Youth Tour

High school juniors explore the nation’s capital on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Approximately 1,500 students from across the U.S. gather each June to learn more about government and electric cooperatives and tour historic sights and museums, including the Newseum, Smithsonian Institution, World War II Memorial and Mount Vernon.
Congratulations to the following students on being chosen by First Electric for the 2017 Youth Tour!
  • Decatur Austin of Benton
  • Tehya Hinkson of Benton
  • Britney McGloflin of Austin
  • Jared McPeake of Benton

Applications for the 2018 Youth Tour will be available here and at First Electric offices on Feb. 1. Any junior whose parents or guardians are members of First Electric may submit a Youth Tour application. Winners are selected based on information supplied on the applications and personal interviews.

Get the latest Youth Tour news, photos and more on Twitter and Instagram. Please call 800-489-7405 during regular business hours with any questions.
Link to Apply Online     Download PDF of application

2016 Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

Austin Chambers, a World War II veteran and First Electric member, speaks during the 2016 Youth Tour orientation at the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas headquarters in Little Rock. The 2016 Youth Tour kicks off from Little Rock on June 9. The group tours Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in Virginia on June 10. The McLean House in the village was used April 9, 1865, for the surrender meeting between General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant. Appomattox Court House volunteer Bob Moeller prints parole passes like were given to 30,000 Confederates after the surrender. They allowed the men to travel home without fear of prison. The group gets ready to tour Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. Youth Tour delegates toured the inside of Monticello. According to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, about 60 percent of the furnishings on display are or may be items original to the third president’s home. The group heads back to the visitor center after touring Monticello. Delegates read quotes engraved in the memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. Shalexis and Maria pose with bronze sculptures of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his Scottish terrier Fala at the president’s memorial. The crew takes a photo on the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Youth Tour Director Sheila Yount asks Joseph Hammond to carry it in remembrance of members of the Armed Forces who did not return home. This is a tradition taken from the Honor Flight program that allows World War II veterans to visit their memorial in D.C. The Arkansas group takes a photo in front of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home in Virginia on June 12. Mattingly, Alan and Anna show off the pins and stickers they collected from Youth Tour delegates from other states. Arkansas shared Razorbacks stickers. Delegates begin a tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Maria takes a photo of the thousands of pairs of shoes that were taken from Jews before being gassed at Majdanek. The group enters the World War II Memorial. First Electric’s delegates Joseph, Mattingly, Erin and Caleigh take a photo in front of the state’s granite column at the World War II Memorial. The group visits the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Engraved at the memorial is “Free Is Not Free,” which is the theme of the Arkansas Youth Tour each year. Mattingly and Taylor view the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to the United States. A quote from John F. Kennedy is engraved at his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery. Guards change at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A wreath-laying ceremony begins at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of the U.S. Army’s 241st birthday June 14. Headstones of service members rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Twenty-six funerals were held the day the Youth Tour delegates visited. Arkansas Youth Tour delegates gather for a photo in front of the White House. First Electric’s Youth Tour delegates Erin, Caleigh, Joseph and Mattingly stop by the White House. The Arkansas Congressional Delegation meets Youth Tour delegates at the U.S. Capitol. Joseph Hammond meets U.S. Sen. John Boozman. David S. Mao, acting librarian of Congress, joins the Arkansas Youth Tour delegates for a photo. The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs during the Sunset Parade at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Delegates meet a member of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon following the Sunset Parade. Caleigh Pickard views the Washington Navy Yard from a periscope inside the U.S. Navy Museum. Delegates interact with exhibits at the U.S. Navy Museum.
Maria examines ocean life at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.