Co-Operative Young Leaders Summer Camp

FirstOntario truly cares about improving the lives of our Members and the communities we serve. One of the ways we help is by supporting youth in their pursuit of learning opportunities and higher education.

“I learned important leaderships skills which helped me become a responsible student at school, a great communicator among my friends, a positive contributor at home and a responsible young person at the place I work as a part-timer.”

- Sobia Nadeem, 2017 participant

Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) is a leadership development program that brings together youth from across Ontario. Every year FirstOntario sponsors summer CYL camp opportunities to help foster community, growth and leadership with our young Members.

CYL camp has all the things that make summer camp fun like hiking, campfires, swimming, volleyball and hanging out. During the week long session, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your leadership, problem solving and communication skills
  • Enjoy team building activities with other young people including swimming, hiking and social activities
  • Learn about the cooperative values that make credit unions unique
  • Build your resume with this unique learning experience

This year, FirstOntario is sponsoring up to three youth to attend the CYL camp. This sponsorship includes meals, accommodations and materials. The selected applicants must arrange transportation to and from the camp. This year’s camp is located at the Co-operative Education Centre (CEC) located near Aylmer, Ontario at the Gay Lea Dairy Museum.

This unique co-operative leadership experience is specifically designed for youth between the ages of 14 and 18. There are 3 camp levels beginning from Junior through to Intermediate and Senior. Also available is Base Camp, a weekend adventure exclusive to youth ages 12-13 to learn about the co-operative principles in an interactive, hands on way. Participants will enjoy the traditions of our CYL program and work on a project that incorporates their strengths while working as a part of a team.

More details about the CYL summer experience including the camp dates

Application Submissions

Applications for the 2018 CYL summer camp are now being accepted until Friday, April 20, 2018. You do not have to be a Member of FirstOntario Credit Union to apply. All selected applicants will be notified by FirstOntario and will be required to go online and register directly with CYL once selected.

Download the FirstOntario CYL application.

Please submit your completed application and essay to:

FirstOntario Credit Union
Attention: Community Impact – CYL Application
970 South Service Road, Suite 301
Stoney Creek, ON L8E 6A2



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