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, Colo., where they spend a week at the NFU Education Center, nestled among the peaks of the Rocky Mountains.
Campers explored their personal leadership skills; identified issues important to their generation; and discussed their role in affecting 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, were speakers at the camp. Other guest speakers have included NFU President Roger Johnson, NFU Vice President Claudia Svarstad, NFU Vice President of Government Relations Chandler Goule, CHS Foundation President William Nelson, and Gary Matteson of the Farm Credit.
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 enjoyed 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, DC 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.
2013 NFU All-States Leadership Camp: June 23 – 28, 2013
Photos and information on previous All-States Leadership camps can be found on NFU's Education Facebook page, as well as the NFU All-States Leadership Camp webpage.