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P.O. Box 2624, Cumming, GA

American Legion Post 307

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BOYS STATE

Every year, in the middle of June, up to 16 very deserving boys are sponsored by Post 307 to attend Boy's State at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville.  The Post 307 Executive Board feels so strongly about the value of this program that they decided to add an opportunity for home schooled students.  One of last year's selections, Ryan Carr from Forsyth Central High School, was also notified that he was selected for the Governor's Honors Program, a very prestigious and selective Georgia state program.  Without doubt, the boys selected by Post 307 represent the very best in Forsyth County and future leaders for America. Two of last year's participants are currently studying at the Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY.

At the Monthly General Membership Meeting in September, the 16 Boy's State attendees report back to the Post 307 members about their experiences and what Boy's State has meant to them.

Please scroll down to see photos of some of the boys whom Post 307 previously sponsored to attend Boys State and a description of the program.

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JOSHUA "JOSH" RYAN AWARDED BOYS STATE LT. GOVERNOR
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BOYS STATE/GIRLS STATE HONORED

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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 in which 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 was 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.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. 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.

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ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION REQUIREMENTS FOR CANDIDATES FOR BOYS STATE:

 

  1. MALES WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR JUNIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL AND HAVE AT LEAST ONE SEMESTER OF HIGH SCHOOL REMAINING.
  2. NO STUDENT WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED BOYS STATE IS ELIGIBILE.
  3. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE A STUDENT MUST BE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES.
  4. THE CANDIDATE MUST HAVE A CURRENT GRADEPOINT AVERAGE NOT LESS THAN 3.0, ON A SYSTEM OF 4.0 FOR A PEFECT AVERAGE.
  5. ONLY STUDENTS WITH OUTSTANDING QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP, CHARACTER, SCHOLARSHIP, LOYALTY AND SERVICE TO THEIR SCHOOLS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

THE HIGH SCHOOLS IN FORSYTH COUNTY ARE ASKED TO RECOMMEND ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES.  THE POST 307 BOYS STATE COMMITTEE THEN CONDUCTS INTERVIEWS AND SELECTS THE CITIZENS FOR THE PROGRAM.

FEES AND TUITION ARE PAID BY THE POST OR OTHER COMMUNITY-MINDED ORGANIZATIONS, WITH LITTLE OR NO EXPENSE TO SELECTED YOUNG MAN AND HIS FAMILY.

THERE SHALL BE NO OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR BOYS STATE IMPOSED WITHOUT SPECIFIC ACTION OF THE EXECTUIVE BOARD OF POST 307.

 

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