You are invited to attend the 66th Session of New Mexico Boys State, A Premier Leadership and Democracy Program – We’ll give you a week that will shape your lifetime!


Training the Youth for the Future Leaders of America!!!

Company Overview

American Legion Boys State learning today…

Leading tomorrow…Born of a desire to counter the Facist-inspired Youth Pioneer Camps of the 1930′s, it continues today as a premier example of learning about government by taking an active and practical role in its operation. Through role-playing exercises, participants soon learn that the individual citizen is ultimately responsible for the character and success of his government.The American Legion believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government. By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, America can remain strong and ensure our freedom for future generations.American Legion Boys State is a unique summertime educational program that does not emphasize classroom lectures and textbook learning. Instead, it focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governing bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective state government.Boys State was founded, and its courses of instruction designed, to supplement the information taught in high school civics classes. It is an activity born out of a need for youth training in practical citizenship, leadership, and to instill a working knowledge of the structure and operation of state government.Boys State has the following objectives:to develop leadership and pride in American government to arouse a keen interest in the detailed study of government to develop in the young citizens of Boys State a full understanding of our American traditions and belief in the United States of America to arouse in the young citizens a determination to maintain our form of government and, from the Preamble to The American Legion’s Constitution: “to inculate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy.


Students will focus on how the political process operates in state government. Topics will include – law, civil service, election procedures, and parliamentary procedures. There will be detailed explanation of the legislative, executive and judicial procedures of state government.

• Objectives: Students will develop an understanding of how state government works and appreciate the democratic process in American government.

• Activities: Students will participate in New Mexico Boys/Girls State. Through role playing and other functional activities students will learn about elections, caucuses, conventions, operation of the courts, legislative assemblies, law enforcement and public welfare.

• College Credit Hours: Students will receive 3 college credits upon certification of attendance, participation and satisfactory completion of the program. College credits can be transferred to any college or university.

• Registration and tuition fees: The American Legion, Department of New Mexico & the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of New Mexico will pay all registration costs to include room & board, meals and transportation to and from Portales. Tuition for college credits is paid by scholarship from ENMU. Boys State participants are asked to pay a $25.00 fee for “t-shirts” to be worn throughout the week and at recreation.

• Extra Curricular Activities: Participants are encouraged to join the “band” or be part of the annual Talent Show.

General Information

Boys State is made up of young men from all across the state who have just completed their junior year of high school, going into their senior year. They are selected to attend Boys’ State by their designated schools based on their leadership and character. We are looking to have delegates who are excited to get the experience of a lifetime through their participation and willingness to learn, regardless of club, school, program or academic involvement. Delegates have the opportunity to form a mock state government in where they are divided up into groups of cities and counties.Delegates learn how state and local government and elections work by campaigning for one of the many offices on the state, county, or municipal level and then actually doing the work that their real-world counterpart would do. They work on bills in their legislature and they work on economic development projects in their city, all the while competing against other delegates and cities. This practical experience will allow the delegates to leave Boys State with a real-world understanding of democracy, from campaigning for office to being an overall more informed and well-rounded citizen primed to be the leaders of tomorrow.Three, (3), College Credits are offered to each stator who attends and participates in the program for the whole week. These credits are transferable all across the country at most accredited Colleges & Universities. This program is nationally recognized for inspiring some of the greatest leaders of the past and the present and supported by administration all across the state. We would like to have your students be added among the lists of successful politicians, business men and leaders of today such as: Neil Armstrong, Tom Brokaw, James Campbell, Bill Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Lawrence DiCara, Michelle D. Johnson, & Mark Wahlberg. Accommodations: Housing, Food and Facilities are paid for by the American Legion and individual contributors. The venue is at Eastern New Mexico University New Mexico. Transportation is provided by the American Legion and arrangements can usually be made prior to the event.

Please refer to http://www.nmlegion.org for more information and application or feel free to contact the

American Legion
Post 13
1215 Mountain Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

for either paper applications or any questions you might have.