Co-op kids mix fun with energy education at youth leadership camp

Co-op campers perform a mock swearing in session for an NRECA legislative simulation.

Co-op campers perform a mock swearing in session for an NRECA legislative simulation.

Approximately 90 high school-aged teens recently enjoyed a glorious week of summertime fun in the Rockies mixed with some electric co-op energy education thanks to their local electric co-ops.

Campers from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma converged on the Glen Eden Resort near Steamboat Springs, Colo., on July 13th for a jam-packed five-day agenda of activities ranging from volleyball tournaments, and river rafting to a high voltage safety demonstration and a power plant tour.

“The kids seem to really appreciate the balance that we try and provide between offering a lot of the traditional camp recreation activities along with opportunities to learn about how an electric co-op functions and a little bit of the science behind how electricity is produced and delivered to their homes,” said Jonathan Thornton, Tri-State’s strategic communications specialist and operations manager of the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp.

Teen campers pose for a group shot in front of a dragline bucket during a tour of Trapper Mine.

Teen campers pose for a group shot in front of a dragline bucket during a tour of Trapper Mine.

The youth camp, which is in its 34th year, is held for a week each summer with the support of participating Tri-State member co-ops as well as cooperatives from outside the G&T’s membership.

Thornton said that the camp is structured to operate as a co-op in which all of the campers participate on various committees to help run the camp. Approximately 20 employees from the sponsoring co-ops also volunteer as camp counselors to assist with the various day-to-day activities.

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