About American Legion Utah Boys State

The American Legion Boys State program is the country's premiere summer youth camp designed to develop leadership and promote civic responsibility in young men.

Created in 1935 to combat the rise of radicalized youth groups in other countries, Boys State instills in youth a deeper appreciation of how government works as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Hands-on Workshops on Democracy and Government

Attendees will have the chance to:
  • Launch campaigns and run for office.
  • Draft and debate legislation.
  • Actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government.
  • Make friends with students from other parts of the state.
  • Earn three University credit hours in Political Science 2920 (transferrable to other state-funded institutions).
  • Elect student senators to represent the state at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C.

Available to Any High School Junior

Boys State is available to young men who have completed their junior year of high school and receive a recommendation from school officials. Applicants must also interview with local American Legion officials. Costs are generally paid by a sponsoring American Legion post, local business or another community-based organization.

Policies, Procedures and Other Serious Stuff Download the Boys State welcome letter, along with policies and procedures.

Policies and Procedures

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