For Parents


“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.”   

-Abraham Lincoln

Boys State is an opportunity for our sons and grandsons 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. They 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.

By giving voice to some of the parents and boys that have experienced Boys State, we hope to let their thoughts / opinions amplify what we already believe.

Here’s what some had to say:

“I’m thrilled that my son was able to participate in Boys State!  Thank you for taking the time to teach the boys – I appreciate everyone’s efforts.”

"We love history, and are a very patriotic family.  I loved that this program fosters those two things."   

"We thought it was a great opportunity to learn about our country, voting and meeting new people."

"Great opportunity to learn about how the community works together to run the government in our state."

"I feel that knowing how the government operates is very important to our future."

"The patriotic education was the most important factor.  It’s important for kids to know how our country works."

"Thank you for the wonderful program.  My son had a great time and the opportunity to be on campus and get college credit was great."

"I loved discussions with leaders and other kids.  Fun & challenging."

"I liked meeting new people and learning who they are.  Fun & educational."

"I enjoyed being able to meet so many new and awesome people.  Worth it."

"I liked learning about the election and voting process.  Fun, intense & memorable."

"I liked forging new relationships.  Fast-paced, informational, great."  

"Thank you for bringing veterans in to speak with the boys, I really enjoyed chatting with many of them."  

On behalf of the Utah Boys State staff we look forward in great anticipation for the opportunity to help guide your sons through a once in a lifetime experience.  Our commitment is to provide them with one additional tool and hopefully stoke the fire of their curiosity. It is our honor to continue to serve this great nation and entrust to the young men of whom we enjoy mentoring the future of our free and democratic country knowing that we’ve done our part to help them grow to meet the challenges of their time.  


“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