Boys State Information

Kentucky’s American Legion

Kentucky Boys State

Kentucky Boys State Program 

As active citizens of Kentucky Boys State, the student citizens receive comprehensive training in the practical aspects of city and state government by actually performing the necessary functions themselves.

The program consists of a mythical 51st state and functions during
the entire session. Every citizen is urged to become involved by campaigning for a city or state office. Above all, he is expected to demonstrate his ability to live effectively with other Kentucky and as good citizens. There are several mythical cities and two political parties within the political framework.

When a candidate is accepted as a citizen of Kentucky Boys State, he is assigned to a city and a political party. He will be identified with these political subdivisions throughout the entire program. It should be understood that the selection and assignment of citizens to political parties is in no way connected with existing political parties in Kentucky. These parties are purely mythical, the Federalists and the Nationalists. Time does not permit additional political parties.

The members of each party develop their platform without interference, except that adult counselors experienced in government are present as advisors. Kentucky Boys State cities are usually named after prominent Legionaries of The American Legion of Kentucky as a tribute to the unselfish services rendered to Kentucky Boys State and The American Legion.

Leadership  Experience 

We teach by doing; Kentucky Boys state is an excellent opportunity to experience leading your peers and structured leadership.

Physical Fitness

Kentucky Boys State allows the opportunity to participate in physical recreation sports, and it is encouraged but not required.

Kentucky’s American Legion

Kentucky Boys State

Political Office

The Kentucky Boys State provides the opportunity to learn firsthand about the city and state governance and political experience.


The Kentucky Boys State provides an excellent opportunity to earn a scholarship that can assist or, in some cases, completely remove the burden of college tuition.

Experience Democracy  

Seven Days that Shape a Life Time 

Real Life Experience

The Boys State Program is a great opportunity for young men to grow and gain experience in the operation of a government.  

Life Time Friendship

The Boys State Program is an excellent opportunity to meet and make friends with your peers. It will be a real-life practical exercise of running a government.

Growth and Development

The program provides an opportunity for our young men to understand the responsibility that comes with leadership and citizenship.

Kentucky Boys State 

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-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.

Our Experience

  • Leadership 95% 95%
  • Civic Opportunity 90% 90%
  • Life Experience 100% 100%