Annual Youth Tour Cancelled Due to COVID-19

In 1965, electric cooperatives across Texas joined forces to send a busload of youths to Washington, D.C.

There the teens met with President Lyndon B. Johnson, explored the capital, and forged memories and friendships to last a lifetime. For more than five decades, Texas’ electric co-ops carried on the legacy of that first Government-in-Action Youth Tour each summer.

Until the coronavirus pandemic hit. At WCEC, we’re saddened to announce that, for the second year in a row, Youth Tour has been canceled.

Along with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and other statewide cooperative associations, the Texas Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors cancelled the 2021 Youth Tour. The Tour is a large endeavor that requires immense long range planning with flights and hotel and venue reservations. The uncertainty of availability, and eventual viability for 2021 made this decision the right one.

Rest assured, as soon as the Tour returns, WCEC will make plans to resume our association with this important and unforgettable trip.