Minnesota Farmers Union has been hosting summer camps in Minnesota for more than 60 years.
This year, five week-long educational and leadership summer camps have been planned to encourage youth to get involved. Campers have the chance to develop self-esteem, team building and leadership skills, all for under $100.
"Minnesota Farmers Union is very proud of its leadership camp. Every year we hear stories about how much the kids learn and how much fun they have at the same time," said Doug Peterson, MFU president. "That fact that kids come back year after year is a testament to the great program we have. Plus, you cannot beat the rates."
Kids gather from all across Minnesota to learn about cooperatives, how legislation is formed, the importance of being an active and responsible citizen, how to be a team player, develop leadership skills and build self-esteem. Campers also learn a lot about themselves as well as make lifelong friends with the other campers in attendance. There are also a lot of camp activities, from swimming to hiking to arts and crafts, campfires to theme nights. There is always something for every camper to enjoy.
As a long time camper Chandler Winkels Muff put it: "Camp is the experience of a lifetime."
Minnesota Farmers Union Leadership Camp is also one of the most cost-efficient camps to attend in the state. Financial support from CHS Foundation and Minnesota Farmers Union Foundation keeps the cost of the camps low.
Farmers Union camp schedule:
Grades 3-5 ($70):
•June 18-22, Northern Elementary Camp at Lake Sarah Campground in Erskine;
•June 25-29, Southern Elementary Camp at Sibley State Park in New London.
Grades 6-8 ($95):
•July 9-13, Northern Junior High Camp at Lake Sarah Campground in Erskine;
•July 23-27, Southern Junior High Camp at Sibley State Park in New London.
Grades 9-12 ($95):
•July 29- August 3, Statewide Senior High Camp at Sibley State Park in New London.
There is also a $25 transportation fee if a camper needs a ride to camp.
You do not need to be a member of MFU to attend the first year.
For more information about the camp programs, as well as to register, go to www.mfu.org/camp. You can also contact MFU education director Glen Schmidt at 651.288.4066 or e-mail him at [email protected] with any questions.Source: MFU