Who Can Attend Boys State?

Only juniors in high school are eligible to be citizens of Boys State. The experiences gained during the camp can be invaluable in their senior year in school and, in fact, through life. If accepted into the program, each delegate is sponsored by a Legion Post or by some other patriotic, civic, fraternal or religious organization.

The American Legion has established certain qualifications for prospective Boys State citizens. Following are the recommended guidelines that are employed by Arkansas’ American Legion Boys State program.

  • Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one more semester of high school remaining are considered eligible to participate.
  • Any boy who has previously attended an American Legion Boys State is not eligible to attend a second session.
  • Only boys with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools and community should be considered.

The Arkansas American Legion Boys State is in compliance with federal handicap laws. Our program also requires a medical/parental consent certificate signed by a parent and a registered doctor.

If you’re interested in becoming a Boys State delegate please talk to your high school guidance counselor or contact the Arkansas American Legion Headquarters at (501) 375-4236.

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