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.
If you have signed up to come and volunteer a few days this summer at one of our Co-op Camp sessions, first, THANK YOU, and second, have you got some trepidation about coming? Don't be nervous! Betweeen your Staff Training Workshop scheduled near the end of May and these handy tips, you will look like a professional Camp Staffer! (And in case you haven't handed an application into the Co-op Camp office yet... What are you waiting for?!? The deadline to apply is March 13, 2020.)
Here are 8 things to do before you come to Staff at Co-op Camp:
There are lots of videos out there that can help people learn about co-operatives. In this blog post, we’ll look at four types of videos that can help explain what co-operatives are, how they are different from other forms of business, what the co-operative principles are and what they mean, as well as a history of a couple of co-ops.
So you want to learn about co-operatives. What are the options? Where to start?
From introductory level co-op basics, to Masters’ degree programs, read on to learn about some Canadian (and a few international) opportunities for co-operative focused learning opportunities. There are two main approaches to learning – academic and non-academic learning. This blog post will give you some ideas about both types of learning. There is also self-guided learning, and event or course-based learning. I’ll share some examples of all these types of learning opportunities. There are lots of options out there, this blog post will offer a few ideas in each category.
So you know that member engagement in a co-operative is an important and needed focus area. But what the heck should you actually do? This blog post provides a few ideas for members of co-operatives, and a few ideas for co-operatives of what actions both can take to increase member engagement.
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.
Many co-operatives feel like they need to engage their members more. The challenge of how to engage members affects both new and mature co-operatives. Often, member engagement has been viewed as having many members participating in a co-operative’s annual general meeting. While AGM participation is one way to engage members, there are many, many other methods to ensuring that a co-operative and its members are communicating and connected, and that members’ and the co-op’s needs are being met.