Youth

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association
Feb 10
2017

As our 2021 programming is released, we will update all relevant Co-op Camp pages. 

 

A message from SCA’s Program Officer, Tracey Quiring about the look and feel of Co-op Camp 2021.

January, 2021

Hello Co-operative Friends,
The Youth Program is facing some new and exciting changes for the 2021 season. Some of these are of our own doing, and some are due to the challenges of living through a global pandemic!

Co-op Camp in 2021 will be looking a little different than in past years. To eliminate the large group sleepover setting that we have come to love, but which is not feasible in these pandemic times, your favourite co-operative education retreat will be hosting a number of community-based day camps (COVID restrictions allowing)! Youth will be brought together safely, in smaller numbers to play, learn, and share in some socialization.

We will be asking local co-operatives and credit unions to sponsor day camps. More information about this will be available soon. These camps will feature local Camp Staffers. We are hoping to bring this travelling road show of energy and co-op excitement to 20 Saskatchewan communities!

If your co-operative or credit union is interested in hosting the SCYP day camp road show in your home town, please call Program Officer, Tracey Quiring at 306-343-3583 and she will do everything she can to ensure the youth in your community get a specialized Co-op Camp experience.

In addition to the day camp option, the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program will be offering a virtual element to the summer. There will be age specific offerings this summer and a very casual drop-in option for busy kids during a busy summer. These virtual camps will be designed to allow for a different camp feeling when you can’t see your friends, but you still want to interact with them.

The SCYP is prepared to host our traditional summer gatherings at the beautiful Last Mountain and Candle Lakes and should the health restrictions loosen before March 31st, there could be a campfire with our name on it. So please remain vigilant, wash your hands, wear a mask, and when you are able, please get vaccinated for the health and well being of all of Saskatchewan, and camps everywhere!

- Tracey


Co-op Camp is unique. It provides a co-operative and participatory learning experience for young people, co-op staff and volunteers, within a positive, safe and inclusive environment.

 

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WHAT IS CO-OP CAMP?

Co-op Camp - previously known as the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program or SCYP - is a series of four- and five-day overnight summer camp sessions held in July and August. 

Co-op Camp 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. 

These experiences, and the bonding that takes place between participants, all help to create the legendary Co-op Camp “Magic”.

 Activities are participatory and interactive, and challenge participants to work together. Of course, Co-op Camp also offers water activities, canoeing, volleyball, campfires, and other recreational opportunities.  

Co-op Camp is a core program of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association. The theme and graphics change annually, and for 2020 is: Make Meaningful Memories.

HISTORY

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 more than 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 (previously 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 the decades. 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.