80th Annual ALMBS

Who: WV High School Juniors
What: The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State
When: June 11, 2017 - June 17, 2017
Where: WVU Jackson's Mill
Why: Teach good government through participation
How: Contact your local American Legion Post

2017 ALMBS Application
2017 High School Packet
2017 Post Packet

2017 Senator Manchin Greeting
2017 Senator Capito Greeting
2017 Congressman McKinley Greeting
2017 Congressman Mooney Greeting
2017 Congressman Jenkins Greeting

2017 Citizen Information Bulletin
2017 Citizen Forms Packet
2017 Law Lecture
2017 Samsung Scholarship Application

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.

Upcoming Events



Capon Bridge Orientation

May 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT



Elkins Orientation

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT



Charleston Orientation

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 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