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2016 DETAILS:  The Maryland American Legion Boys State Program will be held on Sunday June 19, 2016 through Saturday June 25, 2016 at McDaniel College Westminster, Maryland.

Click Here For Application which must be received by May 1, 2016. To be eligible for Boys State, a youth must be a male who has successfully completed his junior year in high school by the beginning of Boys State.

 The cost of the program, $300, is paid by Towson Post 22 until the scholarship funds are exhausted.

If you are interested in a headstart on college credits AND a great item for your resumé, call Jim Rebbert at Towson Post 22 at 410-823-8030.

Any boy who has previously attended a Boys State is not eligible.


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.

Quoted from a memorandum sent by Nancy S. Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools on February 1, 2011 to all Local Superintendents: 

"Earlier this school year, the guidance office in your schools received a packet of information regarding the annual Boys State and Girls State* program sponsored by The American Legion.  I am writing to let you know that I am fully supportive of this effort.  I believe it is an excellent experience for students who have completed the eleventh grade but who have not yet entered the twelfth grade.  As you know, the purposes for this program are to teach and enhance students' comprehension of our democracy, rights of citizenship, and the functions of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of our city, county, state, and federal government.  These programs are offered in forty-eight states.  Please share my enthusiasm for this program with guidance counselors in your school system so that students can become fully informed of the opportunities available to them.  If you have any questions about this program, you can contact The American Legion at 1-800-339-1033."


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.

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.
 
If you'd like to attend this program, call the Towson American Legion Post 22 at 410-823-8030.  For online details visit www.legion.org

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