Dear Post 164,
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to attend Boys State this past week, it was an incredible experience. I learned so much, made so many great friends, and had so many great times at Boys State. It surpassed any expectations I may have had beforehand, and was truly one of the best weeks of my life. I look forward to sharing my experience with y'all come July 9th! Thank you again.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.
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 American Legion Post 164 to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by school discretionary funds and may be subsidized by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization if funds become available.
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.
For online details visit www.legion.org/boysnation
Boys State Program 2016
Cinco Ranch HS
Mayde Creek HS
Morton Ranch HS
St. John Prepratory HS
Seven Lakes HS