This fifty-first State of the Union is headed by the elected Citizens’ Governor. Officials (state, county, and city) are elected through primary and general elections. Every function of government is in operation throughout the week. This includes courts, law enforcement, boards of education, other governmental units, a newspaper, and a bank.
"West Virginia’s most popular school of Americanism and Citizenship!"
Founded in 1936, the goal of the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State is to educate and train WV youth in understanding one of the country’s most precious freedoms; the democratic form of government.
Some day the State we love will call for leaders strong and bold; To solve the problems great or small and we will be enrolled; For service to our fellowmen, and we won't be afraid; We're training now for services then we'll lead the big parade.
Boys State is sponsored by the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.WVLegion.org
Who: WV High School Juniors
What: The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State
When: June 7, 2015 - June 13, 2015
Where: WVU Jackson's Mill
Why: Teach good government through participation
How: Contact your local American Legion Post
2015 High School Packet
2015 American Legion Post Packet
2015 Mountaineer Boys State Application
2015 Senator Joe Manchin III Greeting
2015 Citizen's Information Packet
2015 Citizen's Forms Packet
2015 Citizen's Media Advisory
2015 Law Lecture
2015 Samsung Scholarship Application
2015 Jackson's Mill Map
At the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights, privileges, duties, and responsibilities of a franchised citizen.
The training is objective and practical with city, county, and state governments operated by the citizens elected to the various offices.
Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.