The United Nations has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives to celebrate the positive impact cooperatives have had on communities and economies around the world.
South Dakota Farmers Union is joining in the celebration to teach young people about how working together to achieve common goals can benefit us all.
All children ages 6-13 are invited to attend Clay Farmers Union day camp scheduled Tuesday, July 10 at Prentis Park – Southeast Shelter with the rain site being Jolley Elementary School, to learn about cooperation, citizenship, agriculture and leadership.
This year's camp is themed 'Wild About Cooperation,' and will include a wide range of fun and educational activities. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and camp will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
"Cooperatives have had a dramatic impact on the economy of rural South Dakota for decades," said Bonnie Geyer, state education director. "The kids who attend camp will learn important lessons about the importance of cooperative business, about teamwork, leadership and agriculture and they can apply these important principles to their lives. They'll learn about the cooperative spirit, and gain life skills while having a lot of fun in a safe environment."
Campers will have the opportunity to participate in cooperative games and hands-on team building activities including cooperative tic-tac-toe and a puppet show which will tell the history of Farmers Union.
The young people will also do a craft project where they will create their own garden stones.
They will also go swimming for a cost of $4 and lunch and a snack will be provided.
All campers will receive a free T-shirt and will walk away with wonderful memories and a greater understanding of the importance of cooperation.
Registration forms can be found online at www.sdfu.org. You can also pick them up at your local Farmers Union Insurance office, or your local cooperative.
For more information contact State Education Director Bonnie Geyer at (605) 352-6761 ext. 125 or e-mail her at email@example.com.