VIRGINIA BOYS STATE 2020
As a result of the current situation regarding COVID-19, all activities involving groups of 10 or more have been suspended. We will provide updates and advise as the information is available. At this point, everything is on hold and we can only hope that Boys/Girls State will still take place.
Boys State 2020 will be hosted by Radford University from 21-27 June 2020.
An orientation meeting for those selected and the alternates, and their parents, will be held on Monday, TBD, 2020, at 7 pm, at the Post Home.
For more information on the program, please go to http://vaboysstate.org.
2019 Boys State Delegates
Standing, Left to right: Commander Post 290 Dave Stein -Jarrett Holmes-Chris Hicoos-Tyler Crouse-Thomas Chown-Aiden Poteet-David Weekman-Jason Kaiser-Jack Cross-Boys State Chairman Mike Robinson-Past Commander Fred Schwarz
Seated, Left to Right: Jeffrey Truong-Miles Zinn-Garrett Cunningham-Angel Barone-William Weigeshoff-Matthew Obrien-Connor Merk-Cole McCommons.
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.
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