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: $100 early bird rate until May 15
• Heart Butte Farmers Union Camp – near Elgin
• Wesley Acres Bible Camp – near Dazey
Senior Camp Activities
camp fee: $150 early bird rate until May 15
• 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 gift card
• Refer 7 or more new campers to earn a $200 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.
Summer Camp Employment Opportunities
What should I bring to camp?
Activities and Co-op 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:
- 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 $100 for 3-6 graders and $150 for 7-12 graders.READ MORE
Bus stops are scheduled based on previous years’ camp attendance.READ MORE
Can my children attend camp if they have allergies?
We can accommodate most allergies.READ MORE
At Heart Butte, the dorms are divided by male and female.READ MORE
If you 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
Can my child call home if he 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.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
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.
State Youth Advisory Council
Front row: Brittney Muske, Heidi Jacob, Sarah Schafer, Shaylyn Lefor
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.