Programs We Support
This is a List of Programs Supported by the American Legion Post 273
Information on the Various Program May be obtained from the Wisconsin American Legion Website: HERE
Camp American Legion
Camp American Legion is more than a fishing camp. Camp is a place for Wisconsin Veterans, Military and their families to come together in a safe place. A place where others may have shared life experiences.
When you first arrive at Camp you will notice the abundance of opportunities to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate.
There really is something about the north woods experience that helps us to find value in the little things in life. It can help families to reconnect, bring a new appreciation for each other for couples and helps us to heal on our journey to find our own quality of life.
American Legion Baseball
American Legion Baseball is always growing, and participation is easy! In Wisconsin, over 200 teams compete each year, so there's ample opportunity for new players to join, and for coaches who want to start a team.
Young athletes ages 13-18 years old are eligible to play. American Legion Post sponsorship is encouraged but not a requirement to play Legion ball.
Americanism and Government Scholarship Program
The Americanism and Government Scholarship Program fosters interest in all levels of government, citizenship and provides students the opportunity to receive recognition and scholarships. A fifty (50) question test is administered to test a student’s knowledge of U.S. Government, Wisconsin Government, County Government, the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Flag Etiquette. To complete the test, students must answer an essay question.
Badger Boys State
It is a week-long journey through a great many things that make us who we are; leaders, friends, students, athletes, and most of all citizens of our respective cities, towns, and our great state. The journey can be described as the most challenging and most rewarding (and fun) experience by those who have already participated in the program.
This program is designed to teach boys that the American form of government is stronger and more vital in today's world of struggle than ever before. It teaches that the American people have no more precious possession than that great document, the Constitution, which at once safeguards and transmits to posterity those principles of the great American heritage -- justice, freedom and democracy under God.
Blood Donor Program
The American Legion is the largest collective blood-donor to the Red Cross. The most important part about donating blood is to remember that it saves lives. Waiting for an emergency to donate will not get the blood to the receiver in time.
There are several ways we can help. You can be a donor, recruit donors and/or offer to sponsor a blood drive at your post. Don’t assume you’re not eligible because of your age or medications. There is no age maximum for donating and in most cases, as long as you feel healthy, you can donate.
Boy Scouts learn some of life's more serious lessons while having fun. Boys learn about important values, such as helping yourself by helping others, and honoring the basic rights of others. Boy Scouting's active learning experience include hiking, camping, and other outdoor expeditions; competitive individual and team sports activities; and community or religious service projects. Many Boy Scouts first practice basic leadership, self-government, and citizenship skills during regular troop campouts and meetings.
Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that help girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world.
Research shows that girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment. Girl Scouts is a place where she’ll practice different skills, explore her potential, take on leadership positions—and even feel allowed to fail, dust herself off, get up, and try again.
County Youth Government Day
It has been recognized that there is little emphasis and very little material available on county government in our schools. There is also a general reluctance to accept any responsibility for the workings and outcome of our government. When Americans turn 18, they are granted the right to vote, however, very few uphold this honor. Some say it’s because they weren't’ ever educated enough, some don'’t feel they'’re qualified enough, and some just don’t care enough about the inner-workings of our political system.
Oratorical Scholarship Program
Participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and are better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, for the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
A single main speech topic related to the United States Constitution will be required with a length of 8 to 10 minutes, as well as an "Assigned Topic" that must consume 3 to 5 minutes of presenter's delivery.
Scholarships and Awards
Schneider-Emanuel American Legion Scholarship
Three deserving graduates of any accredited Wisconsin high school will be awarded the sum of $1000 to be applied to the cost of continuing education at any degree granting college or university within the United States of America.
American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund
Many children of active-duty, National Guard or Reserve members are now members of single-parent families, an unfortunate consequences of Operation Iraqi Freedom and America's war on terror. In many cases, this also means their chances to attend college are greatly diminished. Children of military personnel killed on active duty are entitled to receive money toward a college education.
American Legion Baseball Scholarship
Any team manager or head coach of an American Legion (post-affiliated) team may nominate a graduating senior who plays on a Wisconsin American Legion team. Deadline: July 15 of each year.
Americanism and Government Scholarship Test Programs
This program provides students with the opportunity to receive recognition and scholarship awards by testing their knowledge of current events, Wisconsin and United State Government and History, and display of the United States Flag.
Eagle Scout of the Year
The winner is eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship to be awarded over a four-year period.
The Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Nursing Scholarship Fund
Assist registered nurses with advanced preparation for positions in supervision, administration, or teaching.
Keith Kreul Scholarship- Deadline is October 1st each year
In 1992, past National Commander Kreul made a donation of $10,000 from his National Commander Campaign Fund. An annual $500 scholarship was immediately set up by a committee from Badger Boys State, Inc. The American Legion.
Participants in the Oratorical Scholarship Program develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States and have a chance to win up to a $5000 scholarship.
Samsung Scholarship-Deadline is June 18, 2016- Click Here for a brochure on the Scholarship
Samsung, a worldwide leader in electronics, endowed a scholarship fund of five million dollars to be administered by The American Legion. The endowment was made to show appreciation to U.S. veterans who came to the aid of Korea during its struggle against communist forces during the Korean War. Frequently asked Questions
Shooting Sports Programs
Junior Shooting Sports is a three-part program that combines the Basic Marksmanship Course,
Qualification Awards and Air Rifle Competition into a well-rounded activity. Participants can be of any gender, ages 8 through 18.
Shooters acquire skills in the proper care and safe handling of firearms; the management of target shooting and competitions; development of those qualities of leadership, loyalty, team cooperation and good sportsmanship; which are essential to good citizenship.
Sons of the American Legion
The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion. The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion. Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family. All three organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Children and Youth
Temporary Financial Assistance
Provides cash grants in order to maintain a stable home environment for the children
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Our foremost philanthropic priority is to provide other non-profit organizations with a means to educate the public about the needs of children across this nation.
Children's Miracle Network
The American Legion's established partnership with Children's Miracle Network (CMN), seeks to enhance its efforts to provide quality health services to children.
Operation Military Kids
Operation Military Kids is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment.
Honor Flights for Veterans
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.