2014 Boys State Dates are

June 2 to June 6, 2014



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.

Boy State District Information

The following information is from the District Commanders


Dist. 1 Boys State Orientation

Black Hills State University, Jonas Hall Room 304 at 1:00 pm on May 4th

Transportation is still in the works as I donít know just how many boys each post has.

Craig Sanderson


Dist. 2  Boys State Orientation

18 May 2014, 2:00 p.m., at Rapid City Post 22

818 Est St. Patrick Street, Rapid City, SD 57701


Dist. 3 Boys State Orientations

District #3 Boyes State orientation is:
May 4                Gregory American Legion Post          2:00 p.m.

May 4                Pierre American Legion Cabin           7:30 p.m.  
Contact Gerald Gergen   605-835-8055 for information on a bus from Gregory to Boys State.


Dist. 4 Boys State Orientation

District 4 will have two Orientation sessions, both of which will cover the same topics.

  The first will be held at the Mobridge American Legion Hall (12 N Main St) on Saturday, April 26th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The second will be held at the Aberdeen Legion office (316 S 2nd St) on Saturday, May 24th  from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


Dist. 5 Boys State Orientations

District 5 will be having 2 Boys State Orientations

May 4th  in Watertown at the American Legion Post 17 starts at 1:00 PM

May 10th in Wilmot at the High School, Room 314 starts at 2:00 PM

Dist. 6 Boys State Orientation

Dist. 6 Boys State Orientation will be Sunday May 4th

at Mitchell High School
Registration 1:00 pm, Orientation will start at 2:00 pm


Dist. 7 Boys State Orientation

District 7 Boys State Orientation will be held on Sunday May 4th, 2:30 Ė 4:00 pm, at

the American Legion Post #15, 1701 W. Legion Dr. Sioux Falls.
Those planning to ride the Boys State bus to and from Aberdeen to attend Boys State, will be required
to pay the non-refundable $50.00 bus fee at this orientation; the fee is non-refundable due to the
commitment made with the Bus Company. It is advised that participants of Boy State utilize the
bus, the camaraderie & interaction that takes place on the ride will be very helpful to them for the rest
of the week.


Dist. 8 Boys State Orientation

Dist. 8 will hold two Boys State Orientations

May 4th, 2:00 pm at the Parkston American Legion.

May 4th, 2:00 pm at the Vermillion Middle School.



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