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Local Youth Attend Leadership Camp

Pictured: Kaden Bradstreet (left) & Lexis Beesley (right)

Lexis Beesley and Kaden Bradstreet were selected to attend the 43rd annual Cooperative Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, from July 12-18. Joining their peers from across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming, approximately 100 youth learned about the cooperative principles at the week-long educational retreat.

“Lane-Scott Electric is proud to be a participating sponsor of the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp and send our local youth to develop essential leadership and teamwork skills,” said Richard McLeon, General Manger.  “Through this trip, we hope these local students will learn how electric cooperatives work and how co-ops and their employees support the communities they serve.”

The Kansas and Oklahoma participants met as they boarded the bus along its route to Colorado. When the bus arrived in Denver, the group was treated to an indoor skydiving experience and STEM educational lab at iFLY. When the group arrived at Glen Eden Resort, nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the campers immediately began daily membership meetings where a general manager, board of directors and committees were selected. The week-long experience also gave participants an authentic camp feel with a hike to Fish Creek Falls, river rafting, volleyball tournament, swimming, a dance and a talent show.

Several demonstrations and presentations enhanced students’ knowledge on the cooperative model and on operations at their electric cooperative. Campers competed to build a model transmission line out of craft supplies, toured Trapper Mine, Craig Power Plant and watched a high-voltage safety demonstration. The campers also raised $293.13 to donate to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International Foundation. The money will be used to purchase backpacks and school supplies for students who attend school in Sillab, Guatemala.

When asked, what inspired you most from this trip? Bradstreet said, "The other campers inspired me the most.  I met and listened to their stories of how they are leaders in their hometowns.”

At the end of the camp, participants elected ambassadors from their group of peers who will return to camp next year as junior counselors. Elected to serve in that capacity are David Entz, Butler Electric Cooperative; Caleb Haggard, Twin Valley Electric Cooperative; and Zoey Russell, Indian Electric Cooperative. As ambassadors, the students will facilitate camp leadership activities and serve as role models for the students selected to attend camp next summer. 

Overall, the campers said they left CYLC with a new sense of leadership and a basic understanding of how their local electric cooperatives operate and how they contribute to improve the communities they serve.

Beesley said, "The presentations about leadership had the greatest impact on me.  They taught me a lot about what it means to be a leader and how easy it can be to connect with people.”

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