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Youth Tour
The Oklahoma Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour is an annual, weeklong, 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.

2018 Youth Tour Resource Manual


Energy Camp
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.

Students selected to participate in the Electric Cooperatives of Oklahoma Youth Power Energy Camp will spend a week in early June enjoying the pleasures the Canyon Camp, near Hinton, OK, offers – from volleyball tournaments and swimming to hiking and roasting marshmallows over an evening campfire. 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, watch a co-op crew at work, and tour one of the largest generating facilities in Oklahoma. 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.

For more information, please call Cotton Electric's Marketing Department at 580-875-3351 or contact us via email.


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