Co-op Council Adds Scout Patch Program to Robust Programming

It’s been a productive first year at the helm of the NC Cooperative Council for Executive Director Emily Nail. Since coming to the Council late last year, Nail has injected renewed energy and enthusiasm for the organization’s programs and outreach.

The CCNC mission rests on three focus areas in its overall strategic plan: connecting, educating and promoting cooperatives in North Carolina. Events such as the Council’s Annual Meeting in Winston-Salem & Mini Co-op 101 in the summer and fall have brought together the cooperative community for education and networking.

Earlier this summer, the Annual Cooperative Leadership Camp continued its long-standing mission to educate young people about the value and benefits of cooperatives and their overall value in the marketplace. This successful program promotes cooperatives to the broader community in a fun and engaging way.

With the year drawing to a close, Nail is adding another fun & educational component to the Council’s mix of programming – the Co-ops for Community Scouting Patch Program. A national initiative that is co-sponsored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and the National Cooperative Business Association, the Council recently added the program thanks to support from the North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives as well as the Carolinas Credit Union League.

The program is open to scouting troops in North Carolina, who visit and tour a local cooperative and complete a series of exercises in the scouting patch booklet. A fun, interactive program that is easy for cooperatives to implement, it is a great way to provide a community service to young people while educating them about cooperatives. You can learn more about the program on the Council’s web page.

This program is yet another example of the great work the Council is doing under Nail’s leadership. To find out more about the Council and how your co-op can get involved, send Emily an email at

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