Boys Nation

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American Legion Boys Nation
Motto: "A week that shapes a lifetime."
Capital Washington, D.C.
38°53′N 77°01′W / 38.883°N 77.017°W / 38.883; -77.017
Government Federal presidential constitutional republic
• President of Boys Nation
Anighya Crocker
• Vice President of Boys Nation
Choteau Kammel
• President Pro Tempore of the Boys Nation Senate
Aaron Jaffe
• Secretary of the Boys Nation Senate
Pranoy Behera
• Chief of Staff of the White House
Ben Essex
• Chief Justice of Boys Nation
Reuben Kamanga
Legislature Congress
August 1, 1946
• Boys Forum of National Government
September 29, 1946
• 2015 census

Boys Nation is an annual forum concerning civic training, leadership, and Americanism that is run by the American Legion.[1]

Each year, two delegates in the summer after their junior year of high school are selected from each of the forty-nine American Legion Boys State programs in the U.S. (Hawaii does not host a Boys State).[2] These delegates attend the week-long event in Washington, DC.

The event endeavors to teach delegates about the processes of Federal government of the United States through taking part in a mock Senate and mock elections of a Boys Nation Senate President Pro Tempore, Senate Secretary, Vice President, and President. Senators also attend lectures and forums, visiting governmental institutions and historical sites. Tom Brokaw and former president Bill Clinton have been involved. It is a tradition for the student senators to take a private tour of the White House and be received by the current president.

Students assume the role of a United States Senator, representing their respective (Boys) State. They write and introduce bills and debate in the senate chambers. Delegates are split into political parties and draft a party platform as well as perform usual party duties like nominations for president and vice-president, along with elected party leadership.

Senators tour D.C. memorials, get private tours of the United States Supreme Court, Congress, and State Department.

The American Legion Auxiliary runs a similar event called Girls Nation.[3]

Notable Alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ "Boys Nation | The American Legion". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  2. ^ "About Boys Nation | The American Legion". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 
  3. ^ Auxiliary, American Legion. "ALA Girls Nation - American Legion Auxiliary". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 

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