Youth Tour


Did you know. . .Youth Tour Logo

  • If all of the Smithsonian treasures were lined up in one long exhibit and you spent just one second looking at each item, it would take you more than 2-1/2 years of 24-hours a day, non-stop touring to see them all?
  • The only U.S. President buried in Washington, D.C. is Woodrow Wilson?
  • How about - the Capitol Building in D.C. has 365 steps representing every day of the year?

Every year Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative sends high school juniors to Washington, D.C. to spend 1 week of their summer learning about our nation, its history, government and cooperatives.

Students attending past Washington Youth Tours were able to visit famous historical sites, participate in a Town Hall meeting, and visit their congressman.  Participants were able to tour Fort McHenry, our nation’s Capitol Building, and Arlington Cemetery, just to name a few. It’s a fun-filled, action-packed, busy week of learning, site-seeing and meeting teenagers from a cooperative just like ours from across the United States.

What do you have to do?

  • Complete the enclosed application. Fill out the below application (or print it and fill out using blue or black ink.  Applications must be legible. Be clear and concise. Include as much information as you can. Use extra paper if necessary to complete your answers.
  • Read the information on rural electrification. A short quiz based on this information will be given at the time of your interview.
  • Write a 500 word essay. This must be typed and double-spaced.
    • This year’s essay topic: The American Flag: What It Means to Me.
    • DO NOT include your name on your essay as copies will be sent to our judges.
  • Attach two letters of reference from someone in your community.  Please do not request both of these from school staff or teachers. Suggestions would be your church leaders or teachers, youth club leaders, employers, or neighbors.
  • All students entering an application and essay will be interviewed.


Applications and essays are due by Monday, November 18, 2016. Once all the applications are in, interview times will be set up.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be in his/her Junior level of high school.
  • Parents or Legal Guardians must be members of Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative.
  • Student must complete an application and have parents'/legal guardians' permission to participate.
  • If chosen as a participant, student and parents/legal guardians agree that the cooperative may use their names, likeness or images in publications of the cooperative.


To learn more about the trip