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Cotton Electric Essay Contest


Energy Camp
Youth Power Energy Camp is designed to help eighth-grade students develop leadership skills, have summertime fun, and at the same time learn about one of rural America’s most important industries – rural electrification. This great summer opportunity is available for eighth-graders whose parents are Cotton Electric members.

Students selected to participate in the Electric Cooperatives of Oklahoma Youth Power Energy Camp will spend a week in enjoying the pleasures of Canyon Camp, near Hinton, OK – from volleyball tournaments to swimming to hiking. And best of all, students will start friendships that will last a lifetime!

Students experience first-hand the exciting world of rural electricity – watch safety demonstrations, climb a pole, hear from co-op leaders. Plus, they will have the opportunity to sharpen leadership skills by working with new-found friends from every corner of the state to set up and run their own cooperative business.

This contest requires a short paragraph about why the entrant would like to attend the 2018 Youth Power Energy Camp from May 29 through June 1 at Canyon Camp in Red Rock Canyon, southeast of Hinton. The deadline for entering is March 5, 2018.




For more information, please call Cotton Electric's Marketing Department at 580-875-3351 or contact us via email.

Youth Tour
The Oklahoma Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour is an annual, weeklong, all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. that is open to select high school juniors who attend schools served by electric cooperatives.

Cotton Electric and 24 other Oklahoma electric cooperatives participate in the Washington Youth Tour. Nationwide, electric co-ops from 41 states participate. In all, more than 1,300 young people from across the nation gather in Washington, D.C. each year for this event.

Cotton Electric sends students to Washington for a number of reasons including:

  • rewarding students for academic achievement and community leadership
  • educating students about the role of electric co-ops in the national economy
  • fostering students' appreciation for the democratic form of government
  • exposing students to the sights and sounds of our nation's heritage
  • building students' leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities.

The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and 25 of Oklahoma's 28 electric distribution cooperatives.


For more information, please call Cotton Electric's Marketing Department at 580-875-3351 or contact us via email.

2018 Youth Tour Resource Manual

Operation Round Up is a program designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile individuals and organizations. The CECF board of directors meets quarterly to review applications from individuals and organizations in the area. The maximum annual grant that can be approved is $10,000 for organizations and $2,500 for individuals.

The board of directors for the Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation will meet again March 14, 2018, to review applications for the quarter. First-quarter applications are due Feb. 28.

Cotton Electric Charitable Foundation board members include Carly Douglass, President; Carter Waid, Vice President; Danny Marlett, Secretary-Treasurer; Jennifer Meason, CEO of Cotton Electric, and Ronnie Bohot, president of the Cotton Electric Board of Trustees.

Applications to the Operation Round Up program are available at the links below or by calling Shane Bowers at 580-875-4216. Individual applications MUST include a letter of referral from a reputable service agency or non-profit organization.

NEW REQUIREMENT:All applications for grants benefitting schools require the signature of the school superintendent. This includes applications submitted by booster clubs, parent-teacher organizations and other school-related groups, teachers and principals. This requirement was established to ensure coordinated communication on projects that fit a school district’s priorities.

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