ACE Camp 2017
On Tuesday, May 9th, over 200 second graders gathered at the Mercer County Fairgrounds for the 21st Annual Agriculture, Conservation, and Environment (ACE) Camp. ACE Camp is sponsored by the Mercer County Farm Bureau and Mercer County Soil & Water Conservation District. Second graders from Winola, Sherrard, New Boston, and Apollo Elementary schools enjoyed a day of learning outside of the classroom. The students rotated among 11 stations that dealt with a wide array of topics ranging from animal care, combines & tractors, edible landfills, and recycling. The second graders have been receiving monthly classroom Ag in the Classroom presentations in their classrooms, and ACE Camp provides students the opportunity to see the real thing.
After a long day of learning about agriculture, conservation, and the environment, the students worked up quite the appetite. They were served a hot dog lunch by willing volunteers, and members of the Mercer County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee even baked cookies for the students to enjoy for dessert.
The Mercer County Farm Bureau would like to give a special thanks to Jason Hessman for the countless hours he spends putting together letters, setting up, cleaning up, and preparing all of the maps and schedules. He is an instrumental help in making ACE Camp the success it is! Also, ACE Camp would not have been possible without the help of the Sherrard FFA Chapter. They brought their animals, helped clean-up, and assisted with the ‘Farmer for a Day’ station.
The success of ACE Camp has been made possible because of all of the presenters, Mercer County Fair Board, local businesses, Ag in the Classroom committee, Women’s Committee, and the countless other volunteers that make sure ACE Camp goes off without a hitch every single year!