Badger Boys State is a memorable and impactful opportunity for Wisconsin’s young men. It is also fast paced and conducted away from family and friends, which makes it difficult for capturing memories in quality photos. However, throughout the week, Boys State staff take thousands of photos covering nearly every activity throughout the week. These pictures are used for public relations and for a slideshow presented at the end of each session.
It became evident that many of the pictures taken would be of interest to participants, family, friends and sponsors via download for personal use. For this reason, all pictures taken throughout the week are posted for viewing and download. However, due to the cost of posting/storing the pictures, we charge a small fee for access to them.
Badger Boys State, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and makes every attempt to keep our costs low, which, in turn, keeps sponsorship fees for each participant as low as possible. This is very important to our pool of sponsors and allows for more participants each session. The small fee charged for Photo Access goes directly to the Badger Boys State program to offset operating expenses, with the exception of a service fee that PayPal charges on every transaction.
We feel this arrangement has worked well in the years since we began offering this service and hope you find this to be the case. We cannot guarantee that each participant will appear in a picture. We welcome any feedback via email. Please note that pictures are taken and posted throughout the week, so to make sure you have seen them all, please make sure you check back a few days after the completion of the year’s session.
There is a fee of $15 to sign up for Photo Access privileges.
In order to purchase, view, and download photos, you will need:
- A computer (Windows or Apple) with a DSL or broadband network connection. A dial-up connection will not work effectively.
- Hard drive space on your computer to store the photos. We recommend at least 250MB of unused space. If you wish to download every photo, you will need about 5GB of space.
- Payment of the fee for access (see below). We require PayPal for the transaction but you do not need an existing PayPal account. The boys can also purchase access at the Badger Boys State store during the week with cash as another option.
If you do not wish to purchase access to these photos, please see the free daily photos in the session information pages by clicking on the year on the menu on the left and then “Session Progress” on the subsequent menu. You can also see these photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Please note: We recommend you consult your tax advisor or the IRS to determine if any portion of the Photo Access purchase price can be deducted from your taxes. Badger Boys State, Inc. cannot offer this advice beyond noting that we are an officially recognized 501(c)(3) by the IRS.