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 www.legion.org
ELIGIBILITY; High school students who participate in and complete either an American Legion Boys State or Auxiliary Girls State program and is a direct descendant, i.e. child, grandchild or legally adopted child of a U. S. veteran who served during a period of war. Furnish requested information when completing this application. Do not attach any documents or additional pages to this application, except as requested. All other documentation or added pages will be discarded.
City:_________________ State: __________ Zip___________
Date of Birth – Month_____ Day ____ Year______
I am the (state relationship)____________ of (veteran’s name _________________
Veteran’s Address (if living)________________City________ State______ Zip_______
who served active duty during one or more of the following periods: (Check one)
(April 6, 1917 -November 11, 1918) World War I
(December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946) World War II
(June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955) Korean War
(February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975) Vietnam War
(August 24, 1982 – July 31,1984) Lebanon/Grenada
(December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990) Operation Just Cause
(August 2, 1990 – Today)* Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
and Until Cessation of Hostilities.
High School Record: This section to be completed by a high scchool official.
Number of students in high school __________
Number of students in applicant’s class___________
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)____ GPA scale is:______ (i.e. 4 or 6 or 12 point, etc)
Expected Date of Graduation______________
Signature_________________________ Date _____________
Print name & title
Affix school stamp or seal
(Print page and complete application)