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Boys and Girls State


American Legion Boys State is 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.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State.

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 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.

 It is never too late, or too early to contribute toward sponsoring a delegate to Girls State.  Thanks to all who make Girls State possible

Hardin Unit is a very strong, proud supporter of the Girls State Program, and much of that support comes from the members of our Legion Family.  Hardin Unit is the largest single sponsor of the Girls state Program.

 Parents, students, or educators interested in additional information on Kentucky Girls State can contact Virginia Hobbs at    InfoGirlsState@hardinpost113.com.   

Also, individual, corporate, or civic contributing sponsors are welcome and may also contact
Virginia Hobbs via the same link or calling by calling Hardin Post 113.

The goal of the Girls State Program is to educate young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. Its purpose is to awaken within the youth of our nation a sincere conviction that a well-informed, intelligent, participating citizenry is vitally needed to protect and preserve our American institutions and our American democracy.

It is in a mythical 51st state where the citizens of Girls State organize their own city, county, and state governments. They choose their own officials in accordance with regular election procedures, and they learn the duties of the various city, county and state offices. They introduce and debate their own bills in a legislature. Justice is administered by their own law enforcement agencies and courts. In Girls State, the young citizens "learn by doing." Although the girls are divided into two political parties, the "National" and the "Federal," the program is non-partisan and free from propaganda.

The Girls State program aids participants in developing the leadership skills, confidence and poise that can be a lasting foundation for success in their personal and professional lives.

Girls are eligible to attend if they meet the following criteria:

- have completed their junior year in high school
- are interested in government and current events
- have high moral character
- possess strong leadership abilities
- have an above average scholastic standing
- have a desire to learn
These criteria may vary slightly from state to state. The number of girls in each state is determined by the state Auxiliary's available resources.


Special Olympics


This Year's Special Olympics Golf Scramble was a great sucess! Thanks to all who participated.