The 53rd annual Missouri Youth Tour program will continue to be held this summer and entries are now being accepted for this year's program.

Normally, CREC sends six delegates who are among thousands from across the nation to spend a week in Washington, D.C. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trip has been cancelled. State organizers are working on plans to hold a three-day in-person/virtual conference June 16-18.

The annual Youth Tour consists of an essay contest open only to high school juniors who live and attend school in Cuivre River Electric's general service area, or who have Cuivre River electric service in their homes. 

The 2021 essay theme is ìMy Favorite Cooperative Principle.î Entry forms are available at local high schools or The deadline to enter is Friday, March 12.

Entries remain anonymous during preliminary judging by Cuivre River Electric staff. The 12 top-scoring essays are selected as finalists and will attend the final competition scheduled for Wednesday, April 14. 

The top six finalists will be selected as Youth Tour delegates and receive a $1,000 scholarship and laptop. The other six finalists will receive $500 scholarships.

Cuivre River Electric fully funds the Youth Tour program. There is no cost to students or families.

Teachers who support the Youth Tour program and submit at least 10 student entries receive a $50 classroom grant from CREC.

Since 1964, Cuivre River Electric has sponsored over 200 Youth Tour delegates for visits to Washington, D.C. More than 53,000 high school students sponsored by the nation's electric cooperatives have participated in the Youth Tour since the educational leadership program began.

For more information on the Youth Tour program, contact Tim Schmidt at 636-695-4837 or

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 65,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties.