NFU All-States Leadership Camp

Youth education and leadership programs are essential to the success and growth of National Farmers Union.

2016 NFU All-States Leadership Camp: June 21-25, 2016


Each summer, National Farmers Union (NFU) members ages 17-20, who have distinguished themselves as leaders, are given the opportunity to attend NFU’s All-States Leadership Camp. Youth come from across the United States to Bailey, Colorado, where they spend a week at the NFU Education Center, nestled among the peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

Campers explore their personal leadership skills, identify issues important to their generation, and discuss their role in effecting positive change throughout rural America, both individually and through involvement in Farmers Union.

In previous years, speakers have included Rulon Gardner, an Olympic gold and bronze-medal wrestler, and Josh Blue, a comedian and National U.S. Paralympics soccer player who didn’t let cerebral palsy slow his game. Other guest speakers have included NFU President Roger Johnson, past NFU Vice President Claudia Svarstad, NFU Senior Vice President of Programs Chandler Goule, CHS Foundation President William Nelson, and Gary Matteson of the Farm Credit Council.

Farmers Union campers come together at the NFU Education Center to take part in cooperative activities and listen to several inspirational speakers. In addition to building leadership skills and other learning opportunities, participants enjoy hikes and outdoor games, a camper talent show, dances, a campfire, and outings to an amusement park and musical dinner theatre.

The National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC) is elected each year by their peers during camp. NYAC duties include representing thousands of Farmers Union youth across the country, including working at the annual NFU Convention. These young Farmers Union members also hone their leadership skills at a session in Washington, D.C. and help plan the next year’s NFU All-States Leadership Camp.

Are you interested in attending All-States Leadership Camp? Contact your state Farmers Union for eligibility requirements for future camps. Click here to locate your local Farmers Union.

Photos and information on previous All-States Leadership camps can be found on NFU's Education Facebook page, and the NFU Instagram (@nationalfarmersunion)

NFU Education Center


The Farmers Union Education Center in Bailey, Colorado is owned by the National Farmers Union. The facility is used by NFU specifically for the organization’s annual All-States Leadership Camp and other Farmers Union educational camps.