Boys State

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  1. 2ndLTgray

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    I am only a Freshmen but i have been looking into Boys state as something I want to do. I know you can only go in between your Junior and Senior year, but does anyone have any information on how you get accpeted. I havent found anything online. Thanks
     
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    At my sons' high school, you are selected by a committee of teachers. There were only 2 slots for 400+ students. I would tell your guidance counselor of your interest.

    If you know anyone in the American Legion, I would approach them and ask if they can select on their own without going through your school.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    My high school's Boys' State was selected through the school, two slots. We were informed by our guidance counselor. The experience was totally worth it, and in the end was a huge part of why I started to look at the military. It's also a "check in the box" on many college applications.

    Good luck!
     
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    2LTgray

    This is a good idea, because the SA's look at this as leadership. Here is thflink to Boys State/Boys Nation. You have the potential if picked to go to Washington D.C. and represent you state.

    http://www.legion.org/boysnation

    Good luck,

    RGK
     
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    I would definitely look into being a Congressional Page in the House of Representatives in Washington DC. Its during your junior year. I did this as well with Boys State but as a Congressional Page you live and work in DC in the Capitol Building with all the Congressmen and women and go to school in the Library of Congress. I've already been accepted to USMA and I think being a page helped because out of all the pages that I worked with we have all already been accepted to our academies. Just a thought.
    pageprogram.house.gov
     
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    abeastlybeast USMA Class of 2015

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    As others stated, contact your guidance counselor about Boys State. Mentioning your interest in the program during Freshman year will undoubtedly boost your chances of being selected to participate. I imagine that maintaining a good GPA and upholding a responsible attitude won't hurt either. Good luck.
     
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    My high school did not receive any information whatsoever regarding Boys State. I had to contact the local American Legion post directly to obtain application paperwork.
     
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    So only 2 kids get picked for each State, am I right?
     
  9. Dixieland

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    No, that's not correct. It will be several hundred kids from all over your state. There will be multiple representatives from your county depending on how many high schools there are or how many boys an American Legion group might choose to send.

    You might be thinking of Boys' Nation. When my second son did Boys' State, the state representative to Boys' Nation was the boy who had served as governor that week.
     
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    New Hampshire, my home state, is a very small state and the application process is not run out of high schools, public or private. Boys State applications are available through the Boys State New Hampshire chapter website. I see you are from New Jersey, a much larger state than New Hampshire, so the application may be different based on how many potential applicants there are.
     
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    I am going to agree with the guidance counselor idea, they are somebody you will want to grow close to. They can also tell you who to talk to in your specific area. Also you are a freshman, so it isn’t exactly a pressing issue, so if you talk to them they may give you some things to think about. Guidance councilors are your friend!
     
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    water59 USCGA Alumnus

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    Boys State is sponsored by The American Legion. Contact your local American Legion Post for details. As well, Google Boys State for information ...
     
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    Michigan allows individuals, schools, even churches to nominate someone. You can approach your local Am. legion, too. My school had never nominated someone so I approached my principal with the information and they agreed to send me. I have to pay the camp fee on my own or find sponsors. My principal asked me to talk to the Junior US History class next fall about my experience at Boys' State and the school will start nominating someone every year from now on. Leadership opps come from taking the initiative!
     

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