From The Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Palmetto Boys State Online. PBS Online is your resource for everything you need to know about Boys State including information about the current session, the history of our program, and much more.

Please use this site as a resource. Palmetto Boys State is a leadership program designed to not only teach, but instill within the young men selected to attend, the values held dear by the veterans who make up the American Legion. Our commitment to the ideals of freedom, democracy, and Americanism under the guidance of the American Legion makes our program unique among leadership experiences. This website is meant to help prepare you for your journey through Boys State.

Great for parents and Boys State “citizens” alike, PBS Online will help answer all of your questions about Boys State and what to expect during the week-long session. If you have any other questions not answered here please feel free to contact me or any staff member to learn more.

Congratulations to all of you who have been selected to participate in this exciting program. If you have not been selected and are interested in attending, contact your high school guidance counselor, principal, or local American Legion Post for information on how the selection process operates. Boys State is so much more than can be described on any website. As one of our participants said “Boys State can’t be explained, it has to be experienced.” Trust me, an opportunity of a lifetime awaits you! I encourage you to make the most of your Boys State experience.


Stephen Lewis
Director, Palmetto Boys State