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IOWA AMERICAN LEGION HAWKEYE BOYS STATE HANDBOOK
A TRAINING PROGRAM IN CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRACY
This information serves to acquaint you, prior to your arrival at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, with an overview of the program, what will be offered through the program, what is expected of you at the program, and what is provided to you by the staff at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State and the National Guard at Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa.
You are attending American Legion Hawkeye Boys State on the recommendation of your school officials and members of The American Legion Post in your community. Uphold the confidence placed in you. Conduct yourself in a manner to reflect credit not only upon yourself, but your school and community as well. Being selected to attend American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is an honor that should not be taken lightly.
The goal of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is to educate and train you in the understanding of one of this country’s most precious freedoms: the democratic form of government. It is hoped you will use the knowledge gained to take an active role in not only American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, but society as well.
Upon completing American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, you join an alumni of hundreds of thousands, numbering among its ranks judges, lawyers, educators, military leaders, federal, state and local government officials. Many of these individuals credit their success to the experience gained at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.
PLEASE REVIEW THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR PARENTS. Many questions that your parents may have about The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State program are covered here. Questions regarding American Legion Hawkeye Boys State or requests for additional copies of this booklet should be directed to:
The American Legion of Iowa
ATTN: Hawkeye Boys State
720 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Activities begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 12, 2016, and continue until 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016.
I. THE AMERICAN LEGION
The American Legion is the largest organization of veterans in the world, with a membership of 2.7 million members in the United States, the District of Columbia and four foreign countries. Since being founded in 1919, The American Legion has been a moving force for fair treatment of this nation’s veterans, their families, and especially the disabled veterans. Members of The American Legion are honorably discharged men and women who served their country on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.
The American Legion was the author of the G.I Bill of Rights, which has benefited millions of ex-service personnel since its passage in 1944. The American Legion conducts programs designed to benefit the youth of America. Notable among these programs are American Legion Baseball, American Legion Hawkeye Boys State/American Legion Boys Nation, American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program, American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program, American Legion Scouting/Eagle Scout of the Year, and Americanism.
The American Legion founded Boys State in 1935. Since that time, American Legion Hawkeye Boys State program has remained one of the premier youth programs in the nation.
II. HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN LEGION BOYS STATE
Boys State was born of a desire to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps of the 1930s, where boys of high school age were being taught that democracy had outworn its usefulness and should be replaced by a new form of government, namely Fascism. The creation of The American Legion Boys State program is credited to Legionnaires Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, both educators and both members of The American Legion of Illinois, who in 1935 was an instructor at the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago and the Americanism Chairman of the Illinois Department of The American Legion.
Hayes Kennedy became concerned about a project underway in the late 1930’s called “Young Pioneer Camps” promoted by the Communist Party to attract high school students. At these camps the Communist Party would advocate the virtues of the Communist system and the uselessness of democracy. It was their desire to start a counter movement within the ranks of American youth that would develop a better understanding of our system of government, and to instill in our youth a desire to preserve it. The Illinois Department of The American Legion approved Hayes Kennedy’s project, and in June 1935, the very first “American Legion Boys State” in the nation was held on the grounds of the Illinois State Fair.
The format for American Legion Boys State was laid out by Harold Card and fashioned from a method employed by him in earlier years to properly police and organize a Boy Scout camp. Shorthanded on staff, he permitted the boys to govern themselves, hold an election and elect a mayor and a city council. Appointments were made to cover positions like police, fire, health and sanitation officials. Harold Card quickly found that the boys became so enthused in carrying out their ‘city’ duties; they almost neglected their Scout assignments. The boys were learning by doing.
From the beginning in Illinois in 1935, the program swiftly spread among other American Legion Departments. Today, The American Legion conducts a “Boys State” program in 49 states. Hawaii is the only state that does not have an American Legion Boys State program. District of Columbia delegates attend either in the Maryland or Virginia Boys States. Now, 75 years later, the program is still providing that opportunity to young men. To learn by doing, and through this time over one million young men have experienced American Legion Boys State. Though Fascism no longer poses a threat in today’s world, our way of life is still threatened by forms of government alien to our democratic ideals, and by apathy among our own citizens. The American Legion continues to sponsor and to conduct American Legion Boys State in the belief that young citizens who are familiar with the operation of our system of government will be better prepared to uphold its ideals and maintain it for future generations.
III. AMERICAN LEGION HAWKEYE BOYS STATE
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 American Legion Hawkeye 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.
American Legion Hawkeye 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. American Legion Hawkeye Boys State will test skills in solving problems and working effectively within a team.
American Legion Hawkeye 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. Iowa government leaders attend each year to offer their vision and advice. Daily flag raising and lowering ceremonies are conducted at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.
American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is a chance to meet new people. With an average of 500 delegates in attendance each year, American Legion Hawkeye 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 American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is the friendships they will form with other American Legion Hawkeye Boys State citizens, many of whom will become lifelong friends.
So, what have you gotten yourself into? Hopefully, you can now see that the answer to that question depends upon your interests. It has meant something different to each of the thousands of delegates who have preceded you. American Legion Hawkeye Boys State cannot be all things to all people but 75 years of history and success has led The American Legion and all of those who help make the program possible to believe that Boys State offers something meaningful and important to the future of Iowa and the future of America.
The staff of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is comprised of highly motivated and qualified individuals who work with one goal in mind: to make your week at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State one of the most rewarding, educational, and worthwhile experiences of your life.
The delegates will be under the supervision of a director and staff members. The staff is drawn from the ranks of the Trustees and Commissioners of Iowa Boys State, the Iowa State Patrol, the agencies of Iowa government, the Iowa National Guard, the U.S. Military Services and Military Academies, professional career fields (lawyers, college admission counselors and teachers) and former American Legion Boys State delegates. The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State staff and counselors are always available to assist you. Never hesitate to come to any member of the staff should a question or problem arise.
IV. AMERICAN LEGION HAWKEYE BOYS STATE ORGANIZATION
Political Parties: Boys Staters are equally divided into two (2) political parties, Federalist and Nationalist.
Cities: Boys State delegates are also divided into “cities.” Each party nominates, through a city party caucus, a full slate of candidates for city offices to be elected during the general election. Each political party nominates delegates to the state and county conventions.
Counties: American Legion Hawkeye Boys State cities form an American Legion Hawkeye Boys State “county.” In each county, both political parties, through their county caucus, elect a County Chairman, Party Secretary and a like number of Secretaries. Both city and county organizations also nominate candidates to be elected in nonpartisan elections for specific offices, usually school boards. Each party nominates, through the county party caucus, a full slate of candidates for county offices to be elected during the general election.
State: A full slate of candidates for the state offices of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is elected at the state convention of both parties. All the voters of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State elect the state officers at the general election.
V. THE ELECTION PROCESS
Government officials at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State will participate in the elective process and serve in simulated executive, legislative, county and municipal positions of state government. State officials serving as part of Iowa’s state government will appear before Boys Staters and explain their respective duties
VI. WHAT OFFICE CAN I RUN FOR?
At American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, you can run for any one of the many elected public offices found in the state of Iowa, except township or village offices. The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State election process consists of a city and county caucus, a county and state convention and the general election. Voting in the general election is by computerized voting machines. Boys Staters who are not elected to an office must seek an appointive office. There are also a large number of appointed offices that will be filled by American Legion Hawkeye Boys State delegates.
The elective offices that you can run for at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.
o CITY: Mayor, Treasurer, and Councilman;
o COUNTY: Treasurer, Sheriff, Recorder, Auditor, Board of Supervisors, and Attorney;
o STATE: Representative, Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Auditor, and Treasurer. If you are not elected, you can apply to the Governor’s office, County offices or City offices. Everyone holds at least one elective or appointive office.
Court appointed positions.
o COURTS: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Associate Supreme Court Justices, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Court of Appeals Judges, and District Court Judges.
VII. CAMPAIGN MATERIALS
ALL CAMPAIGN MATERIALS MUST BE PREPARED AT AMERICAN LEGION HAWKEYE BOYS STATE, NOT BROUGHT WITH YOU. This is to ensure that each delegate starts out on an equal footing and develops a campaign of their own effort and initiative. Campaign materials may be purchased (using American Legion Hawkeye Boys State currency) through American Legion Hawkeye Boys State headquarters.
We are guests at the Camp Dodge facility. Use common sense in creating campaign materials. All campaign signs WILL be in good taste and free from obscene language, suggestive or lewd designs. American Legion Hawkeye Boys State also asks each delegate to be responsible. After the elections are over, each candidate is required to remove his campaign signs and dispose of them in a proper manner. Be careful and cautious where and how you affix signs or posters.
In addition to teaching participants about our democratic form of government, American Legion Hawkeye Boys State provides an opportunity to select and participate in a variety of other activities.
- SPORTS: The athletic director and his assistants will conduct and supervise athletic activities every afternoon. Facilities are available for those interested in softball, touch football, volleyball and other special events. All boys will be expected to participate in sports, within their physical ability. Each city will organize teams in each of the three sports and a regular schedule leading to a State Championships will be played. No facilities are available for tennis or golf.
- MUSIC: American Legion Hawkeye Boys State offers voluntary participation American Legion Hawkeye Boys State Band and Chorus. The band plays before each evening program and the chorus appears at several programs throughout the week. They are of excellent quality and have set the tone of the overall American Legion Hawkeye Boys State program. They both perform at the State Capitol the day the delegates visit the Capitol for their legislative session. The band plays on the steps as the rest of the boys march in to the Capitol and the chorus sings as a finale before we return to Camp Dodge. A jazz band is also organized and is scheduled at the convenience of the delegates’ schedule. If you play trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, French horn, tuba, piccolo, flute, or other brass/woodwind instruments, or percussion instruments you are invited to become a member of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State band. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT AND A MUSIC STAND (folding, if possible). Bass drums and music are the only items that will be furnished. NOTE: BUGLERS for the week will come out of the band. They will be responsible to appear at all flag-lowerings and raisings, Taps and Reveille. THE FIRST BAND REHEARSAL WILL BE SUNDAY (THE FIRST DAY) AT 1 P.M. THE CHORUS WILL MEET SUNDAY EVENING (THE FIRST DAY) AT 9 P.M. You will have an opportunity to sign up for band or chorus when you register. Band and Chorus does not interfere with any other activities at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.
- NEWSPAPER: American Legion Hawkeye Boys State puts out a daily newspaper that goes to every delegate each day. This paper includes interesting articles, interviews and sports results and schedules. Interested delegates may apply at check-in for positions as editors, photographers and staff members.
- STATE PATROL: American Legion Hawkeye Boys State operates a functioning Hawkeye Boys State Patrol, chaired by officers and troopers of the Iowa State Patrol. Up to four Boys Staters from each city may participate in the activities of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State Patrol. These young men receive comprehensive training in Iowa law, law enforcement and the role of a police officer.
- LAWYERS: American Legion Hawkeye Boys State operates a law school to teach participants about the role of lawyers and judges in our legal system. Up to four Boys State delegates from each city may participate in the activities of the Law School. Lawyers may run for election as city attorneys, county attorneys or Boys State Attorney General. Lawyers may also participate in the Judicial Nomination Commission and seek appointment as a Judge. Lawyers have the opportunity to participate in a Mock Trial as judges, lawyers, witnesses and jurors. Lawyers appointed to American Legion Hawkeye Boys State Supreme Court and American Legion Hawkeye Boys State Court of Appeals will meet to discuss and decide the mock appeal of a legal case. Lawyers are normally allowed to view the Judicial Building, Supreme Court and Court of Appeals chambers, during the trip to the State Capitol. The orientation meeting for all lawyers is held Sunday evening at 8:30 p.m.
IX. Orientations - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
All young men selected to attend American Legion Hawkeye Boys State are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation prior to arrival at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State. You may attend the one that is closest to your residence or which best fits your schedule!
The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State Orientation schedule will be posted to the website at www.ialegion.org as soon as it becomes available. Parents are encouraged to accompany the delegates to this orientation. The purpose is to acquaint you with American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, answer any questions you may have, address transportation to and from Hawkeye Boys State, and help you prepare.
The American Legion Post sponsoring you is your first point of contact – they are the Legionnaires who selected you. If you are unable to attend your regularly scheduled orientation, contact the Legion Post FIRST, and review the online version of the orientation at http://www.ialegion.org/boys_state.htm.
X. LETTER OF ONLINE REGISTRATION
As long as you are registered online, no further information is required to be mailed. Delegates to American Legion Hawkeye Boys State MUST register online. A letter of instruction to register online must be provided by your local American Legion Post that is sponsoring you! That letter contains The American Legion Post number, and you must include that in your online registration!
XI. MEDICAL CARE
Medical services will be provided. Sick call will be made available each morning and arrangements for emergencies will be provided. This includes first aid any time. Every precaution will be used to avoid injuries and prevent illnesses, but American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, Inc. will not be responsible for either injuries or illness should they occur. If the illness warrants it, the Iowa State Patrol (onsite at Hawkeye Boys State), American Legion Hawkeye Boys State medical staff or ambulance will transport you to a medical facility in Des Moines. If you must utilize American Legion Hawkeye Boys State medical facilities, please inform your city counselor. Should an emergency arise, your counselor is well briefed on procedures to follow to get immediate aid.
While you are attending American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, you are covered by a blanket Accident and Liability policy maintained by The American Legion of Iowa. This coverage is EXCESS COVERAGE to insurance maintained by your parents. In the event you receive treatment at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, the bill will be directed through your parent’s health insurance. Bring a copy of the front and back of your parents’ medical insurance card.
Plan to arrive at Camp Dodge between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Lunch will be available for American Legion Hawkeye Boys State delegates from 12 to 1 p.m. All delegates must arrive no later than 12 p.m., as the first activity begins Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. If you cannot make the 12 p.m. check-in deadline, you must notify American Legion Hawkeye Boys State by calling 515-727-3324.
YOUR SPONSORING AMERICAN LEGION POST WILL HELP YOU WITH TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS. YOU MUST CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL AMERICAN LEGION POST FOR INSTRUCTIONS AS TO YOUR TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS.
When you arrive at Camp Dodge, you will be met by American Legion Hawkeye Boys State traffic control personnel who will direct you where to park and to check-in. Please follow their instructions. Wait to unload your luggage until after you check-in. We request that you notify a parent or guardian of your safe arrival.
All of your fees are paid prior to session by a local American Legion Post. Please thank them properly for your attendance! You will be required to turn in all medications at check-in. Bring a copy of the front and back of your parents’ medical insurance card.
XV. CAMP DODGE
Camp Dodge is located north of Johnston, Iowa. ANYONE ENTERING CAMP DODGE MUST HAVE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION . . . IOWA DRIVERS LICENSE, SCHOOL IDENTIFICATION, OR OTHER OFFICIAL PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. THIS MEANS EVERYONE!
You will be housed in an assigned barracks on the grounds of Camp Dodge. Two barracks is a ‘city.’ The barracks you reside in and your city name will be given to you at check-in. Bring a complete bedroll, including blankets, sheets, pillow and pillowslip. You may bring a sleeping bag if desired. NO BEDDING IS AVAILABLE AT CAMP DODGE. TAG EVERYTHING WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS. Please have adequate clothing and supplies for ONE FULL WEEK.
XVII. WHAT TO BRING
Important articles to bring with you are:
o Small bag;
o Face towels - Bath towels
o Shower shoes
o Shaving/toilet articles/Small mirror
o Jeans & shorts
o Sports uniforms/clothing
o Shoes for all sports (NO flip-flops)
o Musical instrument and stand (If applicable)
Meals are provided at no cost to you. Your sponsoring American Legion Post, as part of the enrollment fee, pays the meal cost. You will eat in a dining area assigned to your American Legion Hawkeye Boys State city. You will eat with your American Legion Hawkeye Boys State city and your city counselor will direct you to the correct dining hall.
Shirt and shoes are required in the dining areas. No swimming trunks are permitted. The official American Legion Hawkeye Boys State badge is admission to the dining area, and will be issued to you at your city when you arrive. Meals are not available for your friends or relatives. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served by schedule. Breakfast: 6:45 a.m. - Lunch: 12 p.m. - Dinner: 6 p.m.
You will be able to send and receive mail while at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State. A mailbox is located at the Boys State Headquarters Building (C-3). Outgoing mail is taken to the Post Office daily. Incoming mail is picked up by American Legion Hawkeye Boys State staff on a daily basis and will be routed to you through your city counselor/city mailman. ADDRESS: Your address for the week will be:
- Your Name
- Your Assigned Hawkeye Boys State City*
- American Legion Hawkeye Boys State
- 7105 N.W. Beaver Drive
- Johnston, Iowa 50131
*You will be assigned a “city” upon your arrival, which should be used as part of your mailing address when possible.
XX. USE OF CELL PHONE AND TABLETS, I-PADS, ETC.
Your barracks will not have a telephone. In case of emergency, you can be reached at 515-727-3324. Cell phone, and use of Tablets/I-Pads, is permitted only when activities are not in session (during free time). Wi-fi usage is extremely limited, as you are on a military installation and security measures are followed.
XXI. CANTEEN (Convenience Store – Military PX)
The National Guard PX will operate a canteen for the benefit of The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State delegates. Candy, ice cream, soft drinks, postage stamps, soap, toothpaste and other articles may be purchased daily. As this is a military PX, please observe their rules as to purchases allowed. This is a privilege they extend to American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, and normally utilized ONLY by military personnel and retirees. Be extremely respectful to our military hosts.
XXII. AUTOMOBILES (Personal Owned Vehicles)
Delegates bringing cars WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO USE THEM DURING AMERICAN LEGION HAWKEYE BOYS STATE except in emergencies, and then only with the permission of the Director. After you have unpacked, you will be directed to park in a lot patrolled by Camp Dodge security. Keys must be turned in to your city counselor and kept at Boys State Headquarters (C-3). You may pick them up on the LAST DAY from your city counselor or from headquarters. This restriction is necessary for the safety of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State delegates and conduct of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State program.
While attending American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, you will be photographed professionally with your fellow citizens, for inclusion in the Boys State CD, which will be mailed to you a few weeks after you return home. Candid photos of activities throughout the week will also be included on the CD. The American Legion of Iowa and American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, Inc. are not responsible for photos posted by fellow Boys State citizens or visitors, to any of the social medias by fellow citizens or visitors.
XXIV. AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
American Legion Hawkeye Boys State awards and scholarships are made available to those students who have exemplified “statesmanship” in their qualities of character, scholarship, citizenship, patriotism and leadership. Some of them include:
DONALD E. JOHNSON — $5,000. The American Legion of Iowa Foundation gives this award annually to the Outstanding Citizen of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.
Hawkeye Boys State Governor - $1,000. Awarded to the elected Hawkeye Boys State Governor. NOTE: If he is also the Outstanding Citizen, he only receives the Donald E. Johnson Scholarship, not both.
ANDY HAVERMAN SCHOLARSHIP - $500. In memory of Andy Haverman, 1996 American Legion Hawkeye Boys State Citizen. Based on staff recommendations and performance during Hawkeye Boys State session.
LEGAL MERIT AWARD - $500. Presented to the delegate which scores the highest on The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State “Bar Exam,” administered to those delegates who become part of the law school at Hawkeye Boys State. Available through 2018 American Legion Hawkeye Boys State session.
Boys Nation Senators. All travel and expenses are funded by the National organization. Two Boys Nation Senators will be invited to attend The American Legion of Iowa’s Mid-Winter Conference, to report on their experiences at Boys Nation. See Section VIII of this handbook.
Boys Nation Senators (Alternates) - $750. Given to the two alternates chosen as Boys Nation Senators, if they are not called upon to attend Boys Nation. See Section VIII of this handbook.
Sons of The American Legion Highway Patrol Award - $500. Presented to the delegate who completes the examination process of the Boys State Highway Patrol and is promoted to the rank of “Colonel” as a result.
Sons of The American Legion Second in Command Award - $500. Presented to the delegate who is elected Lt. Governor of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.
Sons of The American Legion Outstanding Band Member - $500. Presented to the delegate who participates in The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State Band, and excels, as chosen by Hawkeye Boys State Band Director.
Sons of The American Legion Outstanding Chorus Member - $500. Presented to the delegate who participates in The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State Chorus, and excels, as chosen by Hawkeye Boys State Chorus Director.
SAMSUNG AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - $1,100
The Samsung Group, in recognition of the sacrifice and commitment of United States servicemen and women who served during the Korean War to maintain the security of the Korean peninsula, is pleased to work with America’s largest veteran’s organization, The American Legion, to offer an educational opportunity to descendants of veterans who have served so honorably. Samsung has endowed a scholarship fund of five million dollars ($5,000,000) to be administered by The American Legion.
o SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA: Eligibility - The student must be a descendant of an U.S. veteran who served honorably during one or more of the wartime periods. Descendant is defined as a “direct lineage, i.e. child, grandchild, great-grandchild, etc., and legally adopted children. The student must attend an accredited U.S. college or university. The scholarship is for undergraduate study only and may be used for tuition, books, fees (normal and customary) and room and board (university housing or its equivalent).
o Samsung Scholarship applications are available ONLY online at http://www.ialegion.org/boys_state/samsung_application.pdf. To be considered, you must be a delegate to the 2016 American Legion Hawkeye Boys State. All eligible delegates (see criteria above) should turn-in the completed application, with all required documentation, upon check-in at Hawkeye Boys State! If in doubt of eligibility, turn in a completed application.
o Each American Legion Hawkeye Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Iowa Girls State program will select one application to forward to The American Legion National Headquarters. The National Selection Committee will review these “national finalist” applications in September 2016. The National Selection Committee is comprised of members of The American Legion’s National Committee on Education and a representative of the Samsung Group. Ten (10) recipients, known as “Samsung American Legion Scholars,” are anticipated.
XXV. AMERICAN LEGION BOYS NATION
The National Headquarters of The American Legion conducts a program called AMERICAN LEGION BOYS NATION, held at Marymount in Arlington, Virginia, and picks up in the instruction process on government where respective American Legion Boys State programs leave off.
At American Legion Boys Nation, young men learn about the federal levels and process of our government, through “hands-on” participation, like American Legion Hawkeye Boys State. American Legion Boys Nation follows the national political process and culminates its program with election of the President of Boys Nation.
The American Legion Boys Nation program is conducted at Marymount College in Arlington, Virginia.
Two (2) American Legion Hawkeye Boys State citizens will be selected to represent Iowa and American Legion Hawkeye Boys State in the week-long American Legion Boys Nation program. Two (2) alternate citizens will be selected to attend American Legion Boys Nation in the event a principal delegate from American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is unable to attend.
At American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, candidates to be considered for Boys Nation are nominated by their city counselors and interviewed by an American Legion Boys Nation selection panel, comprised of American Legion Hawkeye Boys State staff members.
The American Legion National Headquarters pays for the transportation costs of all delegates to American Legion Boys Nation.
XXVI. RULES OF CONDUCT
You are attending American Legion Hawkeye Boys State on the recommendation of your school officials and members of The American Legion Post in your community. Uphold the confidence placed in you. Conduct yourself in a manner to reflect credit not only upon yourself, but your school and community, as well. Being selected to attend American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is an honor and a privilege.
- The use of any TOBACCO is not permitted.
- No one is permitted to have LIQUOR or DRUGS in his possession.
- Possession of FIREARMS or EXPLOSIVES of any kind is not permitted.
- GAMBLING in any form will not be tolerated.
- ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY for the entire week. Hawkeye Boys State delegates may not leave the grounds without the permission of Hawkeye Boys State Director, only in emergencies.
- The use of profanity, either written or spoken, will not be tolerated. Conduct yourself in a manner to bring honor to American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, not embarrassment.
- A violation of any of the rules will subject you to a DISHONORABLE DISMISSAL, without refund, and A CALL TO YOUR PARENTS AND SPONSORING AMERICAN LEGION POST.
- Since the first American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, there have been many landmark events in the evolution of our program.
- Perhaps the strongest evidence of this heritage is the good reputation built by delegates who participate each year.
Upon completing American Legion Hawkeye Boys State, you will join alumni of hundreds of thousands, numbering among their ranks judges, lawyers, educators, military leaders, and federal, state and local government officials. Many of these individuals credit their success to the experience gained at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State. BE PROUD OF BEING SELECTED TO ATTEND AMERICAN LEGION HAWKEYE BOYS STATE! IT IS AN HONOR AFFORDED ONLY A SPECIAL GROUP OF YOUNG MEN EACH YEAR.
- DO bring lots of ideas for campaign signs, gimmicks, slogans, etc. with you.
- DO NOT bring any prepared campaign material with you. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE IT.
- DO bring comfortable clothes. T-shirts and shorts can be worn on most occasions. Candidates for office should dress accordingly. Your Boys State T-shirt and acceptable khaki shorts or nice jeans will be worn for evening assemblies and the trip to the State Capitol.
- DO NOT bring clothes that are not respectable.
- DO plan on making a week-long commitment to The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State program.
- DO NOT plan to leave American Legion Hawkeye Boys State early to attend another program, baseball games, basketball tournaments, family vacations, or for other reasons. Attendance at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State for the entire program is MANDATORY. Exceptions are granted only by the Director.
- DO learn the name and number of The American Legion Post that is sponsoring you at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.
- DO NOT bring a large amount of cash or anything with you that is extremely valuable. All personal items are your responsibility. Although a “lost and found” will be created at Headquarters, American Legion Hawkeye Boys State assumes no responsibility for any lost items.
- DO plan on reporting about your week at American Legion Hawkeye Boys State at your local American Legion Post, school, community, clubs, etc., after your return home.
- DO NOT hesitate to keep your local American Legion Post informed of what you are doing. They are proud to have you represent them.
- DO come to American Legion Hawkeye Boys State with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Be prepared to spend long, but rewarding hours learning with The American Legion Hawkeye Boys State program.
- DO NOT think you are coming to a recreation camp, but have fun with the organized sports and activities.
- DO plan to report to the check-in site at Camp Dodge after 9 a.m. and before 12 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
- DO make arrangements to be picked up/leave not earlier than 1 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016.
- DO NOT think you can’t do something without trying first.
- DO extend yourself to the fullest within American Legion Hawkeye Boys State.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS AFTER READING THROUGH THIS MATERIAL - PLEASE CALL YOUR LOCAL AMERICAN LEGION POST SPONSOR OR THE AMERICAN LEGION OF IOWA STATE HEADQUARTERS AT 1-800-365-8387.