Boys State

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  1. KyleMullins45

    KyleMullins45 Member

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    I see many people posting about how Boys State is a great opportunity, however I am having a lot of trouble finding out how to apply! Has anybody had this same problem, or has anyone done it in past years with any advice? Thanks in advance for any help.
     
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    At my high school, the teachers nominate students and the local American Legion representatives come and interviews the five or so "nominees".
     
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    Boys State is sponsored and run by the American Legion. DS high school does not participate so DS went to local American Legion chapter and asked if they would sponsor him. You have to be sponsored by an American Legion Chapter even if you are recommended by your school.
    Ask your school counsellor about obtaining a spot for Boys State and if they do not participate go to your local AL chapter.
     
  4. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    Talk to your guidance counselor, your school may already have a process set up for sending reps.

    If your school doesn't (or if you're homeschooled), get in touch with your local American Legion post. In many cases, they do often cover the costs for students to go.

    ^Covered more in depth above!
     
  5. KyleMullins45

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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    My son attended boys state last summer in CO. Best thing he did for USMA candidacy since he's not an Eagle Scout...plus he really enjoyed it.

    He goes to a college prep high school where JROTC and other military academy focus is not an emphasis. So, he had to take initiative and contact American Legion local post and get the ball rolling.

    They interviewed and accepted him. Paid the cost of the program plus lodging.

    Go for it!
     
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    When my son first heard of Boys and Girls State, he immediately wanted to attend Girls State. :rolleyes: He had to approach the local American Legion Post and they sponsored him, although I think we might have paid. He had a great time and learned a lot. We were invited to attend a dinner at the Post when he returned and he gave an impromptu speech which he delivered pretty well for something he hadn't planned on. One of the vets there suggested he open with the line I opened with, and he got a lot of laughs. I highly recommend the program.
     
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    At my school, I indicated I was interested to my guidance counselor. She notified the American Legion who paid my share to go. Honestly Boys' State was one of the greatest experiences of my life thus far.
     
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    Originally our highschool did not participate so he contacted the American Legion on his own.

    son went initially just because his FFR told him to. He ended up loving Boys State and is now in charge of the Boys/Girls State program at his high school (he goes around to the junior yr. history classes and promotes it and passes out the applications etc). He said it was educational in the day and like living in a frat house at night. He jokingly referred to it being like a "mullet", business in the front and party in the back.
     
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    KyleMullins45,

    You should speak with yoir school counselor, it see if they have any information about the program. If not, I have included the link to Boys State, below. You should consider applying and going. The SA'S and ROTC look at it from a leadership perspective. My DS attended Pennsylvania Boys State in 2007. The local post gave him spending money for while he was there. It helped him get into school, no doubt. I am a big believer in the program.


    www.boysandgirlsstate.org/boys.html

    Good Luck,

    RGK
     
  12. USMA2020

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    I don't know a lot, but I have been hearing about Boys State and Girls State since elementary school and even before I had an interest in USMA I wanted to go to Girls State. Hope things work out well. Looking at it has me wishing I was old enough (I am a freshman).
     
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    Call AL State Hdqrts

    My DS wanted to attend last summer and tried to reach a local AL that would sponsor him. After several attempts without success,, he contacted the state headquarters and in a matter of five minutes on the phone, and a few minutes filling out an application he was in.

    We were told the numbers continue to decline, and many posts struggle to get anyone to attend. Many of these posts are happy to sponsor someone, and they don't want to turn anyone away.

    If you can't contact anyone else, a quick phone phone call to your state headquarters will probably do the trick.
     
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    WienerDog West Point Class of 2018

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    If/when you attend boys or girls state, take advantage of all the opportunities.

    My son participated in an optional essay contest, "how I will be a better American". Essays were due at the time of check-in and were about 500 words or so. With AP Comp under his belt, he ripped off a quick essay the night before...

    The closing night dinner, it was announced he won 1st place in the essay contest. First prize? He read his essay at a 4th of July public concert and fireworks event attended by 20,000 people! And, he met a Medal of Honor recipient and received a Challenge Coin from him.

    He also took the AFQT and scored 94/100 (94th %ile?) which is a high officer-level score.

    Ultimately, all of this added to his USMA WCS. He's been appointed to the Class of 2017.:thumb:
     

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