Farm Bureau Camp is a highly recommended experience for high school students

Farm Forum

Huron – South Dakota high school students should set aside three days in June for a leadership camp that is getting enthusiastic reviews from all who attend. Sign-up is on now for South Dakota Farm Bureau Camp, set for June 9-11 at Thunderstik Lodge outside of Chamberlain. The camp is open to South Dakota Farm Bureau members and non-members alike.

Renae Gebhart, a former high school teacher and FFA advisor who now holds a national leadership position with Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, experienced Farm Bureau Camp for the first time last year when she was asked to present one of the sessions. She was very impressed by what she saw.

“As a former high school teacher, I would highly recommend Farm Bureau Camp to all students,” Gebhart commented. “The camp does an excellent job of combining fun activities that develop leadership and problem-solving skills, while encouraging the students to network with others from across the state. They learn so many new skills, and build lifelong friendships while doing so. Having the State FFA officers attend and work with the campers is definitely also an added bonus.”

Some of the topics covered at Farm Bureau Camp include: patriotism, your rights and freedoms under the Constitution, nutrition and wellness, environmental issues, Congressional insight, plus the “Alive at 25” driving course. Fun, fellowship, campfires and games are all part of the action as well.

Camp organizers focus on building leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills which the high school students can take back home to their schools and communities.

“Almost every camper last year volunteered to come to Farm Bureau Camp again as a Mentor, which goes to show the impact the experience had on them,” added Cindy Foster, Farm Bureau member from Fulton, S.D. and Director of South Dakota Farm Bureau Camp. “We look forward to having another fine group of young people from all across South Dakota at this year’s camp.”

Students may learn more and sign up for Farm Bureau Camp online at Questions may be directed to Julie Fritzsche at the Farm Bureau Office, 605-353-8052.

SDFB is the state’s largest general ag association, a grassroots organization with more than 13,800 farm, ranch and rural families in its membership.