Saskatchewan Co-operative Association
Feb 10

Co-op Camp 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.

See our message HERE.

To get a feeling of what Co-op Camp is all about, and to begin to understand the "Co-op Camp Magic", check out our Co-op Camp video from Synergy Credit Union featuring Spencer and Wes! We've also placed more videos at the bottom of this page



We've answered some of the most popular questions we have received from youth on this page. Click on the title to jump to that section. We've also placed questions we get from parents and guardians on their own PAGE, too, so if you haven't yet, be sure to scroll around the Camp pages using the menu at right.

If you have still have questions, we'd love to hear from you. Call or email us, or send us a note through social media. 

  1. Who goes to Co-op Camp?
  2. What is Co-op Camp?
  3. What do you do there?
  4. Do I have to be a member of a co-op or credit union?
  5. Why would I want to go to Co-op Camp?
  6. When is Co-op Camp?
  7. Where is Co-op Camp held?
  8. How do I know which camp to register for?
  9. What should I bring with me to Co-op Camp?
  10. When is the registration deadline?
  11. What is a Sponsor?
  12. Can I buy stuff with the Co-op Camp logo on it?



Who goes to Co-op Camp?

Young people like you between the ages of 12 -18 from across all regions of Saskatchewan who want to open themselves up to new opportunities or to try a different kind of summer camp. You're probably someone who is into trying new things and making new friends.  You don't have to be a member of a co-operative or credit union to attend Co-op Camp. 

If one of your friends or relatives has already completed one level of Camp and is registered for Co-op Camp this year, they can refer you and receive a $20 gift card (if this is your first time attending Co-op Camp). Check out our REFER A FRIEND program for the details, and be sure you clearly indicate their name in the 'Referred By' area of the application form.


What is Co-op Camp?

Co-op Camp is a series of overnight camps that run throughout July and August. It's an inclusive and safe space. Co-op Camp is all about participation, and developing & strengthening leadership, communication and self-awareness skills.

The full name of the program is the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, or SCYP, but we usually just call it "Co-op Camp".


What do you do there?

You'll take part in social events, activities, and sessions indoors and out. In some camps, you'll get to run and be part of your own co-operative canteen. You'll explore co-operatives, the community, media, friendships and global events. All activities are hands-on and interactive. We'll challenge you to work together and find co-operative solutions.

The camps are held at beautiful Candle Lake or scenic Last Mountain Lake, so you can take part in water activities, canoeing, volleyball, campfires, and games.


Do I have to be a member of a co-op or credit union?

You don't have to be a member of a co-operative or a credit union, but you (or someone in your family) probably already has some connection to the co-operative sector.


Why would I want to go to Co-op Camp?

Because it is a ridiculous amount of fun spread over 4-5 days in the summer! You will have the chance to develop your communication, teamwork and co-operation skills through fun activities and games. You'll be outside. You'll develop - or strengthen - some of your skills. And as you progress through the various levels of Camp, you'll take on more leadership and responsibility for the goals and design of the camp. Don't take our word for it, watch some of the videos at the bottom of this page

The skills you develop will look great on your resume, too, when you begin to look for a job or start to volunteer.


When is Co-op Camp?

Camps are held during July and August. Find the dates for all camps HERE.


Where is Co-op Camp held?

We hold camps at two locations. Last Mountain Lake features a lakefront and dorm-like facilities. One of the most popular features of Last Mountain Lake is the infamous mud pit from our promo video. Candle Lake has eight heated cabins and a main hall for activities and meals. Both locations have indoor washrooms and showers.


What should I bring with me to Co-op Camp?

This PACKING LIST will help you pack and prepare for an awesome week at camp!

Also, don't forget to bring your fully completed Participant Medical Information and Consent Form to registration.


How do I get to Co-op Camp?

Bus transportation is provided for free to camp from Saskatoon and Prince Albert. The bus leaves Saskatoon from the St. Mary's Affinity Credit Union Parking Lot [MAP].

If you need the bus to pick you up in Prince Albert please contact us at the office for more details. There will be no pick-up in Prince Albert for any camp trips to Last Mountain Lake


How do I know which camp to register for?

You don't have to start with the Introductory level, just meet the age or other eligibility requirements for the camp week you want to be part of. The BROCHURE will walk you through it, but if you're not sure, contact us and we'll help you figure it out.

We also explain all the Co-op Camp levels HERE


When is the registration deadline?

Registration deadline is anytime from mid-January to two weeks prior to the commencement of each camp.  We suggest you REGISTER EARLY to get your first choice of camp dates. 

We send you an information and confirmation package about three weeks before your camp session is scheduled to begin. 

What is a Sponsor?

The registration fee for Co-op Camp is split into two parts. You and/or your family pay part, and a community or service organization - usually a co-operative or credit union - pays the rest.

We ask that you reach out to a co-op or credit union you or your family belong to - or one in your community - for sponsorship. Most co-operatives and credit unions in all parts of Saskatchewan are looking for youth to sponsor and are totally stoked when they have a young person *you* show up and talk to them about camp. We have a whole page on how to find a sponsor. Click HERE to go there now.  


Can I buy stuff with the Co-op Camp logo on it?

Co-op Camp offers a Co-op Camp merchandise Pre-Purchase option for participants for $30. Select this option from the Registration Form. Your camp tee will be waiting for you at our camp registration.

You can also purchase past year's camp t-shirts, or Co-op Camp hoodies at registration too (Subject to availability). You may order Co-op Camp merchandise from the SCA Store any time. 



Here's a testimonial from our friends at Pineland Co-op, Melinda and Victoria!

Check out some of our older videos below!