2018 E.T.R.E.Y.S. Applications Are Now Available!
In 1988 Bowie Cass Electric Cooperative, and eight other East Texas cooperatives, teamed together to establish a very unique summer youth program. The East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar (E.T.R.E.Y.S.) was created to educate high school juniors and seniors about the cooperative business model, teach leadership skills, and to offer scholarship opportunities. In addition, two students who participate in E.T.R.E.Y.S. are awarded the opportunity to take the government-in-action youth tour.
Youth Tour brings together teens from 43 states (about 120 students from Texas) for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a week in Washington, D.C. Students visit monuments and museums and get to know the roots of American history. They meet their congressional representatives and learn about electric co-ops and political advocacy. They dance on a boat cruising down the Potomac River. They live in close quarters for up to a week and are given a small taste of freedom and independence. They sleep little and talk a lot.
It’s not uncommon for E.T.R.E.Y.S. and Youth Tour friends to keep in touch long after everyone’s gone home. Many reconnect in college or in their later careers, sometimes becoming roommates, co-workers, colleagues—and sometimes even spouses. For all the participants, E.T.R.E.Y.S. and Youth Tour play a part in forming the people they will become. High School Sophomores and Juniors can download a 2018 E.T.R.E.Y.S. application here or at their high school counselors office.
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Available for both Android and IPhone Smart Phones, the "Bowie-Cass" mobile app is designed to give you fast and secure account access. With it, you can pay your bill, access account information, check your usage and billing history and quickly report an outage.