Attention High School Juniors! Plans for 2021 Youth Tour have been changed to accommodate a safe trip following COVID-19 rules and regulations. This year's trip is being changed from Washington, D.C. to Williamsburg, VA from Wednesday, July 28, through Friday, July 30. The schedule is shortened but is still packed with educational and fun activities.  Apply to attend by Friday, June 4. You will interact with students from across Virginia and Maryland, visit important historical sites, as well as participate in many other fun and educational activities.

For more information on the Youth Tour schedule and COVID-19 rules and regulations for the trip, please contact Brian Wolfe at or 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914. Applications are now available!


Each year, students from REC’s service territory travel to Washington, D.C., to explore key issues in the electric industry, study the cooperative business model, interact with students in team- and leadership-building programs, tour historical and cultural sites, meet their members of Congress and attend a show at the Kennedy Center. They also make lifelong friends. More than 1,800 students from across the country will participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, and applications are now available!

“It’s so great our cooperative wants to invest in us and really teach us to learn about our community, this country and also what cooperatives do in our community and why they are here to help us,” said Joseph Flynn of William Monroe High School. “We went to so many great places, met so many people and I know I’ve made some lifelong friends.”

How Youth Tour Started: Youth Tour was inspired by Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson when he addressed the NRECA Annual Meeting in 1957. The senator and future president declared, "If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents." Additional Youth Tour information can be seen by visiting

Brian Wolfe

Brian Wolfe
Senior Public Relations Specialist

(540) 891-5914 |


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