Touchstone Energy Camp
Each year, Touchstone Energy® Camp educates hundreds of sixth grade students about how to stay safe around electricity, while also providing campers a chance to participate in a wide variety of outdoor camp activities. Campers enjoy horseback riding, zip lining and swimming, while also experiencing interactive lessons about safe electricity, working together in teams in a hands-on equipment connecting simulation, and wiring a table top demo to light up a bulb.
Touchstone Energy Camp is held each summer at the YMCA Camp Tecumseh, in Brookston, IN. Watch our newsletter for more information about the students chosen for this event.
Application instructions for the 2021 event will be posted here in December. Watch the video below to learn more about Touchstone Energy Camp.
Youth Tour to D.C.
Students - You could spend a life-changing week in the nation's capital!
Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities. The trip features visits to the Flight 93 Memorial, the Gettysburg Battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall memorials and much more.
Students must be high school juniors enrolled at a school in the Orange County REMC service territory at the time of application. (Paoli, Springs Valley, Orleans, Mitchell, Crawford and West Washington.) Students will complete an essay and application and take part in an interview process before selection decisions are made. Close relatives of current and former REMC directors or employees are not eligible. Application instructions for the 2021 event will be posted here in December. Watch the video below to learn more about Youth Tour.
Youth Leadership Council Scholarship Opportunity
Students who are selected to participate in the Youth Tour to Washington are invited and encouraged to try out for the Youth Leadership Council. One delegate will be chosen to represent the state of Indiana and win a $1,000 scholarship. The chosen delegate will return to Washington, D.C. in July for the YLC Leadership Conference, during which those who display a talent for public speaking are given the opportunity to compete for the title of National YLC Spokesperson. This spokesperson will have the honor of speaking before an audience of CEO's and directors from across the country at the NRECA Annual Meeting and address the Youth Tour delegation the following year in a return trip to D.C. Indiana's YLC delegate will also speak at the IEC Annual Meeting. Delegates are chosen based on three criteria; public speaking, delegate interview and leadership and interaction with peers, the most important of which is the public speaking component.
The student who has been chosen for the Indiana Youth Leadership Council will be given a $1,000 scholarship from Indiana Electric Cooperatives. Winners are based on their ability to write and deliver speeches.
Each year Orange County REMC awards up to 6 scholarships, which are funded by the Operation Round Up program. To apply for one of the $750 scholarships, students must graduate from Paoli, Springs Valley, Orleans, Mitchell, Crawford or West Washington .
The 2020 scholarships have been awarded. Applications and guidelines for the 2021 scholarships will be posted here in the fall.
Page Day at the Indiana State House
Student Art Calendar Contest
Students of all ages can submit artwork for the annual Student Art Calendar Contest, sponsored by Indiana Connection and Indiana’s electric cooperatives.
Indiana public, private, or home-schooled students in kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to enter. Students do not have to be consumers of a rural electric cooperative (REMC/REC). Artwork can be submitted by teachers, youth leaders or others as a group or class project, or by individual students or their parents or guardians. Prizes up to $200 for winning entries will be awarded.
More information is available at the Indiana Connection website.