Youth Programs


As the Boys State coordinator for American Legion Orange Post 127, I am proud to announce that the Post 127 Boys State Selection Committee has announced it is now taking applications for the June 18 - 23, 2017 CT Boys State Program. Male High School Juniors that wish to participate in the 2017 American Legion Boys State Leadership Program to be held at Eastern Connecticut State University scheduled for June 18 - 23, 2017 should go online and download the application. See below for further information.

Thomas P. Hurley
American Legion
Orange Post 127 Boys State Coordinator



The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideal and objectives of American government. By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations. These are the distinguished and long-standing objectives of American Legion Boys States.

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They are accomplished through a unique summertime program, one that emphasizes not classroom lectures or textbook learning, but participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with its governing bodies and elected public officials.
Boys State was founded, and its courses of instruction designed, to supplement the information taught in high school civics classes. Boys State teaches that our form of government is good but that its preservation depends on intelligent, informed, and loyal citizens in combination with an honest and impartial administration of government activities.
Young men chosen to be Boys State citizens can look forward to a wonderful and challenging experience. All who attend can acquire a better understanding and deeper regard for our nationís legacy of freedom and democracy.

American Legion Boys State

As a program of The American Legion, Boys State developed from the concept that youth should be offered a better perspective of the practical operation of government; that the individual is an integral part and commensurately responsible for the character and success of his government. As such, it is an activity of high educational value, born out of a need for youth training in practical citizenship.
Boys State is easily classified as a leadership action program where qualified male high school juniors take part in a practical government course designed to develop in the young citizens a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon them the fact that government is just what they make it.

 

 

AMERICAN LEGION Boys State Program for CT

It is that time of year again for Post 127 to request applications for this fantastic week long activity. While the Post has not decided how many High School Junior boys will be selected this year, we will again interview candidates as we did last year. (2 candidates were selected last year) Applicants will be notified of the date and time of the interviews. The interviews will be conducted at the POST 127 Headquarters, 630 Grassy Hill Rd, in Orange.
POST 127 Sponsorship Requirements
This year the application and supplementary materials on the program is available on line:
http://ctboysstate.com 

Candidates should fill them out, print them and get them signed per the directions on the website and mail them to the post coordinator at:

AMERICAN LEGION Post 127 BOYS STATE COORDINATOR
Thomas P. Hurley, Post 127 Coordinator
American Legion Post 127
c/o 1050 Garden Rd
Orange, CT 06477-1042

Incomplete applications or applications received after MAY 1st, 2017 may not be considered. Please notify your high school principal if you intend to apply as the principal must sign the application certifying your eligibility for the program. Questions should be directed via email to:
tphurley@optonline.net

Details on this year's program is available at:
http://ctboysstate.com/html/home.html 

SPONSORS WANTED FOR THIS ACTIVITY

We are also looking for sponsors to help defray the Postís costs in sending our young representatives to Boys State. The cost to the Post of a full sponsorship for one attendee is $350 this year. Any donation amount received will go to support a sponsorship. Thank you for your help.

Donations may be forwarded to:

CT BOYS STATE POST 127 SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Thomas P. Hurley, Post 127 Coordinator