Rebecca Johnson, Hugoton, and Cindy Nolasco-Rios, Ulysses, represented Pioneer Electric Cooperative at the 2018 Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp (CYLC) in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The six-day camp brought together students from Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming for a week of building leadership skills and making memories.
The students’ journey began with an overnight stay in Denver, Colorado, where the group was treated to an evening of indoor skydiving. After defying gravity, they welcomed a night of rest before the next leg of their journey. Winding through mountain passes, the two soon spotted the campgrounds. Delegates found their roommates and were quickly sorted into small groups. Throughout the week, these small groups worked together to help create and manage their very own “candy cooperative.”
When not managing candy sales, Cindy and Rebecca enjoyed performing skits, listening to motivational speakers, forming new friendships and participating in a variety of activities. This inspired delegates to focus on their particular leadership skills and see how to best apply them.
The group was also able to take in a variety of sights from the surrounding area. They explored the campgrounds, walked the lazy streets of Steamboat, toured the Trapper Coal Mine and Craig Station Power Plant and waged water wars while rafting. Each adventure acted as an opportunity for delegates to kick back and form new connections.“Being able to meet all these people really impacted me,” Cindy said. “You can listen to ‘x’ number of lectures on this camp, but it wouldn’t have meant anything without them. These people assured me that being soft and open is a strength to have, never a weakness.”
Applications for the 2019 Youth Tour will open later this fall. Students, parents or educators wishing to learn more about either CYLC or Government in Action: Youth Tour can contact our offices for additional information.