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                                                                     1956 Mt Majo 

                                                             Fort Harrison, MT 59636


Chairman: Don Jones                                                                                Boys-State         

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 2019 is June 2nd through 7th at Carroll College, Helena, MT

Delegate Fee: $300  Accepting registration beginning in January 2019, Posts and High Schools will be mailed information in January 2019.

Chairman:  Don Jones    

                 Phone # 647-8940


Director:  Greg Pohle

               Phone # 855-0056

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The Samsung American Legion Scholarship ONLINE application is up and running @ http://www.legion.org/samsung-scholarship-application. Please display this link on your program’s website. You will NOT have the same password this year to access grading. We will send new passwords.
Change 1: Applicants with membership to the American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion will receive a bonus point. Or, they can receive a bonus point by uploading a membership card of a parent. No more than one bonus point for an application.
Change 2: Essay questions have been revised. Each worth 10 points.
Essay 1. Describe any circumstances that may affect your family's ability to provide for your college education. How will this affect your long-range goals?
Essay 2. Choose and answer one of the following questions: a) Which of the 10 Clauses of The American Legion Preamble is the most meaningful to you and why? b) After the Korean War, The American Legion worked with Congress to successfully pass the Korean War G.I. Bill of Rights. What issues should The American Legion prioritize as a way to help future veterans?


Related Links: 

Samsung Scholarship Link

American Legion Boys State Poster

Parental Acknowledgement Form Please sign and send this form with your payment!!!

Registration Information

2019 Delegate Handbook

Carroll College Campus Map

Boys State / Boys Nation National Website

Boys & Girls State Website

Parliamentary Procedure Handbook

Boys State Medical Questionairre

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Daily Membership Report



Montana Legionnaire

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