Are you a young leader looking to make a difference in the world? Are you a parent or credit union member interested in helping young people develop their leadership skills? Look no further than the Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) camp!
CYL is a week-long summer camp for youth ages 13 to 18 held just outside Aylmer, Ont. This unique experiential learning program brings together youth from all across Ontario to learn about and practice communication and leadership through co-operative activities. Participants will gain valuable skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, and team-building that they can use in their everyday lives.
What will participants do at CYL?
- Build and strengthen leadership and communication skills
- Develop more co-operative attitudes, values, and skills
- Enhance awareness of and the ability to analyze important and relevant social issues
- Meet peers and potential mentors from across Ontario
- Oh, and have lots of fun in the process!
What kinds of activities are there?
- Recreational (campfires, movie nights, dinner banquet, etc.)
- Sports (volleyball, dodge ball, soccer, baseball, reverse tag, reverse paintball, etc.)
- Artwork Project
- Participation on a committee (social, sports, collective memories, media moments, rules & regs)
- Talking Stick
- Snack Shack
EXPLORERS: ages 13 - 14
Participants will explore the wonder of co-operatives, as they learn about their history and discover the CYL community that awaits! They will gain an understanding of the values and behaviours of leadership, team-building, and communication skills, and learn what makes a “great” leader in a judgement-free environment where everyone is welcome. They will have fun meeting new friends and enjoying traditional camp activities, all while learning to lead a week at camp. This week is open to participant’s ages 13 to 14, and is a great introduction to CYL!
Group 1 – Sunday, July 23 to Friday, July 28, 2023
Group 2 – Sunday, July 30 to Friday, August 4, 2023
TRAILBLAZERS: ages 15 - 16
Participants will blaze a trail towards co-operation, as we focus on our CYL community, learn to overcome communication challenges, and lead the way towards building great teamwork and co-operative leadership skills. Activities focus on stereotyping, the rumour mill, the influence of social media, as well as diversity and equality. Participants will begin to take over leading their camp, while having fun exploring the great outdoors and enjoying traditional camp activities. This is a great opportunity to reunite with old friends and meet new ones in a safe and supportive environment. This week is open to participants ages 15 to 16, and/or participants that have completed Explorers.
Saturday, July 15 to Friday, July 21, 2023
VISIONARIES: ages 17 - 18
Participants will implement the vision and imagination to shape the future of co-operatives, as they become innovative young leaders with the knowledge and skills to change the world! This week, we help them solidify basic knowledge of the co-operative business model, support and foster the co-operative leaders of the future, and provide them with the tools to make a difference in their communities. Participants work in teams to create a co-operative that addresses a need in their community, and to develop a communication and marketing plan which is presented to a panel of senior co-operative representatives for constructive feedback. Visionaries take over the responsibility of leading the camp with the support of their facilitators. This week is open to participants ages 17 to 18, and/or participants that completed Trailblazers.
Saturday, July 8 to Friday, July 14, 2023
Co-operative Young Leaders Application Submission Form.
Don’t miss your chance to be sponsored by Luminus Financial and attend CYL 2023 as one of the four selected campers. The application deadline is Friday, May 26.
To apply, please input your information below. You are asked to include a brief essay (1 page or less) or link to a video highlighting your leadership qualities, inspirations behind your leadership, demonstrated leadership in your community/peer group/family, and what you hope to gain from the Co-operative Young Leaders program. Get your application in and show us why you should be a part of this unforgettable experience!
If you have questions about the CYL program or sponsorship opportunity, please send us a quick email. We’ll connect with you directly.