What it means to sponsor a boy for Badger Boys State
Each participant or “citizen” who is selected to attend Badger Boys State is sponsored by an organization or individual. Sponsors define the selection process and provide the financial support for the citizen to attend the weeklong session covering food, lodging and all other aspects of the program*. Once at Ripon for the session, a citizen’s week is completely covered by the sponsorship. This removes the financial burden from the family of the young men selected and is one of many ways Badger Boys State works to provide equal opportunities to attendees of the program.
Organizations that choose to sponsor a young man to Badger Boys State provide him with an opportunity that could impact his life in many positive ways. The setting, schedule, staff, guest speakers, and citizens themselves gathered for a common purpose prove to be a powerful combination and unique experience. The program attracts some of the very best young men from Wisconsin. Following years of consistently positive results, it is common for colleges, universities, military academies and often employers to view participation as a sign of a successful future for those whom have attended and completed the program.
Although Badger Boys State has been thankful for the level of sponsorship in the past, we are always working to increase the number of organizations supporting the program. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us using the contact information noted below. The sponsorship fee for a BBS citizen is $250 for the entire week. Requests to become a sponsor for the upcoming year’s session must be coordinated by January with our headquarters. Sponsorship requests are handled in a first-come, first-served basis until we reach our maximum capacity.
*It should be noted that transportation to and from Ripon for the program is not provided by Badger Boys State and is the responsibility of either the sponsor, parents/guardians, or their high school. For this reason, sponsors should consider travel arrangements when choosing to sponsor a young man to the program.