Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

Every year, high school juniors whose parents are Butler County REC members or residents of Aplington, Fairbank, Fredericksburg or Readlyn were invited to apply for the Iowa Electric Cooperative's Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. It's an all-expense-paid trip students never forget.

The  2020 trip is scheduled for June 18-25. For information on applying, contact us at

Submit an Online Entry Form or fill out a PDF form. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 9, 2020.

Students on the tour learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government. They visit with their representatives in the House and the Senate, and see the sights around Washington, DC.

Butler County REC will sponsor one student for the Youth Tour. From the applications received, Butler County REC will select three finalists who will be interviewed and one winner will be selected. $500 college scholarships are awarded to the three finalists who are interviewed. Scholarships will be received after high school graduation and entry into an accredited college of the student's choice.

What is Youth Tour?

Youth Tour is a program that brings high school students to Washington, D.C. every June. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative.

Youth Tour 2019 Speaks With Grassley, Ernst

Since the late 1950s, the Rural Electric Cooperative (REC) Youth Tour has brought high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. for an all-expense paid tour of the city. Students on the tour learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, community development and today’s social issues. They participate in National Youth Day, visit with their representatives and senators and explore the sights around the nation's capital.

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