It is camp season in Missouri, and this year’s FFA and 4-H campers will have extra protection from the sun thanks to FCS Financial.

It is camp season in Missouri, and this year’s FFA and 4-H campers will have extra protection from the sun thanks to FCS Financial.

The agricultural lending cooperative donated 2,000 bottles of sunscreen for the campers at Camp Rising Sun; Camp Clover Point; Lake of the Ozarks 4-H Camp; NEMO Camp; Perry County 4-H Camp and Marion, Lewis, Pike, Ralls, Monroe, Clark, Shelby Counties 4-H Camp. The sunscreen is broad spectrum providing proportional protection against UVA and UVB rays with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, one blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles a person's chances of developing the deadliest form of skin cancer later in life and less than half of all teenagers use sunscreen. Use of a broad spectrum sunscreen is one defensive measure that can be used along with wearing protective clothing, sunglasses, hats with brims and limiting hours in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“Participating in outside activities is a wonderful way to spend a summer,” says David Janish, FCS Financial CEO. “We also know that sun exposure can have negative effects. This donation is a way to remind our FFA and 4-H youth to stay safe any time they are outside whether it is for recreation or working on the farm.”

FCS Financial is a member of the Farm Credit System. The system is a nationwide network of cooperative lending institutions that provides credit and financial services to farmers, ranchers, rural residents and agribusinesses. With nearly 100 years of agricultural lending experience, the Farm Credit System is the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States. FCS Financial serves 102 counties in Missouri through 21 office locations.