The American Legion of Montana
Chairman: John Louk
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 part of the operation of his local city, county and state government.
The American Legion organized Boys State in 1935 to counter the fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. Two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State.
Participation in Boys State exposes boys to the rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical where students are elected to various offices, and function in those offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands and chorus as well as recreational programs.
American Legion Posts select high school juniors to attend the program. In most cases the sponsoring Post or another community-based organization, pays the expenses associated with attending the program.
Currently, 49 Departments of the American Legion conduct a Boys State Program. At this time, 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 for the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.
Contact your local American Legion Post for information on how to participate.
Boys State 2016 is June 5th through 10th at Carroll College, Helena, MT
Delegate Fee: $250 Accepting registration beginning in March 2016, Posts and High Schools will be mailed information in January 2016.