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 Alabama, Tuscaloosa
07/11/2021 to 07/17/2021

Alaska
Alaska State Elks Camp, Sutton, Alaska
06/13/2021 to 06/19/2021

Arizona
2021 Program Cancelled

Arkansas
2021 virtual program
05/30/2021 to 06/04/2021

California
2021 virtual program
06/19/2021 to 06/26/2021

Colorado
Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center, Colorado Springs
07/11/2021 to 07/16/2021

Connecticut
2021 virtual program
06/19/2021 to 06/25/2021

Delaware
2021 virtual program
06/05/2021 to 06/12/2021

District of Columbia
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, D.C.
07/12/2021 to 07/16/2021

Florida
Florida State University, Tallahassee
06/20/2021 to 06/26/2021

Georgia
Gordon State College, Barnesville
06/13/2021 to 06/19/2021

Idaho
Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa
06/06/2021 to 06/12/2021

Illinois
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
06/12/2021 to 06/18/2021

Indiana
2021 Program Cancelled

Iowa
Camp Dodge, Johnston
06/13/2021 to 06/18/2021

Kansas
Kansas State University, Manhattan
08/01/2021 to 08/07/2021

Kentucky
2021 virtual program
06/07/2021 to 06/11/2021

Louisiana
2021 Virtual program
06/21/2021 to 06/25/2021

Maine
2021 Program Cancelled

Maryland
2021 virtual program
06/20/2021 to 06/26/2021

Massachusetts
Stonehill College
06/19/2021 to 06/25/2021

Michigan
2021 virtual program
06/13/2021 to 06/18/2021

Minnesota
St. Johns University
06/13/2021 to 06/19/2021

Mississippi
University of Mississippi, Oxford
05/30/2021 to 06/05/2021

Missouri
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg
06/12/2021 to 06/19/2021

Montana
Carroll College, Helena
06/06/2021 to 06/11/2021

Nebraska
University of Nebraska- Lincoln Campus, Lincoln
06/13/2021 to 06/19/2021

Nevada
2021 Program Cancelled

New Hampshire
St. Anselm College, Manchester
06/20/2021 to 06/25/2021

New Jersey
Rider University, Lawrenceville
06/20/2021 to 06/25/2021

New Mexico
2021 virtual program
05/30/2021 to 06/04/2021

New York
2021 virtual program
06/27/2021 to 07/01/2021

North Carolina
Catawba College, Salisbury
06/20/2021 to 06/26/2021

North Dakota
North Dakota State College, Wahpeton
06/13/2021 to 06/18/2021

Ohio
Miami University, Oxford
06/13/2021 to 06/20/2021

Oklahoma
Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College, Miami
05/29/2021 to 06/05/2021

Oregon
2021 virtual program
06/13/2021 to 06/19/2021

Pennsylvania
2021 virtual program
06/20/2021 to 06/26/2021

Rhode Island
2021 Program Cancelled

South Carolina
Anderson University, Anderson
06/13/2021 to 06/19/2021

South Dakota
Northern State University, Aberdeen
05/31/2021 to 06/04/2021

Tennessee
2021 virtual program
05/23/2021 to 05/28/2021

Texas
University of Texas, Austin
06/27/2021 to 06/02/2021

Utah
2021 virtual program
06/01/2021 to 07/31/2021

Vermont
Northern Vermont University - Lyndon, Lyndonville
06/19/2021 to 06/25/2021

Virginia
Radford University, Radford, VA
06/20/2021 to 06/26/2021

Washington
Warm Beach Conference Center, Stanwood
06/20/2021 to 06/26/2021

West Virginia
2021 Program Cancelled

Wisconsin
2021 Program Cancelled

Wyoming
Wyoming State Fairgrounds, Douglas
06/13/2021 to 06/19/2021