Boys and Girls State 2023 is June 17th through June 22th at Fort Harrison just outside of Helena, MT
Delegate Fee: $300 Registration open through May 20, 2023
American Legion Boys State is among one of the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. At Montana American Legion Boys State, we emphasize not only the elective democratic process, but also the legislative, bill-writing activities found throughout our government. As the week passes, each delegate finds himself in a variety of government situations at the city, county, and state levels. Well-rounded programming complements the government simulations to provide a complete week of learning both in and out of the classroom.
The American Legion organized Boys State in 1935 in Illinois. Currently, 49 states (and Puerto Rico) conduct their session(s) of Boys State each summer. Montana American Legion Boys State was established in 1947 and was held in Dillon on the campus of Western Montana College until 2004 and from 2005 to 2021 9the program was held on the campus of Carroll College in Helena. For 2022, the program moved to Fort Harrison to utilize the wide variety of facilities available and to ensure a safe and focused environment. Fort Harrison still enables the enhanced experience of American Legion Boys State curriculum by utilizing the Capitol building throughout the week and by having better access to State elected officials and their offices. The American Legion hopes to foster patriotism, citizenship, and leadership through its weeklong Boys State programs. Many State programs have slight differences, but we feel that Montana American Legion Boys State is among the strongest and best in the nation.
Activities throughout the week include elections (City, County, and State) city meetings, county meetings, legislative sessions, court proceedings, assemblies-speakers, band/ choir, press and other recreational programs. At the end of the week, two delegates are selected to attend the prestigious Boys Nation held in Washington, D.C. These two delegates will represent Montana as Senators to pass bills and run for National office during that week.
The SAMSUNG scholarship (see below for qualifications and application process) is also awarded upon conclusion of the session.
MT American Legion Posts select high school juniors (incoming Seniors) to attend the program. In most cases the sponsoring Post or other community-based organizations (ex. Rotary, Elks, Knights of Columbus, etc.) pay the expenses associated with attending the program.
Please contact Joshua Clement with any questions. See contact information below.
Director/Chairman: Josh Clement
Phone # (406) 431-1803
SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP CHANGES
The Samsung American Legion Scholarship ONLINE application is up and running @ http://www.legion.org/samsung-scholarship-application
American Legion Boys State Poster
Parental Acknowledgement Form Please sign and send this form with your payment!!!
Boys Nation National Website
Boys State Website
Parliamentary Procedure Handbook
Boys State Medical Questionnaire
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