BOYS NATION

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Pres. Bill Clinton, a 1963 Arkansas Boys State Delegate, shakes hands with Pres. John Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden as one of Arkansas’ Boys Nation Senators — a now-famous photograph that began with Clinton’s journey at Arkansas Boys State.

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BOYS NATION

During Arkansas Boys State, two outstanding representatives join delegates from each of the 48 Boys States to represent Arkansas at the American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, DC.

It’s at Boys Nation that the young leaders, who had excelled at their respective Boys States, are introduced to the structure and function of the federal government as Boys Nation Senators. These Senators caucus at the beginning of the session, organize into committees, and conduct hearings on bills submitted by delegates to the program. 

The political process is highlighted throughout the week to include the organization of party conventions and the nomination and election of a Boys Nation President and Vice President. The week of government training in the Nation’s Capitol combines lectures and forums with visitations to federal agencies, institutions, memorials, and historical spots in and around Washington. During a visit to Capitol Hill, Boys Nation Senators meet with elected officials from their home states. Boys Nation also visits several historic and governmental sites in and around the Washington, DC area.

Since its beginning in 1946, Boys Nation has seen many of its graduates elected to public offices which include the Presidency of the United States, the United States Congress, as state governors and as state legislators. Many others became inspired to actively work for the campaigns of individuals seeking public office.

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