Monday, May 12, 2014

Parents News

Yes, We Camp! 

Kids experience the magic of summertime on island

Released by Tashon Ziara, Prospera Credit Union


YES Camp is not your average kids summer camp.


or many youth, summer camp is a time to kick back, have a good time and maybe make some new friends. But for some youth, it is so much more. 


In 2012, Prospera Credit Union made a decision to sponsor one young person between the ages of 14-18 from each of their 16 branches to attend YES Camp as a way to celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives.


The idea was to introduce the co-operative principles of leadership and working together to a new generation and inspire them to make the world a better place. The credit union never expected the program would have such significant impact on the youth involved.


“At YES Camp I felt that I could truly be who I was meant to be,” says Jayme Reitsma from Abbotsford, who attended camp in 2013. “I stepped completely outside my comfort zone and into my courage zone. YES Camp, unlike many camps, isn’t just there so you can have fun, it teaches you about yourself at the same time.”


Young people attending YES Camp enjoy hiking, canoeing, kayaking and nightly campfires along with the chance to experience the power of teamwork, communication, co-operation and trust. Throughout the week, skills training is offered in the areas of self-awareness, co-operation, communication, global awareness, environmental sustainability and leadership. Most importantly, participants take part in the creation of a strong community of support, to promote respect for one another and encourage individual growth.


“YES Camp was an unforgettable experience that will most certainly influence my future in a positive way…it changed my outlook on life for the better by increasing my self confidence and social interaction abilities.” says John Kamp, a Prospera member who attended camp in 2012.

With such positive results, the YES camp sponsorship has become an annual tradition for the credit union—which has branches in the Okanagan and Fraser Valley as well as Surrey and Vancouver—and Prospera needs your help to identify some awesome young people who would love to win a free trip to YES Camp this summer. To be eligible, each youth (or their parent/guardian) must have been a member of Prospera Credit Union for at least one year.


Once again this year there are four camp dates available for youth aged 14-16 and two camps for youth aged 16-18. All YES Camps take place at Cowichan Lake on Vancouver Island and transportation is included.


2014 Camp Dates


14-16 Years                                           16-18 Years

Roots A - July 6 - 12                              Pathways A – July 27 - August 2

Roots B - July 13 - 19                             Pathways B – August 3 - 9


Roots C - August 17 - 23                             

Roots D - August 24 - 30


The deadline for entries is May 31, 2014 and entry ballots are available at any branch of Prospera Credit Union.


About YES Camp

For nearly 40 years, The YES (Youth Excellence Society) has been inspiring youth from across BC and providing them with a unique learning experience through an action-packed week of adventure, co-operative learning and leadership training—delivered with the support of co-operatives and credit unions from across the province. The YES is a summer camp experience in BC that will last a lifetime.


For more information about YES Camp, visit


About Prospera Credit Union

Building on more than 65 years of history in British Columbia, Prospera Credit Union is proud to be a member owned co-operative enterprise with operations that extend from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a full service financial institution that prides itself on building relationships, we serve our members through sixteen branches; online and mobile banking; and a locally-based contact centre. Through our membership in The Exchange network, our members enjoy fee-free access to more than 2,300 ATMs across Canada.


Making life better for everyone is important to us at Prospera. With an extensive community investment program devoted to supporting the organizations, events and volunteers that make our communities stronger, Prospera makes a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of our members and our communities.


To learn more about our community investment programs, check out our YouTube channel and Facebook page.


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