BOYS STATE, JUNE 2022
Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.
High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.
American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.
2022 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND JUNIORS FOR THE 2021- 2022 SCHOOL YEAR! FOR REGISTRATION SEE
Due to the cancellation of the 2021 session because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2022 session students who are graduating in 2022, or who have completed at least one semester of their junior year are eligible to attend. However, due to The American Legion national policy, students who are graduating in 2022 are NOT eligible to attend Boys Nation or receive the scholarships associated with Boys Nation attendance.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details, visit Index (alaigs.org) or see Girls State tab on our website.