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Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 73 rd Session June 14-21, 2014 Ripon, WI Orientation Presentation #BBS2014 Designed for independent review by prospective participants, parents, guidance counselors, educators, and sponsoring organizations.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Orientation Agenda Boys State program history and purpose Sponsorship & selection process Overview of Badger Boys State Reasons to attend Participant information Parent information FAQ
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Boys State History Organized by the American Legion to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. 1935: Illinois holds the first Boys State program. Each states American Legion Department organizes a Boys State program. Hawaii is the only state without a program. There is an equivalent Girls State program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. The American Legion remains committed to our nations young men and women being knowledgeable about, and exposed to, the rights, privileges, duties, and responsibilities of American citizenship.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State History First session in 1939 at St. John's Military Academy Moved to Ripon in 1941 One of the largest of the Boys State programs with approx 870 participants annually Counselors and staff are all volunteers and Boys State participants
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State Alumni Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum, Wisconsin Governor Daniel J. Travanti, Actor (Hill Street Blues) Al Jarreau, Jazz singer, 7 Grammys Martin J. Schreiber, Wisconsin Governor Steven Kagen, MD US Congressman Tom Petri US Congressman James Santelle US Attorney Michael Jordan NC Boys State Tom Brokaw SD Boys State Bill Clinton AR Boys State Neil Armstrong OH Boys State Other Programs
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: General Overview Badger Boys State (BBS) is an eight day experience which operates as a 51 st state. The program brings together the best young men from throughout Wisconsin to create a hands-on, learn-by-doing environment. The programs educational philosophy is centered on having students experience the democratic process via the creation of a government from local municipalities up through the state level.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Opportunities Badger Boys State can be an opportunity of a lifetime with opportunities for learning and building friendships. Badger Boys State creates a learning, growing, maturing environment built around citizen interaction, patriotism, and realizing the value of United States citizenship. Badger Boys State is not: –A sports camp. Sports are played, but are not the focus. –Vacation from a job, school, or parents. –A week of passive interactions with your peers. The program is as active, rewarding, and valuable as you choose to make it.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Selection All citizens are sponsored by a local organization such as a Legion Post, Lions Club, Optimists, or others. Local sponsors work with local schools to indentify qualified students: WI students who just finished their junior year Good students, generally in the top 1/3 of class Well adjusted with leadership qualities
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Unique Experience Badger Boys State is a valuable experience offered only to a limited number of students. A few reasons to attend include: Only the best WI students participate in this hands-on program, limited only by your imagination Over 60,000 students have attended which means not only will you make lifelong friends while attending, but also become part of the highly successful Alumni group Participation is favorable as part of resumes, scholarship applications, employment Become eligible for special scholarships through the American Legion and Ripon College
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Day 1 Students arrive in Ripon and check-in whereby they become citizens of Badger Boys State. They are assigned a City in which they will reside and begin the process of forming the Badger Boys State government. The first day is primarily for citizens to acclimate to their new city, meet their fellow citizens and counselors. Citizens also begin the process of organizing the two party political system of Badger Boys State.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Day 2 Candidates for city offices are selected after caucuses and they begin campaigning Band, choir, and color guard begin rehearsals Daily paper, Badger Bugle Citizen begins distribution
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Day 3 Focus is on city government with city elections. Newly elected officials begin running their cities as new laws or ordinances are passed with the aide of law enforcement. The afternoon has recreation time while the evening is used for county caucuses.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Day 4 Badger Boys State provides a variety of opportunities for in-depth interactive discussions on civic topics. These are known at BBS as Schools of Instruction and cover such topics as law, peace officers, lobbying, leadership, public speaking, finance, among others. The schools also prepare citizens to run for such positions as law enforcement or to become judges in their county. County elections are also conducted on Day 4 followed by the newly elected county officials starting to fully function.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Day 5 State office level position require the nomination and election by your party. Day 5 focuses on the primary election. The evening prior, candidates addressed the caucus outlining the candidates positions. Daily activities continue with municipal and county government, judicial cases, and athletic competitions (counties compete).
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Day 6 The general election for state offices takes place on Day 6 (Thursday). The evening assembly is frequently attended by several state dignitaries and parents as the newly elected state officials are sworn into office. The BBS 2012 Governor is Harvey Buckner seen here being sworn into office by Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Ann Walsh Bradley.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Day 7 On this day, all levels of the Badger Boys State government are functioning. In additional to city and county government operations, the Governor makes his gubernatorial appointments, Senate and Assembly debate and pass laws, Supreme Court hears cases. All-star athletic competitions take place. Badger Boys State Week in Review, and audio-video presentation of the weeks activities takes place at the evening assembly.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Day 8 Citizens perform their last duties as the mayor, county executive, sheriff, city clerk, or governor at BBS as they prepare to leave. Final assembly and Boys Nation Senators are announced. Final reports from state officials with a farewell from the American Legion.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Citizens Comments The program has changed my life in more ways than one. The leadership qualities, lifelong friendships and love for country and state. I had an excellent week here at Badger Boys State. My confidence in myself, my leadership, and public speaking skills have soared this week while being mayor. This is an excellent program and I hope that my kids will someday attend. Thanks. This has been one of the best weeks of my life. To all the counselors, volunteer staff and the American Legion, thank you! To listen to citizens describe their experience visit: youtube.com/badgerboysstate
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Boys Nation Just as the Boys State programs provide young men the chance to experience state level government, the American Legion Boys Nation program provides similar experience at the federal level. Each Boys State program selects two exceptional young men from their program as Boys Nation Senators. Boys Nation takes place during July in Washington, D.C. where participants have the opportunity to meet the President. Boys Nation Senators are shown here as they lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Maximize Your Experience In addition to learning more about the United States form of representative democracy, there are many other ways to ensure your Badger Boys State experience is memorable, including; Badger Bugle Citizen, the daily newspaper, utilizes citizens to serve as reporters, commentators, and artists. Band and Choir both perform at BBS. Bring your instruments! Color Guard: The color guard (honor guard) posts the flags (colors) at each evening assembly. Athletics: Include soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, flag football, softball, tennis, weight lifting and ultimate frisbee.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: 2014 Session June 14 th 1:30PM to June 21 st 11:00AM, Ripon College in Ripon, WI Students should plan on attending the entire session as early departures require approval from BBS prior to the session. Students may drive to BBS but will not have use of their vehicle during the session. BBS operates a closed campus for safety. In case of injuries or illness, BBS has a physician visit the campus daily. A local hospital is available in Ripon, WI. Family and friends are welcome to attend evening assemblies. The Thursday evening inaugural program is often the most popular evening to attend. Check badgerboysstate.com for details.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: What to Bring Alarm clock, pillow, sheets (twin size), blankets or a sleeping bag. Casual clothing, such as shorts, t-shirts, blue-jeans, active footwear/shoes. Please bring at least one pair of long pants for pictures. Rain gear may be helpful. Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, razor, shaving cream, bath towel, contact lens supplies, sun block, medications, insect repellent, etc. Fan as most areas of the college are not air-conditioned. Softball glove, tennis racket, or other sports equipment if you plan to participate in sports. However, cleated shoes are not allowed. Mobile phone is nice to have to call home, but not required. Some spending money for discretionary items. Meals and supplies are included. These items for purchase include snacks, city/activity pictures, book store items, shirts/shorts/caps, etc.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Items Not to Bring Television, DVD player, or video game consoles of any type. Excessive amounts of money or expensive valuables. Computer. Personal computers are of no benefit while at BBS. Public computers are available in the library for e-mail, etc. Campaign materials. Materials used for campaigning are closely monitored to ensure fairness. Materials from outside BBS are not allowed and will result in election disqualification. Do not bring illegal drugs, tobacco, alcohol, firearms, fireworks, knives, or weapons of any kind.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: FAQ What type of clothing do I need to bring? –The attire for the week is casual. Most students bring sports clothing and other summer attire. It is recommended to bring some slacks or pants in case the weather is cooler. There is no requirement for any dress clothing although some students bring one set of nicer clothing if they are planning to run for state office. What should I expect of the dorms? –The college dormitory buildings are typical of many colleges and many have recently been remodeled. The dorms are cleaned prior to BBS. The bathrooms are configured with individual shower stalls. There are no college students on campus while BBS is in session. Can I leave campus while at Badger Boys State? –No. Once the session begins at on Saturday we operate as a closed campus. We require that students remain on campus until the end of the session the following Saturday. If there is a need for a student to leave campus for any reason, it will need to be approved by the Director.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: FAQ May parents visit campus during the session? –Parents are welcome to attend any evening assembly. The most popular assembly is the Thursday night Inaugural Ceremony. Friday evening is also popular as citizens participate in the Tribute to Veterans ceremony. May I leave the session early or arrive late? –If there is a need for you to arrive late or leave early from the session, please contact the Director of BBS. Prior approval is required and will be reviewed on an individual case basis. If you are arriving late, please have your parents contact the BBS Secretary or Director as early as possible prior to the session. How much money should I bring? –This is up to the discretion of the student and their parents. Vending machines are available for snacks. An 8x10 photo of each city is available for sale for under $10. The Ripon College book store sells clothing and snacks. BBS retail store sells BBS t-shirts, shorts, and other items.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Website badgerboysstate.com The goal of the Badger Boys State website is to not only help people to learn more about Badger Boys State but also to serve as a resource for parents during the session. Session Progress: This area of the site is updated each morning to reflect activities of the previous day. Election Results: Winners are posted immediately after the elections. General information such as the schedule, emergency contact information, driving directions, and the mailing address are also posted. Picture Access: This serves as the scrapbook for the week with a large number of pictures. Access to this part of the website can be purchased at BBS or through the website for a small fee.
Badger Boys State, Inc. badgerboysstate.com © Updated 2/2014 Badger Boys State: Contact Info Badger Boys State Office: –(608) 745-1090 or firstname.lastname@example.org Orientation questions: –email@example.com Additional general program information: –badgerboysstate.com
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