This information is presented so that parents, guardians, teachers and social workers can begin to understand our long-running camp program. Please take the time to go through our FAQ, and be sure to check out the other Co-op Camp pages, too. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us through our Contact Us page.
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- What is Co-op Camp?
- Registration and Payment
- Camp Levels
- Really Useful Information (FAQs)
Co-op Camp has been leading Co-operative Youth Education in the province for more than 90 years. The full name of the program is the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, or SCYP, but we usually just call it "Co-op Camp". It has been a major contributor to co-operative youth education in the province and is one of the best-known initiatives of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association.
Co-op Camp is a series of four- and five-day overnight summer camp sessions held in July and August. The aim of the program is to contribute to the personal development of youth and encourage their active involvement in community and co-operative organizations. The uniqueness of Co-op Camp stems from its ability to provide a co-operative, participatory learning experience for young people, co-op staff and volunteers, within a positive, safe and inclusive environment.
The program is specially designed for Saskatchewan youth ages 12 to 18. It will help them master skills in teamwork, leadership, co-operation and communication. They'll gain the self-confidence they need to get involved and make a difference in their lives and their communities. Plus... they'll have a great time doing it! You don't need to be a member of a co-operative or credit union to attend Co-op Camp.
Read more about SCYP and the Co-op Camp "Magic" HERE.
Registration and Payment
One of the requirements of Co-op Camp is that participants and/or their families/guardians seek out a credit union, co-operative, tribal council or community organization for sponsorship. Learn more about obtaining sponsorship HERE. If, after following our tips, your child is unable to find a sponsor, don’t worry! Call our office and we’ll be happy to help you!
If your child is interested in attending Co-op Camp but you are unable to pay some or the entire registration fee, please contact us. Registration fees should not be a barrier to participation.
SCA accepts cash, cheques or credit card payments for all registration fees.
The Co-op Camp has five camps/levels to offer. Each level of Co-op Camp explores aspects of co-operation, communication, leadership and global awareness. Find out when each level is being offered this summer by checking out the CAMP DATES for this year!
These camps are for youth who are 12 and 13 years old and new to the program.
Participants will explore how they belong to a wider world of co-operatives, the media, friends, and groups. Junior camps include sessions on deconstructing the media, conflict resolution, and co-operatives - locally and globally. This is in addition to all the social and recreational activities, such as swimming, canoeing, campfires, and dances.
This camp welcomes back Junior participants as well as 14 and 15-year-olds who are new to the program.
There is lots of fun to be had while canoeing, singing songs around the campfire and getting to know new people. At the Introductory level participants also form and run their own co-operative canteen with the help of staff. Participants also explore issues of individuality, communication, community, co-operatives and global development.
This camp is for youth who have completed the Introductory level.
This level includes sessions on the co-operative principles, leadership, human differences and understanding, and trust and openness. Participants also select the recreational and social activities. As always, there are lots of interactive and fun recreational outdoor activities.
In order to attend this camp, participants must be invited after attending an Intermediate camp.
At this level, participants learn many new skills that will help them transition from high school. Through forming a co-operative community, participants will have the opportunity voice their opinions on topical co-operative issues, particularly youth involvement. Other topics include Canadian unity, co-operative values and consensus building. Participants will also choose the camp's social and recreational activities.
Thanks to a generous multi-year sponsorship by Innovation Credit Union, this session is known as the Earl Hanson Graduate Co-op Camp.
Senior Graduate Camp is an invitation-only camp for participants who have successfully completed the Graduate level camp.
Participants take on more leadership roles and responsibility for the goals and design of the camp. Participants put into practice the co-operation and leadership skills they have learned while developing new skills that they can apply to the workforce and in life.
LevelUp is a life skills and career development seminar for all youth of working age or who are interested in becoming more career ready. LevelUp invites youth to a 3-day seminar where they can co-operatively engage with one another while being introduced to a variety of essential life skills.
Really Useful Information
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- When is Co-op Camp?
- Which session should I register my child for?
- Who are the Staff?
- Where are the camps and what are the accommodations like?
- How does my child get to Camp?
- Where do we meet the bus?
- What does my child need to bring with him/her to camp?
When is Co-op Camp?
Each camp runs for four-five days in either July or August. A full listing of all camp dates can be found HERE.
In deciding which level to register for, consider the age of your child and whether they have attended Co-op Camp before.
If your child is 12 or 13 before December 31, 2019, and:
- has never attended Co-op Camp, then register them at the Junior level, or
- has completed the Junior level, register them at the Introductory level.
If your child is 14 or 15 before December 31, 2019, and:
- has never attended Co-op Camp, then register them at the Introductory level, or
- has completed the Junior level then register them at the Introductory level,or
- has completed the Introductory level, register them at the Intermediate level.
If your child is 16 to 18 before December 31, 2019, and:
- has completed the Intermediate level, then your child will receive a personal invitation to attend our special Graduate level (in the year that it is offered) or
- has completed the Graduate level, then your child will receive a personal invitation to attend our special Senior Graduate level (in the year that it is offered).
Staff teams are comprised of 6 to 10 individuals who are program alumni or employed, volunteer or are engaged with the co-operative sector or credit union system.
Staff members are committed to being a good role model to Saskatchewan youth and spending a week sharing their knowledge and experiences. More on Staff HERE.
Some of our camps are held at beautiful Candle Lake. The camp has eight heated cabins, indoor washrooms and showers, and a main hall for activities and meals, and the rest of the camps are held at a scenic facility on Last Mountain Lake. The Last Mountain Lake camp is lake front and features dorm-like facilities, with indoor washrooms and showers. Both of our current camp locations are in fresh and modern facilities, so no matter which camp you choose, you are in for breathtaking Saskatchewan scenery and fantastic facilities.
Charter bus transportation is provided free from Saskatoon for all camps. Pick up in Prince Albert can be arranged for the camps at Candle Lake only.
If you would like to drop your child off at camp, please contact the office for specific drop off times and directions to the camp location.
SASKATOON: Registration and departure for camp from Saskatoon take place in the rear parking lot of Affinity Credit Union, St. Mary's Branch, 1515 20th Street West in Saskatoon.
PRINCE ALBERT: If you require your child to be picked up in Prince Albert please contact us at the office for further details. Note that there will be no Prince Albert pick-ups for ANY Last Mountain Lake camps.
What does my child need to bring with him/her to camp?
Here is a suggested packing list that will help you and your child pack and prepare for an awesome week at camp!
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us!
This is what parents and participants had to say about Co-op Camp:
“I cannot speak highly enough about this program. It was truly a life-changing experience for all three of my daughters!” - Bev Seymour, Principal of Beechy School
“This is a truly great program. I have learned many valuable life lessons and skills that have helped me develop and grow into a leader.” - Tamara, Saskatoon
“The time I spent at Co-op Camp was absolutely the happiest time of my life. I have never felt more equal, trusted, respected or cared for." - Tyson, Saskatoon
“Coming to Co-op Camp was definitely a highlight of my summer.” - Chelsea, Sedley