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Youth Tour

Youth Tour

Are you a sophomore or junior in high school? How would you like to take an all expense paid trip to our nation's capital?

Each and every year McCone Electric sponsors a student to the National Rural Electric's Youth to Washington, D.C. Tour. During the month of June a group of lucky Montana youths and their chaperones join hundreds of other kids from across the nation on the trip of a lifetime

The Montana students enter an essay contest in an effort to win the free trip. The essay topic is chosen for you and the deadline for the essay is usually from December to February. As a McCone Electric entry, you would be required to submit your essay to us. We then would choose a winner from our cooperative's entries.

The trip would begin with a flight to Washington, D.C. with all the Montana participants. You would make new friends on this part of the trip. Once arriving at your destination you would find approximately 1,500 other students from across the nation all staying at the same hotel. Yes, you will have plenty of time to make even more friends.

While in D.C. you will arise very early every morning to prepare for the days events. You will visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Vietnams Woman's Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, attend a theater performance, visit the Pentagon City Mall, take part in a Youth Day Town Hall meeting, tour the National Cathedral, tour the Smithsonian Museums, stop by the Hard Rock Café, enjoy a Moonlight Cruise and Dance on the Potomac River, visit your state congressional representatives, tour the Capitol, visit the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial, watch the Marine Corps Silent Drill and Parade team, visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Roosevelt Memorial, View the White House, tour Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, watch the Changing of the Guard, visit the Kennedy grave sites, visit the Smithsonian National Zoo, visit the International Spy Museum, and finally go to the Washington Monument. After all this you board your plane and fly home. Now, how is that for a free trip?

Information about the essay contest is published in the Rural Montana Magazine that your parents receive monthly, or you can call McCone Electric's member services department for information at 1-800-684-3605.

Youth Tour Application

Youth Tour Contest Rules

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 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 rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

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

 Youth Tour Resource Guide


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