Boy's State/ Nation

Post awards certificates of appreciation to Girls and Boys State Participants at the September 2016 Post meeting

Boys and Girls State Nation is over for this year. The Post is proud to have sponsored and provide scholarships for 6 Boys and 3 Girls this year .

We received the prestigious "Julie Wichman" Girl's State Trophy for an American Legion Post that sponsored "Girls State" participants regardless of our Post having an ALA. Once of our Girl's State Participants was chosen for Girl's Nation.





For the next Boys State, High School Juniors, Contact your guidance counselor, visit the link above, or call the Post for information.

Boys State - American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high-school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-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.American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar program for young women called Girls State.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.Legion posts select high-school juniors to attend the program. In most cases, individual expenses are paid by a sponsoring post, a local business or another community-based organization.Boys State programs currently exist in all Legion departments except Hawaii. As separate corporations, Boys State programs vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same basic concept: teaching government from the township to the state level.

For more information visit the Boys State/Nation site: