Farmers Union Brown County camp – June 26

Farm Forum

ABERDEEN, SD. – 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 6-12 are invited to attend the Brown County Farmers Union day camp scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Wylie Park Birdhouse in Aberdeen, SD to learn about cooperation and other topics like financial literacy, agriculture and leadership. This year’s camp will include a number of fun and educational activities for young people. There will be a $5.00 registration fee for non-members, Farmers Union members are free. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with camp running from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Many of our rural communities in South Dakota rely on cooperative business for fuel, food, electricity, telecommunications and other services,” said Margaret Sumption, Brown County 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 and will visit Storybook Land. Campers are also encouraged to wear sturdy shoes for activities and to bring a sack lunch. All campers will receive a free T-shirt, snack and will walk away with wonderful memories and a greater understanding of the importance of cooperation.

Registration forms can be found online at You can also pick them up at your local Farmers Union Insurance office, or your local cooperative. For more information contact Margaret Sumption at 605-329-2453 or Farmers Union State Education Director Bonnie Geyer at 605-352-6761 ext. 125 or email her at