The American Legion's Boys State Program

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. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. 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.

The deadline for this year's applications is fast approaching:  April 15, 2017.  To learn more about the Boys State Program and to apply, please visit the Department of Maryland's Boys State Page

Special Announcement Regarding Boys State Program

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for Maryland Boys State participants.  McDaniel College is proud to partner with The American Legion, Department of Maryland to offer high school males who are interested in government, politics, and leadership the opportunity to earn two college credits this summer in the course CEO 1198: Leadership, Citizenship and Service.

To earn college credit, you must:

• Pre-register using the Registration Form provided at the link below

• Fully participate in Maryland Boys State, June 18–24, 2017, at McDaniel College.

• Pass the written exam given at Maryland Boys State.

• Write a service plan showing how you will translate what you’ve learned at Boys State into positive action for your community (deadline is July 24, 2017).

Registration is required in advance for you to receive college credit. To register, please follow the link below and complete the form, print, sign and either bring both the form and a $250 non-refundable fee to be paid to McDaniel College to submit when you arrive on campus for the program or mail the form and fee to McDaniel College, Academic Affairs, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 211157. Any questions may be directed to Dr. Stephanie Madsen at or 410-386-4674.

In addition, regardless of whether you take advantage of the credit opportunity, all participants of Maryland Boys State who are admitted to McDaniel will automatically be considered for a $40,000 scholarship ($10K annually), as well as other merit and need-based aid. Contact McDaniel’s Admissions Office at 410-857-2230 or to learn more about applying to McDaniel.

Please visit the links below to find further information about this opportunity, and to download the registration form.

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