A Greene County High School student recently went on a trip to learn about how governmental entities work.

Cael Fisher is going into his senior year and was sponsored by the American Legion Post #11 to attend Boys State at Camp Dodge. Boys State is a program through the American Legion organization for young men to get hands-on experience and participate in state, county and local government. Fisher says all participants were required to run for a mock elected office and he was elected to a county treasurer position. He points out that during the six-day trip, there were meetings to discuss government functionality, afternoon speakers and other activities. Fisher talks about his favorite part of Boys State.

“My favorite part was definitely being with all the guys in my barracks and in my cities. Just being there and walking in and instantly having those guys just be good friends to you, and growing close in those six days it’s the good experience ever. You’re just gaining new friends that you are going to have for the rest of your life.”

Fisher urges other high school juniors to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“I would definitely recommend it. I was skeptical going in too and that’s normal when you’re going into a big camp like this where you’re going to be learning about government. But once I got there you understand that it’s actually really fun and it’s a really, really good experience. I would definitely want to go again if I could.”    

Fisher is the first local legion delegate since Jefferson-Scranton graduate Phil Thompson. Other participants include Rick Morain, Mark Rasmussen among others. To learn more about the program, click the link below.