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BOYS STATE 2017 RECAP
Post 290 Sponsored 27 High School Young Men at the 2017 Boys State Program
Twenty-seven rising high school seniors were sponsored by the American Legion Post 290 to attend the 2017 Virginia Boys State program,held at Radford University from June 18-24, 2017. During the week-long program, attendees learned about each of the branches of the Virginia government. The long list of speakers included the Honorable Ralph Northam, Lt. Governor of Virginia; the Honorable Mark Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; several members of the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates; circuit court judges; members of the State Police; and, mayors and other elected officials from local governments.
Attendees were divided into different "cities," and political parties, and then given opportunities to "run" and be elected to serve into positions mirroring those in Virginia government. In addition, time was provided for activities such as learning CPR, participating in athletic games, moot court, parliamentarian procedure, chorus, band, and public speaking. Upon their return, attendees reported that they had a great experience and could now understand frustrations and tediousness associated with actual politics. For the 2018 summer session, each encouraged "rising" high school male seniors to apply to attend the learning experience.
BOYS STATE 2018
Boys State 2018 will be hosted by Radford University in June 2018.
An orientation meeting for those selected, and their parents, will be held in April 2018, at the Post Home.
Prospective 2018 candidates will be interviewed by Post members in March 2018. The historical interview schedule has been as follows:
Brooke Point - 6pm
Colonial Forge - 6:45pm
Mountain View - 7:30pm
North Stafford - 8:15pm
Stafford - 9pm
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. To download a 2017 Boys State application form (for reference as the 2018 application will not be available until January 2018), click here!
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.