2016 Youth Tour - June
12 - 15
Every year the electric cooperatives afford young people an opportunity to
experience Washington, DC, in a way they have never experienced it before on the
Rural Electric Youth Tour.
Yearly, more than 1,600 young people and chaperons from all across the country
gather in Washington, D.C. in June. The National Rural Electric Cooperative
Association (NRECA) and the local electric cooperatives sponsor this tour. The
Va. Md. & Del. Association of Electric Cooperatives or statewide office
coordinates the tour.
Youth have the opportunity to see their government in action. They visit with
their Congressman and Senator, tour some Washington, DC landmarks, enjoy a
dinner/dance, a dance cruise on the Potomac River, and perhaps a play at one of
Washington’s many theaters. They also attend several educational seminars
during the tour. The also establish lasting relationships with youth from all
over the country for some 37 states that participate in the Youth Tour program.
The tour not only shows the young people their government in action, but they
learn about their local electric cooperative and how they are involved in their
communities and in the workings of their government.
The program objective of the Rural Electric Youth Tour is for these young people to carry home with them a better understanding of their government and the importance of being involved in government. Also, it allows them to understand the important role that their local electric cooperative plays in their communities and to their families.
Each participating electric cooperative selects the youths each year
using varying criteria. All expenses are paid by the sponsoring
Participating Electric Cooperatives in Virginia Maryland & Delaware include
|A & N Electric Cooperative
|Choptank Electric Cooperative
|Delaware Electric Cooperative
|Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
|Northern Neck Electric Cooperative
|Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative
|Prince George Electric Cooperative
|Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
|Southside Electric Cooperative|
For further information on the Youth Tour, contact your local
electric cooperative. For 2016 Youth Tour forms, go to
and click on "Community Resources."