Iowa Boys State 2019 Held June 9-14

The American Legion of Iowa Boys State is a week-long, hands-on experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government. Through the Boys State objective of learning by doing, young men will learn about city, county and state government more in one week than they would in an entire semester of high school.

Boys State is an exercise in leading as well as following others. Elections are an opportunity to show the ability to perform under pressure and to show character in the face of victories and/or defeats. Boys State will test skill in solving problems and working effectively within a team.

Boys State is an opportunity to gain pride and respect for our form of government and the price paid by people to preserve democracy. The week contains ceremonies and assemblies as well as marching and pageantry. Guest speakers, such as Past National Commander of The American Legion David Rehbein, and former Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Bernie Saggau, along with Iowa Government Leaders attend each year to offer their vision and advice.

Boys State is a chance to meet new people. Boys State offers an opportunity to meet people who represent Iowa’s diversity in heritage and culture. One of the finest objectives afforded to young men by Boys State is the friendships they will form with other Boys State citizens, many of whom will become lifelong friends.

Samsung Scholarship

To fill out this online application, by clicking on the link and following the online instructions.

The Samsung Scholarship application is available only through this link to The American Legion National Website.  Boys State Delegates will be required to register with a username/password in order to apply for the scholarship. Learn more about the Samsung Scholarship on the National American Legion website at

Boys State Resources

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Orientation Materials

Orientation Dates (PDF) – Coming Soon
Boys State Orientation Slideshow
Boys State Orientation Slideshow Notes
Boys State Orientation Outline
Boys State Orientation Video

Other Links and Resources

Boys State Informational Video
Boys State Handbook (PDF)
Post/District Chairman’s Guide (PDF)

This year Boy’s State will be held Jun 9-14, 2019. Click here for more information.

Featured image is Conner Ascherl of MOC Floyd Valley School in Orange City, was elected 2016 Governor of Hawkeye Boys State, got some advice from Governor Branstad. (courtesy of Roger Riley WHO-HD).