"Upon the subject of education... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in."
Boys State is an opportunity for our sons, grandsons and other young men in our lives to experience a hands-on practical education in how our system of government in Utah is designed to work. Granted it is a fairly intense few days where boys are immersed in the inner workings of city, county and state government along with relevant leadership opportunities. Boys are informed and often entertained by some of the best minds belonging to some of the most qualified and respected public figures in our state. Veterans, first responders, educators, legal scholars all volunteer their time, talent and most importantly real-life experiences to secure a better understanding in our young men, of the duties and responsibilities, rights and privileges of American Citizenship.
"The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson then given a test. In life you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." -Tom Bodett
The Boys State program is a nationwide summer youth education program designed to augment high school civics. It is considered a premier, once in a lifetime opportunity, often referred to as a week that will influence/change the life of a young man.
A better tomorrow always begins with educators and your influence toward a more informed citizenry. Please invite the boys of your school to take the opportunity to learn about, investigate and potentially participate in the Utah Boys State program. All boys that complete our course will receive three semester hours of elective college credit transferrable to nearly every college or university in the country; exceptional opportunity to receive scholarships, (see our scholarship tab for specifics) meet/associate & bond with boys from across the state, building life-long friendships all while learning a lot about our state government and even more about themselves.
"...Men (and women) make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better..." Harry S. Truman
On behalf of the staff of The American Legion Department of Utah Boys State program, we express our most sincere appreciation and deepest respect to all the members of the Legion for your service, and continuing contribution to the betterment of this great nation. We are a better nation because of veterans such as yourselves doing great work in your communities; engaged in youth activities, education, veteran's assistance programs and so much more.
As members of the Legion, Veterans of the Armed Forces, we each hold dearly our commitment to the ideals of Americanism. We do not take lightly our self-imposed obligation to ensure we've done our part in living up to and promoting love of flag, patriotism and democracy. Please stand with us in support of the Great Americans that started the Boys State program, and with the many Great Americans that continue in their stead. The choice is clear, and our nation's youth deserve nothing less than our best effort. God bless you and thanks for your service.