Dordt College News

Farm Safety Camp held

June 24, 2003

Sometimes you shouldn’t obey your parents.

That was the message a Hull area dad had for 120 kids attending the Farm Safety Day Camp Program on Thursday, June 19, at the Dordt Ag Stewardship Center. Farm Safety Camp

Sponsored by Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center, one of the key speakers was Jack Soodsma, whose son, Lucas, was recently injured and is still recovering from a farm accident. “Sometimes dads aren’t thinking,” said Soodsma to the group of youngsters. Taking full responsibility for an accident that seriously injured both his son’s hands in an inadequately shielded Power Take Off (PTO) shaft, Soodsma encouraged the youngsters to always put safety first, and if told to do a farm chore that could put them in danger, talk to the parent about it and stay away from potential accidents.

The goal of the Farm Safety Day Camp Program is to reduce the incidence of agriculture-related injuries, illnesses and deaths by increasing the awareness of the potential dangers associated with specific farm and ranch practices.

Sioux Center has been conducting camps for nine years, accepting 120 kids each year from communities as far west as Canton, S.D., east to Sheldon, north to Rock Rapids and south to Maurice. The youth are placed into small groups which rotate to 11 different stations to cover topics including PTO and skid loader safety, electrical safety, sun safety, helmet and moped safety, small animal safety, small equipment safety, first aid, making emergency contacts, fire safety, flowing grain safety.

“If we can prevent one child from getting hurt or killed, it’s all worth it,” said Mike Schouten, manager of the Dordt Ag Stewardship Center. Funding for the program comes from a Progressive Farmer grant through the Sioux Center Hospital and many area business sponsors.

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