For decades, cooperative businesses have had a dramatic impact on the South Dakota economy and the well-being of our rural communities. That’s why Farmers Union organizations from across the state host annual day camps for children to learn about cooperative business and the important role they play in South Dakota. This year’s theme, “Farmers Union is our name, cooperation is our game,” shows the emphasis the family farm organization places on working together toward a common goal.
All children ages 6-13 are invited to attend the Clay County Farmers Union day camp scheduled Friday, July 12, at Prentis Park in Vermillion, to learn about cooperation and other topics like financial literacy, agriculture and leadership.
This year’s camp will include a number of activities for young people. The registration fee will be $5 for non-Farmers Union members and free for members. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with camp from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be swimming and campers are asked to bring suit, towel, $4 or pool pass, and sturdy shoes for other activities. Campers are also asked to bring a sack lunch.
“Many of our rural communities in South Dakota rely on cooperative business for fuel, food, electricity, telecommunications and other services,” said Bonnie Geyer, state education director. “We hope young people will attend the camp to learn many important lessons and life skills that they can apply to their own lives. They’ll learn about teamwork, agriculture, leadership and other skills while having fun in a safe and friendly environment.”
Campers will participate in cooperative games and hands-on team building activities including a human board game to teach young people about Farmers Union, cooperatives and financial literacy where they will test their financial knowledge. The young people will also do a craft project where they will decorate their own wooden bank to promote saving money. All campers will receive a free T-shirt and snack. Campers 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 Farmers Union State Education Director Bonnie Geyer at (605) 352-6761 ext. 125 or e-mail her at email@example.com.