Boys State 2021

General Overview and COVID information
The 80th Session of American Legion Boys State of Virginia will be held at Radford University June 19-25, 2021, as scheduled. The American Legion is committed to conducting the 2021 program as safely as possible in full compliance with applicable federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines. The guidelines continue to change and evolve and while they anticipate the program to be able to be held as scheduled, participants may be more limited than in the past. For these reasons, all participants are being registered as "alternates" at this time. Final capacity numbers will be made by mid-April, and applicants will be notified as soon as possible afterwards. 

Please monitor the Virginia Boys State website ( for further information. 

What and Who
This prestigious opportunity is for rising 11th grade boys. This leadership summit will help students learn more about state and local government, as they participate in varied recreational and extracurricular activities; live, work, and associate with other outstanding young men, instructors and counselors representing practically every city and county in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Students are encouraged to apply through the counseling office, and can email Ms. Ellingsen for more information regarding applications and interviews. ([email protected])

You can also contact Mike Gowan, district 10 chairperson at (804) 477-5487.

All interviews will be conducted virtually, so make sure your contact information is clearly stated on your application. 

The American Legion is committed to covering the cost it takes to send a student to Boys state
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