Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) is a series of week long summer camps for young people ages 13 to 18. This unique experiential learning program brings together youth from across Ontario, to learn in a safe and secure environment. CYL empowers youth to be explorers, trailblazers and visionaries, while equipping them with the change-making tools and skills they need to succeed in the world. Bringing together youth with established co-operative mentors creates a relationship that embraces and enhances their leadership potential. Participants develop self-confidence, learn from inspiring guest speakers, and have fun with traditional camp activities set in a non-judgemental atmosphere. Since its inception in 1967, over 3,500 young people have gone through the program, thanks to all the amazing co-operatives and credit unions that have supported it over the years!


The goal of CYL is and always has been, to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for participants and facilitators where they are free to be themselves. Our approach to leadership, communication and team-building is grounded in our 7 co-operative principles. As we honour and pay tribute to our history, we demonstrate our commitment to our 7th Co-operative principle “Concern for Community,” by announcing our decision to cancel our on-site CYL camp this summer. This decision was not easy and one that we did not take lightly. It is, however, our responsibility to demonstrate the leadership and informed decision making skills that we teach at CYL, and do what is right for our co-operative community.

COVID-19 has presented our co-operatives and youth members with many challenges, but CYL will continue this summer as we move forward once again, with a virtual summer camp - our website is now updated with new programming! We are excited and looking forward to engaging our youth and providing a venue where they can make new friends and enjoy sharing their personal experiences with each other!

Guided by our Co-operative Principles...

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