What is the Mission & Vision of UCYC?


Lives transformed 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.

Our Beliefs


God, infinitely perfect in holiness, truth and love and eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 6:1-3, John 16:13-15, John 4:8-10, Matthew 3:16-17)


God the Father is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. He has always existed, and acts according to His own will and purpose. He keeps every promise, and sent His son Jesus to redeem mankind from sin. (Nehemiah 9:6, Psalm 90:2, Isaiah 14:24, Proverbs 30:5, John 3:16)


Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and fully human, Lord and Savior. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for all sin and rose from the dead. He ascended to the right hand of the Father where He is interceding for His disciples and will return again to earth to reign as our powerful King. (Colossians 2:9, Galatians 4:4-5, Philippians 2:10-11, 1 John 4:14, Luke 1:34-38, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 8:34, Matthew 25:31)


The Holy Spirit is fully God and is one with God the Father and Jesus Christ. He regenerates spiritually dead sinners and bears witness about Jesus Christ. He serves as our comforter, guide and advocate. Through His indwelling, He empowers the believer for godly living and service. (John 3:5, Mark 1:10-11, Titus 3:4-7, John 15:26, John 16:13-15, Romans 8:26, Romans 8:11, Galatians 5:22-23)


The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16 )


God created all people in His image. Man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God. (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12)


Salvation is not something that can be purchased or earned. It is a free gift from God provided by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and is received through faith. It is available to everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. That faith is expressed through repentance of sin and baptism by immersion. (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12, Acts 2:38)


The true Church is composed of all such persons who have trusted in Jesus Christ for their salvation, and involvement in a local church is normative for a growing believer. Jesus is the Head of the Church and the Church is the Bride of Christ. (Galatians 3:27-29, Hebrews 10:24-25, Colossians 1:18, 2 Corinthians 11:2)


We believe that term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. (Genesis 1:27-29, 2:18-25, Matthew 19:4-12, 1 Corinthians 7:1-16, Hebrews 13:4)

We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 5:27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, Galatians 5:16-24)

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:10, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Ephesians 2:1-10, 1 John 1:9)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with scripture nor the doctrines of the church. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Romans 13:8-10, Matthew 22:37-39, 1 Timothy 1:5)


The Great Commission applies to all disciples of Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20)


People were created to exist forever. Every person, both the saved and the lost, will be resurrected – the saved to eternity in union with God and the lost to eternity separated from God. (Matthew 25:32-46, John 3:36, John 5:28-29, Acts 24:15