The Cooperative Council of North Carolina is now accepting applications for its annual Co-op Leadership Camp, which takes place June 19-23 in White Lake. Open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, the camp combines an interactive educational experience with outdoor fun in order to provide a memorable primer on how cooperatives operate.
The Council welcomed 50 young people to CLC from across North Carolina in 2016. Following the success and excitement generated last year, CCNC Executive Director Emily Nail has big plans for this year’s event. “We’re expanding the camp size to 70 people this year in order to accommodate the increasing demand,” she shared. “I’m personally thrilled that our cooperative partners see the value in the camp through their commitment of sponsorships and campers. It’s going to be a great year!”
The camp curriculum focuses on the cooperative business model and the Seven Cooperative Principles. Campers learn about co-ops by using the Seven Principles to develop a tee-shirt co-op during the week. Through this democratic process of decision making, campers also receive a memorable leadership development opportunity.
The camp takes place at the beautiful and rustic NC FFA Center in White Lake. In addition to the interactive learning process, CLC builds extensive fun and outdoor activities into the mix throughout the week.
The Council is now accepting application forms from campers, as well as requesting sponsorships from cooperative members. To learn more about the camp and how your cooperative can get involved, please go to the CLC page on the Council’s web site.