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Leadership and Teamwork - A Summer Opportunity for ND Kids

May 7, 2007

Once school is out, parents all over North Dakota will be scrambling to find summer activities for their children. One popular option is the North Dakota Farmers Union summer camp. And it's not just for farm kids -- urban families can also participate. Amber Hill is education coordinator for the North Dakota Farmers Union. She says the camp combines traditional activities with interactive, hands-on programs that build teamwork, and leadership skills.

“Whether it's sports or music or anything, we have an outlet for them there to use their skills and use their talents in a way that makes them a better leader.”

The Farmers Union offers three- and five-day camps for kids grades 3 to 12. Hill notes that last year, the camps and classes attracted over 2,400 children. And for the first time, Gov. Hoeven has proclaimed this week Farmers Union Youth Week. The first camps start in June.

Costs for the camps, including a $15 membership, are minimal. Hill adds that discounts are available to help low-income families.

“We actually subsidize a lot of the camps for every kid that comes because we want to make it available for every family, and we understand that every family has different issues and needs.”

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ND