Co-op Leadership Camp

Cooperative Leadership will be hosted  June 26-30, 2023 in Laural Hill, NC.  Bus routes are available for students.  

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Cooperative Leadership Camp Agenda

Students learn about the big wide world of Cooperatives through hands on workshops and experiences, but they also get a fun overnight camp experience! 

Industry Workshops

A Day in the Life of a Line Worker
Game of Life: Reality of Money
Digital Skills: Green Screen Challenge
Food Cooperative's Living Wage
Being a Co-op Farmer
Building a Worker/Owner Tee Shirt Co-op
The D, E, and I experience

Sponsor a Student to attend 

And the Fun at Camp

Lake Side activities: SUP, swimming, Canoeing
Pool swimming
High Ropes Challenge
Hiking trails
Bonfires with S'mores
Meeting lifelong friends

Student application to attend (Open in December of 2022)

Come to Camp as a Chaparone! 

As a teacher or cooperative staff member you are invited to attend camp for the week as a chaparone.  Please submit the form and your background check form.  Background form.  

Adult Form

Co-op Leadership Camp

On a lake, with a pool and all the camp fun you could want! 

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 CCNC Sponsored and 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 paid spot.

Bus transportation is available, locations will be determined during the spring months depending on the locations of our students.  

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.

Past years at #CLC

Check out our photo albums of what goes on at Cooperative Leadership Camp and apply to join us for the next camp!

2022 Camp

2021 Camp 

2019 Camp

2018 Camp

2017 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:

AgCarolina Farm Credit
Blue Ridge Energy
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Central Electric
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
Greensboro Municipal Credit Union
Local Government Federal CU
Lumbee River EMC
NC 100
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
Piedmont Electric
RiverStreet Networks
Star Telecommunications
State Employees Credit Union
Surry-Yadkin EMC
Skyline SkyBest
The NC Grange
Wake Electric
Weaver Street Market 

Co-op Leadership Camp