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Kentucky American Legion



Kentucky Boys State 2013

 2014 KY Boys State June 8 - 13, 2014

Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center



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                      Boys State Newsletter:

Letter from Kevin Kral, 2010 Boys Nation Senator


Thank you of your interest in Kentucky Boys State, a premier leadership course for high school juniors!

The American Legion Boys State programs are among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

At American Legion Boys 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 to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business, parent or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State.   For more information about Girls State review their brochure:
For information concerning Kentucky Boys State or Kentucky Girls State, please  go the YOUTH PROGRAMS page on this site and complete the sign up form.  A program chairman will contact you shortly.  Kentucky Boys State 2014 will be held June 8-13, at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center, Greenville, KY.                     
The fee for attending Boys State is $200, usually covered by the Post sponsoring the young man.  See brochure for more information.        
The Boys State Entrance Forms are: Enrollee Questionnaire Form, Health History Form, Capitol Visit, Rifle Range and Data Release Form.  Please complete the forms and mail to: Kentucky American Legion, P.O. Box 2123, Louisville, KY 40201.  The Boys State Chairman will contact you shortly.
Details concerning the Kentucky Boys State Progam: Brochure 
For additional online details visit:
This program provides students with a chance to gain experience in leadership, state government, college level curriculum, contacts with veterans and leaders in the State of Kentucky and make a network of peers in high school.  Boys State is a highly regarded program by multiple grant and scholarship applications, college admission boards, Academy selection committees, and is a key resume enhancer.
If I can be of any service to you or anyone interested in Kentucky Boys State, please contact me immediately at the below information.

Dr. Pete Trzop
100 Sandy Hill Court
Bardstown, KY 40004
502 233 4585


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