Youth Tour

Youth Tour

Destiny Robinson and Conner Lynch

2019 Youth Tour Applications must be submitted by 5pm December 21, 2018 

We will update this page with the 2019 tour dates as soon as they are announced. Stay tuned!


2018 Youth Dates: June 9-15

This year's Rural Electric Youth Tourists are . . .

 Destiny Robinson and Conner Lynch

Congratulations, Destiny and Conner!



Youth Tour
Youth Tour

You may already be eagerly anticipating the day when you will graduate from high school and will begin your young adult life and the independence it will bring. But the day you'll be packing your bags and heading off to college is still a year away. While you wait for that day, why not make one of your last summers before college a memorable one? Get away for a week long, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, and enjoy meeting over a thousand other students from across the nation as you experience all the nation's capitol has to offer. 

The annual National Electric Cooperative Youth Tour presents a unique opportunity for you, along with 30 other rising seniors representing North Carolina's 26 electric cooperatives throughout North Carolina,  join fellow youth tourists from every state in the nation for a week of learning and fun. You will tour the halls of Congress, attend Smithsonian and other DC museums, tour exciting DC landmarks and make memories to last a lifetime. All while learning the countless ways electric cooperatives contribute to the country.

North Carolina has participated in the Youth Tour since 1967, and since then, more than 1,000 young people have experienced this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Although learning is a major aspect of the trip, the fun of getting to know other teens from across the state and the nation is emphasized as a major focus of the event. Countless life-long friendships have been forged by teens at Youth Tour, and some have been so affected by the experience as to have it shape the course of their lives.

Each year, Roanoke Electric Co-op sponsors students from its service area who proudly represent their electric co-op on this amazing trip. Don't miss this unique opportunity, apply to be the next Roanoke Electric Cooperative Youth Tourist!



To learn more about the youth tour, go to

While in Washington, DC, the electric cooperative representatives from throughout the United States will enjoy a week of fun and learning. These young people will enjoy the following experiences during the Youth Tour:

  •  Attend an All States Dance.
  • Cruise the Potomac River;
  • Participate in Youth Day, where students learn more about America's electric cooperatives;
  • Lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery;
  • Visit Capitol Hill and meet with our North Carolina Senators and Congressmen;
  • Visit the sites of Washington, D.C. including the monuments;
  • Visit the Smithsonian museums;
  • Visit the Newseum;
  • Visit the Holocaust Museum and;
  • Dinner and a show at the Kennedy Center.
Yout Tour
Youth Tour


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There's also a bonus to being chosen to attend this year's Youth Tour! In addition to creating tons of memorable moments and friendships, this trip looks great on college applications!

For more information about the Rural Electric Youth Tour, call 252.539.4601 or email