Maryland Boys State 2020 - Sunday June 21 thru Saturday June 27 at McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland
Point of Contact: Post 223 Boys State Chairman, Zane Walker
410-404-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.
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.
Annually, Sykesville Memoriall Post No. 223 sends three individuals to Boys State, the national program of The American Legion that exposes the youths to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen.
The youths selected each year are all juniors in their respective schools. The three juniors spent several weeks at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD participating in activities, including legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.
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.
The Maryland Boys State typically begins on Fathers Day and runs through the following Friday. To be eligible for Boys State, a youth must be a male who have successfully completed their junior year in high school and not have entered their senior year of high school.
Any boy who has previously attended a Boys State is not eligible.
Applications may be obtained through the local high school class counselors or by downloading an application by clicking here.
For more questions, conatct Sykesville Memorial Post No. 223 at 410-795-7242 or the Department of Maryland Headquarters at (410)-752-1405.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details visit http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/girls.html