Brown County Farmers Union Day Camp set for June 2

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ABERDEEN – From electricity and internet access, to banking and farm inputs, rural residents throughout South Dakota depend upon cooperative businesses for access to many essential products and services. To celebrate cooperatives’ role in their communities, Farmers Union organizations across the state will host day camps for rural youth.

This year’s theme: “It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Cooperation,” celebrates the superheroes that are our local cooperatives.

All youth, ages 6 to 12 are invited to attend Brown County Farmers Union day camp scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2014 at Wylie Park Birdhouse in Aberdeen, S.D. Through interactive activities and crafts, day campers will learn about cooperation and other topics including agriculture and leadership.

Registration fee will be $5.00 for Non-Farmers Union members and free for members. This year, camps will also focus on activities which celebrate the United Nations’ Year of Family Farming. Camp schedule includes registration at 9:30 a.m. and camp running from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

“We look forward to sharing the many roles that cooperatives play in our lives every day in a fun and interactive way,” said Margaret Sumption, Brown County Education Director. “We encourage local youth to attend camp where they will learn many important lessons and life skills. They’ll learn about teamwork, agriculture, leadership and other skills while having fun in a safe and friendly environment.”

Campers will participate in a cooperative treasure hunt, create balloon farm bracelets to teach them about the many aspects of farming while learning about agriculture in South Dakota and will make their own farm animals.

Campers will take a field trip to Storybook Land and are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes for activities. They should bring a sack lunch and a snack will be provided. All campers will receive a free T-shirt, courtesy of Farmers Union Insurance.

Registration forms can be found online at www.sdfu.org. 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 bgeyer@sdfu.org