To Educate, Connect and Promote our future leaders.
Cooperative Leadership Camp
A week-long camp that allows teens to form a worker/owner cooperative and work together to solve business challenges as they develop leadership and team-building skills.
Cooperative Leadership Camp attendees are also eligible to apply for the $1,000 Jim Graham college scholarship during their senior year of high school.
We look forward to 2022 in person camp! June 20-24th, 2022. Applications will open in November of 2021.
Learn more about camp.
What is #CLC?
Cooperative Leadership Camp is a five-day overnight camp program hosted by the Cooperative Council of North Carolina. High School Students from all parts of the state are sponsored to attend for free by a local cooperative or supporting organization. (If sponsorship is not available through their local cooperative or organization, we have a limited number of self-pay spots.) Cooperative Leadership Camp provides up to 120 students cooperative emersion camp each year.
The program is an experiential learning process where the teens form a worker/owner tee shirt cooperative, elect a board, hire a general manager, and design, produce and distribute tee shirts. Throughout the week, they learn about leadership, cooperative governance, and the cooperative business principles. The teams put together Cooperative Principles Skits, have a leadership awards banquet night and learn what it means to be a part of the greater good that cooperatives offer. The week also includes workshops from a wide range of cooperative industries including the agriculture sector, credit unions, retail and utilities. Every activity is hands on and interactive. Camp also includes swimming, canoeing, sports, games and meeting new friends from all across the state.
The objectives are to educate, connect and promote the cooperative way of doing business and provide a fun learning experience for the students that are selected to attend. Students that are in their freshman year of high school and up to current seniors are able to apply for a spot.
Bus transportation is available, locations will be determined during the spring months depending on the locations of our students.
Countdown to Applications for 2022 Camp!
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Thank you to our Camp supporters for committing your time to join us at camp and share your passion for cooperatives:
Blue Ridge Energy
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Carolina Credit Union League
Carolina Common Enterprise
Carolina Farm Credit
Cape Fear Farm Credit
Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative
Coastal Federal Credit Union
Electel Credit Union
Edgecombe-Martin County EMC
Four County EMC
Fund 4 Democratic Communities
Greensboro Municipal Credit Union
Local Government Federal CU
Lumbee River EMC
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
State Employees Credit Union
The NC Grange
Weaver Street Market