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Boys' State begins at noon on Sunday, June 9, 2019, and concludes on Saturday, June 15. The program is held at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas (400 West Center Street, Douglas, WY). You should arrive for registration between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Transportation may be arranged by your local American Legion Post.
Only delegates who are prepared to remain for the entire program should apply. In order to receive the full benefits of the Boys' State program, you must participate in all scheduled events and exercises. Diplomas are awarded on Saturday morning and the program usually ends by 10:00 a.m. Delegates are then released for their return home.
The State Fairgrounds are handicap equipped and Boys' State welcomes delegates with special needs. You will be responsible for your own medications, but you should make the Boys' State Staff aware of any special dietary requirements and conditions that may require preparation or exempt you from certain activities.
Your local American Legion Post or local sponsor provides your registration fees, meals and transportation. The delegates are responsible for a $50 registration fee assessed at the time you register. Your Boys' State T-shirt is provided at registration. You may wish to bring spending money for snacks and extra shirts from the Boys' State Canteen.
Casual attire is acceptable for most Boys' State activities. Jeans, t-shirts and sneakers are suitable for most events. Shorts and tank tops may be worn during free periods and during athletic events and morning stretch exercises.
On Friday, Boys' State Delegates will be the honored guests at the State Capitol in Cheyenne. You will need to wear dress pants, a dress shirt, a tie, and dress shoes for this event. Dress coats may be worn, but are not required.
Family Day is Thursday and meals, special activities and tours are provided for family and friends. Your family may visit the campus at any time during Boys' State, however, delegates are not allowed to leave the campus or interrupt their schedule when visitors are present.
Boys' State Delegates number from 100 to 200 young men of good character from nearly every high school in Wyoming, who have successfully completed their junior year. Delegates are selected by the local American Legion Posts, based on academic achievement, community and school involvement, and an interest in government. Application information may be obtained from the student guidance office at school or from the Wyoming Boys' State website.
Home-school students are eligible, as long as they have completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester remaining in high school. Even though the student is schooled at home, he must have a transcript or equal to validate his education.