Join us for Arkansas Boys State from May 26 – 31, 2019
on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in Conway.

What is Arkansas Boys State?

Arkansas Boys State is an immersive program in civics education designed for high school juniors. For over 75 years the week-long camp has shaped the lives of notable leaders such as Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong, President Bill Clinton, Basketball Super Star Michael Jordan, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, News Anchor Tom Brokaw, and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Upon arrival at a Boys State, each participant is assigned a mock political party, city, and county. Throughout the week, delegates administrate this mock government as if it were the real government. Every phase of the program includes practical instruction on the duties and responsibilities both of a citizen and of public officials. Citizens of a “Boys State” are instructed in the duties of the various public offices. After they learn the function of each office, its powers and limitations, they function in that role throughout the remaining week.

Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • The “citizens” of each “Boys State” city and county nominate members of their individual parties to be candidates for the various city and county offices.
  • Elections are held with the citizens conducting their own registration of voters and the actual balloting.
  • Election boards serve at city, county and state elections, according to the laws of each state.
  • Legislative, administrative and judicial programs are developed to hold the interest of all citizens.
  • State legislative sessions, court trials, law and police schools, evening assemblies, bands and choral groups, etc., all involving boy citizens, are popular activities in a typical Boys State.

By week’s end “Boys State” has created their own state government including their own governor and staff of state officials, named appointive officers, established the state Supreme Court and other courts, and organized the legislature and all other divisions of government.


*Monday Night will be Legion Night beginning at 7:00 P.M.
Dinner for Legionnaires and their guests from 5:00 – 6:30 P.M.

*On Friday, the final day of Boys State beginning at 1:45 P.M. The American Legion Boys State program will include Hall of Fame Inductions and a Memorial Service for former Boy Staters who lost their lives
in protecting our country.
Family members and members of the sponsoring American Legion Post, Legionnaires, Friends of the Inductees,
Guest and the Public are invited.

The Boys State Program should end between 3:30 and 4:00 P.M. on Friday, May 31st, 2019.

Boys State Commission:

Lloyd Jackson, Coordinator
Len Cotton, Commission Chairman
Ralph Sims, Commission, Vice-Chairman
Richard Carvell, Secretary
Harley Treat, Commissioner
Wesley Rooks, Commissioner
Robert Renner, Ex Offico

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The red shirt will be offered with a left breast pocket and in a ladies cut without the pocket. These 3-button shirts are a 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester.  The State Diamond is embroidered on the right side.  Legion Family is stitched on the left side above the pocket and on the left sleeve.

Net proceeds from the sale of these shirts support the Department of Arkansas Legion Family programs.

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