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P.O. Box 125, Stafford, Virginia 22555

Stafford American Legion Post 290

Please scroll down to the bottom for information about the 2018 Boy's State program.  Applications hopefully will be available in late January 2018. 



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 will be hosted by Radford University from 17-23 June 2018.

Applications for Boys State 2018 will be available in January 2018.

Prospective 2018 candidates will be interviewed by Post members on March 19, 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

An orientation meeting for those selected, and their parents, will be held on April 16, 2018, at 7 pm, at the Post Home.

For more information on the program, please go to


American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

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 2018 Boys State application form , 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.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details, please visit the "Auxiliary" tab. 


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