What is Badger Boys State?
Badger Boys State is an experience like none other. It may be quickly described as a program which teaches the workings of government “by doing,” but it is much more than that. It is a week-long journey through many things that make us who we are: leaders, friends, students, athletes and most of all citizens of our respective cities, towns, and our state. Some people who have participated in the program have described it as “one of the most challenging, rewarding, and fun experiences of my life.”
How does Badger Boys State work?
Approximately 870 young men from every part of Wisconsin will come to Badger Boys State this June. Upon arrival at the Ripon College campus, they will be grouped into cities and counties which will form a “51st state.” For eight days, the citizens of this “new state” will carry out all the main functions of city, county, and state government using basic laws and fundamental procedures of the State of Wisconsin as their guide. The program is designed to teach its “citizens” that the American form of government is stronger and more vital in today’s world than ever before.
The boys themselves will elect their own municipal, county and state officials. As alderman or county supervisors, they will frame, present and pass their own ordinances and laws, while their own police and sheriffs will enforce them. As attorneys, they will prosecute or defend. As judges, hear cases in their own courts. Through this program, these leaders of the future should develop a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation.
Boys are not to bring with them any printed or other previously prepared campaign or election literature. Facilities and supplies for preparing such promotional material will be supplied at Boys State.