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8th graders represent TCEC at Energy Camp 2017

Three area eighth grade students representing TCEC recently returned from the 2017 Energy Camp. The delegates were among 80 outstanding eighth graders chosen from across the state to attend the four-day camp held at Canyon Camp in Hinton, Oklahoma.

2017 Energy Camp delegates from left to right: Natalie Watson,
Benjamin Hernandez and Amy Loya.

Students attended sessions on the basics of cooperatives, energy, electrical safety and careers in electric cooperatives. The campers were split into seven districts representing the seven cooperative principles. The campers elected a Board of Trustees and manager to run the Coke and Candy Cooperative while at camp.

Campers experienced firsthand what it’s like to be a lineman. They had the opportunity to put on climbing gear and climb a utility pole, ride in a bucket truck and watch a liveline demonstration about the dangers of working with high voltage lines.

Other special activities included outdoor games, swimming, hiking, a trip to Celebration Station for arcade games, go-carts and pizza and a neon themed dance party.

Natalie Watson from Guymon, Amy Loya from Guymon and Benjamin Hernandez from Hardesty represented TCEC at Energy Camp.

Along with the campers, Hana Kimberling, TCEC communications specialist, volunteered as an Energy Camp counselor. She led a district during the four-day camp and helped teach campers about rural electric cooperatives.

The Youth Power Energy Camp is coordinated by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.

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