Perennial Public Power District recently sponsored three area teens at the Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA) Youth Energy Camp. The camp was held July 15-19 at the Nebraska 4-H Camp near Halsey.
The teens sponsored by the utility were Jonathan Mounce, son of Vincent and Sherry Mounce; Spencer Papik, son of Doug and Melanie Papik; and Elliot Erdkamp, son of Paul and Becky Erdkamp. All three teens are from the Exeter area. Journeyman Line Technician Steve Gerken, and Lisa Wurtele, marketing and communications coordinator, attended as adult counselors. Virginia Lacore, 2012 Youth Energy Camper, returned as a junior counselor.
Camp activities included tours of Gerald Gentleman Station near Sutherland and Kingsley Hydroelectric Power Plant at Lake McConaughy, educational workshops and presentations by regional experts, canoeing, pole climbing, a banquet and dance.
The Nebraska Rural Electric Association is composed of 34 rural electric systems including Perennial Public Power District. Each electric system offers the opportunity for high school-aged students to attend Youth Energy Camp annually in an effort to educate Nebraska youth about the public power industry.