Central has dedicated itself to educating by offering a variety of programs designed to teach youth about electrical safety, leadership and the world of cooperatives. Not only have we made an investment in our members, but also we have expanded that investment to include all children within our service area.
Be Safety Smart
An elementary program designed to teach students in the first and second grades about electric safety. Everyone enjoys the many conveniences of electricity, but too often it is taken for granted and we forget how dangerous electricity can be. Be Safety Smart emphasizes these points and introduces the students to some of the equipment that linemen wear on the job. Central also has an electric safety demo unit that features Neon Leon and Lightning Liz. Leon and Liz are made to make unsafe decisions and get “zapped” when they neglect to Be Safety Smart. This is a program the kids really enjoy, yet it reminds them of lessons we all need to know. Together, with Louie the Lightning Bug, students and Central will learn what it means to Be Safety Smart. Contact Central to schedule a safety presentation for your class or student organization!
Youth Tour is a two-part competition open to high school juniors living and attending school in Central’s service area. Students participate by writing an essay, developing a résumé and submitting an application on Central’s website. A group of judges will review the entries and select five students to interview. The top two winners will win a one-week, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. with other Youth Tour winners from electric cooperatives across the nation. Winners will meet members of congress, visit monuments, historic sights and Smithsonian museums. Three runner-up applicants will receive $1,000 scholarships.
Energy Camp is a four-day action-packed adventure for eighth-graders. Energy Camp helps develop leadership skills and promotes teamwork while teaching about cooperative enterprises, the rural electrification program and electrical safety. Each year, Central sponsors two students to go to camp, which will be held at the end of May at Canyon Camp, near Hinton, Okla. While Energy Camp offers many traditional summer camp activities like swimming, hiking and basketball, students also have the unique opportunity to climb a utility pole, ride in a bucket truck and learn about electric cooperatives. They’ll take home a new-found confidence and a host of new friends from all over Oklahoma.
- Applicants must be outgoing members of the 2021-22 8th grade call or incoming members of the 2022-23 8th Grade Class in a school within the CREC service territory.
- Applicants must have written permission from a parent or guardian to participate in the trip.
- After review of the applications, five students will be selected for final interviews. Two of those will be awarded a trip to Energy Camp at Canyon Camp in Hinton, OK.
- Each applicant shall submit a completed application online.
- Entries must be received by Friday, April 29, at 5 p.m.
- All applications become the property of Central Rural Electric Cooperative.
- All applications will be reviewed by judges chosen by CREC.
- Two winners will be selected based on their applications.
- Judges will choose two winners based upon the following criteria:
- 25% Written Application
- School, community and work activities
- 75% Essay
- Essay should be an original work of 400 to 600 words typed and double spaced on 8½” x 11” paper.
- No name should appear on the essay but must be included on the cover sheet.
- Correct usage of words, punctuation, spelling and sentence structure.
- Recognizable point being made and solid support of your view.
“The need for rural electricity has been established for nearly a century. In the age of technology, why is it important for rural America to have a reliable source of internet.”
Two winners will be awarded all-expense paid trips to Energy Camp and Canyon Camp in Hinton OK, scheduled for May 31 – June 3, 2022. Should either of the two winners be unable to attend Energy Camp, a runner-up (in the order of scoring) will then receive the spot. Energy Camp is subject to change or cancelation.
Questions should be directed to Kory Frazier, at email@example.com or 405-372-2884