Saskatchewan Co-operative Association
Feb 10

In this page parents, guardians, teachers and social workers can learn some specific information about our long-running camp program. Below you will find some information describing:

We advise that you read through ALL of the below material and if you still have some questions, feel free to reach out through our contact us page.

What is SCYP's Co-op Camp?

Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, also known as Co-op Camp, has been leading Co-operative Youth Education in the province for 89 years. Co-op Camp is a series of camps throughout July and August where youth ages 12 to 18 from all across Saskatchewan come together to meet new people, develop leadership skills, learn more about co-operatives and have a great time. All activities are participatory and interactive in nature and challenge participants to work together to solve challenges. There is also swimming, canoeing, volleyball, campfires, and other recreational activities. 

This is what parents and participants had to say about Co-op Camp:

“I cannot speak highly enough about this program. It was truly a life-changing experience for all three of my daughters!” - Bev Seymour, Principal of Beechy School

“This is a truly great program. I have learned many valuable life lessons and skills that have helped me develop and grow into a leader.” - Tamara, Saskatoon

“The time I spent at Co-op Camp was absolutely the happiest time of my life. I have never felt more equal, trusted, respected or cared for." - Tyson, Saskatoon

“Coming to Co-op Camp was definitely a highlight of my summer.” - Chelsea, Sedley

We Accept Credit Cards for Co-op Camp Registration!

SCYP accepts credit card payments for all Registration fees! Feel free to call SCYP at (306) 343-3583 or (306) 244-3702 or visit us in office to make your payment today!

Our Camps

The Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, or Co-op Camp, has many camps to offer. Find out when each level is being offered this summer by checking out the CAMP DATES for this year!


These camps are for youth that are 12 and 13 years old and new to the program. Participants will explore how they belong to a wider world of co-operatives, the media, friendship and groups. In addition to all the social and recreational activities, such as swimming, canoeing, campfires and dances. Junior camps includes sessions on deconstructing the media, conflict resolution, and co-operatives - locally and globally.


This camp welcomes back Junior participants as well as 14 and 15 year olds who are new to the program. There is lots of fun to be had while swimming, canoeing, singing songs around the campfire and getting to know new people. At the Introductory level participants also form and run their own co-operative canteen with the help of staff as well as explore issues of individualities, communication, community, co-operatives and global development.


This camp is for youth who have completed the Introductory level. This camp also includes sessions on the co-operative principles, leadership, human differences and understanding, and trust and openness. Participants also select the recreational and social activities. As always, there are lots of interactive and fun recreational options such as swimming, canoeing, volleyball and campfires.

Graduate (Unavailable in 2017)

Graduate Camp will continue in 2018. In order to attend this camp you must be invited after attending an Intermediate camp. At this level participants learn many skills that will help them transition from High School. Through forming a co-operative community participants will have the opportunity voice their opinions on topical co-operative issues, particularly youth involvement. Other topics will include: Canadian unity; co-operative values and consensus building. Participants will also choose the camp's social and recreational activities.

Senior Graduate

Senior Graduate Camp is an invitation-only camp is for participants who successfully completed the Graduate level camp in 2015 or 2016. Participants take on more leadership and responsibility for the goals and design of the camp. Participants put into practice the co-operation and leadership skills they have learned, while developing new skills for the workforce and in life.

Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the cost to attend?

The total cost (fee) to attend Co-op Camp is $725. Participants pay a $250 registration fee and get the remaining $475 fee paid by a local co-operative sponsor. Ask a co-operative in your community (such as a credit union, retail co-op, The Co-operators, a co-operative health clinic, Concentra Bank or Access Communications Co-op) or a local community organization or club for sponsorship.

Check out our Tips for Finding a Sponsor, in the youth section, for more helpful information

If your child is unable to find a sponsor, don’t worry! Just call our office and we’ll be happy to help you!

If your child is interested in attending Co-op Camp but you are unable to pay some or the entire registration fee, please contact us…we may be able to help you find additional sponsorship.

When is Co-op Camp?

Each Camp runs for 4 to 6 days in either July or August. A full listing of all camp dates can be found here.

How do I register my child?

If your child is 12 or 13 before December 31, 2017 and:

- has never attended Co-op Camp, then register them at the Junior level, or has completed the Junior level, register them at the Introductory level.

If your child is 14 or 15 before December 31, 2017 and:

- has never attended Co-op Camp, then register them at the Introductory level, orhas completed the Junior level then register them at the the Introductory level, orhas completed the Introductory level, register them at the Intermediate level.

If your child is 16 to 18 before December 31, 2017 and:

- has never attended Co-op Camp, register at the Intermediate level, orhas completed the Intermediate level, than your child will receive a personal invitation to attend our special Graduate orhas completed the Graduate level, than your child will receive a personal invitation to attend our special Senior Graduate level.

Please ensure that you complete all sections of the registration form and return it along with the registration fee to the Youth Program office. The registration deadline is two weeks prior to the commencement of the camp, but REGISTER NOW to get your first choice.

Who are the Staff?

Staff teams are comprised of 6 to 10 individuals who are program alumni or employed, volunteer, or are engaged with the co-operative sector. Staff members are committed to being a good role model to Saskatchewan youth and volunteering to spend a week sharing their knowledge and experiences.

Where are the camps and what are the accommodations like?

Junior 2, Introductory 2, Intermediate, and Graduate Camps are held at a scenic facility on Last Mountain Lake.The camp is lake front and features dormlike facilities. One of the most popular features of Last Mountain Lake is the infamous mud put from our promo video.

Junior 1, Introductory 1, and Senior Graduate Camps are held at beautiful Candle Lake. The camp has eight heated cabins, indoor washrooms and a main hall for activities and meals. Below are some pictures of the camp and the surrounding area. Here are some pictures of the camp and surrounding area.

How does my child get to Co-op Camp?

Charter bus transportation is provided free from Saskatoon for all camps. Pick up in Prince Albert can be arranged for the camps at Candle Lake. If you would like to drop your child off at camp, please contact the office for specific drop off times and directions to camp.

Where do I meet the bus?

Registration and departure for camp from Saskatoon takes place in the rear parking lot of Affinity Credit Union, St. Mary's Branch, 1515 20th Street West in Saskatoon.

If you require your child to be picked up in Prince Albert please contact us at the office for further details.  Please be mindful that there will be no Prince Albert pick-ups for all Last Mountain Lake Camps.

What does my child need to bring with him/her to camp?

Here is a suggested packing list that will help you and your child pack and prepare for an awesome week at camp!
Candle Lake Packing List

Last Mountain Lake Packing List

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us!