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The YES is running a limited number of smaller programs this summer.  Youth ages 14-18 who want to attend Camp YES this year, please email Joanne and ask about Sponsorship to cover the Registration Fee.


The province recognizes the importance of summer camp experiences for youth's emotional and social development. We know that Camp YES programs have a powerful positive impact on the youth they serve, and on their mandate to build inclusive communities where all youth thrive. 


Read the BC Co-op Association interview with Chelsea Lake, ED of The YES Camps.  Learn how they are dealing with COVID-19, keeping their members and community at the centre of all they do, and how they pivoted to continue serving their community during a global crisis.


As COVID was unfolding, they asked themselves, "What should we do during this time?  As co-operators, the question inevitably becomes, how can we best serve our members, or our community?"


At The YES, their community consists of 14-18 year-olds across the province, as well as the many alumni who have participated in our program over the years. As youth programmers they know that teens are an especially vulnerable population. 38% of the teens who come to The YES camps self-report as struggling with depression and anxiety, and 35% come from homes that struggle to make ends meet. We know that many teens rely on their schools or communities to meet their needs whether physiological, social, or emotional. So, at The YES they;ve been  asking themselves, how can we best serve teenagers right now? How can we reach youth who are lonely, isolated or in high-risk situations? How can we help prevent substance abuse, self-harm and mental illness during this global crisis?


Here are some ways, The YES is supporting our youth: 


1. CARE PACKAGE: THE PODCAST:  You can find their weekly podcast wherever you listen to podcasts, or on their website.

2. SOCIAL MEDIA CARE AND CONNECTION CHALLENGES: The YES is using its social media platforms to challenge teens to get creative about showing care and connection across distances, engaging youth in building connections across distance, focusing on activities that build participants’ self-worth, mental wellness, empathy for others, social-emotional learning, and grit.

 3. THE YES VOLUNTEER SUPPORT NETWORK:  The YES is  reaching out to participants from the last two summers (over 450 youth) to set up phone and virtual meetings.  They are focused on trying to reach the most isolated and vulnerable youth in their network.

4. VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS: The YES teaches life-skills, and offer sessions like Relaxations: 30 minute mindfulness activities, Thought of the Day: insights and wisdom from staff, volunteers, and others. The YES is working to produce these sessions virtually to offer out to youth across their  networks.

At CCEC, we are proud of our members who have contributed to the Camp YES Scholarship Fund allowing us to cover the Registration Fee for our Youth. 


For more information on the Scholarship Fund, contact Joanne.  For information on Camp YES, visit their website.
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Camp registration is Open!  A CCEC tradition is to see the “Camp YES Thermometer” go up in the branch. The “Thermometer” tracks the funds donated by our member-owners to pay the camp registration fee for our youth. Each year, through the generosity of our members, we have sent up to 10 youth to the YES Camp and a few to the Reunion. 

Meet CCEC Members, Helen Spaxman and her teen, Claire. Claire has been to camp and to the Reunion. Helen’s family started donating to the Camp YES Fund for many years even before having kids. She says they donated because they hoped that their children and the youth of our community would be able to go to this camp.

Claire Says, “Thank You” 

“At the YES Camp, we do “reflections” at the end of the day, where we reflect on how our day went and then answer questions, which are sometimes light and funny, but sometimes very personal and heavy. 

When I truly opened up in reflections, I benefited by getting things out of my head that I wouldn’t normally talk about with people at home. Before camp, I felt like I couldn’t talk to my friends about certain things, maybe I didn’t want to burden my friends with my thoughts. I was also afraid it’d start rumours and more people would know about it than I originally intended. 

I have learned that YES Camp is a safe space, I can talk about anything there and get so much support from the staff and my fellow campers. Funnily enough, many of these “fellow campers” have become very close friends. Now that I’ve been to camp a few times, I’m not just a good communicator and listener at the camp, but I’m also applying these skills to my friend group at home. 

Since I’ve started opening up to friends at school, I’ve noticed so many more people sharing things with me that they never thought they’d share. My friends now feel the same comfort in talking about their feelings that I used to only feel at camp and they’re not afraid to ask me for help when they need it. I’m so so grateful to have been able to  attend YES summer camps and fall camp reunions. I’ve grown so much as a person and as a friend and I’m so ready to grow even more. Honestly, without the YES Camp, some of my closest friendships wouldn’t even exist.”

“Camp YES is a Game Changer!” says Helen Spaxman

For more information, visit the Camp YES website. To make a donation to our Camp YES Fund, call us or visit the branch. Youth interested in being sponsored to attend Camp are asked to complete an application form that will be available on our website.
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Through its' members, CCEC has a Scholarship Fund.  Interested youth apply to the Fund to have their registration fee subsidized.   Click here for the Blog on the 2013 Youth who attended Camp YES.  

Keep an eye out for the 2014 Thermometer. How many youth are we sending to camp this year?

Deadline June 13, 2014 to apply for Sponsorship. Download the Application Form. Submit to Joanne by email or drop at the Branch. 

The YES offers Roots programs for new participants ages 14-16:

  • Roots A - July 6-12
  • Roots B - July 13-19
  • Roots C - Aug. 17-23
  • Roots D - Aug. 24-30

Pathways -  For all participants ages 16-18:

  • Pathways A - July 27-Aug. 2
  • Pathways B - Aug. 3-9

REGISTRATION:  

  • Early Bird - $650 3 weeks before camp 
  • Regular Rate - $700 within 3 weeks of the camp

Lean new skills, make new friends, and challenge yourself in an environment of support and respect. You'll come home with a new perspective, new tools, and the confidence to be a leader in your own life. 

    We wish to thank our CCEC members who contributed to our Camp YES Scholarship Fund 2013. Keep an eye out for the 2014 Thermometer. How many youth are we sending to camp this year?

    Sharon Lee, Michelle Brook, Faune Johnson, Jay Hamburger, Jamie Ritchie, Trish Barry, Sid Tan, Leanna Paul, carol weaver creative, Kathleen Oliver, Melanie Ray, Tania Conley, Roving Vet, Aasya Greenbak, Robert Twiss, Jill King, A.Reimer, Poplar Studios, D. Azrael, Peter Greenwell, Vancouver Pain Management Society and the Vancouver Dispensary Society

    In 2013, our CCEC Members helped to send four youth to camp: 

     

    Rosie Peters, Jayne Peters, Mabel James and Jayde Becker

     

    Since its' inception, this camp has been a transformative experience for our youth (and their parents)!  

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    Donate to the Scholarship Fund.  Members aged 14-18 enter a draw to receive a subsidy to attend Camp.

    Click here for the Camp Scholarship Draw Entry Form.  Visit  theyes.ca for more information.  

    YES 2012 participants Iris Granges, Rosie Peters, Troy Robinson, Jayne Peters and Elizabeth Clark-Lazin are very grateful and wish to thank-you for your support.

    “We had sessions on self awareness, global issues, co-operation and other things.  I learned more in those three sessions at the YES Camp that at school.  I will be going home with confidence and self-esteem.  I  trust people more and to not keep my feelings locked inside."  Iris Grages



    I made a lot of new friends.  Also I got rid of my shyness because when I came here I didn't talk to anyone except the two people I came with. Now, I have talked with everybody."  
    Troy Robinson



    All week I learned useful skills like how to work together, work well with others, be more open to others.  All this week was a big eye opener for me.  I feel like I can do and say what I want now, I have no more fear inside.”  Rosie Peters



    Roots for 14-16 year olds: 
     

    • Roots A - July 7-13
    • Roots B - July 14-20
    • Roots C - August 18-24
    • Roots D - August 25-31

    Pathways for 16-18 year olds: 

    • Pathways A - July 28-August 3
    • Pathways B - August 4-10

    All camps are at Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

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