Farmers Union announces District III & VII camp July 7-10

Farm Forum

ABERDEEN – All children ages 6-13 are invited to attend South Dakota Farmers Union’s District III & VII Summer Camp scheduled for July 7-10 at Richmond Lake, near Aberdeen, S.D. Districts III & VII include Brookings, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Marshall, Roberts, Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, McPherson, Potter, Spink, Sully and Walworth Counties. This year’s camp is themed ‘Farmers Union is our name, Cooperation is our game,’ and will include activities that teach children about the benefits cooperative business and of working together.

“Young people who attend this year’s District III & VII Camp will come away with a better understanding of the importance of cooperation,” said Barb Vetter, District VII Farmers Union Education Director. “They will have the opportunity to learn more about cooperative business and how they can work together to solve problems in their daily lives. They’ll play games; there will be singing and crafts, tour day, water games and all of the other camp traditions.”

Campers will play a ‘Deal or No Deal’ game to learn about Farmers Union and will work together on an advertising campaign for their cooperative business. Financial literacy will also be taught throughout the camp and there will be an exciting surprise for campers. Campers will also complete crafts, including a ceramic piggy bank which will promote saving their money. Each child will also receive a free T-shirt.

All parents, members and friends are invited to attend a supper and program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9. Please call ahead if you plan to attend the banquet. Camp will open at 4 p.m. on July 7 and will close at 10 a.m. on July 10. Campers will not be allowed to register before 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, without permission from camp directors.

Registration is $30 for SDFU members (Farmers Union membership dues are $40 per calendar year), and $60 for non-members. A limited number of registrations are accepted.

Registration forms can be found online at You can also pick them up at your local Farmers Union Insurance office, or your local cooperative. Send registration and medical release form by July 3 to: Bonnie Geyer, State Education Director, PO Box 1388, Huron, SD 57350. For more information contact Heather Kuecker at 605-265-1405 or Barb Vetter at 605-324-3203.