The following web site is the American Legion Boys State and the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. Once in this site click on either The American Legion Boys State or the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and it will take you to their individual web sites. Also once in these sites you can select your state and it will bring up your states Boys State and the Auxiliary Girls State site of that state.
Boys and Auxiliary Girls 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.
At American Legion Boys and Auxiliary Girls 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.
American Legion Boys and Auxiliary Girls State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys and Auxiliary Girls States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys and Girls State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.
Savannah Houck, Anna Catherine Caldwell, Clara Waddell
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