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The Connecticut American Legion Boys' State Leadership Program will take place from 

Dates for the 2019 year are to be confirmed

The program takes place at Eastern Connecticut State University and is open to students

completing their junior year of high school. 

 CT Boys State  

A Leadership Program for High School Juniors


The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideal and objectives of American government. By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations. These are the distinguished and long-standing objectives of American Legion Boys States.


Learning Today...Leading Tomorrow

June 2019
at Eastern Connecticut State University

Click on the Boys State logo above to learn more about this leadership opportunity for high school juniors.

They are accomplished through a unique summertime program, one that emphasizes not classroom lectures or textbook learning, but participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with its governing bodies and elected public officials.

Boys State was founded, and its courses of instruction designed, to supplement the information taught in high school civics classes. Boys State teaches that our form of government is good but that its preservation depends on intelligent, informed, and loyal citizens in combination with an honest and impartial administration of government activities.

Young men chosen to be Boys State citizens can look forward to a wonderful and challenging experience. All who attend can acquire a better understanding and deeper regard for our nation’s legacy of freedom and democracy.

American Legion Boys State

As a program of The American Legion, Boys State developed from the concept that youth should be offered a better perspective of the practical operation of government; that the individual is an integral part and commensurately 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.

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 government is just what they make it.



Application Process Closed until 2019

To Post 101 by May 26, 2018 by 4PM,

or if not endorsed by post 101, all applications must be received at Department of Connecticut Headquarters by June 2, 2018, by 4PM.

2018 CT Boys' State Application

More information Below:

CT Boys' State - Fact and Information Sheet -2018


Eastern CT State University Map - 2018


What to Bring/Pack for Boys' State 2018


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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.

Nearly 28,000 young men were sponsored by local American Legion Posts to attend the week-long government education program last year. 

Two outstanding leaders from each Department Boys State program are selected to attend The American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. There, they learn the mechanics of the federal government by role-playing as senators and representatives in a complex dual-party system. The American Legion Auxiliary conducts parallel programs for young women through Girls State and Girls Nation. 

Connecticut American Legion Boys State is held at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic in June. Connecticut American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is normally held the week after Boys State. Applications are available at American Legion Posts. Contact The American Legion, Somers Post 101 at: Info@SomersPost101.org.

The alumni of Connecticut Boys State represent a "Who's-Who in Connecticut" and includes former Gov. Bill O'Neil and Senator Joe Lieberman just to name a few. Candidates for service academies might be interested in knowing that attendance at American Legion Boys State ranks just below an Eagle Scout as one of the common denominators of young people selected, according to one admissions official. 

For more information on Connecticut's American Legion Boys State program, please take a few moments to view their website at 

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  


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