Farmers Union youth members from across the country will gather in Bailey, Colo. this week to attend the 80th annual National Farmers Union (NFU) All-States Leadership Camp. Hosted each June at the NFU Education Center, All-States Camp encourages youth to explore their leadership potential, discuss issues important to their generation, and identify ways to effect positive change in their communities.
Throughout the week, 51 campers between the ages of 17 and 20-years old will participate in programs that emphasize leadership, teamwork and cooperative education while also enjoying traditional camp activities. New this year to the camp program is a local volunteer opportunity at Sprout Urban Farms in Denver.
“We are excited to be celebrating the 80th year of All-States Leadership Camp, a proud Farmers Union tradition. It is inspiring to see the youth of our organization – our next generation of leaders – come together to grow their leadership skills and interact with their peers in a week of fun and learning at camp,” said NFU President Roger Johnson.
Johnson, a former All-States camper, will join Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner, past NFU Beginning Farmer Institute alumnus Eric Kornacki, and retired CHS, Inc. Vice President William Nelson to share their experiences and personal stories of leadership with this year’s camp class.
Campers will also elect their peers to NFU’s National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC), which represents thousands of Farmers Union youth across the country. NYAC participants will further hone their leadership skills at a learning session in Washington, D.C., and presentations at the NFU 115th Anniversary Convention, as well as plan the next year’s All-States Camp.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary and the history of All-States Camp, NFU captured camp stories of past attendees from 1937 to present. Many campers attributed their first leadership experiences to the camp or serving on NYAC. The stories will continue to be featured on the NFU website at nfu.org/campstories.
The 80th NFU All-States Leadership Camp will take place from June 21-25. More information about the camp is available here.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.