Youth Programs

Registration for the 2018 Boys State program opens on Feb. 1, 2018.

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.


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: 

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:

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 April 30, 2018 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:

All nominated candidates need to attend an interview at the Post 127 Hq on Thursday MAY 3rd at 6 pm. Sponsored participants will be selected after completion of the interview process.
Suitable attire, suits, sport coats and/or dress shirt with collar and tie and dress pants should be worn to the interview.

Details on this year's program is available at: 


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:

Thomas P. Hurley, Post 127 Coordinator