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.

2021: The FFA Facility has closed for the remainder of the year. For 2021, we will facilitate a robust, fun and interactive at-home camp experience for all teens sponsored.  This will include zoom meet ups, at home challenges, small group meetups and social activities.  Teens will have a chance to win prizes, showcase talents and be part of a virtual start up cooperative!   We still need adult volunteers for our program this year, sign up below. 

Cooperative Leadership Camp attendees are also eligible to apply for the $1,000 Jim Graham college scholarship during their senior year of high school.

2019 Camp fun... We look forward to 2022 in person camp! 


White Lake, NC

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. Teens from all parts of the state are sponsored to attend for free by a local cooperative. (If sponsorship is not available through their local cooperative, we have a limited number of self-pay spots.) We can take up to 100 teens for the program.

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 seven cooperative business principles. The teams put together 7 Principles Infomercials, 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.

The objectives are to educate, connect and promote the cooperative way of doing business and provide a fun learning experience for the teens that are selected to attend. 

Virtual #CLC 2021 countdown! 

0 Days
9 Hours
59 Minutes
59 Seconds

Camp Applications

Applications will are open for June 21st-25th,  2021 Camp.

Participant (Teen) Application

As a teen, use this application to be matched with a sponsor. Camp for you is free! 

Sponsor Organization Form

Sponsor a Teen or a few to attend camp. 

Adult (Staff) Application

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!

2019 Camp

2018 Camp

2017 Camp

Thank you to the 2019 Sponsors! 

Thank you to our 2019 Camp supporters for committing your time to join us at camp and share your passion for cooperatives:

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
Fund 4 Democratic Communities
Greensboro Municipal Credit Union
Local Government Federal CU
Lumbee River EMC
NC 100
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
Piedmont Electric
Riegelwood FCU
RiverStreet Networks
Star Telecommunications
State Employees Credit Union
Surry-Yadkin EMC
Skyline SkyBest
The NC Grange
Wake Electric
Weaver Street Market 

Read more