June 20, 2024

Arizona Boys State

The 2024 program will take place from Sunday, June 2 to Saturday, June 8 at the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff

The American Legion Arizona Boys State is a week-long leadership training and civics education experience for boys who have completed their junior year of high school.  The program is designed to teach students about how our government functions and to encourage them to become engaged citizens.

When they arrive at Boys State, students become citizens of a fictional 51st state – Boys State.  Over the next several days, students campaign and hold elections for political offices at the city, county, and state levels.  Once these positions have been filled, the students learn by doing: they pass their own laws, operate their own courts, and generally govern themselves.  Students also receive extensive instruction on court procedures, the legislative process, the criminal justice system, civil rights, and civic duties.  Outside of these activities, the program also offers numerous recreational opportunities including a basketball tournament, a band, a choir, and a daily student-run newspaper.

The official motto of Boys State is “A Week that Shapes a Lifetime.”  To learn why, please watch this student-produced video from Arizona Boys State 2019:

For additional information about Arizona Boys State, please contact [email protected] or click below: