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Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 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!


2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Since 1964, more than 50,000 teenagers have visited Washington, DC, for one week every summer as part of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) coordinates the tour, and more than 1,500 teens participate every summer. 


In 2019, Bailey County Electric awarded three high school students an all-expenses-paid tour departing from Austin to Washington, DC, to watch our government in action. The winners will join more than 100 other youth from Texas electric cooperatives June 12 – 21, 2019 to experience two capitols:  Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. 


Eligible Youth Tour applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior and attend a high school within the BCEC service territory. 

For a complete listing of Youth Tour requirements, please click here.

For a printable application for the Youth Tour, check back in the Fall of 2019.  

Copies of both requirements and applications are available at your high school counselor's office or at the BCEC main office located at 610 E. American Blvd. in Muleshoe, Texas.  If you have a question, call our offices anytime from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 806-272-4504.  Suzie Brown or Amy Melendez will be happy to answer any of your questions.