Brown County day camp teaches safety skills

South Dakota Farmers Union
Farm Forum

Brown County Farmers Union hosted “Cooperation: A Journey Toward a New Tomorrow” day camp in Aberdeen on July 18.

Youth learned valuable safety skills in the morning thanks to RDO Equipment, Full Circle Ag, Agtegra Cooperative, Northern Electric Cooperative, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, and Avera St. Luke’s hospital. From lawn mower safety, to fire extinguisher skills, electrical safety, to horse safety the morning was busy and campers learned valuable safety techniques.

The afternoon consisted of playing games, working on crafts with Brown County 4-H which included an herb garden, and learning stations. Learning stations talked about reduce, reuse, recycle and the cooperative principles.

Campers planted watermelon or carrot seeds in an ice-cream cone to promote quick decomposition and have a summer project. They were also given a small ladybug that when planted turns into wildflowers. All crafts were meant to have very little impact on the environment.

A special thanks to Brown County Farmers Union and Mike Traxinger for coordinating and sponsoring camp, CHS and Farmers Union Insurance for supplying T-shirts and funding, all of our presenters and their agencies: Brown County 4-H, Aberdeen Fire Rescue, Full Circle Ag, RDO Equipment, Agtegra Cooperative, Farm Forum, Northern Electric Cooperative, and Avera St. Luke’s hospital.

Thank you to all the campers who came out to join us! For more information on youth activities visit:

A camper learns how to extinguish a fire.
Campers at the Brown County Farmers Union day camp.