Co-operative Young Leaders

Co-operative Young Leaders is a summer experience unlike any other. This week-long camp brings young people together from all across Ontario to learn about, and practice, communication and leadership through co-operative activities. Since its inception in 1967 to its 50th year in 2017, more than 3,000 young people have gone through Ontario co-operative young leaders programs.

Each camp session is aimed at youth of a particular age. There are sessions throughout the summer for youths aged 14 to 18. Base Camp: For youth ages 12-13. (Experience a weekend of fun and adventure and learn about the co-operative principles by living them.) Every year, Ontario co-ops and credit unions give 200 young people a chance to attend CYL, which is a program of the Ontario Co-operative association. It is held at the Co-operative Education Centre located in Aylmer, Ontario.

To encourage youth leadership, CHASEO has committed to sponsoring up to two young members to attend the Co-operative Young Leaders Camp (CYL) at no cost to the participant.

We are now accepting sponsorship applications for the 2020 summer sessions of CYL – Due to COVID-19, all camps activities were closed.

This is a fabulous opportunity for a youth living in your co-op. Youth, ages 12 to 13 (base camp) and ages 14 to 18 that are interested in attending should complete the attached CYL Sponsorship Application.

Application Process

Notice* Given the current situation in Ontario with COVID-19, the camp will not be able to move forward with their usual format of the on-site overnight camp.

Applications for sponsorship should be sent directly to CHF Canada at the address shown on the Sponsorship Application form.

Please note:

Applicants must live in a CHASEO member co-op and a letter of recommendation from your co-op office is needed as well.  Your application will be entered in the CHF Canada’s all-Ontario Sponsorship draw. Youth whose names were selected  will have their complete registration fees paid for by CHASEO. A mileage/travel allowance to the Co-operative Education Centre, Aylmer, ON will be provided by your sponsor.

Please share the information with your members at Board meetings, members meetings and post on your community boards. For more information about CYL, check out their website and please contact the CHASEO office if you have any questions or need more information.

Application Deadline :

Please mail or email a scan of your sponsorship application and a letter of recommendation from your co-op by:

CHF Canada – 313-720 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5S 2T9