What is the Mission & Vision of UCYC?


Helping churches create more and better disciples through experiencing the outdoors, community, and the love of Christ.


To be a pioneering ministry that is relentless in seeing each person see, hear, and experience Jesus Christ in a life transforming way.

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. Our newest camp, The Springs, located just a 15 minute drive away, opened Summer 2016.

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, Greg Mengarelli, and his team.