WAUSAU — Forty members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area are heading to the nation’s capital thanks to Herb Kohl Philanthropies. The children, along with eight chaperones, will depart on a charter bus on  July 22.

The club members, along with students from the Wausau School District’s Enrich Excel Achieve Learning Academy, were chosen for the opportunity based on participation, attitude and leadership. For many of them, this is the first time they are traveling out of the state and away from home, according to the Boys & Girls Club. They will join over 650 other club kids from Wisconsin taking these summer field trips to learn about American government and history, visit institutions of higher education and develop important life-skills.

The local club will visit various historical sites, including the White House, Library of Congress, Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Funded by Herb Kohl Philanthropies, this educational field trip, which covers all meals, lodging, exhibits and travel expenses, requires youths to visit at least one college or university.

“We want young people to see history come alive, expand their horizons and imagine themselves as our future leaders, and most of all, be ready to take their place as responsible, productive citizens of this great nation,” said Herb Kohl in a Boys & Girls Club news release. “Whether it’s the trip of a lifetime or a life-changing trip, we encourage and support Boys & Girls Club kids in their Learning Journey.”

The students will make their way back to the Wausau area on July 26.

Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area. Members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau area visit the nation’s capital in 2018.