Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Massachusetts Boys State?

A. The Massachusetts Boys State program has been teaching the fundamentals of citizenship for more than 70 years.  Approximately 400 boys attend every year, and they are housed, fed and instructed for the entire week at Stonehill College in Easton, MA.  Counselors assigned to each “city” or “town,” which consist of groups of 20 to 25 boys.  The counselors lead the classes described in the program book, and reside with them in the same section of dormitories.

Q. Where is Boys State?

A. Our host campus for the week of Boys State is Stonehill College, located in North Easton, Massachusetts. Recognizing that this may be the first glimpse of college campus life afforded to students, Boys State has chosen Stonehill College for its first-class campus and facilities, which provide a fine example for students and parents as they begin the college selection process.

Q. Who runs Boys State?

A. The American Legion produces Boys State each year, along with the assistance of dozens of volunteers – most of them former Boys State citizens. The staff oversees the curriculum, presides over debates, umpires sports, monitors elections, and maintains the daily order of the program. They are college and graduate students, attorneys, education professionals, investment advisors, accountants, teachers, economists, and business people of many disciplines, all volunteering their time to give back what Boys State provided them.

Q. When is Boys State?

The 2017 Massachusetts Boys State Program will be held from Saturday June 17, 2017 to Friday June 23 2017. This week was specifically chosen so that it would coordinate well with the schedule for final exams of most Massachusetts high schools.

Q. Are participants allow to drive to the program?

A. They may drive themselves to Stonehill College, but must turn in the car keys at check-in.  Car keys will be return to them at the end of the program.

Q. Are participants allow to bring their mobile phone?

A. Participants are allowed to bring mobile phones, but may not use them during classes and other activities.