Youth

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association
Feb 10
2017

Co-op Camp - officially known as Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program or SCYP - is a series of summer camp sessions held in July and August.  The curriculum is specially designed for youth ages 12 to 18 to meet new people, develop leadership skills, learn more about co-operatives and how to get involved in the community -- and participate in a memorable summer experience. 

Activities are participatory and interactive, and challenge participants to work together. Of course, SCYP also offers swimming, canoeing, volleyball, campfires, and other recreational activities.  

Co-op Camp is a core program of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association.  

HISTORY

2018 marks the 90th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program! 

It’s been called Co-op Schools, the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, and is now commonly known throughout the province as Co-op Camp. For 90 years this celebrated youth leadership program has been promoting co-operative values and bringing out the best in young people. More than 44,000 young people have taken part in Co-op Camp or its predecessors.

Since its founding in 1928, Co-op Camp (officially known as the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program or SCYP) has evolved into a series of summer camps sessions that contribute to the personal development of youth and encourage their active involvement in community and co‑operative organizations.

The curriculum has changed over its 90-year history. In many ways it mirrors the evolution of Saskatchewan’s co-operatives and credit unions and the province’s shift towards urbanization. Sessions are continually added and updated. Leadership, self-confidence and co-op values, though, have always been core to the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program and remain deeply embedded. After all, these are the building blocks that continue to create Co-op Camp Magic. Learn more about the 90th anniversary of Co-op Camp.

Here are a few highlights and a timeline from the book we made for our 80th anniversary: Co-operative Youth Education in Saskatchewan: Co-op Schools and the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, written by Saskatchewan youth. The book celebrates the essence of the program and documents its history, development, and achievements through archival research, personal interviews, and information gleaned from internal documents. To order your own copy of this awesome and informative book for only $20, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AIM

To contribute to the personal development of youth and encourage their active involvement in community and co-operative organizations.

VALUES AND PRINCIPLES

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program contributes to the personal development of youth and encourages their active involvement in community and co-operative organizations. The uniqueness of the Program stems from its ability to provide a co-operative, participatory learning experience for young people, co-op staff and volunteers, within a positive, enjoyable environment.

Respect

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program has a fundamental respect for people. We honour the uniqueness of the individual and the value of groups. Respect fosters openness and authentic self expression which, in turn, builds trust. We enhance this trusting atmosphere through sharing, listening and respecting confidentiality.

Co-operation

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program values co-operation and democratic practices. We value the input of each individual, and through teamwork, we effectively achieve our goals. Through group decision making and communication we generate a spirit of co-operation and sense of community.

Equality

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program respects the equality of people. We believe in social responsibility, justice and economic empowerment through co-operatives. We welcome a diversity of beliefs, cultures and values in our program and we act to include this diversity.

Development

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program values the growth and development of people and their co-operatives. We contribute to personal growth through education, participation and skill development which, in turn, benefits co-operatives. Our program serves as an information link between youth and co-operatives in Saskatchewan.

Interdependence

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program believes in the interdependence of people. We build a social bond between individuals through understanding, consideration and interaction. We act with a responsibility to care for others.

One Camper's Experience

with thanks to Synergy Credit Union for producing this video.