Daniel J. Martin American Legion Post 8



2023 Badger Boys State

80th Session

June 11 - 17

UW - Eau Claire Campus

The American Legion  Daniel J. Martin Post 8


The Badger Boys State 2022 session was held at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Campus beginning Sunday June 12th and ending on Sunday June18th.  Please click the link to Badger Boys State 2022 Letters to Veterans.  Very heartfelt and worth reading.

The 2023 Badger Boys State will again be at the UW-Eau Claire Campus which is an excellent venue and one that will serve the Boys Staters well.

Post 8 will sponsor 8 candidates for the 2023 Session from Waukesha North, Waukesha South, Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial High Schools.

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Badger Boys State 2022 Letters to Veterans


2023 Letters from Post 8 Sponsored Delegate








The mission of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.




American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details visit  http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/girls.html