Teaching rural children how to work and play safely in the country is what Farm Safety Camp is all about.
Farm Safety Camp is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 at Jonamac Orchard in rural Malta from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The camp is open to rural children ages 8 to 12 years.
Children will learn how to recognize potential dangers present in the country and around the farm and develop respect for these hazards in interactive sessions. The sessions will focus on ATVs, 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.
Qualified local experts will discuss important messages at each of the 12 safety stations positioned outdoors around the orchard.
New this year is added emphasis on grain bin safety. At the end of the camp, Stateline Farm Rescue will demonstrate entrapment and rescue procedures using their grain bin simulator. Parents are welcome to attend this portion of the camp at 2:30 p.m.
Registration forms for camp are now available at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau office, or on the Farm Bureau website: www.dekalbfarmbureau.org/fsc. 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.
Camp hosts are the McArtor and Spychal families at Jonamac Orchard.
Farm Safety Camp is being sponsored by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau with support from the COUNTRY Financial DeKalb Agency and Conserv FS in cooperation with local businesses and organizations.
For more information, contact the DeKalb County Farm Bureau office, 815-756-6361.
Register for Farm Safety Camp: www.dekalbfarmbureau.org/fsc.