Farmers Union Youth and Camps
NDFU provides camp opportunities to young Farmers Union members each summer. More than 1,400 youth participate in cooperative-focused leadership camps annually. Camps are throughout the state at North Dakota campsites, so less travel is required for youth and their families. Check out the camp video!
Click here for Senior Camp Registration Form or Junior Camp Registration Forms
4 day, 3 night camps for grades 3-6: $75 cost
- Heart Butte Farmers Union Camp - near Elgin
- Wesley Acres Bible Camp - near Dazey
Transportation to and from camp may be provided by your county where feasible.
5 day, 4 night camps for grades 7-12: $125 cost
- Heart Butte Farmers Union Camp on Lake Tschida - near Elgin
Transportation to and from camp may be provided by NDFU where feasible.
NEW THIS YEAR --A ROLLING CAMP!
A new camping experience is available this year to 9-12 graders! Instead of hanging out at Heart Butte camp, you can camp on the NDFU bus! A rolling camp is scheduled for August 6-9, 2014. Participate in all the fun activities of camp, but on the road. Campers will learn by visiting and touring sites related to the camp project which is "renewable energy." Nights will be spent at hotels along the way. The bus will take campers to Beulah to learn about coal, Garrison to learn about water power and Wilton to learn about wind power. Due to time constraints, there is only time of one of the senior theme nights which will be "America" night. The camp will conclude on Aug. 9 in Bismarck. A detailed agenda will be sent out closer to camp dates. Space is limited on the bus so reserve your spot as soon as possible. Cost is $225 which includes transportation, hotel and restaurant stops.
At North Dakota Farmers Union camps, attendees learn about the cooperative business model by organizing and operating their own store and selling snacks, beverages, and camp souvenirs. Campers are educated on real-life issues affecting their generation through hands-on lessons in:
- Cultural diversity
- Legislative process
- Mock trials
Campers enjoy a variety of games and activities that round out the camp experience:
- Theme nights
As an incentive for attending day classes and camp, several award trips are offered to participants:
- Junior Youth Awards for Grades 1-6
- Sixth Grade Award
- Flicker Award
- Senior Youth Awards for Grades 7-12
- Third Year Award Tour
- Camp Kick-off (grades 7-8)
- All-States Camp - "Cream of the Crop" of Farmers Union Youth
- Torchbearers Award
At summer camps, youth vote for representatives to serve on the State Youth Advisory Committee (SYAC). The 2014 elected leaders include Nicolette Bitz, Karly Held, Sierra Jundt, Nick Stevens, Nick Watne and Lexie Weber. Click here to read more about the SYAC members.
Each council member serves as a liaison for the NDFU youth program and helps define issues that impact youth today. The board was elected by their peers during Farmers Union senior camps throughout the summer. The council meets three times during the year and attend two senior camps the following summer at no cost.
"I love going to NDFU camp because of the people you get to meet and grow closer to. The friends you make at camp become friends for a lifetime and that's really something special."