Cooperative Leadership Camp

2020 Cooperative Leadership Camp Dates: June 15-19, 2020

Scholarship Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

The annual Cooperative Leadership Camp is designed to provide an enjoyable learning experience for students, concentrating on the cooperative way of doing business in a free enterprise society. The camp helps students develop leadership skills and qualities in our future community leaders, while gaining a better understanding and appreciation for cooperatives.

Each year, the camp includes a ceremony recognizing the campers who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities. Five campers are selected to receive Leadership Awards for their unique leadership abilities and receive an expense-paid trip to the National Institute on Co-op Education at Virginia Tech University.

All student attending the full week of camp are also eligible to apply for the $1,000 Jim Graham Cooperative Leadership College Scholarship their senior year of high school.

Applicants must:

  • Be a rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior,
  • Be able to attend the entire leadership camp,
  • Be willing to participate as well as utilize training following participation in the camp,
  • Possess leadership potential,
  • All applicants accepted without regard to race, color, religion or gender

Congratulations to 2019 Rural Electric Co-op Cooperative Leadership Camp winner, Tyler Gupton!

Tyler, a rising junior at Halifax Academy Christian Academy, is the son of Roanoke Electric Co-op member-owners Ken and Lisa Gupton. The Guptons reside in Roanoke Rapids.

Cooperative Leadership Camp Scholarship Application

Cooperative Leadership Camp is a full week overnight camp for High School students from across our state. Teens from all parts of the state are sponsored to attend for free by their local cooperative. We can take between 50-70 teens for the program for optimal success. The program is an experiential learning process where the teens build a worker/owner tee shirt cooperative, elect a board, hire a general manager, design and produce tee shirts. They learn about leadership, governance, and the 7 cooperative business principles during the entire process.

The teams put together the 7 Principles Infomercials to perform, 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 contains workshops from other 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 teams that are selected to attend.