Boys State & Boys Nation

The Program

Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. Ever year, thousands of high school juniors  become part of the operation of local, county and state government. They learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of US Citizens. They are elected to various offices and activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies and so on.


In Boys Nation, two representatives from each of 49 Boys States were sent to Washington, where they learn the structure and function of the Federal government. The first Boys Nation convened at American University in Washington in August 1946.


Boys State and Boys Nation, is a program run by American Legion. A similar program called Girls State is run by American Legion Auxiliary.


The Movie

Boys State becomes a 2020 American documentary firm, directed and produced by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine. Of course, it recorded the experience when thousand teenage boys attending Boys/Girls State in Texas, building a government from the ground up.

It had won the U.S. Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize on January 2020 at the Sundance Film Festival. It is scheduled to be released on August 14 2020, by A24 and Apple TV +.


The producers said a Girl State documentary movie is to follow.


Why It Matters

Nearly 20,000 high school students attend Boys State programs each year. Numerous boys later on became prominent politicians in the United States Federal, State and Local government, including former President Bill Clinton, Former Vice President Richard Cheney, Former Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greeenert, US Senator Tim Scott or civil leaders such as NASA Astronauts including Neil Armstrong, Former CEO of Bank of America, Joel Smith…

For a complete list of Prominent Graduates, check



How to engage:

Watch Boys State Film



Join the American Legion


Boy State Documentary, Apple TV +


Photo by Clay Lomneth / The American Legion.


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