Feb 19, 2019

Boys State (American Legion)

  • Crimson Education
  • USA
Volunteering/Community Service/Social Entreprenuership Club or Organization Skill Building


American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. It's a participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, country and state government.

At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county, and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

For more information visit the official website at https://www.legion.org/boysnation/stateabout

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

High School



Legion posts select high school juniors to attend the program.

Participation Cost


Expenses are typically paid for by a sponsoring post, local business, or other community-based organization

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Enthusiasm and active participation encouraged.

Time Commitment


Week-long program. Non-recurring, unless student is selected for Boys Nation

Application Deadline


Application Process Includes

Recommended by Legion post or high school teacher.
Application typically occurs after Junior Year before Summer.


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