79th Annual ALMBS

Who: WV High School Juniors
What: The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State
When: June 12, 2016 - June 18, 2016
Where: WVU Jackson's Mill
Why: Teach good government through participation
How: Contact your local American Legion Post

West Virginia High School Packet
ALMBS Eligible Candidates Form
West Virginia American Legion Post Packet
ALMBS Application Form
ALMBS Memorial Submission Packet
ALMBS Memorial Submission Form

ALMBS Activities

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.

2016 Senator Manchin Greeting
2016 Senator Capito Greeting
2016 Citizen Information Bulletin
2016 Citizen Forms Packet
2016 Law Lecture
2016 Samsung Scholarship Application

Upcoming Events


Beckley Orientation

May 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT


Bridgeport Orientation

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Fairmont Orientation

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Shelley Moore Capito - U.S. Senator (R-WV)
Earl Ray Tomblin - Governor (D-WV)
David McKinley - U.S. Congressman (1st District R-WV)
Joe Manchin III - U.S. Senator (D-WV)

"The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State program teaches young West Virginians about our country’s democratic traditions and our state’s history of public service. Speaking to this group is a highlight each summer, and I am always amazed at the talent and leadership exemplified by these impressive young men. The Boys State program should be commended for its hard work and dedication to producing West Virginia’s next generation of leaders."

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito

"I truly appreciate the efforts of the American Legion to host Mountaineer Boys State year after year, and for all its members do to promote service and leadership in West Virginia. This camp provides young men across the Mountain State with the opportunity to learn about state government and gain practical, real-world experience to prepare them for opportunities beyond high school and equip them with the skills necessary to become active citizens in West Virginia now and for years to come."

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

"Since 1936 Mountaineer Boys State has taught thousands of young men about leadership and the importance of service. By teaching leadership skills and instilling a sense of civic responsibility, Boys State is helping shape the next generation of leaders in West Virginia."

U.S. Congressman David McKinley

"Mountaineer Boys State is one of the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students.  Indeed, this program is one of the very best in our state for leadership development for our students. Year after year, I have watched young men become leaders in communities across West Virginia as well as beyond our state’s borders. I am so proud of the opportunities this program provides to our students and I look forward to witnessing our next generation of leaders as they continue to make a positive impact in our home state and across the nation."

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin