This is a educational program. It is not a sports camp. It is a highly structured instructional program in local and state government. We operate under a strict set of rules which must be accepted by each candidate. Parents of delegates need to understand how the program operates and what type of students will be attending. Although it is not a “boot camp”, we do utilize moving about the campus in a military-like manner in order to maintain order and discipline.
We also conduct roll call to make sure everyone is accounted for at all times. Many traditions are found at Boys State. The American Legion creed “For God and Country” is taken very seriously. Each session is opened and closed with prayer. The pledge to the flag of our country and other flag ceremonies are conducted. We respect all religious beliefs. No one is forced to participate in any religious or patriotic ceremony.
The American Legion Boys State program does not receive Federal, State or other public funds. All monies are raised through the local Posts. Counselors and staff are volunteers.
Below you will find more details on the week of Palmetto Boys State and how you can be involved!