A Typical Day

The Boys State schedule varies from day to day, here is what you can expect from Boys State on a daily basis. 6:30 am • REVEILLE Wake up and get ready for breakfast 7:00 – 7:50 am • BREAKFAST Mayors & Moderators will meet durin...
Become a Counselor

Become a Counselor

Dear Boys State 2022 Alumni: We hope that you are enjoying time after Boys State 2022. We write today with two purposes. First, we hope that in the days ahead you can encourage other students in your hometown to consider attending Boys State and...
Chairman's Letter

Chairman's Letter

The Massachusetts American Legion’s Boys State program has developed leaders and promoted our country’s democratic system for more that seventy years.  It represents what’s best about the Legion, and our nation. Our success is well recognized.  Many of...

Contact Us

Interested in attending Boys State 2023? Fill out the Program Interest Form For all other inquires, please contact the Massachusetts Boys State Committee Mark Avis E-mail: avis14 (at) comcast.net

COVID Health & Safety

Last Updated: May 27, 2022 After a successful program in 2021, the Massachusetts Boys State 2022 program will continue to follow the latest COVID health and safety guideline as recommended by local, state and federal health agencies. Boys State...

Directions

If you will be using a GPS device to travel to Stonehill College, please enter 124 Belmont Street, Easton MA for the most direct access to campus. From Boston and Directly North of Boston At Route 3/93 split, bear right toward 93 South ...
Donate

Donate

Massachusetts Boys State is possible due to the financial sponsorship of American Legion posts across the state and many generous individuals and organizations. This allows the program to be offered to students at any school that wishes to participate....

FAQ

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 75 years.  Approximately 325 boys attend every year, and they are housed, fed ...
Interested in Boys State 2023?

Interested in Boys State 2023?

Are you a junior in high school and would like to attend the upcoming Massachusetts Boys State session in June 2023? Please fill out the program interest form and we will contact you with additional program information in Spring 2023. Every effort will...

Learning Leadership: Senator Nico Nevard at Boys Nation

Credit: Danielle Ray - Sentinel & Enterprise (August 3, 2022) Link to Original Article Learning leadership LEOMINSTER » Rising high school senior Nico Nevard recently experienced the opportunity of a lifetime as an American Legion Boys ...

Privacy Policy

Last Updated:  February 1, 2020 This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for Massachusetts Boys State (officially known as American Legion Massachusetts Boys State) . This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by Massachusetts ...
Program Overview

Program Overview

Massachusetts Boys State  is designed to teach democratic values, improve knowledge of government and encourage citizen involvement through an intensive week-long program that immerses students in grass roots democracy. Over the course of seven days, ...
Academic

Academic

The academic program at Boys' State will have multiple components – general education, electives, mini-courses and municipalities scenarios. General Educations On a number of occasions throughout the week, there will be lectures intended for all. T...

Electives

There will be three elective courses: Economics, Government and Law, which will meet five times throughout the week. These will be traditional lecture courses, not unlike those that are conducted at college. The Government Course deals with a number...

Mini Courses

There will be a number of Mini-Courses offered beginning on Monday afternoon. Note that during the same time period when Mini-Courses are held, the legislature will meet. Therefore, no one who is elected to either the House or the Senate can take a Mini-Course....

Athletics

As a break from the academic programming, Massachusetts Boys State puts on a number of organized athletic tournaments most afternoons during the recreation period.  Tournaments for the following sports will occur through the week before culminating ...

College Scholarship

The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including kin of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs. For further...

Dinning

Students attending Boys State will experience first hand the college dining hall experience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served throughout the week by Sodexo at the Roche Dining Hall. Each meal usually consists of a selection of entree and...

Elections

At Massachusetts Boys State students will have the opportunities to run for elected positions at the state and local level. U.S Senator - Boys Nation Two citizens of Boys State will be elected as the United State Senators and will be sent to Washington...

Eligibility

The American Legion has established certain qualifications for prospective Boys State citizens, and Massachusetts Boys State applies the following guidelines for student selection. Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high...

The Boys State Band

The Boys State band performs at all major assemblies, including along with the Girls State band in some assemblies. Despite having very little time to assemble and practice, the Boys State band never fails to impress at all major assemblies and gatherings...

The Boys State Court

The Boys State court consists of judges, district attorney and defense attorney. To become part of the court system, students must successfully complete the BAR exam which is a short exam designed to challenge the critical thinking of our students. The...

The Boys State Newspaper

The newspaper of Boys State and Girls State, "The Citizen," publishes throughout the week. Photographers, writers, anyone interested in page layout and graphic design, this is a great way to put your talents to work. The paper covers all the activities...
Statement Regarding COVID-19

Statement Regarding COVID-19

April 3, 2020 Massachusetts Boys State COVID-19 Update (Full Statement in PDF) Due to the extenuating circumstances related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Executive Staff for Massachusetts American Legion Boys...
What to Bring?

What to Bring?

Attire is casual, jeans, and shorts are suggested. Students will be given two Boys State T-shirts upon arrival, which are required to be worn for the week If you plan to participate in our intramural sports programs, pack athletic shorts, extra...