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Arizona YMCA Camp Sky-Y & Chauncey Ranch History

The Valley of the Sun YMCA is proud to recognize that we have offered YMCA Camping for Arizona Youth since the 1920s. The early days were very rustic but the ideals were the same as today: getting kids out of the city and into the wilderness to learn about nature, become more self-sufficient and independent, meet new friends and interact with good adult role models.

Based on Christian principles, today’s YMCA stresses the four core values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Caring. We use these values in our staff training and planning, as well as in our daily camping program. Campers are encouraged to practice these principles throughout the week in very tangible ways. Following are some of the ways we incorporate these values: Morning Chapel sets the tone for the day; the daily themes are Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Honesty and Friendship. Kids participate by leading songs, readings and skits.

The Rag & Leather program is another traditional YMCA program. In this program, a camper makes a commitment to change or improve a part of their life over the next year. As a reminder, the camper “accepts” the challenge of a Rag (bandana) and takes part in a special ceremony that assists them in remembering their challenge. The Rag is an outward symbol of an inward goal.

Vespers or Cabin Chats at night help the counselors focus the kids on the positive things that happened during the day and look forward to the next days’ excitement. In addition, the daily life at Camp stresses the values in how we treat each other in deeds and actions.


We know going to camp can be both an exciting experience and one wrought with uncertainties and unknowns, for both parents and campers alike. Are are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you do not see the answer to your questions here, please contact us.

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Meet the Staff

The Arizona YMCA Camps take pride in providing a qualified staff that will always put the needs of your child first. Our camp staff and employees are chosen for their experience, maturity and dedication, the staff places an emphasis on core values for the YMCA: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

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Camp Alumni

Relive you youth and Valley of the Sun YMCA Camp experiences as a Camp Alumni Member! Camp Sky-Y and Chauncey Ranch don’t have to be a part of your past, we offer you opportunities to reconnect with old friends, volunteer, attend special events, and so much more as a Camp Alumni!

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