The Historic American Legion Boys State of Kansas, which has been traditionally held in early June of each year, has been moved to August to allow for the event to be held in person, versus virtual. Because of the change in date, applications are being accepted through May 31 and the class of eligible applicants has been expanded.
The program, which was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held Sun., Aug. 1 through Sat., Aug. 7 at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the state, county and local levels, providing opportunities to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. It provides participants an interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that develops self-identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility.
Traditionally, Kansas Boys State is for individuals who have completed their junior year of high school. With last year’s cancellation, the ALBSK program announced in January that it was expanding the pool of registrants for this year’s session to include those who have completed their senior year of high school (those who missed out on last year’s event due to the coronavirus pandemic), as well as individuals who have completed their sophomore year of high school.
Those wishing to attend the program should visit KSBState.org to register. In addition, anyone can nominate individuals to attend Kansas Boys State by going to ksbstate.org and submitting the person’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, high school and phone number. You can also submit nominees for future years as well.
The cost to attend the Boys State of Kansas program is $350; however, in many instances, sponsors pay the majority of the fees, with the delegate or his family paying $50.
Potential sponsors, such as American Legion posts, civic organizations, businesses, clubs and interested individuals, or those with questions, should contact Troy Fowler, ALBSK director of operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.