Ohio Society at Buckeye Boys State – Bowling Green
“Partners in Patriotism” is a program where the SAR works with and promotes the goals and programs of the American Legion. One of those national programs is the Legion’s Boys and Girls State Civic Camp for upper grades of High School. It is a program that the SAR chapters and Societies are encouraged to participate and support.
This year, Tony Robinson, who will be the 2016-2017 national SAR committee chair of “Partners in Patriotism” was able to see first-hand the Legion’s Buckeye Boys State. Pictured above (l-r) Tony Robinson talks with Development Director Jeff Dieringer of Canton and Bob Schmidt, American Legion leadership about the activities of Buckeye Boys State.
Held the third week of June, Buckeye Boys State is the largest attended program of its kind in the United States – 1250 Junior to Senior Boys from all corners of Ohio were in attendance. During the week the boys set-up a working model of municipal-county-state government with elected and appointed officials. On Wednesday, Ohio Departments send staff to the camp to brief the boys on the activities and budgets of their Departments. Governor Kasich, Attorney General DeWine, and other elected officials also visit the boys during the week.
Steve Kelley of the General Henry Knox Chapter has been the Ohio Development Services Agency representative for several years and he briefed the boys on the Agency’s budget and activities ranging from tourism to technology as well as the community building and business expansion programs.
Tony Robinson of the Camp Charlotte Chapter met the American Legion Leadership and staff of the program and was able to report back to the chapter on how their financial support of a camper was used.