Nicodemus Educational Camps is a summer youth residential camp for youth grades 5 – 10. The camp is a subsidiary of the Kansas Black Farmers Association and co-sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Center, the Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation and the Kansas State University College of Agriculture. Our objective is to expose participants, primarily from low income homes an educational experience (KSU College of Agriculture) and outdoor experiential activities that exposes them to opportunities they might not otherwise get a chance to experience.
Our campers will get a chance to see, enjoy and learn about Kansas’ rich history, agriculture, and much more. They will stay in K-State residence halls; meet and interact with legendary coach Bill Snyder; and during their time in Nicodemus, go horseback riding, fishing, and hiking; as well as interact with Nicodemus Buffalo Solider re-enactors at a real campfire cookout, swim and much more. Both sessions include a service learning project sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Center office, where we will plant trees in Nicodemus.
We are now in our fifth year and will offer two camps, each with a slightly different emphasis: the Veryl Switzer/KSU Agriculture Camp, June 17-21, 2013 and Back 2 History Camp, July 24 & 25, 2013. We plan to serve 25-30 youth at each camp this year and the increased cost to provide this camp. The camp was a dream and vision of JohnElla Holmes and Veryl Switzer (4th generation descendant of Historic Nicodemus Kansas and Black Farmers), however, Dr. Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean of Diversity College of Agriculture and the wonderful faculty has made it a reality!