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Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives 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!


2018 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Since 1964, more than 50,000 teenagers have visited Washington, DC, for one week every summer as part of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) coordinates the tour, and more than 1,500 teens participate every summer. 

Three BCEC 2017 Youth Tour delegates in Washington, D.C.

In 2018, Bailey County Electric will award two high school students an all-expenses-paid tour departing from Austin to Washington, DC, to watch our government in action. The winners will join more than 100 other youth from Texas electric cooperatives June 6 – 15, 2018 to experience two capitols:  Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. 

Photo of Texas Youth Tour delegation at Texas State Capital

Eligible Youth Tour applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior and attend a high school within the BCEC service territory.  The 2018 Youth Tour application deadline and interviews are now closed.  We will be announcing the BCEC delegates in the near future.  Check back here or visit our Facebook page for updates.  

Photo of BCEC 2017 Youth Tour delegates at selection interviews