Youth Programs

 
 

American Legion Baseball

Post 32 is proud to support American Legion Baseball Baseball teams. Check out the following information: https://www.legion.org/baseball/teams/2019/ne/94363 and https://www.legion.org/baseball/teams/2019/ne/300542. For more information contact John-Henry Pearcy at jhpearcy@gmail.com. Also visit http://www.nebraskalegion.net/Programs/LegionBaseball.html.


Boys State

The American Legion Cornhusker Boys State is held annually during the summer before the senior year of high school, typically during the first week of June, on the main campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Post 32 will select high-school juniors to attend the program and pay to sponsor those individuals. If you are interested in attending, please contact John-Henry Pearcy at jhpearcy@gmail.com at Post 32, your high school principal, guidance counselor, or government teacher.

To learn more about The American Legion Cornhusker Boys State, visit http://www.nebraskalegion.net/Programs/BState.html.

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Girls State

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: From across the State of Nebraska, 400 soon-to-be high school seniors will be selected to attend the session of Cornhusker Girls State. The chosen delegates will spend the first week of June on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There they will learn about their city, county and state governments.

Girls State delegates who are sponsored by their local American Legion Auxiliary Unit are selected for the program based on their leadership skills, involvement in their respective schools and communities, as well as their scholastic abilities.

 The objective of Girls State is to educate the participants about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities in a democracy so they will return to their communities as better citizens. Delegates will have achieved a greater understanding of how our government functions, both at the municipal and state levels.

 The weeklong program is filled with activities to provide a participatory learning experience. Elections are held to fill city, county, and state positions. Citizens are divided into two mythical political parties. Activities include campaigning, party conventions, debating and voting. The highlight of the week is a visit to the State Capitol for the inauguration ceremony as well as visiting with city, county or state offices that coincide with the position to which citizens were appointed or elected. Additional activities may include sessions with the Nebraska State Legislature, District Court and the Nebraska Supreme Court.

 Participants can look forward to a joint session with Boys State participants and an address by the Governor of the State of Nebraska. Also, additional activites include the selection of Girls Nation Senators and graduation ceremonies.

 Girls State is a unique citizenship training opportunity that will result in delegates becoming more involved citizens in the future, aware of our unique form of government and its impact  on individuals and what makes out country great.

 Contact Charlene Marchand (jcmarchand146@cox.net) for more information


Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program

The American Legion Department of Nebraska Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program is held annually during the summer before the senior year of high school, typically during the middle of June, at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island. Completed applications and an endorsement from your school principal or superintendent must be submitted to the American Legion Post 32 Commander before March 1st. If you are interested in attending, please contact John-Henry Pearcy at jhpearcy@gmail.com or the Post 32 Commander, your high school principal or guidance counselor. For more information about the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program, visit www.nebraskalegion.net/Programs/JRLaw.html.

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Oratorial Contest

The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

Interested high school students first compete at the local American Legion Post level, with the winner advancing to the District contest. District contest winners then advance to Area competition and the four Area winners advance to the State Finals held each January in conjunction with The American Legion, Department of Nebraska Mid-year Conference. District competitors who advance to and participate in the Area contest will be awarded $100 each. The state champion receives $1,000 and then advances to the national finals held in Indianapolis, Indiana in April. The other Area finalists competing in the State Finals contest are awarded $600 (2nd Place), $400 (3rd Place) and $200 (4th Place).

There is no application for this competition. Interested participants should contact their local high school Guidance Counselor, Speech Instructor, Post 32 Point of Contact John-Henry Pearcy at jhpearcy@gmail.com or American Legion Post 32 Commander at thulekirby@msn.com. For more information about the oratorical contest, visit http://www.nebraskalegion.net/Programs/Oratorical.html.


Scouting

Post 32 is proud to sponsor Scouts Troop 60 from Papillion. This Troop is over 105 years old! The Troop meets each Monday evening, with exceptions. For more information on Troop 60 please visit http://pack831.scoutlander.com/publicsite/unithome.aspx?UID=47292.  The Post is also a proud sponsor Cub Scout Pack 60.

The American Legion's support for Boy Scouts of America began at the Legion's first national convention in 1919. Today, Legion posts sponsor more than 2,500 scouting units across the country. This is natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as veterans to help build character and positive traits in our country’s youth. Few other post activities generate more goodwill from the community.

The Legion annually honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention. The winner of the competition receives a $10,000 scholarship, and the three runners-up are each awarded $2,500 scholarships. For more information go to https://www.legion.org/scholarships/eaglescout.  The complete application package must be submitted to Department Headquarters in Lincoln by March 1, 2020.

The Square Knot Award recognizes members of the American Legion family who are dedicated to and actively involved in furthering the Boy Scouts of America program. The recipient receives a certificate and a gold and purple square knot that may be worn on a Scout uniform. The national commander also presents a congratulatory letter. Go to https://www.legion.org/documents/legion/pdf/squareknot_update.pdf for more information.

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