Cooperative Youth Tour

Lumbee River EMC (LREMC) sponsors a student on the Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., each summer. Students can learn about our capital, the government and rural electric cooperatives while seeing the historic and cultural sights of the Washington, D.C. area. Youth Tour participants have made friends with other students from around the state and across the country that have lasted for many years.

Travel With Other Students

About 42 students, plus chaperones, from North Carolina will take the all-expenses-paid trip to Washington on a chartered, air-conditioned bus. The Youth Tour brings more than 1,500 high school students from across the nation to Washington, D.C., every year.

Get the VIP Treatment

In Washington, students will see most government buildings, monuments and sights. Many of the tours are VIP visits to areas not viewed by the general public. There will also be (schedule subject to change) a Potomac River cruise, Youth Tour dance, a special session on electric cooperatives and a night at the theater. Students will also have a chance to meet their local elected Congressional Representatives. The week is filled with activities and touring. The trip is a chance for students to learn and make friendships that last a lifetime.

Trip is Well-Organized

The program is coordinated by the North Carolina Electric Cooperatives, Inc., Lumbee River EMC’s statewide association. We pay for all transportation, lodging, meals and admissions.


At the time of the tour, the entrant’s parent(s) or guardian(s) must be members of LREMC or live on our lines. Regarding Eligibility: Entrants must be the child or legal ward of an LREMC member or must be the child/ward of persons living on our lines. Therefore, if your parents are LREMC members (the account must be in their name), regardless of residency, you are eligible.

The entrant must be a sophomore or a junior at the time of the application process.

The entrant must complete an application and submit a typewritten, double-spaced essay of 250 words in length. Applications must be received by March 5, 2021.


We're currently accepting applications for the 2021 Youth Tour through March 5, 2021.

More Information

Due to COVID-19 the 2021 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour will be held virtually.

To visit the national Youth Tour website, click here.

Click on the image below to access the Cooperative Youth Tour brochure.