Co-operative Young Leaders

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CYL camp has been cancelled. Click here for details.

CYL is in the process of developing some exciting new events and activities for our 2020 participants and facilitators, such as some fun and interactive presentations, virtual camp fires and even and art project.

Co-operative Young Leaders is a summer experience unlike any other. This week-long camp brings young people together from all across Ontario to learn about, and practice, communication and leadership through co-operative activities. Since its inception in 1967 to its 50th year in 2017, more than 3,000 young people have gone through Ontario co-operative young leaders programs.

Each camp session is aimed at youth of a particular age. There are sessions throughout the summer for youths aged 14 to 18. Base Camp: For youth ages 12-13. (Experience a weekend of fun and adventure and learn about the co-operative principles by living them.) Every year, Ontario co-ops and credit unions give 200 young people a chance to attend CYL, which is a program of the Ontario Co-operative association. It is held at the Co-operative Education Centre located in Aylmer, Ontario.

To encourage youth leadership, PHCHF has committed to sponsoring up to three young members to attend the Co-operative Young Leaders Camp (CYL) at no cost to the participant.

We are now accepting sponsorship applications for the 2020 summer sessions of CYL.

This is a fabulous opportunity for a youth living in your co-op. Youth, ages 12 to 13 (base camp) and ages 14 to 18 that are interested in attending should complete the attached CYL Sponsorship Application.

“I think of CYL as a community and not just a camp for youth. The friendships, communication and leadership skills will help me in the future. It was definitely a privilege to be sponsored to CYL.”

CYL Participant

“I truly loved and enjoyed every moment of my time at CYL and I will cherish the memories forever, as well as use the knowledge of everything I have learned to help me be successful in the future.”

CYL Participant