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Area Youth Attend Four County EMC's Youth Leadership Weekend

March 26th, 2014

Area Youth Attend Four County EMC's Youth Leadership Weekend. Area Youth Attend Four County EMC's Youth Leadership Weekend.

Sixteen area high school juniors attended Four County EMC's seventh Youth Leadership Weekend held March 21-23 at the Cape Fear Scout Reservation in Bladen County.

The weekend gave students the opportunity to learn and understand some of the most important qualities of a leader and introduce the students to the cooperative business model.

Students participated in a full day on the C.O.P.E. course. C.O.P.E is an acronym for “Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience.” The seven C.O.P.E. goals are teamwork, communication, trust, leadership, decision making, problem solving and self-esteem.

Guest speakers, Bob Barlett, Hall of Fame High School Basketball Coach and Lane Ragsdale, Manager of North Carolina Zoo and performs in musical threatre, cabaret and opera came in during the two day event to share team building and leadership techniques with the group.

The purpose of the weekend was to provide high school students an opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills that are vital to their success in life.

At the end of the weekend, the students were encouraged to write an essay about their experiences during the weekend. A panel of judges will select two winners that will receive $1,000 scholarships. Winners will be announced in late May and will receive the scholarships once enrolled in college.


The Youth Leadership Weekend is another way that Four County Electric Membership Corporation demonstrates commitment to the communities they serve. Four County EMC serves over 32,000 members in Bladen, Duplin, Pender, Sampson, Columbus and Onslow counties.

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