General Information

TIME: Boys' State will officially open on Saturday with the noon luncheon and will continue until the following Friday, ending with the morning General Assembly. This year’s session will be held June 3-9, 2017. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

LOCATION: We are fortunate to have the facilities of the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas.The address for the fairgrounds in 400 W. Center St., Douglas, WY.

HOUSING: Each boy will be assigned to a dormitory wing, with 25-50 other boys, which will be a separate “City” at Boys' State. On Saturday, each of the four cities will elect its own officials, namely, a Mayor, three (3) Councilmen, a Judge and a Marshal.

TRANSPORTATION: All arrangements for transportation to and from Boys' State should be made with your local American Legion Post. Contact the Post for these arrangements. No provisions are made for boys arriving in Douglas prior to the opening (10:30 a.m.) on Saturday. If your transportation schedule necessitates an earlier arrival, be prepared to cover your own expenses.

MEDICAL CARE: Medical assistance will be available to all delegates at all times. The facilities of the Converse County Memorial Hospital are available to Boys' State. The American Legion purchases a supplemental health and accident insurance policy covering all of the citizens of Boys' State for the duration of the program.

MAIL and PHONES: We want your parents and friends to write to you during Boys’ State. Please have them address all mail to:(your name), c/o The American Legion Wyoming Boys' State, Douglas, WY 82633. We also urge each delegate to write home. Personal cell phones may be used during free time only. Contact a staff member in case of an emergency.

VISITORS: We encourage parents, family, and friends to visit during Boys' State. Wednesday is the designated visitors' day, but you may visit at any time.

PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE: Informal photographs of the activities of Boys' State, as well as group photographs of all the boys attending the State, will be available. These photos are taken by a professional photographer and are available as prints or on a CD for a fee.

PUBLICITY: When releasing publicity on this program, please refer to it as "The American Legion Wonderful Wyoming Boys' State."

CANTEEN: Canteen is operated during free periods. In addition to stamps, soft drinks, and candy bars, Boys' State T-shirts may be purchased at the Canteen. Boys may also check their money and other valuables at the Canteen for safekeeping.

NON-PARTISAN: The entire program is non-partisan. Political parties are given fictional names and are in no way connected with existing political parties.

POLITICAL PARTIES: Each boy will be assigned to a political party, either the Frontier or Pioneer Party, and will be required to file for an elective office. On Saturday, the opening day, the political parties will organize and each will elect a chairman, vice chairman and secretary.

ELECTIONS: Primary elections will be held Monday afternoon and general elections will be held Wednesday morning.

INAUGURATION: Formal inauguration of Boys' State elected officials will be conducted Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. A qualified Judge will officiate at this ceremony.The American Legion extends a cordial invitation to all parents to attend.

LEGISLATURE AND COURTS: Boys will be assigned to the Boys' State Senate, House of Representatives, and the Court. Boys may volunteer to serve in the Court. There will be two Legislative and Court sessions each day. Legislative sessions will be conducted under the rules of the Wyoming State Legislature. The Boys' State Senators and Representatives will introduce, debate, and vote on their own bills. Mock trials will be conducted in the Boys' State Court.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY: General Assemblies will be held throughout the week with important speakers from government and private industry.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT: A band and chorus will be organized and nightly talent shows will be held. Boys should bring their own musical instruments and music for solos. Band and chorus music will be furnished. Boys may also bring material for comedy skits, readings, etc., for talent shows.

RECREATION: Although Boys' State is primarily a place for instruction, ample time will be available for recreation and athletic events, including ping-pong, volleyball, flag football, basketball and soccer, etc. Boys should bring their own gear.

CLOSING DAILY ASSEMBLY: At the conclusion of each evening, a brief non-sectarian chapel service will be held. Boys’ State delegates on a voluntary basis conduct these services.

CHEYENNE DAY: On Thursday, the boys will be taken by bus to Cheyenne to visit the State Capitol and meet the elected officials of the State of Wyoming. Also, the Boys' State Legislature will hold a session in the Wyoming State House and Senate Chambers and members of the Boys' State Court will visit the State Supreme Court.

YEARBOOK: A Boys' State yearbook will be published. Boys may volunteer to serve on the yearbook staff.

THE AMERICAN LEGION BOYS’ NATION: Two outstanding boys from the Wyoming American Legion Boys' State will be elected to attend The American Legion Boys' Nation with all expenses paid. This program is held for one week during the month of July, in the Washington D.C. area.

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