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Boys State

American Legion "Hawkeye" Boys State


Camp Dodge - Johnston, Iowa

June 14-19, 2015


A TRAINING PROGRAM IN CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRACY


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.

 

ATTENTION AMERICAN LEGION POSTS: 

 

Make your reservations online by clicking on the following link or pasting it into your address bar: http://goo.gl/fY1gyF

Please complete the Reservation Form, and send your check for $250 per delegate by December 31, 2014, to: The American Legion of Iowa, 720 Lyon St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309.

 

Should you prefer, you may also print the reservation form using the link below.  PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY AND COMPLETELY!

Reservation Form (PDF)

 

Posts may print the Chairmanís Guide from the website at www.ialegion.org or request a copy by calling Department Headquarters at 1-800-365-8387. The guide will give you information on how to select your delegates, and information pertinent to your Legion Postsí selection committee.

 

 

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

2015 Boys State (Blue) Handbook (PDF) Not Yet Available

2015 Boys State Orientation Schedule (PDF) Not Yet Available

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

2015 Samsung Scholarship Application (PDF) - Not Yet Available


ATTENTION HAWKEYE BOYS STATE DELEGATES:

 

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.  Link will be provided here as soon as it becomes available.

 

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 Boys State Handbook (2015 Not Yet Available), 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
 

515-282-5068
800-365-8387
boysstate@ialegion.org or kathy@ialegion.org

 

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