Welcome to the 84th ALMBS

Get Ready for an Incredible Experience at American Legion Boys State, WVU Jackson's Mill!

Brace yourselves for an amazing opportunity that's not to be missed. Prepare to dive headfirst into the dynamic world of government instruction through one of the most respected and exclusive educational programs available to high school students in the United States.

American Legion Boys State is not your typical classroom experience. It's a hands-on program where you become an integral part of local, county, and state government operations. Founded in 1935 as a response to socialist-inspired Young Pioneer Camps, this groundbreaking initiative was the brainchild of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card. They brought the first-ever American Legion Boys State to life at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

But wait, there's more! The American Legion Auxiliary also organizes a similar program for young women called American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. It's all about empowering youth and providing them with the knowledge and skills to become informed, engaged citizens.

During your time at American Legion Boys State, you'll learn about the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a fully franchised citizen. The training is unbiased and focuses on the inner workings of city, county, and state governments. Led by elected student officials, the activities at American Legion Boys State include exciting sessions in legislation, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, stimulating assemblies, and even musical performances by talented bands and choruses. And let's not forget the recreational programs that will keep the fun and camaraderie alive throughout the week.

To participate in this incredible program, high school juniors are selected by American Legion posts. In most cases, a sponsoring post, local business, community-based organization, or even an individual covers the Citizen's sponsorship to the program. It's a collective effort to ensure deserving students like you can be part of this transformative experience.

American Legion Boys State programs are held in all American Legion Departments across the country, except for Hawaii. While each program operates as a separate corporation, the core concept remains the same: teaching government from the grassroots level all the way up to the state level. So, get ready to dive deep into the fascinating world of governance and learn how to make a difference in your community.

As proud participants of American Legion Mountaineer Boys State, you should know that this program holds a special place in history. It is the second oldest Boys State program in the nation, dating back to 1936. What makes it even more unique is that it continues to be held at its founding location—WVU Jackson's Mill. Despite the challenges faced during the war years and again during the COVID pandemic, the Boys State Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the program in 1943, 1945, 2020, and 2021 due to the exigencies of the time.

So, get ready to embark on a remarkable journey filled with knowledge, growth, and unforgettable experiences. American Legion Mountaineer Boys State at WVU Jackson's Mill is waiting for you to take your place in history. Get set to make lasting memories and friendships that will stay with you long after the event concludes.