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
05/29/2022 to 06/04/2022

Alaska
Alaska State Elks Youth Camp, Sutton AK
06/11/2023 to 06/17/2023

Arizona
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
06/05/2023 to 06/11/2023

Arkansas
University of Central Arkansas
05/28/2023 to 06/02/2023

California
California State University - Sacramento
06/18/2022 to 06/25/2022

Colorado
Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center, Colorado Springs, CO
06/05/2022 to 06/11/2022

Connecticut
New Haven University, New Haven
06/23/2023 to 06/29/2023

Delaware
Delaware State University - Downtown Campus, Dover
06/11/2023 to 06/15/2023

District of Columbia
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, D.C.
06/26/2022 to 07/01/2022

Florida
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
06/18/2023 to 06/24/2023

Georgia
Valdosta State University, Valdosta
06/09/2023 to 06/17/2023

Idaho
Gowen Field Boise Idaho
06/13/2022 to 06/18/2022

Illinois
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
06/10/2023 to 06/16/2023

Indiana
Trine University, Angola
06/11/2023 to 06/17/2023

Iowa
Camp Dodge, Johnston
06/11/2023 to 06/16/2023

Kansas
Kansas State University, Manhattan
06/06/2023 to 06/10/2023

Kentucky
Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY
06/04/2023 to 06/09/2023

Louisiana
Northwestern State University, 715 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71497
06/26/2022 to 07/02/2022

Maine
Thomas College, Waterville
06/18/2023 to 06/23/2023

Maryland
McDaniel College in Westminster, MD
06/18/2023 to 06/24/2023

Massachusetts
Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, Easton MA 02357llege
06/11/2022 to 06/17/2022

Michigan
Grand Valley State University-Allendal Campus
06/18/2023 to 06/24/2023

Minnesota
St. Johns University -2850 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, MN 56321
06/11/2023 to 06/17/2023

Mississippi
University of Mississippi, Oxford
05/29/2022 to 06/04/2022

Missouri
Lindenwood University in St. Charles
06/24/2023 to 07/01/2023

Montana
Fort William Henry Harrison, Fort Harrison MT
06/09/2023 to 06/16/2023

Nebraska
University of Nebraska- Lincoln Campus, Lincoln
06/04/2023 to 06/10/2023

Nevada
University of Nevada, Reno
06/12/2022 to 06/18/2022

New Hampshire
St. Anselm College, Manchester
06/27/2022 to 07/01/2022

New Jersey
Rider University, Lawrenceville
06/19/2022 to 06/24/2022

New Mexico
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
05/28/2023 to 06/02/2023

New York
Morrisville State College, Morrisville, NY
06/25/2023 to 07/02/2023

North Carolina
Catawba College, Salisbury
06/19/2022 to 06/25/2022

North Dakota
North Dakota State College, Wahpeton
06/11/2023 to 06/16/2023

Ohio
Miami University, Oxford
06/11/2023 to 06/18/2023

Oklahoma
Rogers State University, Claremore
05/27/2023 to 06/03/2023

Oregon
Western Oregon University
06/12/2022 to 06/18/2022

Pennsylvania
Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA
06/18/2023 to 06/24/2023

Rhode Island
St Andrews School, 63 Federal Rd Barrington RI 02806
06/18/2023 to 06/23/2023

South Carolina
Anderson University, Anderson
06/11/2023 to 06/17/2023

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

Tennessee
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville Tennessee
05/22/2022 to 05/27/2022

Texas
University of Texas, Austin
06/12/2022 to 06/17/2022

Utah
Weber State University - Ogden Utah
06/11/2023 to 06/16/2023

Vermont
Northern Vermont University - Lyndon, Lyndonville
06/19/2022 to 06/24/2022

Virginia
Radford University, Radford, VA
06/18/2023 to 06/24/2023

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

West Virginia
WVU Jackson's Mill - Weston, WV
06/11/2023 to 06/17/2023

Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
06/11/2023 to 06/17/2023

Wyoming
TBD
06/11/2023 to 06/17/2023