South Dakota Farmers Union District Camp held at Richmond Lake

Farm Forum

Aberdeen -Young people who attended District III and VII Farmers Union camp held July 7-10 at Richmond Lake have a better understanding of the cooperative philosophy and learned how to better manage their finances and increase their financial literacy knowledge. They came from Clark, Codington, Day, Grant, Kingsbury, Marshall, Roberts, Beadle, Brown, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hyde, Potter and Spink counties to experience the district camp and all it had to offer. This year’s theme was ‘Farmers Union is our name, Cooperation is our game,’ and campers had a chance to learn about cooperative business, citizenship, environmental stewardship, leadership and other life skills. A total of 95 young people attended this year’s camp.

“It’s important that young South Dakotans learn to manage their money and work together,” said District VII Education Director Barb Vetter. “Campers had the chance to participate in cooperative games and activities that taught them about setting financial goals and saving their money while having a lot of fun.”

Activities at this year’s camp included a ‘Deal or No Deal’ game show activity that taught campers about Farmers Union. They also worked together on an advertising campaign for their own cooperative businesses.

“We can’t stress enough the importance of teaching our next generation about cooperation,” District III Education Director Heather Kuecker said. “We really focus on building future leaders, and this year’s camp was a chance for young people to put their skills to the test and improve themselves and their personal lives.”

Along with various camp activities, games and singing, each child also took part in a craft activity decorating ceramic piggy banks to promote saving money and financial literacy.

District III and VII Farmers Union camp was directed by Barb Vetter from Cresbard and Heather Kueker from Ramona. Also, the Farmers Union summer interns Kortny Sterrett and Emma Smith both from Huron. Also helping with the camp were Courtney Edgar from Orient; Jesse Carlson, and Tess Heidenreich from Faulkton; Jason Hanson and Alexandra Farber from Britton; and Dayton Trujillo and Alyson Hauck from DeSmet.

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.