The American Legion, Department of Maryland
   

Eligibility:

-Male 2019-2020 High School Junior with at least 1 semester remaining in Senior Year (Females apply for Girls State at https://www.facebook.com/ALAMDGS/)

-Not particpated or planning to particpate in any other Boys State Program

Maryland Boys State 2020 - Our session scheduled for June 2020 has been cancelled. We are exploring options for a possible program later in the summer. If interested, please fill out the basic information in our application portal so we have your contact information.

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American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices.

Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs. High school juniors are selected by local American Legion posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion post, a local business or another community-based organization.

In Maryland, Boys State is conducted annually and typically begins on Fathers Day and runs through the following Saturday. To be eligible for Boys State, a youth must be a male who has successfully completed their junior year in high school by the beginning of Boys State.  Any boy who has previously attended a Boys State is not eligible.

Maryland Boys State 2020 - Our session scheduled for June 2020 has been cancelled. We are exploring options for a possible program later in the summer. If interested, please fill out the basic information in our application portal so we have your contact information.

 Deadline for Application is April 15, 2020

MD Boys State Promotional Flyer for Post use

MD Boys State Information Flyer for Post use

Info for Particpants

MD Boys State Application

Student Online Application portal

 

MD Boys State and McDaniel College announce a partnership to offer College Credit and Scholarships (MD Boys State attendees who are admitted to McDaniel) to MD Boys State attendees.

Link to Informational Flyer on Credit and Scholarship Opportunity

Link to McDaniel College Credit Opportunity Registration Form

More Resources :

Student Online Application portal

MD Boys State 2020 Facebook page

Boys State Girls State Video

Maryland Boys State 2019 Facebook page (to get a view of what the week is like from last year)

Maryland Boys State 2018 Facebook page (to get a view of what the week is like from 2018)

Maryland Boys State 2017 Facebook page (to get a view of what the week is like from 2017)

2019 Maryland Boys State Program Book

Suggested Boys State Packing List

McDaniel College Map

Maryland Boys State Scholarship

Samsung Scholarship

General Scholarship

 

Staff Resources

Sr Staff Application

City Mentor App (Jr Staff)

Staff Background Check Portal

 Abuse Awareness Training for Adults

MD Boys State Promo Flyer

Military.com

American Red Cross

Military Times

USO

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