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Community and Youth

Teachers, grandparents, farmers, Main Street business owners, Sunday School teachers... you are all part of our co-op.  REA is owned and operated by the community it serves.  That's why we are committed to reinvesting in the community - it's our home! Always has been.  Always will be.  

Collage of Community Service



Youth

Electric cooperatives are different from other utilities because “giving something back to the community” is part of our business plan. As part of our community, investing in the youth is an investment we believe ensures a brighter future for us all.  REA offers youth in our communities enrichment and leadership programs for all ages.  

Collage of Youth Programs





  • Youth Power Energy Camp - A four-day fun filled adventure for 8th graders.  Energy Camp helps our youth develop leadership skills and promotes teamwork while teaching about cooperative enterprises, the rural electrification  program, and electrical safety.  Students can look forward to many summer activities such as volleyball, swimming, hiking, and rope courses as well as the opportunity to climb utility poles and bucket truck rides.  Students will make life long friendships with other students from across the state as other co-ops just like REA send students to join in at Canyon Camp near Hinton, OK.  Each year REA sponsors 6 students for an all expense paid trip to Energy Camp the end of May.  To enter the contest, students must write a 250 - 500 word essay over a determined topic. A representative from REA will present the essay topic as well as inform students about Energy Camp at participating schools.  For more information, please call KorDale Lornes at 580-276-3364.  





  • Youth Tour - A week-long, all expenses paid educational trip to our nation's capital.  REA sponsors 2 high school juniors to travel to Washington, D.C. along with students from co-ops across the state.  Students will visit historical markers, museums and monuments, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.  To enter, students must write a 500 - 750 word essay over a determined topic.  A representative from REA will present the essay topic as well as inform students about this opportunity of a lifetime.  For more information, please call KorDale Lornes at 580-276-3364.


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