South Dakota Farmers Union provides camps for youth of all ages. The camps provide an atmosphere of recreation, adventure and fun while our youth learn about Farmers Union, cooperatives, leadership and social interaction. These camps are divided into three categories: State, District and County Camps. Camps run from end of May through middle of August each summer.
County Camps are held in nearly every county across South Dakota, under the direction of local and county volunteer directors of education. These are day camps planned for 6 to 13 year old children. Camps include a number of activities, such as tours, cooperative learning, games, crafts, singing and much more.
There are District Camps cooperatively held throughout South Dakota: Lake Richmond in Aberdeen, SD; Swan Lake near Viborg, SD; and Camp Bob Marshall in Custer, SD. Each camp is held from two to four days in length and they are planned for 6-13 year olds.
State Leadership Camp
State Leadership Camp provides the opportunity for Senior Youth (those who have completed the seventh grade, through the summer following senior year in high school) to attend the week long State Leadership Camp at Storm Mountain Center just outside Rapid City. At this camp, youth organize and operate five cooperative businesses. They also learn about the Farmers Union, other cooperative businesses, participate in leadership workshops, listen to guest speakers and participate in talent night. A tour of the Black Hills, hiking, volleyball, basketball and fun cooperative games complete the camp experience and leave campers with lasting memories and many new friends.
All levels of camp activity have seen substantial growth and we are looking for even more participation in the years to come. We are very excited about the youth camp program's success and look forward to a bright future. Everyone is welcome and invited to participate! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!