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In-person camp is on! Safety has always been a top priority at MFU Leadership Camp, and we are taking extra health and safety precautions. We want our campers to feel safe and remain healthy throughout their time at camp, and for their parents to be confident that we are taking care of the health of their children. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to read more about our COVID precautions.
Our camp is affordable and open to everyone, regardless of your current or past farming background. It’s all about helping young people become good citizens by planting the seeds of responsibility, leadership and cooperation in an environment where those qualities can grow and flourish.
Campers have opportunities to develop these qualities through some of the simple, day-to-day tasks at camp. These activities provide a common foundation for all campers to share the responsibility of making camp a fun, safe place to be and are the foundation of developing cooperation skills that can last a lifetime.
There are other ways campers can develop their leadership and cooperation skills, too. Some may choose to share a special skill on talent night or run for a director’s position on the board of the camp’s cooperative concession store.
Leadership and cooperation happen at all levels of Farmers Union Leadership Camp, and sometimes these skills are demonstrated in an act as simple as helping a younger camper with a craft project or assembling a costume to wear at a theme night.
Campers develop strong leadership roles by participating in groups where campers are taught the importance of legislation and how it can affect their community, and how to become an effective leader. Farmers Union Leadership campers can make a difference in their communities.
MFU strives to provide an environment that continually fosters young people. One of the many ways the organization achieves this is by allowing campers to take an active role in shaping the educational component of camp. During the year, the Youth Advisory Council, elected by their peers at Senior Camp, discuss, select and build the base for the annual educational theme.
But camp isn’t only about education. It’s also about providing a safe environment where campers can hang out, be kids and have fun. Campers get to sing at campfires and dress up in crazy costumes for theme-night. They can swim, play games, go on nature hikes and much more.
Most of all, campers can meet young people from throughout the state – both urban & rural with whom they can build lifelong friendships.
Camp Dates & Cost
Northern Elementary Camp (Ages 8 – 11) $115 for the week
June 20th – 24th (Mon-Fri) at MFU Lake Sarah Campground near Erskine, MN
Northern Junior Camp (Ages 11 – 14) $140 for the week
June 27th – July 1st (Mon-Fri) at MFU Lake Sarah Campground near Erskine, MN
Southern Elementary Camp (Ages 8 – 11) $115 for the week
July 11th – 15th (Mon-Fri) at Sibley State Park near New London, MN
Southern Junior Camps (Ages 11 – 14) $140 for the week
July 18th – 22nd (Mon-Fri) at Sibley State Park near New London, MN
Senior High Camp (Ages 14 – 18) $140 for the week
July 24th – 29th (Sun-Fri) at Sibley State Park near New London, MN
To keep camp safe and open to as many families as possible, please note the following precautions.
These guidelines may be adjusted throughout the summer season as the CDC and ACA release new information.
- Do not bring your child to camp if they are sick or feel ill.
- For two weeks before camp keep your family’s travel and interactions outside your household as limited as possible.
- If your child has symptoms of COVID or test positive for COVID at any point during the two weeks prior to camp, they will not be permitted to attend camp this summer.
- A parent or guardian must be available to pick up a camper within six hours at any time during camp. If a camper becomes ill, a parent or guardian must be available to pick up their camper(s) within six hours. The camper will be separated from the other campers until the parent or guardian is able to pick them up from camp.
- Health Screening: Upon arrival campers’ temperature will be taken and they will be asked health screening questions like:
- Within the last three weeks, has someone in your household tested positive for COVID-19?
- Are you currently experiencing any symptoms of illness?
- Do you have any concerns with abiding by our COVID precautions while at MFU Leadership Camp?
- Health and Sanitary Protocols: Our cleaning protocols will be expanded and increased. We will provide multiple sanitizing and hand washing stations around the camp. Each activity will also have the necessary cleaning supplies to disinfect all equipment and areas between groups.
- Daily Health Screenings: Each cabin counselor will perform a camper health screening at the beginning of each day. Temperature will be taken, and heath questions asked. A record of these screenings will be kept for three months after the conclusion of camp.
- In the two weeks following camp, please inform us if anyone in your household becomes sick and/or tests positive for COVID.
Each cabin will have fans to create air flow. This will ensure the air within cabins circulates regularly and, as a bonus, keep cabin temperatures more comfortable in the heat of summer.
This summer we will be hiring fantastic counselors and cooks. The hiring and screening process will remain the same. We will have a designated health supervisor onsite all summer to enforce COVID precautions, provide care, and distribute meds.