Utah Boys State
The Utah Boys State Class of 2022 will be held at Weber State University Campus in Ogden Utah from June 12 to June 17, 2022. Registration opens 3 January 2022 and closes on 30 April 2022.
For more information on Utah Boys State go to the Boys State website at: www.utahboysstate.org
History of Boys State
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government.
Boy’s 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 Boy’s State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
At American Legion 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. High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar program for young women called Girls State. Many Universities offer college credits for the Boys State and the Girls State program.
Currently, over 110,000 American Legion Riders meet in over 2,000 chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries.