Boys State

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-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 Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

"I loved Boy's State for everything it had to offer. The staff was amazing and always happy to help out. My fellow delegates were not only impressively talented, but also always fully supportive of one another. Most importantly, though, I loved all of the learning and growth opportunities I was able to get there. The speakers were inspiring, the learning sessions were engaging, and I was always encouraged to be my best self."
Greg H.
Boys State Attendee - 2017

Become a sponsor

Legion posts select high school juniors to attend the program, and Legion Post 57 has a proud history of sponsoring boys to attend.  Please refer to the letter below from the Boy State Chairman for Post 57, and consider a donation to help sponsor future boys to attend this prestigious event.