About The Program
Boys State is a six-day training course in study and practical application of problems of self-government. It is not meant to take the place of a course in Civics or Government as taught in high schools of the state, but it is planned so students may put into practice the theories of American government as taught in the classroom, through operation of the city, town and state offices as organized under the plans of Boys State.
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Each session, two students are selected to represent NH as the Senators at Boys Nation.
Students are selected for Boys Nation via a process of nominations by staff and fellow students, followed by a two phase interview process.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in various activities throughout the week.
Activities include Point/Counterpoint, Mock Trial, and Trivia Bowl.
Students will have the opportunity to engage in various activities throughout the week, including but not limited to: Point/Counterpoint, Mock Trial, and Trivia Bowl
Students make friendships that last a lifetime at Boys State. Students have the opportunity to socialize during Recreation Time and even a talent show!
American Legion New Hampshire Boys State is open to young men who have completed their junior year of high school and who are ready to enter the senior class in the fall. Applicants who meet the following criteria will be selected:
Attends a New Hampshire high school or is a resident of the State of New Hampshire;
Scholastic average should be an 80 or better;
Must be of good character and in good health;
Should demonstrate qualities of leadership, character and good citizenship; and
Must submit a draft bill or resolution with application.
There is no limit on the number of qualified candidates who may attend from a particular high school. Home-school students may attend, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements.
The American Legion Auxiliary runs the Girls State program for young women. Additional information about that program is available here.
The Program - LEARN BY DOING
When the students arrive on campus, they will be assigned to a city
or town, to the House or Senate, to an Executive Council District, and to a mythical political party.
Conduct of the program will function under the basic laws of the State of New Hampshire using the existing constitution and
existing laws as a guide. The citizens of Boys State have their own legislature, introduce and argue their own bills and conduct their own elections. Each student has a chance to learn for himself that government is just what he makes it.