Cole and Webster

Students sponsored by Lake Region Electric Cooperative to attend Energy Camp are, from left: Brianna Cole, Norwood Elementary School, and Alexa Webster, Briggs School.

Every year, Lake Region Electric Cooperative sponsors two or three students for a summer Energy Camp.

The camp this year was held May 28-31 at Canyon Camp, near Hinton.

While Energy Camp offers traditional summer camp activities like swimming, hiking, basketball, and a ropes course, teens also have the unique opportunity to climb a utility pole, ride in the basket of a bucket truck, watch a co-op line crew at work, and create and run a co-op business.

During the week, small camper groups each elected a representative for the Energy Camp Board of Directors.

The Energy Camp Board of Directors then had the opportunity to interview candidates and hire a general manager of Energy Camp.

Students take home a new-found confidence and a host of new friends - like-minded peers from all over Oklahoma.

Approximately 79 eighth-graders from across Oklahoma attended this summer. Eighth-grade students attending a school within LREC's service territory can qualify, or home-schooled students living within the LREC service territory and at the equivalent eighth-grade level qualify.

Those interested in an energy camp for a student next year can contact LREC for more information at 918-772-2526.

Lake Region Electric Cooperative is nonprofit rural electric cooperative serving electricity to approximately 24,000 meters in seven counties in northeast Oklahoma, including Cherokee, Wagoner, and Muskogee counties.