William J. Hocking-Post 91-Wharton-NJ


POST 91 CONTACT PERSON - Frank Dulfer for more information.




Class of 2018 Jersey Boys State representing Post 91.
Thomas Bizub-Delbarton, Andrew Yeager-Morris Hills, Tyler Scerbo-Morris Hills, Luke Gannon-Delbarton, Benjamin Holeczko-Morris Hills, William Gomez-Morris Hills, Andrew Donahue-Morris Hills. Not shown, Jonathan Beddow-Morris Catholic, Owen Crann-Delbarton

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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.

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.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details visit  http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/girls.html

Important Item Applicable to All Programs - The National Executive Committee at the 2016 American Legion Convention passed Resolution 16. Resolution 16 outlines expectations regarding flag respect for those involved in American Legion youth programs. Participants of Legion Baseball, Boys State, Boys Nation and other programs will show proper respect to the U.S. Flag at all times, including during the national anthem. The resolution recommends department and post leaders of all Legion programs educate individuals in advance about this expectation; if youth cannot or will not meet it, they should not participate in Legion programs.

New Jersey Boys State Program




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