Think summer! Donate during The Big Share and help WFU Kamp Kenwood keep our cooperatively-sourced food cool with a new commercial cooler.
In the 1940's, Kamp Kenwood started with a dream. That dream became reality through the hard work and contributions of farm families, Farmers Union organizations, and local cooperatives.
Built on the shores of Lake Wissota through volunteer labor by members of Wisconsin Farmers Union 60 years ago, Kamp Kenwood was named in honor of former WFU President Ken Hones.
Wisconsin Farmers Union held the official dedication for Kamp Kenwood on Saturday, October 6, 1951. During his dedication remarks, National Farmers Union President James G. Patton declared,
"In these buildings and others like them...you and I will pass on all we can of our experience and our knowledge, and hand over the torch into the hands of trained, energetic, clear and farsighted young people of another generation. This camp...is more than a symbol of the accomplishment of the Farmers Union of today. It is a link between today and tomorrow."
Kamp Kenwood's educational mission has flourished in the time since its dedication and today remains true to the vision of its Farmers Union founders by offering a place for people of all ages to come together to celebrate, to learn, and to enjoy family, friends, and nature.
Thanks to generous supporters, the camp is blessed with a stockpile of locally or cooperatively sourced food during the summer months. Because camper fees are subsidized by public rentals between camp sessions, we find ourselves competing for fridge space on the weekends.
The WFU Foundation plans to purchase an additional commercial cooler specifically for this wholesome camp food. Special thanks go out to past food sources who have contributed to this wonderful predictament: Blackberry Community Farm, Menomonie Market Co-op, Organic Valley, Viroqua Food Co-op, Westby Co-op Creamery, Willy Street Co-op and Wissota Meats.
Your contribution will help WFU Kamp Kenwood, which makes a difference in the lives of so many youth each summer -- youth like 9-year-old Hailey of Chippewa Falls, who has attended camp for the past two years.
"I was really nervous at first because I didn't know anybody," Hailey recalled of her first camp experience. "But the counselors are really nice and there are lots of things to do -- it was really fun!"
Hailey said the evening skits campers and counselors act out are her favorite camp activity. "I learned a lot about the Farmers Union and alot more about co-ops," she added.
Please consider donating to this worthy cause by pledging today, and help us raise $5,000 for WFU Kamp Kenwood during The Big Share on March 3rd!
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