Farmers Union campers learn financial literacy, cooperation

Farm Forum

Aberdeen – Many Americans have too much debt, aren’t saving enough money every month and need to work on their financial literacy. That education should start early, and Brown County Farmers Union’s annual day camp taught young people about the importance of taking care of their money and about the impact cooperative businesses have had on our state’s economy.

This year 25 young people attended this year’s camp themed, ‘Farmers Union is our name, Cooperation is our game.’ The kids participated in activities and games that taught them about cooperative business, rural communities, and agriculture in a fun and safe setting. They participated in hands-on team building activities, and played a cooperative human board game to test their knowledge of finances.

“We hope the children who learn about saving money and cooperating with each other at an early age will be more successful adults,” said Brown County Education Director Margaret Sumption. “Our youth need to learn about what cooperation in their own personal lives can do, along with the importance of cooperative business and being a good steward of the money they earn.”

Along with activities, games and singing, each child also decorated their own wooden bank as a craft to promote saving money. Each child also received a free T-shirt.

Participants at this year’s Brown County Farmers Union camp were Brayden Sumption from Hecla, SD; Jocelynn Ellwen, Cain and Jack Artz, Alexis and Anna Brotzel from Westport, SD; Tristan Sumption, Gavin and Aiden Nickelson, Maddie and Jakob Sumption, Morgan Sumption, Laura and Milo Sumption all from Frederick, SD; Zachary, Gabriel, and Christian Franson, Ashlinn Hartwell, Haleigh Holt, and Brooklyn Hettich from Aberdeen, SD; Porter Johnson, Hannah and Haley Monson from Groton, SD; Norah and Carter Moen from Stratford, SD.

Helping at this year’s Brown County Farmers Union Camp were Margaret Sumption Brown County Education Directory, Barb Vetter District VII Education Director, Bonnie Geyer State Education Director, Karly Schaunaman from Aberdeen, SD and Hannah Sumption from Frederick, SD; Also, Summer Staff Interns Hannah Lily, Emma Smith, Kortny Sterrett and Nicole Seible.

For more information on South Dakota Farmers Union and how you and your children can get involved in the organization’s youth activities, visit the education page at or call Bonnie Geyer, State Education Director at 605-352-6761 ext. 125.