Boys State Dates are
June 2 to
June 6, 2014
WHAT IS BOYS STATE?
Boys State is a nationwide program. Last year there were 50
American Legion sponsored Boys States in operation. The American Legion
in the state of Illinois began this far-reaching activity in 1935.
South Dakota Boys State was founded at Aberdeen in 1940 and subsequent
meetings were held in 1941 and 1942. World War II made it necessary to
drop this activity, but in 1946 South Dakota Boys State was resumed.
So many prominent Legionnaires participated in the organization of
South Dakota Boys State that it is somewhat unfair to mention names,
but some of the more active promoters were N. Peter Wenge, Ivan
Huntsinger, Dr. Harry Darling, Mr. Charles Dalthorp, all of Aberdeen,
and Judge Harry Mundt, all now deceased.
The excellent organization of this program is due largely to their
planning and foresight. A plaque on the Northern State campus has been
erected in their honor by former Boys Staters.
American Legion Boys State of South Dakota has a two-fold purpose.
First, to better help youth understand and appreciate the American
system of government and way of life including the rights and
responsibilities of citizenship. Secondly, to give a better knowledge
of the fundamental principles of government within the State of South
Dakota. These objectives are sought by establishment of a mythical
51st State of Union, comprised of counties and cities, giving Boys
State actual experience in control and operation of these units of
government. The American Legion wants the Boys of South Dakota to
understand the problems of government as well as how it functions.
Upon reaching Boys State, citizens are assigned to one of the two
mythical political parties and to residence in a specific city and
county. The two parties are designated as "Federalist" and "Nationalist".with
absolutely no connection with political parties as they exist in South
Dakota today. With the exception of city elections, which are
non-political as they are in South Dakota, party caucuses and
conventions are held, with full slates of officers elected at county
and state level. Appointive officers are also filled.
State District Information
The following information is from
the District Commanders
Dist. 1 Boys State
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Dist. 2 Boys State
Dist. 3 Boys State
Dist. 4 Boys State
Dist. 5 Boys State
Dist. 6 Boys State
Dist. 7 Boys State
Dist. 8 Boys State Orientations
2014 Samsung American Legion Scholarship Application (pdf
(Must be a delegate to Boy State or
Girl State to apply)
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