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Badger Boys State @ UW-Eau Claire

Partnering to Educate Young Leaders

UW-Eau Claire is proud to be considered as the new host campus for Badger Boys State. We believe we can help you bring this honored and historic program to a new level.

We are committed to providing a transformative experience through a welcoming campus and community, as well as distinctive opportunities unique to the Badger Boys State and UW-Eau Claire partnership.

Click here to read a letter of support from Chancellor Schmidt

"The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s mission calls us to foster active citizenship and critical insight in our students. It’s clear we share this core value with Badger Boys State."

 - Chancellor James Schmidt

A Welcoming Campus

Campus aerial fall 2019

Known statewide as "Wisconsin's Most Beautiful Campus", UW-Eau Claire combines the natural beauty of the Chippewa Valley with up-to-date facilities, technology and services. Add in our professional staff ready to go the extra mile for you, and we believe there is no better home for Badger Boys State.

View a proposed map of your program areas


From our 3,000-plus seat Zorn Arena, and Schofield Auditorium and Gantner Concert Hall, to over 100 lecture halls and classrooms, we have all the facilities to meet your needs. Our buildings are located within steps of each other, allowing you to create the most efficient schedule for your students and staff.


All students will be housed in Karlgaard Towers, which was renovated from top-to-bottom in 2019. Featuring keycard access, two large bathrooms and one all-gender bathroom per floor, a spacious lobby with recreation equipment, a fitness center, free laundry, 24-hour front desk and more.

Staff will relax in The Suites, opened in 2019. Featuring single rooms with ensuite bathrooms, lounges and kitchenettes on each floor, meeting rooms, a fitness center, free laundry and more.


Riverview Cafe at the Hilltop Center offers cafeteria-style dining with a view of the Chippewa Valley. Located just steps from the residence halls, our staff can serve hundreds of meals per hour to meet your needs. And of course, we'll work with your students and staff to provide tailored meal plans to meet all diets.


Our campus can provide all the services you need to run a successful program, including a full print shop, extensive event production capabilities, photo and video services, technology support, on-site banking through US Bank, year-round storage, assistance with accessibility services and more. Just ask and we will make it happen!



Distinctive Opportunities

We the people

UW-Eau Claire is excited to offer distinctive opportunities that will elevate Badger Boys State, your students and alumni.


We're proud to provide at least $10,000 in scholarships annually to selected Badger Boys State alumni to attend UW-Eau Claire, including:

In addition, we will work with you to establish several scholarships based on the goals and needs of Badger Boys State.

Menard Center for Constitutional Studies

Established in 2016, The Menard Center for Constitutional Studies promotes research, education and community outreach on matters related to the United States Constitution and the Wisconsin Constitution. The Menard Center and Political Science faculty can offer various educational opportunities to attendees to learn more about civic engagement and leadership at the federal, state and local levels.


A Welcoming Community

Phoenix Park and the footbridge over the Chippewa River.

Eau Claire has been named one of America's Best Small Cities, a magnet for artsy millennials and "the mini-Portland of your dreams" - but we just call it "Home".

Visit Eau Claire

Our friends at Visit Eau Claire are excited to welcome Badger Boys State to our community. As our regional convention and visitors bureau, they can assist with many free meeting services, including hotel blocks for guests and VIPs, arranging local speakers, welcome bags, referrals for local services and more. 

A Vibrant Downtown

Downtown Eau Claire comes alive in the summer, with riverside concerts, farmers markets, small shops, outdoor dining and unique hotels. And all available just a short walk down the Chippewa River State Trail, or an even shorter drive for your visitors and guests.

Community Connections

UW-Eau Claire is proud of the close working relationship and shared vision we have with our community partners. Chancellor Schmidt and our Legislative & Community Relations Liaison will be glad to connect you with community leaders in government, business, non-profits, the arts and more.


Letters of Support
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Let's Start Planning

We'd love to continue the conversation by inviting you to campus to share a cup of coffee with our Chancellor, faculty and staff, explore our facilities & services, and talk about the future of Badger Boys State. Let us know when we can welcome you!