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Washington Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit

Washington Youth Tour + Cooperative Yout Summit

Two local students will be given the opportunity of a lifetime!  We are excited to send one Junior (rising Senior) to Washington DC for the 2024 Washington Youth Tour and one Sophomore (rising Junior) to our South Carolina State Capital for the 2024 Cooperative Youth Summit.

The Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour is an annual event offered by Coastal Electric, coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC).  We will select a Junior student (rising senior) to represent their school, their State, and Coastal Electric as delegates on a week-long, all-expenses-paid educational trip to our nation’s capital. Participants get to see the government in action, visit historical sites, learn about co-ops, and meet students from around the nation. Students representing Coastal Electric are also eligible to compete for the R.D. Bennett College Scholarship awarded by the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and compete for a position on the National Youth Leadership Council.

The Cooperative Youth Summit is a four-day, three-night event held in Columbia. The chosen student has the chance to enhance their leadership skills, engage in team-building exercises, learn about electric cooperatives and how state government works, and spend time with other cooperative students from across the entire state.

More than 2,000 students from 40 states participated in 2023. South Carolina sent 49 Students total.

The application process will begin February 20, 2024.  All applications must be submitted on or before Friday, March 1, 2024.

To learn more about these two amazing opportunities, contact Dave Jackson at 843-538-5700.  Information on these trips and previous trips may also be found by visiting and

Paper applications are available upon request at the cooperative.

We offered two amazing, all-expense-paid trips in the Summer of 2022 to three students. From June 18-23, we sent a Junior student (rising Senior) to our nation’s capital for a chance to meet lawmakers, tour the sights and have a whole lot of fun.

Then on July 11-14, we sent two Sophomore students (rising Juniors) to Columbia to experience the capital city like never before.

Summer 2022 Tour Photos