Boys State

About Boys State


Boys State is a program of the American Legion developed from the concept that youth should be offered a better perspective of the practical operation of government; that the individual is a integral part and responsible for the character and success of his government. As such, it is an activity of high educational value, born out of a need for youth training in practical citizenship.

TO ELABORATE - Boys State is easily classified as a Leadership Action Program where qualified male High School Juniors take part in a practical government course designed to develop in the young citizens a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon them the fact that their government is just what THEY make it.

TO SUMMARIZE - Boys State is an objective citizenship-training program, which inculcates individual responsibility to the Community, State, and Nation. It is operated on the basis of the political government organization existing hi Alaska, including all levels from the Municipality to the State.


Quite naturally, a program of this scope encompasses many objectives all of which are important, but we outline those which we, of the American Legion, feel are the most important and for which we strive the hardest.

A. To develop civic leadership and pride in American Citizenship: It is our earnest hope that each young man attending Boys State will return to him community a better citizen and that we will have aroused in him a desire to demonstrate this fact by his willingness to make hi community a better place in which to live.

B. To arouse a keen interest in the detailed study of our government: Here we desire to create more than just a passive interest, which will be born of the desire for knowledge.

C. To arouse in the young citizen a determination to maintain our form of government: This we attempt to accomplish in many ways but primarily by bringing them into the full realization of how wonderful it is to be an American!

D. To develop in the young citizens of Boys State a full understanding of our American Traditions and belief in the United States of America: Here we desire to impress upon the young mind, in the strongest manner possible, the glorious traditions which have made this country what it is today.

SPECIAL NOTE: The final two objectives need no embellishment in that they are taken from the immortal Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion.

E. To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the Community, State, and Nation.

F. To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy.

For more information, you can contact Kevin Collier , The American Legion Department of Alaska Boys State Director at 1 907 317-8029 or


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