Teaching kids how to work and play safely in the country is what DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Farm Safety Camp is all about. The camp will be held on Wednesday, June 22 at Jonamac Orchard, Malta, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The camp is designed for 8 to 12-year-old children who reside in rural areas, live on a working farm, visit farms frequently or have a connection to farm families.
Children will learn how to recognize potential dangers present in the country and develop respect for these hazards in interactive sessions. The young children will be exposed to 12 safety focus areas with qualified experts discussing important messages.
Safety focus areas include: All-terrain and utility vehicles, animals, bicycles, chemicals, electricity, farm machinery, fire, first aid and rescue, grain bin and grain wagons, hearing, lawn mowers and garden tractors, and semi-truck/trailer safety.
Camp hosts are Mary Lynn and Jerry McArtor, Denice and Kevin McArtor and Jenna and Mike Spychal. The McArtor family welcomes campers to their orchard located on Shabbona Road, south of Malta.
Registration forms for camp are available at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau office or on the Farm Bureau website: www.dekalbfarmbureau.org and from 4-H leaders. Forms are due into the Farm Bureau office by Friday, June 3.
Registration fee is $10 per camper or $20 per family. Fee includes a t-shirt, lunch and materials. Farm Safety Camp is being sponsored by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau with support from the COUNTRY Financial DeKalb Agency.
Additionally, local companies are providing resource people and materials for the safety stations. They include: Archer Daniels Midland, Bethany Animal Hospital, ComEd, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, DeKalb Lawn & Equipment, DeKalb and Malta Fire Departments, Johnson Tractor, Monsanto, Northern Illinois Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, R Equipment, Ridge Ambulance Service, and Syngenta.
For more information contact the DeKalb County Farm Bureau office, 815-756- 6361.
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