “It was really scary,” Brooke admits. Thankfully, after recovering, her father left his addictions behind—allowing him and Brooke to rebuild their relationship. Today she describes him as one of her biggest supporters and best friends.

Your generous support provides hope for kids at UGM all year round.

At UGM, we want to support whole families while encouraging children with positive role models even after summer ends. Because of you, children in our community have access to a variety of programs suited to their age and abilities throughout the year.

Day Camp

Our summer day camps gathered 333 children in our community 3 days a week for games, field trips, and Bible study. This allows UGM staff to continue to strengthen relationships with vulnerable kids even when school is out of session.

Eastsiders

Our Eastsiders homework club provides kids from grades 3-7 with a safe, fun environment and encouraging adult role models.

Teen Programs

Many kids who have grown up as Eastsiders continue to engage in our various teen programs. We provide a safe place for youth to build community and feel supported as they navigate the tricky world of adolescence.

LEAD Program

UGM’s LEAD Program encourages teenagers to develop and practice their leadership skills in a safe environment.

For so many kids in our community, camp would not be possible without you. Thank you for giving kids an experience that sparks hope, and changes lives.

You can continue to change the lives of children in our community by supporting UGM’s year-round Children & Teen Programs. Help us continue what camp started and join us in caring for whole families and building bright futures.