2018 Tar Heel Boys State will be held from June 17-23, 2018.

2018 Application and other forms now available on this site

The American Legion believes there is no better way to ensure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals 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’ State.

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 challenging experience, acquiring a better understanding and deeper regard for our nation’s legacy of freedom and democracy.

The 2018 Tar Heel Boys State program will take place June 17-23 at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.  If you have any questions, contact the Program Coordinator Christopher Byrd at tarheelboysstate@gmail.com