April 3, 2020 -- We are sorry to report that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the decision to cancel Youth Tour and Energy Camp for 2020. We are as disappointed as the young people who will not be able to participate in these great programs. We will try again next year. Beginning in Fall 2020, we will provide information about the 2021 programs.
Youth Power Energy Camp is designed to help eighth-grade students develop leadership skills, have summertime fun, and at the same time learn about one of rural America’s most important industries – rural electrification. This great summer opportunity is available for eighth-graders whose parents are Cotton Electric members.
Students selected to participate in the Electric Cooperatives of Oklahoma Youth Power Energy Camp will spend a week in enjoying the pleasures of Canyon Camp, near Hinton, OK – from volleyball tournaments to swimming to hiking. And best of all, students will start friendships that will last a lifetime!
Students experience first-hand the exciting world of rural electricity – watch safety demonstrations, climb a pole, hear from co-op leaders. Plus, they will have the opportunity to sharpen leadership skills by working with new-found friends from every corner of the state to set up and run their own cooperative business.
This contest requires a short paragraph about why the entrant would like to attend the 2020 Youth Power Energy Camp from May 26 through May 29 at Canyon Camp in Red Rock Canyon, southeast of Hinton. The deadline for entering is March 9, 2020.
The Oklahoma Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour is an annual, week long, all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. that is open to select high school juniors who attend schools served by electric cooperatives.
Cotton Electric and 24 other Oklahoma electric cooperatives participate in the Washington Youth Tour. Nationwide, electric co-ops from 41 states participate. In all, more than 1,300 young people from across the nation gather in Washington, D.C. each year for this event.
Cotton Electric sends students to Washington for a number of reasons including:
rewarding students for academic achievement and community leadership
educating students about the role of electric co-ops in the national economy
fostering students' appreciation for the democratic form of government
exposing students to the sights and sounds of our nation's heritage
building students' leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities.
The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and 25 of Oklahoma's 28 electric distribution cooperatives.
For more information, please call Cotton Electric's Marketing Department at 580-875-3351 or contact us via email.