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Co-operative Young Leaders Program

Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) and Base Camp

CYL is a unique summer camp experience for youth ages 14-18. This series of week-long programs brings young people together from all across Ontario to learn about and practice the international co-operative principles, communication, and leadership through games, team building and community projects. 

Base Camp invites youth ages 12-13 to experience a weekend adventure and learn about the co-operative principles in an interactive, hands on way. Participants will enjoy the traditions of our CYL program and work on a project that incorporates their strengths while working as a part of a team. 

CYL 2018 Registration is now OPEN!  Register Here. 

*If you have obtained and confirmed sponsorship with a co-op or a credit union please proceed to the registration. If you are looking to participate outside of a sponsoring organization you are welcome to register and we will invoice appropriately. 

This is a challenge – a life-changing opportunity – for young people between the ages of 14 and 18.  Bring your skills, your dreams and ideas, or “just” your unlimited potential. Because YOUth are not only the future of the co-operative movement, youth are right here, right now, making a difference in their communities. 


CYL is moving! The program now has a home at the Co-operative Education Centre (CEC) near Aylmer, ON. CYL 2018 will comprise of FIVE weeks of programing, and each will take place starting on a Sunday and ending on a Friday. 




Facilitator Training Weekend


May 25-26

Base Camp (for 12-13 y/o)


June 1-3

Senior Session


July 8-13

Intermediate Session


July 15-20

Junior A Session


July 22-27

Junior B Session


July 29- August 3

Junior C Session


August 5-10


    Junior and Intermediate rates $895 + HST. Senior rates $970 + HST.                                                Non-member sponsors please add $250.

    For the Ontario Co-operative Association membership rates and information, click here.

    About our Youth Programs 

    We bring together young co-operators from across Ontario with established co-op mentors in a relationship that embraces and enhances their leadership potential. 

    CYL and Base Camp are experiential learning programs which integrate co-operative principles with teambuilding practices, empower youth to be visionaries, and equips them with the change-making tools they need to excel. They develop self-confidence, learn from inspiring guest speakers, and have a lot of fun with camp-like activities. Who knew that public speaking, and business conceptualization could be so exciting!


    If you would like to subscribe to the CYL Newsletter, simply enter your email address in the box on the top-right section of the screen. Chose the CYL Newsletter and confirm your subscription! 


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