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Dates:  June 14-15, 2021

1.  Download the application for 2021 Boys State, the file is a fillable form.  Have the student fill in as much information as they can, print the form and take it to their school to fill out the school section.  After the application is complete, turn it into the sponsoring Post. 





Oregon Boys State:

  • Challenges you to grow, improve, achieve
  • Prepares young men in their Junior year of High School for the Challenges of adulthood
  • Teaches leadership, governance, and civics in a non-partisan manner.
  • Hands-on, interactive, and fun!


American Legion Post #21 has sponsored citizens from

Amity, Dayton, McMinnville and Perrydale High Schools


The American Legion Riders from Post #21 has sponsored citizens from

Sheridan and Willamina High Schools


The Sons of American Legion Squadron from Post #21 has sponsored a citizen from

Delphian High School


Thank you to all of our sponsors!

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State.   
American Legion Oregon Boys State is typcally held during the third week of June.