Youth Tours-Apply Now

Youth Tours-Apply Now

Youth Tours



Applications for the 2020 Washington Youth Tour & Cooperative Youth Summit are available online through February 5, 2020.  For more information about either of these opportunities, please contact your school’s guidance counselor, or Amy Childress at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, at 800-240-3400 or


2019 Washington Youth Tour Representatives

Blue Ridge Electric Co-op's 2019 Youth Tour Representatives

Washington Youth Tour

More than 1,500 students from all across America take part in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour experience each year.  The Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year since the late 1950s. We believe that students should see their nation’s capital up close, learn about the political process and gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their Representative and Senators.  This unique trip provides the opportunity to watch history come alive as the students explore the museums, memorials and monuments.

Each summer Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative sponsors three high school juniors to attend the youth tour.  This educational opportunity is an all expense paid six day trip to explore the D.C. area, meet other participants from across the country, and learn more about and promote electric cooperatives. 


Cooperative Youth Tour Representatives

Blue Ridge Electric Co-op's 2019 Cooperative Youth Summit Representatives

Cooperative Youth Summit


Experience South Carolina's capital like never before.  Tour the Statehouse, meet lawmakers and see how co-ops are preparing for our state's energy future.  Plus, there's plenty of fun with visits to popular Columbia attractions like Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. 

Each summer Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative sponsors two high school sophomores to attend the Cooperative Youth Summit in Columbia, S.C.  This educational opportunity is an all expense paid four day trip where students are given an introduction to the business model behind cooperatives and visit various local educational sites in our state’s capitol.

The next Cooperative Youth Summit will be held July 13-16, 2021.

Youth Tour Experiences

Take a quick look at some of the highlights of this past summer's Washington Youth Tour.