Cooperative Leadership Camp FAQ

Camp is a great opportunity for students from across the state to get together and learn about the Cooperative Business Model and have a blast at an overnight camp.  Read through this page to answer your questions! 

Cooperative Leadership Camp

Educating our future leaders on what a Cooperative is and how to be successful in running a cooperative. 

Co-op Camp Documents and Deadlines

Are Applications Open? When are they due? 

Applications will open up each year in December for the following summer. 

2023 Dates:
Applications open December 2022 online
Applications close April 30th, 2023 (Received by date if mailed)
Student Notifications by May 5th, 2023 (Registration forms will be sent out)
Registration with signatures mailed to CCNC (for selected teens) due by June 1st
Camp June 26-30th, 2023 White Lake, NC 

How do you get sponsored to attend camp free? 

Apply to the Cooperative Council of NC to be matched with a sponsor or contact your cooperative that you are a current member of.  These include Credit Unions, Electric Cooperatives, Telephone Cooperatives, Food Cooperatives and Insurance Mutual Companies. In the application, make sure to list your cooperative by name. 

We have a few self pay spots available with a letter of recommendation.  If you are interested in that, please contact us

How can my cooperative sponsor my student? 

Cooperatives can sponsor online or use the Sponsor Form to send students to camp.  

We have a few self pay spots available with a letter of recommendation.  If you are interested in that, please contact us

When are applications due? 

If you are sending in a paper application, make sure it is received by April 30th. Online applications will open in December of 2022 and will close at 5pm on April 30th.

2023 Dates:
Applications open December 2022 online
Applications close April 30th, 2023 (Received by date if mailed)
Student Notifications by May 5th, 2023 (Registration forms will be sent out)
Registration with signatures mailed to CCNC (for selected teens) due by June 1st
Camp June 26-30th, 2023

When will I know if my student is sponsored?

Notification will be made by May 5th to the email we have from the application and your registration forms will be mailed to you.  NOTE: do not use school emails as they block attachments and links. 

When are registration forms due? 

If you are selected to attend camp, you will get an email notification with the details.  All registration forms need to be received by CCNC by June 1st prior to camp to keep your free student spot. 

What does my student need to pack for camp? 

WHAT TO BRING
• Bed linens or sleeping bag for a single, twin bed
• Pillow
• Bath towels, wash cloths, hand towel and beach towel
• Personal toiletries
• Sun screen and bug repellent
• Tennis shoes
• Shower flip-flips
• Swim suit
• Comfortable, casual clothing and shoes for daily activities (shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, etc. in good taste. No provocative clothing or anything that advertises the use of alcohol or tobacco products.)
• Light jacket in case of cold/rain
• Nice outfit for Award Night and group picture 
• Costumes, musical instruments, music, etc. for Talent Show
• Earplugs and/or eye mask for comfortable sleeping in the bunk house (optional)
• Flashlight (optional)
• Great attitude (not optional) 

What do the students do at camp? 

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. 

And the Fun at Camp:
Lake Side activities: SUP, swimming, Canoeing Pool swimming
High Ropes Challenge
Hiking trails
Archery
Bonfires with S'mores
Meeting lifelong friends


My student is accepted to camp, what else do I need to know?

Your student will receive a welcome letter and be asked to get the registration forms back as soon as possible.  Please make sure we receive them no later than June 1st. 

If riding the bus, you will receive the schedule at least a week prior to camp.  Make sure to let us know if your transportation needs change. 


Can adults come as chaperones? 

Yes! We welcome adults to apply to attend CLC as an Adult chaperone! Please fill out our adult form and send it in with the authorization for your background check.  We provide all needed materials and do a zoom prior to camp so you know what you are in for! 

Adults are asked to stay on the camp site for the entire week if coming as a weeklong volunteer.  We also need adults on the Wednesday of camp to volunteer for the Reality of Money Credit Union simulation from 8am to 1pm.  Please mark on your form what length of time you are volunteering for. 

Cooperative staff, volunteers and board members welcome as well as any teachers.  You are welcome to ride the bus to camp or drive yourself.