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!

2015 camp dates include: 

JUNIOR CAMPS (for grades 3-6)
Wesley Acres - near Valley City:

  • June 14-17  -  Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Rolette, Steele, Towner, Walsh, Wells         
  • July 12-15 - Cass, Traill
  • July 15-18 - Dickey, LaMoure, Ransom
  • July 19-22 - Emmons, Logan, McIntosh, Richland, Sargent
  • July 22-25-  Barnes, Kidder, Stutsman

Heart Butte - near Elgin

  • June 14-17 - Adams, Bowman/Slope, Grant, Hettinger, Morton, Sioux
  • June 17-20 - Billings/Golden Valley, Dunn, McLean, Mercer, McKenzie, Oliver, Stark
  • July 12-15 - Bottineau, Burke, Divide, McHenry, Mountrail, Renville, Ward, Williams
  • July 15-18- Burleigh, Sheridan                

SENIOR CAMPS (for grades 7-12)  
Heart Butte

  • June 22-26 - Grades 7-12
  • July 6-10 - Grades 7-12
  • July 20-24 - Grades 7-9
  • July 27-31 - Grades  7-12
  • August 3-7 -Grades 11-12


7th & 8th Grade Camp Kick-off Lock-in • Mar. 28-29

All-States Leadership Camp • June 20-27

Third Year Award Tour • July 7-9

Sixth Grade Award Day • July 10 

Camp Maps


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 will be provided

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.

Camp Education

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:

  • Volunteerism
  • Government
  • Cultural diversity
  • Legislative process
  • Mock trials
  • Patriotism

Campers enjoy a variety of games and activities that round out the camp experience:

  • Swimming
  • Singing
  • Theme nights
  • Sports
  • Dancing
  • Campfires

Award Opportunities

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 Council (SYAC). Each 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.

The 2015 SYAC members include:
Emme Aipperspach of Beulah
Bailey Bitz of Napoleon
Emily McKay of Valley City
Kylee Reiser of Turtle Lake
Kali Schwartzenberger of Napoleon 
Lorenzo Strand of Enderlin 

SYAC members and advisors had the opportunity to meet with Sen. Hoeven during the 2014 State Convention in Fargo. Pictured from left to right are: Michaela Long, Bailey Bitz, Kylee Resider, Sen. Hoeven, Emme Aipperspach, Lorenzo Strand, Nathan Willer and Emily McKay. Not pictured: Kali Schwartzenberger.

Adam Liesener

Adam Liesener
Ray, N.D.

"I am looking forward to going to camp again and being able to give back to everyone. My favorite activities are swimming, basketball and sand volleyball."

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