Youth Tour – Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

2017 Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp


Kara Bowers, of Pratt, traveled to Steamboat Springs, CO in July 2017 as Ninnescah’s delegate at the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp.  The CYLC brings together nearly 100 students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Be sure to scroll all the way down so you don’t miss the video or KEC article detailing the trip.

Bower Attends Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

-Source: KEC Rural Power; September 2017

Bower Attends Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

KARA BOWER was selected to attend the 41st annual Cooperative Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, from July 14-20. Joining their peers from Colorado, Oklahoma
and Wyoming, approximately 100 youth learned about the cooperative principles at the week-long educational retreat. Bower was selected through an application, quiz and interview process.

“Ninnescah Electric is proud to be a participating sponsor of the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp and send our local youth to develop essential leadership and teamwork skills,” General Manager Teresa Miller said. “Through this trip, we hope local students will learn how our electric cooperatives work and how co-ops and their employees support the communities they serve.”

The Kansas and Oklahoma participants met as they boarded the bus along its route to Colorado. When the bus arrived in Denver, the group was treated to a snorkeling experience at the Denver Aquarium. Campers swam face-to-face with a Grouper, a school of Cownose rays, Moray Eels, red drums, nurse sharks and 400 other exotic underwater species. When the group arrived at Glen Eden Resort, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the campers immediately began daily membership meetings where a general manager, board of directors and committees were selected. The week-long experience also gave participants an authentic camp feel with river rafting, volleyball tournament, swimming, a dance and a talent show.

Several demonstrations and presentations enhanced students’ knowledge on the cooperative model and on operations at their electric cooperative. Campers competed to build a model transmission line out of craft supplies, toured Trapper Mine, Craig Power Plant, a solar array and experienced a high-voltage safety demonstration. The campers also raised $390 to donate to the NRECA International Foundation. “The presentations taught me a lot about being a leader and taking things into my own hands,” Bower said.

By the camp’s end, students demonstrated the leadership skills they attained by running for an ambassador position at next year’s camp. Elected by their peers as ambassadors for the 2018 Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp were: Paige Claassen, Pioneer; Max Holthaus, Nemaha-Marshall and RaeLyn Scott, Flint Hills. As ambassadors, the elected students will return to camp as junior counselors and facilitate camp leadership activities, while serving as role models for the incoming campers.

For more information, contact
Youth Tour Coordinator Nancy Aschenbrenner at 620-672-5538 or 800-828-5538.

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