In The Beginning

Our story is really His-story.

Visionaries, sensing the leading of God, from Christian Churches in Phoenix gave birth to UCYC (United Christian Youth Camp) in 1952 with the purchase of 112 acres in the tall pines of Prescott. The first buildings, known now as The Pines were erected in 1953. Log Cabin Village, now known as The Summit was constructed in 1988.

But UCYC is more than just buildings. It’s our core values that drive us.

We pioneer fun, quality experiences in a safe outdoor setting where the gospel is presented in loving relationships.

Over the years we have partnered with churches to meet the needs of young people in both summer and winter as UCYC explodes with programs we plan. In addition, a variety of groups rent UCYC in order to create space away from the normal pace of life.

UCYC is a non-denominational, non-profit organization, affiliated with the Independent Christian Churches throughout Arizona and Nevada. We are governed by an Executive Board of Pastors and business professionals who are passionate about seeing lives transformed into the image of Christ. Locally the camp is lead by Executive Director, Joe Zizz, and his team.


We exist to help churches make more and better disciples by creating experiences that accelerate relationship building.


To make it EASY and FUN for youth pastors and children’s leaders to bring their students to one of our life-changing camps and retreats or run their own events at one of our two camps.