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P.O. Box 125, Stafford, Virginia 22555

Stafford American Legion Post 290



Boys State 2018 will be hosted by Radford University from 17-23 June 2018.

The deadline for submitting applications to our post has passed (March 8).

All young men who have submitted applications to our post will be interviewed by Post members on Monday, March 19, 2018.  The interview schedule is as follows:

Brooke Point - 6pm
Colonial Forge - 6:45pm
Mountain View - 7:30pm
North Stafford - 8:15pm
Stafford - 9pm

An orientation meeting for those selected, and their parents, will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 7 pm, at the Post Home.


Virginia Boys State 2019

Please check back to this page

starting in January 2019

for information regarding

the application process.  You may

wish to prepare by reviewing

this year's form (in Word or PDF).

For more information on the program, please go to


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.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details, please visit the "Auxiliary" tab. 


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