Boone REMC offers several youth programs each year for local students. Read below for more information about each.
Indiana Electric Cooperative Page Day
If you are in high school and are interested in learning more about government, apply to be a page at the Indiana Statehouse. Indiana electric cooperatives like Boone REMC have three designated days at the first of each year to send sons and daughters of their members downtown Indianapolis to see the Indiana Legislature at work, tour the governor’s office, and meet his or her state legislator. The program dates for 2017 are Jan. 23 (House; apply by Jan. 16); and Feb. 1 (Senate; apply by Jan. 25). Apply to take part in the Indiana Electric Cooperative Page Day program by filling out the form at this link.
The annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest is a program that allows budding young artists to show off their creative talents. Electric Consumer, a member magazine published by Indiana Electric Cooperatives (Boone REMC’s statewide association) organizes the contest each year. One student from each grade, K-12, is named a first-place winner. The kindergarten winner illustrates the calendar cover, first grade winner depicts January, and so on, ending with the first-place high school senior illustrating December. Additionally, nine honorable mention winners are featured in a special section of the calendar. Winners receive cash prizes and are invited to a recognition reception, where they get to meet successful Hoosier artists. Any K-12 student in Indiana may enter artwork in the contest; he or she does not need to be the son or daughter of a Boone REMC member. Entries for the 2018 calendar, which will be the 20th edition, are due March 24, 2017. Find an application form by clicking here. Learn more at http://www.electricconsumer.org/for-youth/art-gallery/.
The Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., is an all-expenses-paid trip to our nation’s capital each June for students entering their senior year of high school. Participants tour historic sites and monuments in and around our nation’s capital and meet with U.S. representatives and senators. They also tour Gettysburg and the Flight 93 memorial and visit Arlington National Cemetery for the changing of the guard, and enjoy a night cruise on the Potomac River. To be eligible, applicants must be the son, daughter or legal ward of a current Boone REMC member. The 2017 Indiana Youth Tour is scheduled for June 8-15; the deadline to apply is Feb. 24. Find an application form by clicking here.
Boone REMC also offers a summer camp program called Touchstone Energy Camp. This program, designed for students going into their seventh grade year, offers a free opportunity to spend three days at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities like horseback riding, ziplining, swimming, rock climbing and archery, while also learning about electrical safety and renewable energy. Students must be the son or daughter of a Boone REMC member to be eligible. The 2017 camp will be held June 7-10. The deadline to apply is Feb. 24. Find an application by clicking here.
Youth Power and Hope Awards
Each fall, students in grades 5-8 who are involved in community service projects are encouraged to apply for the Youth Power and Hope Awards. This program, organized by Electric Consumer, a magazine for electric cooperative members in Indiana, recognizes middle schoolers for their efforts to make their communities better places to live. In a partnership with the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and its Power of Children awards program, the five Youth Power and Hope winners will attend the Power of Children Symposium at the museum Nov. 11. There, they will learn how to continue to impact the world through their community service projects. Tamika Catchings, former WNBA Indiana Fever standout, Olympic gold medalist, and founder of the Catch the Stars Foundation, will be the keynote speaker during the symposium. YPH winners also will be formally recognized at the Indiana Electric Cooperatives annual meeting Dec. 5, in downtown Indianapolis, and will be featured in Electric Consumer. Find an application form here. You can learn about some of the past winners at http://www.electricconsumer.org/for-youth/youth-power-and-hope/.
Demonstrations and Other Learning Opportunities
If you are interested in having Boone REMC provide a demonstration on electrical safety or the science behind electricity for your class or other student group, contact Mandy Saucerman, communications and marketing specialist, at [email protected] or call 800-897-7362. Classes are also invited to come to the co-op for a tour and to learn about electricity, safety, co-op careers and more!
Boone REMC offers scholarships to high school seniors whose parents live on Boone REMC lines. Find more detailed information about scholarships here.
If you have any questions about our youth programs, please call 800-897-7362 or contact Mandy Saucerman, communications and marketing specialist, at [email protected]