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Wednesday, 04 November 2020 18:27

The A-Z of Co-op Camp - part 3

Have you ever gone somewhere and had a whole new language thrown at you? I don’t mean that grade 12 trip to Europe, where they ACTUALLY speak a different language, I mean somewhere where the lingo is just all new?  When I first got to Co-op Camp, I had absolutely no idea what a Warm Fuzzy was, or exactly why people wanted to be “cannibals”. Our final batch of letters covers the new words you may hear at Co-op Camp from R-Z.  Some of these are essential to having a great summer at Co-op Camp!

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Rap Sessions

Drop me a sick beat!!!  Well, no, a rap session is not THAT kind of rap.  It is a great way to get to know more about your fellow campers by asking a question and letting everyone give an answer.  If you were a sound, what sound would it be? If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Rainbow Flag
A seven-colour rainbow flag is a common symbol of the international cooperative movement. The rainbow flag has been the cooperative emblem since 1921 when the International Co-operative Congress of World Co-op Leaders met in Basel, Switzerland to identify and define the growing cooperative movement’s common values and ideals to help unite co-ops around the world.

After some experiments with different designs, a famous French cooperator, Professor Charles Gide, suggested using the seven colours of the rainbow for the flag. He pointed out that the rainbow symbolized unity in diversity and the power of light, enlightenment and progress. The first co-op rainbow flag was completed in 1924 and was adopted as an official symbol of the international cooperative movement in 1925.

Like the rainbow, this flag is a symbol of hope and peace. The seven colours from flags around the world fly in harmony.

Honorable Mentions: Recreation, Rest

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Tuesday, 01 September 2020 20:39

The A to Z of Co-op Camp Part 2

 

 

Have you ever gone somewhere and had a whole new language thrown at you? I don’t mean that grade 12 trip to Europe, where they ACTUALLY speak a different language, I mean somewhere where the lingo is just all new?  When I first got to Co-op Camp, I had absolutely no idea what a Warm Fuzzy was, or exactly why people wanted to be “cannibals”. Our second batch of letters covers the new words you may hear at Co-op Camp from J-Q.  Some of these are essential to having a great summer at Co-op Camp!

 

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Usually around this time of the year, I am sitting in a cabin, or chatting with my colour group about what they are looking forward to doing the next day, or I am laying on the beach, watching young people splash in the waves, or I am teaching a group of campers about one aspect of our co-operative principles and how they make business better. However, this year, I’m not out at our typical Co-op Camp.  I’m nowhere near either Candle Lake or Last Mountain Lake.  I am sitting in my office.  Staring at a computer screen.  It’s not the summer I could have imagined in a hundred years. 

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Monday, 01 June 2020 16:03

Meet the Team Monday - The Blog Edition

If you follow Co-op Camp on Instagram or Facebook, (@coopcamprocks and Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, respectively), we do a weekly introduction of a Co-op Camp Staffer.  These people are the amazing volunteers who help us run the Camp program summer after summer.  This year we are not doing camp in our traditional form, but there will be some new and interactive events and activities.  This is because of the hard work of these two Co-op Camp Alumni, Sean den Hollander and Nicole Rowlett, the 2020 Program Assistants. I asked them to give us some info and let us get to know them a little bit.  Here is our Meet the Team Monday - Blog Edition!

 

 

                                         sean                                                                           nicole

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 15:35

Co-op Camp is our Constant

 

This is a crazy world. From Tiger Kings, to Covid-19 scares, to unstable economics, the world is a crazy and sometimes scary place.  It can feel like once you get a handle on the situation, something comes along and changes your world entirely. Even when there aren’t huge looming critical events, even simply growing up and moving from one stage of life to the next, change is the inevitable. “Change is the only constant in the world.” We hear this every dang day it seems.

I heard something that, in the midst of all of the 2020 commotion that is happening all around us right now, calmed my anxiety about our world situation and made me take a breath.  Camp will be there for us when this is all over. This person didn’t mean just the physical location, or the curriculum. They meant Co-op Camp.

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When an outgoing child gets signed up for camp for the first time, they are usually very excited to go. They anticipate the camp experience as an exciting new place filled with exciting new people and exciting new things to do and try. For a child who is shy, or has anxiety, the thought of going to a summer camp, whether for a few days, a week, or a month, is overwhelming and can be terrifying. The idea of new people, places, and experiences is overwhelming and can cause the child to fight the idea of going to the camp at all.

In the case of Co-op Camp, even just getting this child on the bus could prove difficult. This is why it is so important to have a few tips and hints to help you ease the fears and anxieties that a shy child may be facing as they prepare to head with us out to Co-op Camp.

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