What is the Rural Electric Youth Tour?
Every June nearly 1,700 high school students from across the country spend a week in Washington, D.C., as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – co-ops that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.
Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!
The application deadline for 2018 has passed. Tour dates are June 9 - 14, 2018.
Students applying for the tour should be in their junior or senior year of high school, at the time of application.
Students on the tour learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government. They attend educational seminars and visit with their representatives in the House and the Senate. They see historical sights in and around Washington-the U.S. Capitol, the monuments, the Smithsonian, Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon and countless other places and they learn more about the cooperative business model.
The Rural Electric Youth Tour started in 1957.
The application process is easy! Interested high school juniors and seniors (whose parents/guardians are Lake Country Power members) should complete an application for the Rural Electric Youth Tour, include a photograph and one letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or youth organization leader.
This co-op sponsored educational event is valued at $2,050 (includes airfare, lodging, meals, transportation and tours).
Testimonials from a few Minnesota students who attended the 2015 Rural Electric Youth Tour:
"The best week of my entire summer." - Squad Willem
"It was a great experience! Truly one that I will never forget!" - Walker Regier
"It was extremely interesting to learn more about cooperatives and how they function in the real world. Before the trip, I wasn't aware of the genuine intent of co-ops to foster strong communities and promote open and honest business transactions." - Lukas Swenson
"The trip was so amazing. It's indescribable!" - Lucas Arndt
"The sights are almost as incredible as the people on this trip." - Thea Richards
"I never had so much fun on a trip before." - Steven Hervey
"The people are just as fun and interesting as the amazing experiences!" - Jessica Kostecki