Are you a junior or senior in high school? How would you like to take an all expense paid trip to our nation's capital?
Each and every year Oahe Electric sponsors a student to the National Rural Electric's Youth to Washington D.C. Tour. During the month of June a group of lucky South Dakota youths and their chaperones join hundreds of other kids from across the nation for the trip of a lifetime.
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!
It’s easy to enter. Just compose an essay of at least 500 words based on the following: Describe how a cooperative can build a culture to best serve its members. Submit it to Oahe Electric Cooperative, Inc. by February 16, 2018.
The trip would begin with a flight to Washington D.C. You would make new friends on this part of the trip. Once arriving at your destination you would find approximately 1,500 other students from across the nation all staying at the same hotel. Yes, you will have plenty of time to make even more friends.
While in D.C. you will arise very early every morning to prepare for the days events. You will visit the Vietnam Memorial, the Vietnam Women's Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, attend a theater performance, visit the Pentagon City Mall, take part in a Youth Day Town Hall meeting, tour the National Cathedral, tour the Smithsonian Museums, stop by the Hard Rock Cafe, enjoy a Moonlight Cruise and Dance on the Potomac River, visit your state's congressional representatives, tour the Capitol, visit the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial, Watch the Marine Corps Silent Drill and Parade team, visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Roosevelt Memorial, view the White House, tour Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, watch the Changing of the Guard, visit the Kennedy grave sites, visit the Smithsonian National Zoo, visit the International Spy Museum, and finally go to the Washington Monument. After all this you board your plane and fly home. Now, how is that for a free trip?
For more information visit the Youth Tour website