The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State (established in 1936) and The American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State (established in 1941) are the West Virginia versions of The American Legion’s Boys State and The American Legion Auxiliary's Girls State programs. Each program typically has approximately 400 “citizens” that graduate from the program annually.
The American Legion Boys State and The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his or her city, county and state government.
At The American Legion Boys State and The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.
High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts and American Legion Auxiliary Units to attend the programs. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post or American Legion Auxiliary Unit, a local business or another community-based organization.
Check us out online:
American Legion Mountaineer Boys State: http://mountaineerboysstate.org
American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State: http://wvgirlsstate.org