Learning Today... Leading Tomorrow

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The 2021 Boys State Session will be virtual this year. 

 Application is now available.

Tentative Schedule now available under the Program FAQS section

Welcome to Connecticut Boys State

The American Legion Boys State of Connecticut is a six-day hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Connecticut Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through "doing," not just learning.

One idea paramount above any other at Connecticut Boys State: That the individual is the one with the power to change the world. Whether athlete or politician, journalist, or scientist, each and every one of us has the power to make a difference in the world.

Using our democratic system as a basis, we equip the participants, or citizens, each year to construct their own state, utilizing the core values that hold true in our everyday lives. We teach the need for competition, the value of public service, the strength of the individual voice and vote. By reinforcing these basic American ideals, we help to shape the future of our society. This is what the American Legion Boys State of Connecticut program is all about. Citizens of The American Legion Boys State of Connecticut are eligible to receive college credit and scholarships for participating and successfully completing Boys State.


American Legion Boys State is designed to bring out the best in America's future leaders. Attendees are selected because they are the best representatives of both their schools and their communities.

This pledge reminds all potential delegates of the honor and value that the American Legion has for and requires of each young man.

Connecticut Boys State Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands.

I have never attended The American Legion Boys State.

I sincerely want to attend Connecticut Boys State, and if accepted, will, to the best of my ability: 

  • Take a serious and conscientious interest in discharging my duties as a citizen
  • Obey the rules of Boys State
  • Respect the judgment of the Boys State Director, Counselors and Staff
  • Participate in all activities
  • Seek election or appointment to office, and if elected or appointed, serve that office
  • Always keep myself neat and well-groomed
  • Avoid the use of profane language and actions
  • Refrain from injurious habits such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs, and
  • Upon my return home from Boys State, I will make a formal oral or written report to my sponsor(s) and brief next year’s Boys State nominee(s)



(860) 436-9986

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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

269 Main Street, Cromwell, CT 06416

Mailing Address
269 Main Street, Cromwell, CT 06416