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Boys State

American Legion "Hawkeye" Boys State

Camp Dodge - Johnston, Iowa

June 15-20, 2014


Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is a weeklong "Hands-On" experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government. Through the Boys State objective of "learning by doing", young men will learn more about city, county and state government in one week than they would in an entire semester of high school.

Boys State is an exercise in leading as well as following others. Elections are an opportunity to show the ability to perform under pressure and to show character in the face of victories and/or defeats. Boys State will test skill in solving problems and working effectively within a team.

Boys State is an opportunity to gain pride and respect for our form of government and the price paid by people to preserve democracy. The week contains ceremonies and assemblies as well as marching and pageantry. Guest speakers, such Past National Commander of The American Legion David Rehbein, and former director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Bernie Saggau, along with Iowa government leaders attend each year to offer their vision and advice. Daily flag raising and lowering ceremonies are conducted at Boys State.

Boys State is a chance to meet new people. With over 500 delegates in attendance, Boys State offers an opportunity to meet people who represent Iowa's diversity in heritage and culture. One of the finest objectives afforded to young men by Boys State is the friendships they will form with other Boys State citizens, many of whom will become lifelong friends.





Boys State Resources:


Orientation Materials:

Boys State Orientation Slideshow

Boys State Orientation Slideshow Notes

Boys State Orientation Outline

Boys State Orientation Video      

Other Links:

Boys State Informational Video

2014 Boys State (Blue) Handbook (PDF)

2014 Boys State Signature Form (PDF)

2014 Boys State Orientation Schedule (PDF)

Post/District Chairman's Guide (PDF) - A guide to selecting your delegates

2014 Samsung Scholarship Application (PDF) - Completed and brought to Boys State with Delegate.



To Register Online (required):


Contact your local American Legion Post for your official selection letter that will provide detailed information on how to register online. The sponsoring Post will have that letter for you in January.


The letter contains the proper information for you to submit under the correct sponsoring Post. The website for online registration is VERY specific and should be typed in to the ADDRESS BAR, NOT A SEARCH ENGINE or delegates can click on this link:


Once registered, delegates should download a copy of the handbook and signature form (listed above in PDF format). Delegates should also stay in contact with their local, sponsoring American Legion Post, for information on their District orientation date/location. There are also links to the orientation video listed below under Boys State Resources.


Questions Not Answered in the online 2014 Boys State Handbook, may be directed to your sponsoring American Legion Post, District Chairman, or:


The American Legion of Iowa
ATTN: Boys State
720 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

800-365-8387 or 





To Order Your Staff/Counselor Background Check:


Go to

Questions Not Answered may be directed to:


The American Legion, Department of Iowa
ATTN: Boys State
720 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309






Information concerning the 75th Anniversary Reunion and Celebration will be posted to this website. Those who register throuigh the online registration form below will be contacted with the cost of the meal, time, and housing information for you to make overnight reservations. At this time, we are planning a prime rib dinner to be served by Chef Robert Anderson of the DMACC Culinary Arts Department, and the Iowa Veterans Band will play some great tunes, while you reminisce with your friends from Hawkeye Boys State!


We will have some very special guest speakers that night as well! Do YOU want to be one of them?


Hawkeye Boys State hopes that you are willing to send us some of your Hawkeye Boys State pictures, memorabilia, and any newspaper articles that were written about your experiences. Those items may  be sent to: American Legion of Iowa, ATTN:  Hawkeye Boys State, 720 Lyon St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309. We are currently working with the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge to display these items over the next 9 months! We are already in possession of materials from 1939 Hawkeye Boys State - when the first line of the Boys State Handbook stated: "Please read this book after you get your TENT assignment."


To help Iowa American Legion Posts find former Hawkeye Boys Staters, staff, and counselors, along with a sample letter and print ad is available to each American Legion Post in Iowa by clicking here.


To register for the 75th Anniversary Reunion of Hawkeye Boys State, scheduled  for Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Camp Dodge, register at: Please make note that this is a very specific web address and that the last six letters are case sensitive - and contains NO numbers.


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