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A program of this scope encompasses many important objectives. We, The American Legion, feel that these are the most important and the ones for which we strive.  As you can see, the final two are taken directly from the Constitution of the United States.

  • It is our earnest hope that each young man attending Boys State will return to his community a better citizen and that we will have aroused in him a desire to demonstrate this fact by his willingness to make civic contributions that will help to make his community a better place in which to live.
  • We desire to create more than just a passive interest in the actual study of government; we strive to create an interest that will be born of the desire for knowledge.
  • We desire to impress upon the young men the glorious traditions which have made this country what it is today.
  • We attempt to create a strong support for our government  in many ways but primarily by bringing them into the full realization of how wonderful it is to be an American.

Program Objectives

To develop civic leadership and pride in American citizenship.

To arouse a keen interest in the detailed study of our government.

To develop in the young citizens of Boys State a full understanding of our American traditions and belief in the United States of America.

To arouse in young citizens a determination to maintain our form of government.

To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation.

To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy.

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