Camp Sky-Y Summer Camp

Camp Sky-Y makes our children better people. This is our goal, our passion, our mission. It’s what separates us from all other camps. Our activities emphasize human values such as self-esteem, caring and responsibility.

Summer camp in Arizona can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life. Camp provides children with a community of caring counselors who provide experiences that lead to self-respect and appreciation for life and for nature. All of the outcomes—friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character— prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. In addition to great friendships and enduring memories, many important life skills are learned at camp.

5 Reasons Kids Should Go To Camp:

Try New Things
At Camp Sky-Y we offer high and low ropes courses, horseback riding, potters wheels for ceramics, arts and crafts, hiking, a giant swing, paintball, canoeing, volleyball, basketball, and archery just to name a few!

Develop Social Skills
Camp teaches children to communicate, to work together as part of a team and to learn to become leaders. Camp also fosters independence and responsibility during this time away from home.

Face Challenges & Learn Value Hard Work
Because they feel safe at camp, campers begin to feel comfortable taking healthy risks, setting personal goals and the importance of working hard to accomplish their goals.

Build Character
The YMCA core values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring are taught every day at Camp Sky-Y. Parents frequently report that after camp, their children are more kind, understand the importance of giving, are more

equipped to stand up for what they know is right, and have become more responsible.

Foster Independence
At camp, children learn the responsibility of making their own decisions with the safety net of counselors and staff in a safe environment.

Our primary goal at Camp Sky-Y is making sure our campers have the time of their lives and make memories to last a lifetime

We are the Y. Where your child is never a number.

Announcement About Weekly Themes

Camp Sky-Y wants every camper to have the opportunity to participate in activities that interest them regardless of a weekly theme, which is why Camp Sky-Y is no longer restricting activities around weekly themes! Instead, your child will be able to participate in activities like arts and crafts, canoeing, paddleboarding, rock wall climbing, paintball, horseback riding, and more during any week of summer camp! We’ve also expanded our program and activity offerings so your child can participate in various areas of interest.

Traditional Overnight Summer Camp

Discover All That Camp Has to Offer

Discover Sky-Y and all it has to offer in our first-time camper experience. Campers will climb the tower, go on a short nature hike, make arts and crafts projects and take a shot on our archery and slingshot ranges. Discover Campers stay in our Hillside duplex cabin with their own restroom facilities and have their own age-appropriate programs facilitated by highly trained camp counselors. This is a chance for your child to all learn about camp and discover what they like best. Discovery Camp parents receive a personal, midweek check-up call from our camp director to let everyone know how things are going. The Hillside cabin will be filled with games and crafts for those campers wishing to just hang out and have some fun with fellow campers. They can make a ceramic keepsake, try out our Lego lab and have fun all week long at Camp Sky-Y!

YMCA Member Fee: $505.00
Non-Member Fee: $605.00

Explore New Adventures at Camp

Time to explore! Campers get a perfect mix of scheduled activities along with multiple opportunities to sign-up and try out new and different programs. Explorers have 2 sign-ups and 1 free period each day of camp that they can fill with any adventure with no limits on any activity. Want to Sign-up for three horseback rides instead of just one? You got it!

YMCA Member Fee: $505.00
Non-Member Fee: $605.00

See the list below on what Explorer Camp has to offer.

Sign-ups:

  • Camp Radio DJ
  • Camp Journalist
  • Horseback Rides
  • High Ropes Challenge Course
  • Climbing Tower
  • Archery Range
  • Cowboy Action Airsoft Target Range
  • Team Challenge Low Ropes Course
  • Ceramics and Pottery
  • Art (Paint, Draw, Pastel, and Charcoal)
  • Juggling
  • Lego Lab
  • Improv Games and Skits

Open Camp! (Daily Free Time)

  • Horseback Rides
  • Climbing Tower
  • Archery Range
  • Sports Field
  • Group Games
  • Arts & Crafts Lodge
  • And so much more!

Formerly known as specialty camps, Challenger Trails allow campers to sign-up for a much more in-depth experience with the programs they have grown to love over their years at Sky-Y. Campers will be able to choose one activity to specialize in during their week of camp. Every morning, Challengers will hit their trail between breakfast and lunch and then spend the afternoons with their cabinmates or sign up for other fun activities. For more information on each Trail, see the list below.

YMCA Member Fee: $505
Non-Member Fee: $605


Archer Trail

The Archer Trail takes bow and arrow to whole new levels with drills, games, time trials and shoot-outs. Learn how to take care of the equipment, practice your aim and draw and shoot from 10, 15 or even 20 yards on our newly built range. Archers will then put their skills to the test at the end of the week during a wild game of archery tag.

Artist Trail

The Artist Trail will spend their first day learning about different styles of art. From Charcoal and Pastel to Ceramics and Paint, these campers can work on one large project or explore any and every medium available. Artists will get to explore the outdoors and find the right spot in camp to paint, sketch or illustrate their favorite view. The Artist Trail ends with the campers creating a mural or artistic piece as a decoration for camp.

Climber Trail

Each day, the Climber Trail will reach new heights. Tower, High Ropes and Swing are just the beginning. Climbers will learn how to belay and tie climbing knots, build their own challenges on the ropes course and end the week rock climbing in the boulders.

Additional Program Fee: $25.00

Crafty Trail

The Crafty Trail offers a variety of leatherwork and wood carving projects. After keepsakes have been made, the crafty will start to build different pieces of a much bigger piece. The Trail ends with a scavenger hunt for the final pieces of their machine. The scavenger hunt ends with a spectacular competition between these crafty creations.

Additional Program Fee: $25.00

Horseback Trail (Saddle Club)

The Horseback Trail allows campers to be with the horses and wranglers every day at camp. Horseback Trail campers will not only go on multiple trail rides, but will also learn about the care of horses. From cleaning and feeding, to saddling and bridling; these campers will experience what it’s like to be a real wrangler. Throughout the week, the Horseback Trail will also learn the parts of a horse, different breeds and all types of horseback activities.

Additional Program Fee: $65.00

Juggler Trail

3-Ball, Rings, Clubs, Yo-Yo, Chinese Yo-Yo, Spin Sticks, Kendama and Poi. You may not know what all these are, but your campers will. The Juggler Trail is for those looking to master Sky-Y’s newest program activity. Jugglers will get a chance to focus on a specific toy and learn as many tricks as they can or try a new juggling art each day. This Trail focuses on bringing a new skill home and giving campers enough time to really learn a new talent. Once the jugglers start to catch on, time trials, trick competitions and eye-catching performances will develop throughout the week.

Marksmen Trail (Sportsman’s Camp)

The Marksmen Trail gives campers an amazing opportunity to learn the proper use of firearms. The first day of camp consists of firearm safety, taught by certified instructors. This class will also go over the basics of cleaning/maintaining equipment, as well as range and hunter safety. The marksmen will start off gradually by shooting at both the archery and BB Gun ranges. Then the marksmen will then be able to go and shoot .22 caliber rifles and end their week with a sporting clay shootout with 20 gauge shotguns. The Marksmen Trail is offered off-site at an approved and licensed range.

Additional Program Fee: $55.00

Outdoor Trail

The Outdoor Trail is camping at its roots; starting big with the camper’s first day being a lake trip for canoeing and fishing. Campers will also learn to plot their own hike with map and compass skills, make their own rope and use it to build an outdoor shelter (overnight in shelters is optional). These campers will get a chance to cook a meal over a campfire and create meals in Dutch Ovens. Finally, this Trail offers animal studies in our nature lodge and to learn about forest ecology.

Performance Trail

Sing, Dance, and Act all week in the Performance Trail. Performers will start their week learning different dance styles, playing improv games and jam out to some karaoke. This Trail also gets to host both the Camp Dance and Skit Night! The Performers learn campfire stories and songs to share with their cabins and wrap up the week with their own showcase and talent show to perform for all of camp.

Paintball Trail (Secret Agent Camp)

Paintballers will focus on building strategy and tactics in our newly renovated paintball arena. On day one, they will learn about firearm safety and maintenance. On day 2, paintballers are visited by a deputy of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s department to instruct them on team building, tactical communication, and leadership. Thursday night features paintball in the dark with glow in the dark paint. On Friday, the paintballers will team up with the Archer Trail for an all-out game of archery tag (nerf arrows in the paintball arena).

Additional Program Fee: $55.00

Leader Trail (LIT)

Leaders In Training will spend a lot of time at Sky-Y’s Team Challenge Course, filling their toolbox with so many ways to communicate, lead and instruct a team. Leaders spend a day with the camp director learning how to build a team, create buy-in and set goals. LITs help with Sky-Y’s closing ceremony as well as build a new team challenge game for Sky-Y to adopt and for all campers to enjoy.