youth tourEvery summer, as many as 1,700 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's youth about our country and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong communities.


Participating in Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about our country, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!


Need more information? Visit the official Youth Tour website              


Successful applicants must: 

  • Be high school sophomores or juniors in February 2024.
  • Be the child or legal ward of a Butler Rural Electric Cooperative member and live in a home receiving electricity from the cooperative.
  • Submit an application by February 1, 2024. Applications must be received at the cooperative’s office by February 1.
  • Take a short quiz with true/false and short answer questions about Butler Rural Electric Cooperative. We will provide you with a brochure to study for the quiz.

If you apply for the trip, Andy Denny, Butler Rural Electric Cooperative’s Community Relations Coordinator, will contact you by email after February 1 to schedule a time to take the Youth Tour quiz at the cooperative’s office. 


Youth Tour delegates will be invited to a Youth Tour Orientation at Butler Rural Electric Cooperative’s office May 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. so delegates can meet each other and learn more about the trip. 


Parents: No worries, the trip is all-expenses-paid and will have plenty of chaperones!