Youth Tour - June 19-25, 2020
deadline to apply is March 6, 2020

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It makes perfect sense. If you want to build for a solid tomorrow, you lay the foundation today.


Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative believes in that principal wholeheartedly, especially when it comes to our kids. We know that the youth in our area are the future leaders of our co-op and we want to equip them with the knowledge and resources to make a difference.


Four area eleventh-grade students can qualify for an all expense paid adventure to our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C., through the Cooperative’s Youth Tour program.  Students are invited to participate in an essay contest.  The Youth Tour program, sponsored annually by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, affords students the opportunity to learn about the history of our country while at the same time visiting many historical monuments and museums in the process.


youth tour at the wallA sneak peak at the week’s itinerary includes the following: 


Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials
World War II Memorial
Kennedy Center Play: Shear Madness
Pentagon City Mall for dinner and shopping
Arlington Cemetery, Kennedy Grave Sites
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Changing of the Guard
Smithsonian Museums
Air & Space Museum
Ford’s Theatre & Peterson House Museums
Pictures at White House
Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials
Dinner and shopping at Pentagon City
Library of Congress
Union Station
Group photo; Capitol reflecting pool
U.S. Botanical Gardens
National Museum of the American Indian
Dinner at Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
Potomac Boat Cruise The capitol
Mount Vernon
Old Alexandria Christ Church
National Building Museum
Holocaust Museum
Iwo Jima Memorial, pizza at the park
U.S. Marine Sunset Parade
Washington at Night Driving Tour
Breakfast at Hard Rock Cafe
U.S. Capitol
Old Post Office Pavilion, lunch
International Spy Museum
Youth Tour Dinner & Dance; Games & Movies
 “Goodbye Get-Together” and Pizza Party
Rayburn House Office Building
Congressional Summit
Baltimore, Camden Yard


Contest Rules

  • Students must currently be classified as high school juniors attending a school in Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s service area. It is not necessary for the parents/guardians of the students to be members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Inc.

  • Contestants are required to write at least a 500-word essay on the topic “Of the Seven Cooperative Principles, my favorite is. . .” Selected finalists will be interviewed by the board of trustees.

  • Please type, double-spaced, on one side of the paper. Each page should be numbered in the top right corner.

  • Click here for the Youth Tour Entry Form.

  • Although reference materials are available on this website, we encourage students to seek other sources of information, such as libraries, relatives, magazines, internet, etc.

  • Mail or hand-deliver your entry form and essay on or before the deadline date to: Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Attention:  Clint Branham, Youth Programs Coordinator, P.O. Box 948, Vinita, OK  74301.  Be sure to keep a copy of your entry for your use should you be selected as a finalist.

    (Winners will need to provide their Social Security Number so we can purchase an airplane ticket. They will also need a Photo ID at the airport.)


    youth on steps in Washington

    Youth Tour in Washington

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