American Legion Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. 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.
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.
Famous alumni of the Boys State program include: Tom Brokaw, Bill Clinton, Neil Armstrong, Mike Huckabee, Michael Jordan, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Wahlberg, George Pataki, and Harry Reid.
The American Legion has established certain qualifications for prospective Boys State citizens. Following are the recommended guidelines for American Legion Texas Boys State programs.
• Male student
• Completed high school junior year and have at least one semester remaining
• Has not previously attended Boys State
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• No expulsions or serious disciplinary actions at school
• Good attendance record (not counting excused absences for medical reasons)
• Strong leadership, interpersonal and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated good character and service to the community/school
American Legion Texas Boys State - June 10-15, 2018 Austin, Texas
Interested students should contact their school Counselors or Boys State Chair Susan Marty firstname.lastname@example.org 714-309-2449 for questions. The American Legion Texas Boys State online applicaton is available here. Or, you can print out an application here. This form must be completed, printed, signed and returned ALONG WITH the Supplemental Questionnaire for Post 159.
Qualified applicants will be interviewed. The number of applicants selected to attend American Legion Texas Boys State will depend on funds available. Interviews will be scheduled on March 17, 19 and 21.
If you would like to make a donation to sponsor boys from Post #159 to attend American Legion Texas Boys State, please make check payable to Post 159 and write "Boys State" in the memo line. Cost per student is $295 and donations in any amount are appreciated and will be acknowledged with a tax deductible letter.