2019 Boys State Session will be held June 16th - June 21st 2019. The 2019 session will take place at St Andrews School, 63 Federal Road Barrington, RI 02806. Applications are now being ACCEPTED!
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Congratulations Benjamin Currey!
2018 graduate of Little Rhody Boys State has been selected a runner up and awarded $5000.00 Samsung Scholarship.
Samsung scholarships may be used for undergraduate studies and applied toward tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community service.
• Ten National Scholars receive $10,000 each (two from each region)
• Ten National Runners-Up receive $5,000 each (two from each region)
• Remaining Department Finalists receive $1,250 each guaranteed
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high-school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-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.
American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar program for young women called Girls State.
At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
Legion posts select high-school juniors to attend the program. All individual expenses are paid by a sponsoring post, a local business or another community-based organization.
Boys State programs currently exist in all Legion departments except Hawaii. As separate corporations, Boys State programs vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same basic concept: teaching government from the township to the state level.