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YouthPower Energy Camp Volleyball, Hiking, Swimming, and Pole Climbing


Eighty 8th grade students took advantage of this year’s Rhett Shankle, Walker Cook, and Cole McNiel


“YouthPower Energy Camp” in Hinton, Oklahoma. This year was the largest camp the cooperatives have had since the program began. The camp is designed to help students develop leadership skills and learn about the rural electric cooperative industry. Campers engaged in safety demonstrations, climbed poles, and watched a co-op crew in ac- tion. Students had the opportunity to work with new friends from across the state to form and run their own cooperative business. Jennifer Dempsey, Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) Director of Member Services, Education and Youth, has directed the camp for 14 years. “The kids at camp were outstanding – paid close attention to all the speakers, asked terrific questions and played their hearts out during our


camp activities,” Dempsey said.


Many of the campers were not ready for the week to end. “Thanks for one of the best weeks of my life,” one camper wrote. “I had so much fun that I wish it was two weeks long.” Dempsey said the camp instills confidence in the young adults, and more than 20 adult counselors work to ensure each camper is recognized for their potential. “We want them to know that electric co-ops offer all kinds of great opportunities for the young people in their communities and once they know that, they will realize the value of being a co-op member extends beyond their electric service,” Dempsey said. Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) joined Oklahoma Association of Electric Co- operatives (OAEC) in sponsoring three students to attend the YouthPower Energy Camp. The three students who attended are from Hulbert; Rhett Shankle, Walker Cook, and Cole McNiel. The YouthPower Energy Camp is coordinated by OAEC and LREC. If you would like more information about Energy Camp you can contact the office at 918-772-2526.


Walker Cook


LREC Gives Electricity Safety Demonstration


Grandview School was visited by employees of Lake Region David Rittenhouse, LREC Safety Coordinator


Electric Cooperative to teach Ms. Bowlin’s second grade sum- mer class a lesson in electric safety. David Rittenhouse and Glen Clark explained the dangers of playing with electrical outlets and what to do if a child sees a downed power line, as well as other dangerous situations. David Rittenhouse demonstrated the power of electricity by burning a hot dog to emphasize the lethal power of electricity. The 22 children were very attentive and enjoyed the safety dem- onstration.


LREC Powerline Press 3


Photos provided by: OAEC


Photo by: Glen Clark


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