Enrollment opens for American Legion Boys State

Girls State applications also open.


PEQUOT LAKES — Now in its 86th year nationally and its 73rd year in Minnesota, the American Legion Boys State program is accepting applications for 2022.

Boys State will be held June 12-18 on the Campus of St. John's University in Collegeville.

The American Legion Boys State is a unique summertime educational program for boys entering their senior year of high school. The program focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governmental bodies and elected public officials.

It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of state government while providing training in practical citizenship, leadership and character through a nonpartisan lens.

The American Legion believes government is only strengthened by teaching today’s youth to understand and appreciate the democratic process. It’s programs like American Legion Boys State that help America remain strong and ensure our freedom for future generations.


The American Legion Boys State program consists of classroom work, lectures and hands-on activities that promote learning by doing. Each participant is known as a “citizen” and becomes an integral part of the process assuming specific responsibilities as an elected or appointed official.

Enrollment fees are paid by the American Legion posts, businesses or other civic organizations. There are no costs to the students attending this program.

Former delegates who participated in the American Legion Boys State programs across the country over the years continue to inspire current students to apply. Past graduates who went on to have a career in the public eye include former President Bill Clinton, athlete Michael Jordan, rock star Jon Bon Jovi, news personality Tom Brokaw and former U.S. Peace Corps director Gaddi Vasquez.

“The college application landscape remains incredibly competitive,” Thomas Nelson, past director of the American Legion Boys State program in Minnesota, said in a news release. “High school students are looking for extracurricular activities that can help them develop skills and experience that will stand out in the crowd. Selection in the American Legion Boys State is a testimony to the character and leadership of each participant and is an experience recognized by employers, U.S. service academies and university admissions boards.”

For more information on the program and how to apply, contact Ken Meyer at 218-568-5414 or Complete details on the program can be found at

Applications for Girls State are also being taken. Call Jean Hummel at 612-201-8549 for information.

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