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:

Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and who have at least one more semester remaining 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
05/26/2019 to 06/01/2019

Alaska
Alaska State Elks Camp, Sutton, Alaska
06/09/2019 to 06/15/2019

Arizona
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
06/02/2019 to 06/08/2019

Arkansas
University of Central Arkansas, Conway
05/26/2019 to 05/31/2019

California
California State University, Sacramento
06/22/2019 to 06/29/2019

Colorado
University of Colorado, Colarado Springs
06/01/2019 to 06/07/2019

Connecticut
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
06/22/2019 to 06/27/2019

Delaware
Wesley College
06/09/2019 to 06/13/2019

District of Columbia
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, D.C.
07/08/2019 to 07/12/2019

Florida
Florida State University, Tallahassee
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

Georgia
Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville
05/26/2019 to 06/01/2019

Idaho
Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa
06/02/2019 to 06/07/2019

Illinois
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
06/08/2019 to 06/14/2019

Indiana
Trine University, Angola
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

Iowa
Camp Dodge, Johnston
06/09/2019 to 06/14/2019

Kansas
Kansas State University, Manhattan
06/02/2019 to 06/07/2019

Kentucky
Campbellsville University, Campbellsville
06/02/2019 to 06/07/2019

Louisiana
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches
06/23/2019 to 06/29/2019

Maine
Thomas College, Waterville
06/16/2019 to 06/20/2019

Maryland
McDaniel College, Westminster
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

Massachusetts
Stonehill College
06/15/2019 to 06/21/2019

Michigan
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

Minnesota
St. Johns University
06/09/2019 to 06/15/2019

Mississippi
University of Mississippi, Oxford
05/26/2019 to 06/01/2019

Missouri
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg
06/15/2019 to 06/22/2019

Montana
Carroll College, Helena
06/02/2019 to 06/07/2019

Nebraska
University of Nebraska- Lincoln Campus, Lincoln
06/02/2019 to 06/08/2019

Nevada
University of Nevada, Reno
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

New Hampshire
St. Anselm College, Manchester
06/23/2019 to 06/28/2019

New Jersey
Rider University, Lawrenceville
06/16/2019 to 06/21/2019

New Mexico
Eastern New New Mexico University, Portales
05/26/2019 to 05/31/2019

New York
SUNY Morrisville State College, Morrisville
06/27/2019 to 07/02/2019

North Carolina
Catawba College, Salisbury
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

North Dakota
North Dakota State College, Wahpeton
06/09/2019 to 06/14/2019

Ohio
Miami University, Oxford
06/09/2019 to 06/16/2019

Oklahoma
Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College, Miami
05/25/2019 to 06/01/2019

Oregon
Western Oregon, Monmouth
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

Pennsylvania
Shippensburg University, Shippensburg
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

Rhode Island
St Andrews School, 63 Federal Rd Barrington RI 02806
06/16/2019 to 06/21/2019

South Carolina
Anderson University, Anderson
06/09/2019 to 06/15/2019

South Dakota
Northern State University, Aberdeen
05/27/2019 to 05/31/2019

Tennessee
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville
05/19/2019 to 05/25/2019

Texas
University of Texas, Austin
06/09/2019 to 06/14/2019

Utah
Weber State University, Ogden
06/10/2019 to 06/14/2019

Vermont
Northern Vermont University - Lyndon, Lyndonville
06/16/2019 to 06/21/2019

Virginia
Radford University, Radford, VA
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

Washington
Warm Beach Conference Center, Stanwood
06/16/2019 to 06/22/2019

West Virginia
WVU Jackson's Mill, Weston
06/09/2019 to 06/15/2019

Wisconsin
Ripon College, Ripon
06/08/2019 to 06/15/2019

Wyoming
Wyoming State Fairgrounds, Douglas
06/09/2019 to 06/15/2019