Youth Tour


Youth Tour 2020 info


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What is Youth Tour?

The Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour is an annual leadership program sponsored by Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative. It’s a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., that gives exceptional high school students the opportunity to meet with their congressional leaders at the U.S. Capitol, make new friends from across the state and country, and see many of the famous Washington, D.C., sights.

Electric cooperatives from 43 states will send about 1,800 delegates this year. Will you be one of them?

To apply for the Youth Tour:

Successful applicants:

  • Must be a high school sophomore or junior.
  • Must be a son, daughter, or legal ward of a Buckeye REC member living on the cooperative’s lines and receiving electric service from the cooperative at the time of selection.
  • Must submit an application from BREC's Website or your high school guidance counselor along with grade transcripts indicating cumulative credit hours and grade-point average.
  • Must submit a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, principal, teacher, or community or organization advisor.

Applicants will be required to take a test consisting of true/false and short essay questions about electric cooperatives.

Application deadline: postmarked by March 7, 2020

Applicants will receive the information necessary to study for the test when their application is received.

For more information and to apply, visit  or call

BREC at 740-379-2080.



Youth Tour Group 2019

The annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., takes places June 19–25 and is a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) leadership program coordinated in Ohio by Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives. It’s an all-expenses-paid trip that gives exceptional sophomore and junior high school students (children of BREC members) the opportunity to travel as a group with other students from Ohio’s cooperatives. They will see many of the well-known Washington sights, meet with their congressional leaders at the Capitol, and interact with other participants from across the country. It is an experience deeply rooted in the history of electric cooperatives.

Youth Tour will explore the leadership lessons of our nation’s history and immerse students in the cooperative spirit. Besides that, students will have fun and make new friends! BREC will be selecting two individuals. To apply, visit our website at Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity!


Youth Tour Winner, BREC, 2019

Thaxton Salyers of Symmes Valley High School was selected by Buckeye REC for the 2019 Youth Tour. Thaxton, of Patriot, was one of 31 students from the state of Ohio — and 1,833 students from electric co- ops across the country — who participated in Youth Tour. To say he enjoyed his time on Youth Tour is an understatement. Thaxton had such enthusiastic and positive comments about his opportunity!

“I would like to start by saying thank you, to every single member and employee of this great cooperative. Because they are the ones that gave me the opportunity to have such a life-changing experience. Thank you, however, really does not have the effect I need it to have. It’s just the tip of the iceberg for how grateful I am that I was able to partake in this experience. I met people from forty plus states, met senators and house members, sat in the House of Representatives, and saw the Supreme Court and the Capitol Building. When people ask me about my trip, I talk about the insanity of how well cooperatives around the country work together to make things like Youth Tour possible. The friendships I made will last a lifetime. ” 

-Thaxton Salyers

Youth Tour Application

2020 BREC Youth Tour Application