Boys state * May 26 - June 2, 2018

Staff contact info: (405) 578-4OBS (4627)


The deadline for your students to complete their online registration is now May 7, 2018. We still have lots of slots open! Please continue to recruit from your cities/towns AND your greater geographic areas of influence. Remember, even if you and your Post cannot pay for a student who should be at Boys State, he can pay his own way if he so desires. Please help us find and encourage participation by ANY and ALL eligible young men who would be a fit for this amazing program!

- STATE SUPERINTENDENT ENCOURAGING FULL PARTICIPATION IN 2018: We have been made aware that with rare exception, schools will NOT be extending their school years due to the Teacher Walk-out and missed days. Even for those Districts that are extending, the State Superintendent is sending a letter to all Districts asking they allow Boys and Girls State Delegates to be released to attend these important programs regardless. Please pass this word and continue to help us recruit!

- REFUNDS: A frequent question arising from the Teacher Walk-outs has been 'Will Boys State provide refunds for delegates who register and pay (themselves or their sponsoring Posts) but who cannot attend due to the Teacher Walk-out and prolonged academic year?' The answer is no. As stated above, the vast majority of School Districts will not be extending their academic year, and for the few who are, the State Superintendent has authorized Boys State Delegates to be excused early to attend the program. As such, we will not be changing our long-standing policy of 'no refunds' this year.

Thank you for all you do to support this foundational element of your American Legion Youth Programs! In today's political and leadership climate, American Legion Boys and Girls State programs are more important than ever! Please help us fill every open spot this year so, together, we can continue to help develop the best possible leaders of tomorrow.

The 2018 Session of Oklahoma Boys State is May 26 - June 2, 2018. 

Location: Campus of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma.

$275.00 per Delegate (Post-Sponsored Delegates MAY pay their own fee if number of qualified Delegates exceeds Post funds/Delegate scholarships). 

"The Week That Shapes A Lifetime" – A program of the Oklahoma American Legion

The American Legion sponsors 50 Boys States throughout the continent and Puerto Rico. Each Boys State provides a learning and growing experience for boys who have completed their junior year in high school. The methods to select boys to attend the program vary from state to state and even from Post to Post, but all share the common goal of providing the most beneficial experience to those who appear to have the most potential for leadership and service.


The American Legion hopes to foster patriotism, citizenship, and leadership through its weeklong Boys State programs. Many of the states’ programs have slight differences, but we feel that the Department of Oklahoma’s is among the very strongest.

At Oklahoma Boys State, we emphasize not only the elective democratic process, but also the legislative, bill-writing activities found throughout our government. As the week passes, each Oklahoma delegate finds himself in a variety of government situations at the city, county, and state levels. Well-rounded athletic and academic programs complements the government simulations to provide a complete week of learning both in and out of the classroom.


Each delegate is given the opportunity to pursue both elected and appointed positions in his Boys State City or at the county or state level. Whether or not the delegate chooses to pursue an elected or appointed position, he will serve as either a state representative or senator (appointed at random prior to the session) and will be authoring, debating, and voting on Boys State legislation in his respective county legislature.


Boys State works because of the nearly 90 staff members and about 700 delegates that make it work. The Director and his staff work throughout the year to improve each session and each one does seem to be better than the last.

The following are the recommended guidelines employed by most Boys State programs:

Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and who have at least one more semester remaining are considered. Previous participants of a Boys State competition are not allowed to attend a second session. Only those who illustrate leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service in their schools and community should be considered. Merit and ability are the basis for evaluation during the actual citizens selection process.

Boys State competitions are in compliance with federal handicap laws. Most programs require a medical/parental consent certificate signed by a parent and registered doctor. The selection process often differs in Legion departments.

The ideal method is for schools to recommend lists of eligible candidates to local Legion posts. The post would then conduct interviews and select their representative(s) for the program.

Director: Clay Ballenger (405) 578-4627