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The American Legion Boys State program started in Illinois in 1935 and came to Michigan in 1938. By participating in mock local, county and state government exercises, delegates learn firsthand about leadership, practical citizenship and the democratic process through activities that include legislative sessions, court proceedings, presentations, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

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  • The Boys State 2019 Handbook will be sent in the spring of 2019
  • Boys State Delegate required forms will be emailed or mailed to you in spring of 2019 (to be returned prior to the start of the program)
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  • Be a male high school student
  • Completed junior year of high school or an accredited home-school equivalent by start of the boys state program
  • Is 15+ years of age by June 1, 2019
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The American Legion Boys State is a non-partisan, non-political mock government exercise in a model state designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective state government. It is intended to instill character, the importance of civic engagement and patriotism among rising high school seniors.

By participating in the weeklong program, delegates learn firsthand about leadership, practical citizenship, and the democratic process. It is an excellent academic opportunity and experience.

The program consists of classroom work, lectures, and camaraderie, with delegates taking on elected and appointed roles to experience democracy in action and learn how legislation is passed.