American Legion District 29, Orange County, CA |


      For more information, contact:
Robin Hoyle 3rd Vice Commander

Telephone: (562) 346-4930


Sandy Schneeberger, Area 5 Boys State Commissioner

Telephone: (310) 560-5400


The American Legion 83rd CALIFORNIA BOYS STATE 2021 Program - VIRTUAL

Kicks off - Saturday, June 19, 2021

Boys State Documentary - Available on Apple TV+



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.

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.

For information on California's Boys State, click on the link.


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Boys Nation: A lifetime of learning