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Youth Tour-Washington, D.C.

What is the Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?

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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!

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.


Check out this video from the 2017 Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour!



Photos from previous years' Youth Tours to Washington, D.C.

  2018 Electric cooperative youth tour group      2018 group touring Vietnam Memorial   2018 Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Group in front of capital building

The application process is easy!  Interested high school juniors (will be a senior in the fall of 2019) whose parent or guardian is a member of Beltrami Electric Cooperartive should complete an application for the Rural Electric Youth Tour, attach a 500-word essay (from list of topics on application), include a photograph and two letters of recommendation from a teacher, group or community leader.


    2016 Minnesota Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Group   2018 Youth Tour Group in front of Imo Jima Memorial-U.S.Marine Corps War Memorial   Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

For additional information about the Youth Tour, visit or


Online Resources (not limited to): (link is external) (Minnesota Rural Electric Association) (link is external) (Electric Cooperative Youth Tour)


This co-op sponsored educational event is valued at $2,050 (includes airfare, lodging, meals, transportation and tours).

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