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NDFU provides camp opportunities to young Farmers Union members each summer. More than 1,000 youth participate in cooperative-focused leadership camps annually. Camps are held at two different sites, one near Elgin and the other near Dazey – check out the facilities.
North Dakota Farmers Union provides trained counselors who encourage campers to develop positive and constructive attitudes about their own capabilities through cooperation, teamwork and leadership. Our program and activities are designed to highlight the individuality in all youth. Transportation to and from camp may be provided by NDFU where feasible.
camp fee: $125
• Heart Butte Farmers Union Camp – near Elgin
• Wesley Acres Bible Camp – near Dazey
Senior Camp Activities
camp fee: $175
• Heart Butte Farmers Union Camp on Lake Tschida – near Elgin
water games • four-square • skits • sports • campfire • talent show • banquet • camp project • theme nights • crafts & more
Camper Incentive Program Qualifications Awards will be given out in October.
• Refer 1-3 new campers to earn an NDFU T-shirt and $25 Cenex gift card
• Refer 4-6 new campers to earn a $100 Cenex gift card
• Refer 7 or more new campers to earn a $200 Cenex gift card
• The camper referring a new camper must attend camp to qualify.
• The new camper must attend camp to count as a referral.
• A “new camper” is categorized as a youth who has never attended camp OR a youth who has not attended camp in the last four years.
Awards will be given out in October.
7th & 8th Grade Lock-In Activities Bring
FREE to NDFU members but space is limited to just 60 kids!
dance • movies • games • sneak preview of camp activities • hang out with old & new friends • meet 2018 Summer Staff
sleeping bag or blanket • pillow • personal hygiene items • change of clothes
What camps are full or will be soon for 2018?
NDFU camp dates can fill up quickly! The following 2018 camps are full or will be soon:
• July 8, 2018 – Cass/Traill/Richland counties (Wesley Acres): We are at capacity for girls, but have a few remaining spots for boys!
• July 15, 2018 – Burleigh/Sheridan (Heart Butte): This camp is full.
For camps at capacity, there is a waiting list. These numbers are updated each Wednesday during the sign-up season and are not necessarily accurate to the day. Please contact the youth department at 800-366-8331 if you need a more accurate number.
What should I bring to camp?
What do you learn at camp?
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Camp fee is $125 for 3-6 graders and $175 for 7-12 graders.READ MORE
Bus schedules will be locked in seven days prior to camp.READ MORE
Bus stops are scheduled based on previous years’ camp attendance.READ MORE
We can accommodate most allergies.READ MORE
At Heart Butte, the dorms are divided by male and female.READ MORE
If your child takes any medications, send them along to camp and make sure to list them along with the condition the medication is for when you register.READ MORE
When a child is homesick, we usually try to get them involved in an activity to help them have fun and not be sad.READ MORE
Youth are not allowed to use their cell phone during camp.READ MORE
Things that your child needs to bring are: pillow, sleeping bag or bedding,READ MORE
Contact NDFU at 800-366-8331 to cancel your camp registration.READ MORE
If you are unable to utilize the online registration process, contact the state office at 800-366-8331 and we will assist you.
If you do not have a credit card, it is possible to purchase a Visa, MasterCard or Discover gift card at Walmart or Target, etc., to use as payment.
Only a parent or legal guardian can register a camper. A grandparent or relative is unable to register a camper for camp unless they are legal guardians.
State Youth Advisory Council
Back row: Shaun Heier, Riley Lebahn
Front row: Brittney Muske, Heidi Jacob, Sarah Schafer, Shaylyn Lefor
At summer camps, youth vote for representatives to serve on the State Youth Advisory Council (SYAC).
Each member serves as a liaison for the NDFU youth program and helps define issues that impact youth today. The board is elected by their peers during Farmers Union senior camps throughout the summer.
The council meets three times during the year and members attend two senior camps the following summer at no cost.