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. American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar
program for young women called Girls State.


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. Legion posts select high-school juniors to attend the program. In most cases, individual
expenses are paid by a sponsoring post, a local business or another community-based organization. Boys State programs currently exist in all Legion
departments except Hawaii. As separate corporations, Boys State programs vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same
basic concept: teaching government from the township to the state level.

BOYS STATE PROGRAM
American Legion Post 133
2015 Boys State attendees
Seth Hendrickson From Maricopa High School
Mike Herbig from Maricopa High School
2016 Boys State attendees
Nick Adams from Maricopa High School
John Blodgett from Maricopa High School
2016 Boys State attendees
2017 Boys State attendees
Reno Dugan from Maricopa High school