Boys and Girls State
American Legion Boys State and Auxiliary Girls State are programs designed to provide training in leadership and citizenship for America's most promising youths. The American Legion believes that by teaching our young people about the ideals and principles on which the American government was founded, we can help ensure a safe and prosperous future for our republic.
The objectives are:
- to develop leadership and pride in American citizenship;
- to arouse a keen interest in the detailed study of government;
- to develop a full understanding of our American traditions and belief in the United States of America in our young citzens;
- to arouse a determination to maintain our form of government, and from the Preamble to The American Legion's Constitution;
- to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to community, state, and nation; and
- to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy.
The mission of the Boys' and Girls' State programs are to develop future leaders by educating and inspiring Nevada's youth. Our programs strives to create an understanding of and appreciation for our democratic form of government while encouraging a commitment to future service.
Nevada Boys State
Nevada 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 Nevada 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.
For Boys State information in Nevada:
Girls State/Girls Nation
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. Since the inception of the Girls State program in 1937, nearly 1 million young people have had the opportunity to learn firsthand how their state and local government works.
High school girls who have completed their junior year spend an intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens at Auxiliary-sponsored Girls State programs in every state (with the exception of Hawaii).
Participants learn how to participate in the functioning of their state's government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens. Two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation, a national government training program. Girls Nation "senators" meet for a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for political office, campaign for the passage of legislation and possibly meet with state representatives and senators. Capping off the week of Girls Nation is oftentimes a meeting with the President of the United States at the White House.
To find out more about American Legion Auxiliary Girls State for your state, contact Auxiliary leaders in the State Directory. They will assist you in obtaining application information.