Youth Energy Leadership Camp


Looking for adventure and a little spark in your summer vacation? Consider attending the Nebraska Rural Electric Association Youth Energy Leadership Camp!

Open to any high school freshman, sophomore or junior with an awesome personality, excellent leadership potential and an interest in the public power industry, you’ll hang out with more than 60 other teens from Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado.

Prepare to have your mind blown as we teach you about electricity and the electrical utility industry, take you on tours through power-generating plants, let you experience what it’s like to campaign for and serve on a board of directors and show you how lineworkers get the job done.

Who:  High school freshmen, sophomores or juniors
What:  Teens participate in hands-on activities and learn about electricity and the electric industry

When:  July 10-14, 2017
Where:  The Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey
How:  Dawson PPD will sponsor up to three youth who live in a home served by the district

Activities include:

  • Tours of Gerald Gentleman Power Station & Kingsley Hydroelectric Power Plant
  • High voltage trailer demonstration
  • Utility pole climbing
  • Workshops & presentations by regional experts
  • Canoeing/Sports tournaments
  • Banquet/Dance
  • Talent show

In addition, three campers will be selected by their peers at the end of the week to represent Nebraska on a FREE trip to Washington, D.C. during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour in 2018.

YELC runs July 10-14, 2017, and is held at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey, Nebraska. Don’t worry about the cost because Dawson PPD will sponsor you all the way. Bonus: Your parents will thank you from the bottom of their wallets. Space is limited, so don’t hesitate to turn in your application.

For full consideration, please postmark or email your application form by April 21, 2017.

Please submit the following:

  • Your completed application
  • A recent picture of yourself
  • A 350 word minimum, double-spaced essay on the following topic:
    • What form of renewable energy is the best choice for Nebraska’s power supply? Why?

Additional information:

  • Only high school-aged freshmen, sophomores or juniors will be considered.
  • The teen must live in a home that is served by Dawson PPD.
  • Dawson PPD will sponsor up to three teens to attend YELC. This includes meals, lodging and transportation to/from camp. Sorry, snacks are on your own.
  • Winners will be notified by May 5, 2017.
  • If chosen, we ask that you write a short essay on your experience and submit some pictures for our monthly newsletter.

Nominations due: April 7, 2017
(A nomination is not considered an application)

2017 Nomination Form

Student applications due: April 21, 2017

2017 Application Form



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