Become a Counselor

Become a Counselor

Dear Boys State 2019 Alumni: We hope that you are enjoying senior year. 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 Girls State. Secondly,...
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

For general inquires, please contact the Massachusetts Boys State Committee Mark Avis E-mail: avis14 (at) comcast.net Interested in attending Boys State 2021? Fill out the Program Interest Form and you will be provided additional informa...
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 2021?

Interested in Boys State 2021?

Would you like to attend the upcoming Massachusetts Boys State session in June 2021? Please fill out the program interest form below by February 28 2021 and we will contact you with additional program information and application instructions. If you...

Massachusetts Boys State & Girls State Foundation

The Massachusetts Boys State & Girls State Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working in partnership with both American Legion Massachusetts Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State to promote and financially support...

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 three components – general education, electives and mini-courses. On a number of occasions throughout the week, there will be lectures intended for all. These will deal with topics of general interest, including s...

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...

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. Despite having very little time to assemble and practice, the Boys State band never fails to impress at all major assemblies and gatherings throughout the week. Rehearsals occur during the open ...

The Boys State Newspaper

The newspaper of Boys 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 of the program:...
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...