We've answered some of the most popular questions we have received from youth on this page. We've placed other information on our other SCYP pages, so if you haven't yet, be sure to check out them out. 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.
To get a feeling of what SCYP 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.
Who goes to Co-op Camp?
Youth ages 12 -18 from across all regions of Saskatchewan. 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.
You're probably someone who is into trying new things and making new friends. We'd love to see YOU at one of our sessions - you don't have to start with the Introductory level, just meet the age or other elegibility requirements for the camp week you want to be part of.
What is Co-op Camp and what do you do there?
Co-op Camp is a series of residential camps (you stay overnight for the whole time) that run throughout July and August. It's an inclusive and safe space where youth from all across Saskatchewan come together to meet new people, develop leadership skills and learn more about co-operatives -- and have a great time. The full name of the program is the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program, or SCYP, but we usually just call it "Co-op Camp".
Co-op Camp is all about participation, and developing leadership, communication and self-awareness skills. All activities are hands-on and interactive. We''ll challenge you to work together to solve challenges. The camps are held at beautiful Candle Lake or scenic Last Mountain Lake, so you can take part in swimming, canoeing, volleyball, campfires, and games.
Why would I go to Co-op Camp?
Because it is a ridiculous amount of fun spread over 4-5 days! 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. The skills you develop will look great on your resume, too, when you begin to look for a job.
When is Co-op Camp?
Find the dates for all camps here!!
Where is Co-op Camp?
We hold camps at two locations. Last Mountain Lake features a lakefront and dormlike 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, indoor washrooms, and the main hall for activities and meals.
What should I bring with me to Co-op Camp?
This packing lists will help you pack and prepare for an awesome week at camp!
- 2018 Participant Packing List
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
- If you need the bus to pick you up in Prince Albert please contact us at the office for more details.
- For all camp trips to Last Mountain Lake, there will be no pick-up in Prince Albert.
How do I know which camp to register for?
The brochure will walk you through it, but if you're not sure, contact us and we'll help you figure it out.
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 a 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 organization - usually a co-operative or credit union - pays the rest. 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.
If you followed all of our tips, but are having troubles finding a sponsor, don’t worry! Contact us and the Youth Program office will be happy to help you out or hook you up with a local co-op, credit union or community group. We make sure that no one is turned away due to lack of sponsorship!
To get you started, here is a list of co-operative and community organizations that sponsored participants last year.
Here check out a testimonial from our friends at Pineland Co-op, Melinda and Victoria!
Check out some of our older videos below!