Due To COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Boys and Girls State are canceled for the 2020 class.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 BOYS STATE ARE OPEN
THIS YEAR BOYS STATE WILL BE FROM JUNE 21-27, 2020 AT RADFORD UNIVERSITY DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS April, 3, 2020 INTERVIEWS - Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM (Add'l Date TBD if needed) ORIENTATION - Sunday, May 17, 2020, 3:00 PM
Boys State Application
If you have any questions send an e-mail to:
IF YOU OR YOUR COMPANY WOULD LIKE TO ASSIST US IS THIS EFFORT PLEASE HELP US WITH A CONTRIBUTION TO THE BOY'S STATE FUND.
SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO:
THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 175
8700 BELL CREEK ROAD
MECHANICSVILLE, VA 23116
WE ARE A 501 (C) 19 TAX DEDUCTIBLE CORPORATION
Department of Virginia Boys State Program Information is available at the following website;
For complete information click on above logo
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 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.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details visit http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/girls.html