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Posted on Jul 30 2023 in Features

The month of June sure puts a spring in the step of Indiana’s electric cooperatives; it’s the only way they can keep up with the participants of two of their most important community outreach programs: Camp Kilowatt and the Indiana Youth Tour.


Camp Kilowatt, held June 7-10 at YMCA Camp Tecumseh near Brookston, introduced 100 incoming seventh graders, sponsored by 28 electric co-ops, to electric utility careers with circuit boards and bucket truck rides, electric vehicles and electric safety. That was in addition to all the regular summer camp activities like zip lining, horseback riding, swimming, archery, riflery, canoeing, storytelling and singing at a campfire, and a new addition to Tecumseh named Skywalkers, a type of vertical obstacle course.


With a new Sunday-to-Sunday schedule, the Indiana Youth Tour sent 75 incoming high school seniors, representing 29 electric co-ops, eastbound to Washington, D.C., and back, June 11-18. The unforgettable educational adventure included stops at the Flight 93 Memorial, Gettysburg, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Museums, the Holocaust Museum, monuments and memorials, and other sites; as well as visits with Indiana’s congressional leaders. 

Indiana Youth Tour delegation at Capitol Hill 2023
Indiana Youth Tour delegates pose outside of Capitol Hill with U.S. Sen. Mike Braun.
YLC winners 2023
One Youth Tour participant is selected each year to represent the state on the national Youth Leadership Council. This year’s delegate is Abby Allen from Tipmont, center. Natalie Walker from Bartholomew County REMC, right, was selected as the alternate and Madeline Moore from Heartland REMC, left, named runner-up.