The application for attendance at Maryland American Legion Boys State Program is now online at app.campdoc.com/register/marylandboys/participants. Do not try the link out as each person that starts an application costs the program $4. Trust that the students and parents can complete the application and return a printed copy to the Post for sponsorship. No old paper applications will be accepted for 2017, the printed version of the online application should be submitted with the sponsor fee. There is online support available for the students to complete the application at mdlegion.org/boysstate and then clicking on the button labeled "APPLY NOW." An example of what a completed application looks like once printed out is attached herewith.
This year, Boys State will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 through Saturday, June 24, 2017 at McDaniel College in Westminister, Maryland.
We will have the information on the students as they complete the application online. The deadline for the students to complete the application is April 15, 2017. The Department HQ will provide lisyings to Posts of students from their area that have registered online and need sponsorship.. The computer printout of the applications and Post sponsor fees must be received in Department Headquarters no later than May 15, 2017. We will work with students not sponsored after the May 15, 2017 deadline to find additional funding. There will be no refunds to the sponsoring American Legion Posts. Therefore. it is required that the candidates be interviewed and informed of the scope of the program before the May 15, 2017 deadline.
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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.
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.
American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details visit http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/girls.html