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Riley Sleichter Attends Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

Riley Sleichter was selected to attend the 40th annual Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colo. From July 16-22, Sleichter joined approximately 100 youth from Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Oklahoma for the week-long camp that combines education about the cooperative business model with traditional camp pastimes.

“D&SO 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,” Timothy J. Power, CEO  said.  “Through this trip, we hope local students will learn how our electric cooperatives work and how co-ops and their employees support the communities they serve.”

At Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, the campers participated in daily membership meetings where they established committees and elected a general manager and board of directors. Campers also had time to enjoy area activities including visits to Fish Creek Falls and Steamboat Springs, river rafting and participating in camp activities such as volleyball, swimming and a talent show.

The youth learned about the workings of electric cooperatives through a variety of activities: Yampa Valley Electric’s linemen led a high voltage safety demonstration, campers competed in building a model transmission line out of craft supplies, and they toured the Trapper Mine and Craig Power Plant.

When asked, what memory will you always have with you from this trip? Sleichter said, "I will always remember touring the Craig Power Plant and the Trapper Mine"

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 Brian Martinez, Southern Pioneer; Mitchell Porter, FreeState; and Oklahoma youth Emma Hayhurst. As ambassadors, the students will facilitate camp leadership activities and serve as role models for the incoming campers.  

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 the betterment of the communities they serve.



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