Kentucky Boys State

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.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. 
For information concerning Kentucky Boys State or Kentucky Girls State, please  go the the YOUTH PROGRAMS page on this site and complete the sign up form.  A program chairman from Highland Post 201 will contact you shortly.  Kentucky Boys State will be held June 9th  to June 14th, 2013 at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Greenville, KY.   
The fee for attending Boys State is $200, usually covered by the Post sponsoring the young man.                               
The Boys State entrance forms can be found at www.kylegion.org and follow the BOYS STATE tab.  Please complete the forms and mail to: Highland Post 201, P. O. Box 5485, Louisville, KY 40255.  The Boys State Chairman will contact you shortly.
Details concerning the Kentucky Boys State Progam: Brochure
For additional online details visit:  http://legion.org/boysnation/stateabout