American Legion Post 597

American Legion Programs

 

American Legion Baseball is a national institution, havng thrived through a world war, several national tragedies, and times of prosperity as well as great despair.

The league still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925. American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship. The program is also a promoter of equality, making teammates out of young athletes regardless of their income levels or social standing. American Legion Baseball has been, and continues to be, a steppingstone to manhood for millions of young men who have gone on to serve their country or community, raise families or play the sport at the highest level.

 

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government education for U.S. high school students.  A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government.  Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer camps.  The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a separate but similar program for young women called Girls State.

At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

Legion posts select high school juniors to attend the program. In most cases, individual expenses are paid by a sponsoring post, a local business or another community-based organization.

Boys State programs currently exist in all Legion departments in the United States except Hawaii. As separate corporations, Boys State programs vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same basic concept: teaching government from the township to the state level.

For more information:

Please review eligibility and dates to find a program and contact information in your state.

 

There are many more programs such as...

Oratorical

Junior Shooting Sports

Youth Cadet Law Enforcement

 

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