Youth Tour Applications Available From REC

January 18, 2019

High School Juniors: What if you had a chance to learn leadership skills, hang out with peers from across the country - and have fun along the way? And what if all of that came rolled up into a neat, weeklong package in Washington, D.C.? Sounds pretty good, right? And what if we told you this experience is FREE? By now you should be thinking, 'Let's do this thing!"

Here's how it works: Each year, REC sends eight students from across its service territory to a national conference called "Youth Tour." This year’s trip will be June 16 – 20.  Participants learn about the electric industry and cooperatives, meet members of Congress, tour historic sites in the District, attend a performance at the Kennedy Center; and even take in a Major League Baseball game. All the while you'll be surrounded by students - 1,800 of them - from across the United States.

As Youth Tour alumnus Jeremy Petrie of Sherando High School in Frederick County said: "We went to so many great places, met so many people and I know I’ve made lifelong friends." Want to see for yourself? To take a virtual look at Youth Tour and learn more from former participants, check out this video: 

How to apply: Applications for REC’s Youth Tour are due Feb. 4, 2019. Completed applications can be dropped off at any REC office, faxed, emailed, or postmarked by the deadline.  To learn more and access the application, visit or contact Brian Wolfe, REC’s senior public relations specialist, at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914 or

REC provides electric service to over 168,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.