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Youth Tour and Camp

Youth Tour and Camp

Youth Leadership Programs

Grand Valley Power would like to sponsor you! Each year, GVP sends one student to the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour, and two students to the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, for an experience of a lifetime! Apply today for this tremendous opportunity. 


Tell me more about the Youth Tour!

During your all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., you’ll have the opportunity to connect with over 1,800 high school juniors and seniors from around the United States. Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their representatives and senators and exploring the sights around the nation’s capital. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. Over 40,000 students, from cooperatives across America like Grand Valley Power, have participated in this unique program. It is an opportunity for an experience of a lifetime and to make some great new friends. This year's trip will be from June 7-14, 2018. 


What about the Leadership Camp?

The Cooperative Leadership Camp is an all-expense-paid trip to Clark, Colorado, located just outside of Steamboat Springs. High school juniors and seniors from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming will gather at a beautiful resort located along the Elk River and spend the week at an outstanding Leadership Camp. You’ll participate in activities to improve personal goals, set up and run your own cooperative, and get an inside view of the state and national legislatures. There is plenty of time for rafting the Colorado River, hiking to Fish Creek Falls, riding the gondola to Mt. Werner, banquets, BBQ's, dancing and more. Many of the attendees call this camp a “life-changing” experience. This year's trip will be from July 14-19, 2018. 


Who Is Eligible? 

High school juniors and seniors* who parents or guardians are members of Grand Valley Power.

*You must currently be a high school junior or senior, and you must be at least 16 years old on or before January 1, 2018. 


Application Requirements

  1. Complete the 2018 Youth Tour and Leadership Camp Application by online submission (see below), or print the PDF and fill out the required information. 
  2. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Submit an essay, video, or creative work (drawing, movie, PowerPoint) telling us about yourself (describe your hobbies, extracurricular activities and volunteer work) and what you would like to gain by participating in the tour or camp this year. 
  3. Send us your completed application and essay/creative by January 5th, 2018 either by online submission, mail or by dropping it off at our main office. 


Completed applications must be dropped off at our main office, mailed with postmark by January 5, 2018, or by our online submission form (see below). Winners will be contacted by January 26, 2018 and selected by the board of directors community committee.


Additional information is available at local high school counselors' offices or by contacting 

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