The American Legion – Department of Texas

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Event Date
Registration Begins Jan. 2, 2017 Apply
Registration Ends/Wait list begins May 15, 2017
Boys State 2017 June 11 - June 16 Itinerary
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Tuition Update & Mailing Address

Tuition

Tuition for the American Legion Texas Boys State Program is $295 per Statesman and the check for participants is to be sent to the following address:

  • Attn: Mamie Hughes
    The American Legion
    Department of Texas
    P.O. Box 140527
    Austin, TX 78714

    Please make all checks payable to American Legion, Department of Texas with "Texas Boys State" noted on the memo line of the check.

Program Location

The Dormitory complex is found on the Northwest Corner of the campus. Both the Dropoff and Pickup for personal cars and Chartered buses should be at the 27th Street Garage near the Kinsolving Dormitory where registration will occur. The Garage is located one block north of Dean Keaton (old 26th Street) and on University Ave. (next to the All Saints Episcopal Church).

Please refer to this map for a visual prompter to assist you with planning your trip.

Process & Instructions

Steps for the Legion to take to complete the process

  1. Determine the number of students you wish to send. We know that this number can vary each year, so ensure your committee agrees to the goal.
  2. Print marketing materials. If instead you do not have access to a printer for your computer, contact Mamie Hughes at mamieh@txlegion.org and provide her with your mailing address and the number of copies you need, and she will mail these to you.
  3. Contact your local High School’s Lead Guidance counselor and/or Lead principal. Schedule a meeting with them (and/or their designees) in person so you may build the relationship and review the materials together.
  4. During this meeting, educate the school’s representative on the target profile of the student we are seeking for Boys State. This can be based upon your own personal experiences and your post’s desires. Note, however, that our standard profile is found under School Administrators.
  5. Once you and the school agree on nominees for the program, schedule interviews with them and/or their families at a mutually agreeable time. If you so choose, you may use the paper application form from previous years to help vet the young men Please note, however, that actual application is processed online.
  6. Upon completion of the interviews, select and confirm your delegates. Be sure to let the school know your choices and provide any feedback to them so they can adjust their approach in the selection process in future years if required.
  7. Point the young man and his family to this website to apply. Once the application is completed, the applicant will gather all required signatures and then retrun to the Legion representative/designee, whereupon you will review for completeness and then sign as well in the appropriate location of the form.
  8. Once all signatures are gathered, please forward both the completed form and payment directly to Austin. If the delegate did not apply online, please include the paper application as well with appropriate signatures.  Mail to:
    • Attn: Mamie Hughes
      The American Legion
      Department of Texas
      P.O. Box 140527
      Austin, TX 78714

      All checks should be made payable to American Legion, Department of Texas with "Texas Boys State" on the memo line of the check.
  9. Please complete your selection process and have all registrations completed for those you are sponsoring by Monday, May 15, 2017.

NOTE: ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED AND PAYMENT RECEIVED IN AUSTIN BY MONDAY, MAY 15. Any applications and payments received after this time will be placed onto the waitlist, and participation is not guaranteed after that date.

We are on our way to 1,000+ delegates!

Thank You

To review the Application process in detail, click on the "Process & Instructions" link located immediately to the left of this message.

First of all, a big thank you to you and your local Boys State committees — it is through your efforts that we are able to continue to run one of the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school seniors-to-be in the state of Texas.

We value both your ownership of and involvement in the nomination, selection, and registration process each and every year!  The next session of Texas Boys State is just around the corner — we are very excited about what this year’s program holds for the young men.

Like all previous years, you are empowered to work with local schools as you see fit to filter and vet qualified candidates you wish to nominate for the program! The lifeline of Texas Boys State is you!

We have greatly increased our online marketing and personal outreach to schools themselves through this website so that we can take better advantage of the school’s insight into potential nominees. That was done on purpose, as they have up to 3 years in knowing the young men on a day-to-day basis, and we want to embed in their minds the importance of “pipe-lining” students year after year for participation in the program. Surveys show the best way to do this is both via a top-down approach (e.g., materials on a global website like this one) and a bottom-up, local, relationship-oriented approach (e.g., you working a grassroots campaign in your communities). In summary, it takes constant communication at all levels to consistently attract the finest candidates to the program!