No, it’s NOT just another trip!

Parents, are you thinking camps cost a bunch? Students, are you wondering if will there will be kids you don’t know from everywhere and what will be in it for me? You have never been on a trip like youth tour in Washington D.C., leadership camp in Steamboats Springs, Colorado, or energy camp in Hinton, Oklahoma. Yes, there will be hundreds kids you don’t know from everywhere just like you. You never know who might show up on these trips. Last year Denver Broncos #63 Ben Garland surprised campers at Steamboat Springs talking about leadership and took photos with every camper.  How often do you get opportunities for an all-expense paid trip?

Applications for TCEC’s 2016 high school youth trips and the eighth grade YouthPower Energy Camp trip are now available. TCEC is looking for five delegates who are high school juniors and four who are eighth graders. Applications must be received at TCEC by January 25, 2016. All area eligible students whose parents or guardians are TCEC members are encouraged to apply.

TCEC works with the statewide electric cooperative associations in Oklahoma and Kansas to offer these leadership development opportunities to area youth. Selected students will make unforgettable memories and lasting friendships during these once in a lifetime trips with other outstanding students from across the state. Apply to experience something new next summer! 

For the high school trips, interested juniors fill out a three-page application that includes contact information, community, school and work activities and a statement explaining why the student is a good TCEC delegate. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges from other cooperatives. The judges select ten finalists plus two alternates for interviews and come to the new TCEC facility in Hooker to conduct the interviews. Three finalists are selected for the gold award and two are selected for the silver award.

High School Junior Awards
Application Deadline: January 25, 2016

Gold Award: NRECA Rural Electric Youth Tour

Washington, D.C.    

June 10-16, 2016

Three high school juniors and one alternate will be selected to attend the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington D.C. The trip is June 10-16, 2016. If a winner is unable to attend the tour, TCEC must be notified immediately in order to notify the alternate.

Silver Award: Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

Steamboat Springs, Colorado    

July 16-22, 2016

Two high school juniors will be selected to attend the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp hosted by Kansas Electric Cooperatives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The trip is July 16-22, 2016.

Eighth Grade Award:

YouthPower Energy Camp

Canyon Camp, Hinton, Oklahoma     May 31 – June 3, 2016

Application Deadline: January 25, 2016

All eighth grade students within TCEC’s service territory are eligible to enter to win a four-day trip to Canyon Camp outside of Hinton, Oklahoma. At this leadership development camp, students learn about rural electrification while also having fun swimming, hiking, riding go-carts and making new friends.

To enter to win this trip, students simply write a creative letter to their school’s principal naming specific actions the school should take to be more energy efficient. They can include photos and other exhibits to support their reasoning.

TCEC pays transportation, lodging, meals and other incidental costs incurred with all trips. Students are responsible for souvenirs and extra personal items they may need during the trip.

More details and trip applications are available online at under ‘Community’ > ‘Youth and Education.’ For additional information, call TCEC at 580-652-2418 or email



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Headquartered in Hooker, Oklahoma, Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) is a not-for-profit distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. TCEC is committed to improving the quality of life for its members and communities by delivering safe, reliable and affordable electric service. The cooperative serves about 23,000 meters in the Oklahoma Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, the northern border of the Texas Panhandle and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. TCEC is a Touchstone Energy cooperative. For more information, visit