American Legion posts will make Boys State selections The American Legion, Department of South Dakota State Headquarters in Watertown reports that American Legion posts across South Dakota will begin selecting high school junior boys for the 61st annual session of the South Dakota American Legion Boys State. The 2003 session of Boys State convenes on the campus of Northern State University on June 2.
The week-long session, part of the American Legion's Americanism Program, is one of the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students in the nation. Boys State started in Aberdeen in 1940 and continued through 1942. World War II made it necessary to drop the activity from 1943-1945, but in 1946 Boys State was resumed in South Dakota.
It is a participatory program where each boy becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. The boys will be exposed to the rights and provileges, the duties and responsibilities of a citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state government operated by elected and appointed officials duly placed in office by the participants. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.
Participants are normally selected by local American Legion posts following recommendations by school officials. In most cases, the expenses associated with attendance are paid by a sponsoring American Legion post, a local business or another community-based organization.
Approximately 60 volunteers, along with civic and government leaders, will participate as counselors during the week-long program.
The South Dakota American Legion Boys State program is conducted under the direction of Darrell Salter, Parker. For additional information, contact your local American Legion post, your local high school or the South Dakota American Legion State Headquarters in Watertown at 605-886-3604.