Credit unions sponsor Cooperative Leadership Camp participants
Friday, July 6, 2018
Credit unions and other cooperatives sponsored several high school students to attend the 2018 Cooperative Leadership Camp, hosted by the Cooperative Council of North Carolina (CCNC). The resident camping program was held June 18-22 at the NC FFA Center at White Lake, and featured interactive workshops and presentations, team-building activities, and recreation. The program is for rising North Carolina high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
During the week-long camp, several guest speakers came out to share their industry expertise while imparting cooperative and financial knowledge to camp participants.
Blue Ridge Energy’s Grey Scheer led participants in a college prep workshop, and NC State University also shared the tips and tricks of college applications.
Four County EMC’s Peggy Morgan, Stephen Batson, Brent Croom, and Chris Ingram reviewed electrical safety which included a live line demonstration. Star Communications, a telecommunications cooperative, later talked about fiber in our lives and connecting communities. And when it came to understanding the foundation cooperatives were built on, Carolinas Credit Union League's Jeff Hardin shared the 7 Cooperative Principles and challenged the teens (in seven small groups) to put together principle infomercials.
“The teens also built the successful ‘BrighTee’ T-shirt co-op which came out in the positive for profits,” said CCNC Executive Director Emily Nail. “They designed, produced and distributed T-shirts for the week, then at the annual meeting dissolved the cooperative, voting to sponsor teens for next year with the profits.”
In addition to the comprehensive project of running their own t-shirt cooperative, camp participants also learned the reality of money management by going through Coastal Credit Union’s Mad City Money program. The simulation takes students through various “life stations” where they learn valuable financial lessons. Several volunteers from other cooperatives helped facilitate the event.
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