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Youth Tour

What is the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,600 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!

Since the late 1950's, electric cooperatives have been sending high school juniors and seniors to our nation's capital to learn about electric cooperatives, visit historical sites and participate in Youth Day.

Students compete for the opportunity to attend the Youth Tour and all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., through an essay contest on a topic relating to the electric industry or electric cooperatives.  The next Youth Tour is scheduled June 20-26, 2020.

Who can apply?

Students who are sophomores or juniors in high school and whose parents or guardian are a member of Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative are eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

Students interested in applying for the Youth Tour should submit an essay on the topic below. 

If chosen as a Youth Tour delegate, you will travel to Washington, D.C. to experience and learn about America’s rich history. What moment in American history do you wish you had been a part of and what would you have contributed?

Email essays to or mail to:
Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative
Attn:  Heidi
P.O. Box 6
Columbus, ND 58727

Have questions?

Contact Heidi at or 701.939.6671 during regular business hours with any questions regarding the Youth Tour.

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