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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.
4 day, 3 night camps for completed grades 3-6:
camp fee: $125
• Heart Butte Farmers Union Camp – near Elgin
• Wesley Acres – near Dazey
5 day, 4 night camps for completed grades 7-12:
camp fee: $175
• Heart Butte Farmers Union Camp on Lake Tschida – near Elgin
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Camper Incentive Program
Refer your friends to camp and make money at the same time! Awards will be given:
• 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.
What camps are full or will be soon for 2019?
NDFU camp dates can fill up quickly! The following 2019 camps are full or will be soon:
- Heart Butte #2 Jr. Camp (FULL FOR GIRLS)
- Heart Butte #4 Jr. Camp
- Wesley Acres #3 Jr. Camp (FULL FOR GIRLS)
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 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
How much does camp cost?
Camp fee is $125 for 3-6 graders and $175 for 7-12 graders. You must also be a current member of North Dakota Farmers Union, which is a $30 yearly family membership.
How do I pay for camp and my membership?
Registration is online and payment will be processed through the registration process. If your dues are not current, a $30 charge will be added to the transaction for dues.
When will I get the bus schedule?
Bus schedules will be locked in seven days prior to camp. If you are driving your child(ren) to camp, all camps run on central time (CT). They start at 4 p.m. on the first day of camp and conclude at 8:30 a.m. the final day of camp.
Why doesn’t the bus stop in my town?
Bus stops are scheduled based on previous years’ camp attendance. If there are several youth signed up in an area not listed on the bus schedule, we may add a bus stop. Bus stops for camp are subject to change based on the youth attending that camp.
Can my child attend camp if they have allergies?
We can accommodate most allergies. If your child has food allergies, please include a list of safe foods on your child’s registration. For any allergy, please include more information with the registration. For example, medications required, severity of allergy, what causes the allergy, etc. Our kitchen is equipped to handle most food allergies and sensitivities. You are also welcome to bring food for your child to eat at camp. Please contact us first so we can arrange the best action plan.
Can my child bunk with his/her friend?
At Heart Butte, the dorms are divided by male and female. All the females are together and all the males are together. When your child arrives at camp, he/she chooses his/her own bunk. At Wesley Acres, there are cabins with about 7-8 youth in a cabin. We don’t assign cabins, but allow the youth to choose their own cabin when they arrive. Again, cabins are divided by gender.
What if my child takes medications?
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. The first night of camp, the counselors will collect any medication and be in charge of distributing it as needed.
Can my child call home if he/she is homesick?
When a child is homesick, we usually try to get them involved in an activity to help them have fun and not be sad. When a homesick child calls home, it usually makes the homesickness worse. We will allow a child to call home if nothing else works. A counselor will assist the child in making the phone call from the camp phone.
Can my child bring a cell phone to camp?
Youth are not allowed to use their cell phone during camp. They can bring their cell phone only if they need to use it on the bus. NDFU is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
Things that your child needs to bring are: pillow, sleeping bag or bedding, casual summer clothes, jacket, running shoes, flip flops, swimsuit, towels, personal hygiene items, costume for theme night(s), semi-formal banquet clothes, sunscreen. We cannot distribute over-the-counter medications, so if you allow your child to take these, please send them with him/her. Optional items that your child can bring are: camera, snack/souvenir money, favorite music, musical instruments to play for talent shows. NDFU is not responsible for lost or damaged items. Things that we ask you to not send with your child: snacks (unless food is needed for food specific allergies), alcohol, tobacco, electronic games, laptops, iPads, iPods, etc., heirloom jewelry, provocative clothing (modesty please).
How do I cancel my camp registration if needed?
Contact NDFU at 800-366-8331 to cancel your camp registration. Cancellations made prior to the camp deadline will be refunded the camp registration fee minus a $10 processing fee. Cancellations made after camp deadline will be refunded half of the camp registration fee upon request. NDFU membership fee is nonrefundable.
How can I register for camp if I don’t have access to a computer?
If you are unable to utilize the online registration process, contact the state office at 800-366-8331 and we will assist you.
How can I register for camp if I don’t have a credit card?
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.
Who can register a camper for camp?
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.