Community & Education

5722 Eastman Street
Eastman, GA 31023

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 669
Eastman, GA 31023

(478) 374-7001


Washington Youth Tour

If you are a high school senior, sophomore or junior, you could be one of three to win an all-expenses-paid trip to our nation’s capital from Ocmulgee EMC. The idea for the Washington Youth Tour sprang from those words of then Sen. Lyndon Johnson in 1957 when he suggested electric cooperatives send their community’s young people to the nation’s capital to see what the flag really stands for.

 This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity provides the participant with interpersonal skills, leadership development and a fun-filled week. In addition to exploring national sites, students will exchange views with their peers from other states while learning about history, government and careers in public service. Before you leave for Washington, you will spend a day in Atlanta touring the state Capitol and learning about Georgia’s 42 EMCs and the electric cooperative industry at the headquarters for Georgia Electric Membership Corp. and Oglethorpe Power Corp. in Tucker. Once in Washington, D.C., you will tour landmarks like the Capitol, Smithsonian Institution and other famous memorials. You’ll also see the Holocaust Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, where Georgia’s delegation participates in laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A moonlight cruise on the Potomac with a live band highlights the week’s social activities. You’ll make great new friendships and come home with valuable skills to help make you a better leader.

The White House
Soldiers Memorial
Unknown Soldier
Washington DC
US Congress

Don’t Miss the Opportunity of a Lifetime!
If you meet the qualifications and want to take the trip of your life, contact Phil Bearden at (478) 374-7001, or your school’s counselor or librarian.

Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given 1,650 students in Georgia and more than 40,000 students nationwide the opportunity to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The program was initially implemented at the request of President Lyndon Johnson to “send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”

Washington Youth Tour

To Qualify:

• Be a high school senior, sophomore or junior.
• Live or attend school in Ocmulgee EMC’s service territory.
• Have your parent’s permission to enter.
• You cannot be a previous winner.
• Follow the contest rules.

Click here for Application

To apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, students must submit a written essay on an assigned topic during March. Interested students should contact our Member Services Department or email for details and the essay topic deadline. Or you can print, complete and return the application to our office.

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