Leadership is a quality that has touched each and every one of us at some point in our lives. Without the guidance of leadership, we would not have the foundation we need to grow, and we would struggle to find the tools necessary to reach our greatest potential.

TECU recognizes the value of leadership. We also realize that it takes a special individual to be a leader. Most importantly, we understand that even leaders need guidance. Even leaders need the tools to grow and further develop their skills and attributes. This is why we have decided to sponsor an aspiring adolescent (age 14-18) to attend the Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) camp, and one aspiring yourth (age 12-13) to attend Base Camp.

CYL is a unique summer camp experience for youth ages 14-18. This series of week-long programs brings young people together from all across Ontario to learn about and practice the  international co-operative principles, communication, and leadership through games, team building and community projects. 

Base Camp invites youth ages 12-13 to experience a weekend adventure and learn about the co-operative principles in an interactive, hands on way. Participants will enjoy the traditions of the CYL program and work on a project that incorporates their strengths while working as a part of a team. 

To learn more about the camp and all that it has to offer, please visit Co-op's CYL information site here.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have a parent, grandparent, or guardian who is a member in good standing with The Energy Credit Union Limited (TECU).

  • Applicants must be members in good standing with The Energy Credit Union Limited (TECU).

  • Applicants must be the primary member of their own account, not just a joint owner on someone else’s account.

  • Applicant’s parent's or grandparent's TECU account must be active and opened at least six months prior to submission of application.

  • Applicants must be attending elementary school or high school full time.

  • Applicants must meet the requirements of the CYL/Base Camp program.

  • The TECU Selection Committee has final and binding discretion regarding the awarding of the CYL/Base Camp sponsorship.


  • All eligible applicants will be considered for the sponsorship.

  • Applications must be submitted by 23 May 2018

  • We ask that applicants please submit an essay that is up to 500 words in length and describes why they deserve to be sent to this rewarding program.

  • In addition to the essay, an application form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian.

  • Applicants’ submissions will not be returned.

  • Selections will be made by an impartial committee appointed by the Board of Directors.

  • All Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision.

  • While personal information will remain strictly confidential, the recipient of the sponsorship must permit TECU to use any relative information that is necessary to promote the CYL/Base Camp and our sponsorship program.

  • Additionally, the recipient is also asked to submit a digital image of their self, or have an authorized TECU staff member capture a photograph for the use of promotion as mentioned above.

  • Application forms may be obtained at any of our branch locations, as well as through our website. See below for the link to print an application.

  • TECU may modify or discontinue this program at any time.

Selection Criteria

TECU recognizes and appreciates the fact that leaders come in many different forms. For this reason, we are asking our applicants to convey what leadership means to them, and how they carry out their definition in their every day experiences.

We are looking for an individual who can tell us:

  • Why they feel leadership is important in both the community as well as globally

  • What attributes they have that make them a good leader

  • How they demonstrate leadership in their school and community

  • What they aspire to achieve in life as a leader, and how they are committed to doing so

  • What they would hope to gain by attending the CYL/Base Camp

  • How they would put the skills they learn at CYL/Base Camp to positive use

Additional Information

Although The Energy Credit Union is providing the majority of the camp fee, the camp requires the applicant to contribute. However, because we feel this is such an important opportunity for your personal development, we are happy to offer a full refund of your contribution upon your completion of the camp week as a special incentive this year. This is a very special program that can open many doors for you now and in the future. It is an opportunity that cannot be missed! So fill out your application today!

The 2018 TECU CYL Camp Sponsorship Form