Boys State Eligibility

The American Legion has certain qualifications for prospective Boys State citizens. Following are the recommended guidelines employed by most Boys State programs:

Students in high school are considered. Previous participants of a Boys State competition are not allowed to attend a second session. Only those who illustrate leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service in their schools and community should be considered. Merit and ability are the basis for evaluation during the actual citizens selection process.

Boys State competitions are in compliance with federal handicap laws. Most programs require a medical/parental consent certificate signed by a parent and registered doctor.

The selection process often differs in Legion departments.

The ideal method is for schools to recommend lists of eligible candidates to local Legion posts. The post would then conduct interviews and select their representative(s) for the program.

American Legion Boys State Sites and Dates

Click on the state link to go to the state's website where you can find information about the Boys State program and contact information for your state.

Click here for Girls State dates and locations.

Alabama
University of Troy - Troy, AL
05/28/2023 to 06/03/2023

Alaska
Alaska State Elks Youth Camp, Sutton AK
06/09/2024 to 06/15/2024

Arizona
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
06/02/2024 to 06/08/2024

Arkansas
University of Central Arkansas
05/26/2024 to 05/31/2024

California
Sacramento State University
06/15/2024 to 06/22/2024

Colorado
Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado.
06/02/2024 to 06/08/2024

Connecticut
New Haven University, New Haven
06/25/2023 to 06/29/2023

Delaware
Goldey-Beacom College, 4701 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808
06/09/2024 to 06/13/2024

District of Columbia
Yunus Emre Institute Turkish Cultural Center , Washington, D.C.
06/23/2024 to 06/28/2024

Florida
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
06/15/2024 to 06/22/2024

Georgia
Valdosta State University, Valdosta
06/09/2024 to 06/15/2024

Idaho
Gowen Field Boise Idaho
06/02/2024 to 06/07/2024

Illinois
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
06/08/2024 to 06/14/2024

Indiana
Trine University, Angola
06/16/2024 to 06/22/2024

Iowa
Camp Dodge, Johnston
06/23/2024 to 06/28/2024

Kansas
Kansas State University, Manhattan
06/02/2024 to 06/08/2024

Kentucky
Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY
06/09/2024 to 06/14/2024

Louisiana
Northwestern State University, 715 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71497
06/23/2024 to 06/29/2024

Maine
Colby College 4000 Mayflower Hill Dr, Waterville, ME 04901
06/16/2024 to 06/21/2024

Maryland
McDaniel College in Westminster, MD
06/16/2024 to 06/22/2024

Massachusetts
Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, Easton MA 02357llege
06/15/2024 to 06/21/2024

Michigan
Grand Valley State University-Allendal Campus
06/18/2024 to 06/24/2024

Minnesota
St. Johns University -2850 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, MN 56321
06/09/2024 to 06/15/2024

Mississippi
University of Mississippi, Oxford
05/26/2024 to 06/01/2024

Missouri
Lindenwood University in St. Charles
06/22/2024 to 07/29/2024

Montana
Fort William Henry Harrison, Fort Harrison MT
06/30/2024 to 07/06/2024

Nebraska
University of Nebraska- Lincoln Campus, Lincoln
06/02/2024 to 06/08/2024

Nevada
University of Nevada, Reno
06/16/2024 to 06/22/2024

New Hampshire
St. Anselm College, Manchester
06/23/2024 to 06/28/2024

New Jersey
Rider University, Lawrenceville
06/16/2024 to 06/21/2024

New Mexico
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
06/02/2024 to 06/07/2024

New York
Suny Morrisville, Morrisville
06/28/2024 to 07/03/2024

North Carolina
Catawba College, Salisbury
06/16/2024 to 06/22/2024

North Dakota
Wahpeton State College of Science
06/09/2024 to 06/14/2024

Ohio
Miami University, Oxford
06/09/2024 to 06/16/2024

Oklahoma
Rogers State University, Claremore
05/25/2024 to 06/01/2024

Oregon
Western Oregon University
06/16/2024 to 06/22/2024

Pennsylvania
Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA
06/16/2024 to 06/22/2024

Rhode Island
St Andrews School, 63 Federal Rd Barrington RI 02806
06/16/2024 to 06/21/2024

South Carolina
Anderson University, Anderson
06/09/2024 to 06/15/2024

South Dakota
Northern State University, Aberdeen
05/29/2023 to 06/02/2023

Tennessee
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville Tennessee
05/19/2024 to 05/24/2024

Texas
University of Texas, Austin
06/09/2024 to 06/14/2024

Utah
Weber State University - Ogden Utah
06/09/2024 to 06/14/2024

Vermont
Norwich University
06/23/2024 to 06/28/2024

Virginia
Radford University, Radford, VA
06/16/2024 to 06/22/2024

Washington
Warm Beach Conference Center, Stanwood
06/18/2023 to 06/24/2023

West Virginia
WVU Jackson's Mill - Weston, WV
06/09/2024 to 06/15/2024

Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
06/09/2024 to 06/15/2024

Wyoming
University of Wyoming
06/09/2024 to 06/15/2024