Instilling the Power of
The Power of “I Can” with the Arizona YMCA Camps
We believe that an organized camp experience is a vital component in the development and education of the whole child. Our camps provide year-round educational opportunities by delivering a multitude of camp experiences to all children. At Y camp, when children make new friends, explore the world around them, and learn that “I can” is much more powerful than “I can’t”, magic happens as we see it firsthand every day.
Our responsibility is to challenge and nurture your camper, we create an environment just for them, your children will learn real life skills, develop self-esteem, acquire leadership and social skills, gain a sense of independence, community and citizenship. We strive to accomplish these life skills by promoting an environment built around the YMCA’s four character values – caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Whether your children are participating in an activity, exploring nature, conquering new heights, or becoming part of a Y Camp family, they are creating memories that will last a lifetime. The following sections will provide you with details for all our camps, specialty camps as well as camp experiences for the whole family.
Get the Full Summer Camp Experience at Arizona YMCA Camp Sky-Y!
Camp SKY-Y has been building friendships and making memories for over 70 years. Sky-Y Campers learn new skills and grow as individuals in a beautiful natural environment. Sky-Y offers a unique experience for a summer in the Arizona pines. Founded in 1938 YMCA Camp Sky-Y has embraced the human values of Caring, Honesty, Respect Responsibility. Campers learn and live the values in everything they do at camp.
Only one hour north of Phoenix, in the high chaparral country of central Arizona, Chauncey Ranch is a real working ranch. The ranch has 11 bunkhouses that are cool and close to the modern shower houses.
Chauncey Ranch is available year round for Group Rentals.
Chauncey Ranch will not be holding summer camp at their facility for 2016. For more information on 2017 camps, visit Camp Sky-Y.
YMCA Family Camps are designed for Families of all make ups and ages. It is common to have single parent families, grandparents with grandkids, 2 parent families with kids and friends, first timers, old timers and multi generational families.
Join us for 4 days and nights of fun and exciting Winter Camp activities. Under the direction of our Professional YMCA Staff, you can be assured that your campers will be safe, well cared for and have a great holiday vacation.
YMCA summer camp offers children positive developmental experiences and encourages them to forge bonds with each other and with staff, building confidence through skill-building activities suited to their age. Children experience a sense of achievement through opportunities in the outdoors and are welcomed to a physically and emotionally safe and stimulating environment whether in a Y facility or at an outdoor day camp site or park.
A week at Sky-Y is filled with tradition from the Opening Jamboree to the Closing Pine Cone Dedication. Each day begins with an all camp chapel where the campers learn about the core values of the YMCA. The values are built upon in everything that we do at Sky-Y. Two campers from each cabin take Responsibility by setting and cleaning the tables for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cabin group then continues to work on the core value of Responsibility during cabin clean up.
All 4 core values Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility are infused in programs throughout the day. For example, campers show Caring and Respect for each other through our team building program. Caring, Honesty, and Respect are the expectation during the end of the day wrap up in the cabin with cabin chats.
A wide range of activities are offered at Sky-Y. Whether a camper wants to hike through the cool Ponderosa pines or they want to make a mug at ceramics there is something for everyone. Some of the activities include: Advanced Ceramics, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Bouldering, Camp Crafts, Campfires, Canoeing, Ceramics, Cooking, Dance, All Camp Dance, Digglers (mountain scooters), Drama, Giant Swing, High Ropes 1, High Ropes 2, Hiking, Mountain Boards, Nature Classes, Opening Jamboree, Paintball, Paintball Target Shooting, Photography, Pine Cone Dedication, Pool Games, Skit Night, Swimming.
Cabins – The cabins are grouped in a “Village” by gender and age located close to a bathroom. With rustic yet modern cabins and shower facilities close by, Camp Sky-Y is perfect for campers of all ages to make new friends and experience fun and exciting activities. Our cabins are set up with 12 bunks for 10 campers and 2 staff (based on age to ratio of staff as outlined by the American Camp Association).
Dining Hall – The dining hall at Sky-Y is set up so that every cabin eats meals as a whole group. The food is served “Family” Style and comes out to the table in bowls and on platters. Campers pass the food and conversation around the table facilitating a great sense of community. The biggest benefit is that it gives the campers and staff a chance to talk about what everyone did during the day. Many of the campers in the cabin will do different activities during the day so the chance to share what they did adds to everyone’s overall camp experience.
We take pride in providing qualified staff that put the needs of your child first. Chosen for their experience, maturity, and dedication, our camp staff places an emphasis on core values for the YMCA: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Every spring Sky-Y Directors travel to local colleges and university looking for the best of the best.
Our summer staff is supervised by the full-time staff team, which has over 50 yrs. of camp experience combined. Staff applications are processed through our background check and interviews. The average age of our cabin staff is ages 18-21, we do have a few Junior Staff that have gone through our CIT program. All staff go through a week-long staff training. We train on camp topics such as Homesickness, Bullying, First Aid, Child Abuse Recognition, and Programs.