Camp Sky-Y Summer 2018

Summer 2018 Dates:

  • Session 1: June 3-9
  • Session 2: June 10-16
  • Session 3: June 17-23
  • Session 4: June 24-30
  • Session 5: July 1-7
  • Session 6: July 8-14
  • Session 7: July 15-21
  • Session 8: July 22-28
  • Session 9: July 29 – August 4


Register For Summer Camp

Discover Camp (Ages 7-8)

Discover Camp

Campers Age: 7-8

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


A great introduction to “sleep-away” camp. Our counselors help campers make new friends while they discover the fun activities at camp. Supervised by nurturing leaders, Discover Campers participate in activities as a cabin group and focus on the basics of camp.

Explorer Camp (Ages 9-12)

Explorer Camp

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


Explorers will spend their week on a journey through all camp has to offer. As a cabin, Explorers will hike the forest, climb the tower, take a shot at the archery range, build some crafts and also have the opportunity to sign up for horseback rides, canoe trips, high ropes games and paintball trials. Explorer camp is the perfect mix of a traditionally scheduled camp, with the opportunity to Explore new adventures.

Explorers will also be able to participate in our new camp journalist and camp radio DJ programs where they can contribute to camp announcements, collect camp stories for the daily bulletin, take videos and photos of camp and so much more!

Counselors in Training CIT (Ages 16-17)

What it Takes to be a Camp Counselor

Only Available Weeks 2-3 and Weeks 5-6

YMCA Member Fee: $1,000.00 | Non-Member Fee: $1,100.00


The CIT program is a two-week camp where campers interested in becoming camp counselors learn the ins and outs of camp. Their first week is a team development trip off-site and the CITs will be trained by experienced Sky-Y counselors on working with youth and especially campers. After the trip, CITs will return to Sky-Y and work as volunteer counselors for their second week with additional trainings in the evenings. The CIT experience creates friendships and bonds that last a lifetime and truly helps the campers grow and be ready to take on the tasks of summer camp counselors.

Adventure Camp (Ages 14-17)

A True Mountain Top Experience

YMCA Member Fee: $550.00 | Non-Member Fee: $650.00


Sky-Y Adventure camp is being re-launched. If your camper has seen and done it all here, we have a brand new challenge for them to try. Adventure Camp will be week long outdoor experience. With trained counselors, adventure campers will check-in and immediately start planning their week long backpacking trip into the Bradshaw Mountains. On their second morning these campers will hike directly out of Sky-Y and head out on a 20 mile journey to Maverick Point and back. With the aid of their counselors, these campers pack up what’s needed, plot their course, cook meals over campfire and reach the top. Campers will return from their journey on Friday Evening in time for Camp Sky-Y’s closing ceremonies.

All supplies and gear will be provided, but if campers wish to bring their own, any personal equipment is welcomed.



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

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 1 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 cabins or signing up for other fun activities. For more information on each trail, see the list below.

Archer Trail

Bulls eye!


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. Sky-Y also offers the advanced range at 40 yards where campers can shoot from the shooting line on the ground, or climb to the 20 foot tree stand for the extra challenge.  Archers will then put their skills to the test at the end of the week during a wild game of archery tag.

Artist Trail

A Masterpiece


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

Reach The Top


$25 Additional Program Fee

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.

Crafty Trail

If you build it…

$25 additional Program Fee


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 device. 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.

Horseback Trail (Saddle Club)

Saddle Up!

Chauncey Ranch Y encourages nurturing and caring for others.


$65 Additional Program Fee

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 how to take care of horse. From cleaning and feeding, to saddling and bridling; these campers will experience what its 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.

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 do. 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.

Leader Trail (LIT)

By Example


The Leader Trail

Marksmen Trail (Sportsman's Camp)



$55 Additional Program Fee

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 small 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 shoot out with 20 gauge shotguns.

Outdoor Trail

The Great Outdoors

YMCA Valley of the Sun Camps | Sky-Y campers play in the cool forest just outside of Prescott, Arizona.


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 with campfires and Dutch Ovens. Finally this trail offers animal studies in our nature lodge and forest ecology.

Paintball Trail (Secret Agent Camp)


Paintball | Camp Sky-Y | Arizona YMCA Camps

$55 additional Program Fee


Performance Trail

The Show Must Go On


Sing, Dance, and Act all week in the performance trail. Performers will start their week learning different dance styles, playing improve 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.