Annually, Sykesville Memoriall Post No. 223 sends
three individuals to Boys State, the national program of The
American Legion that exposes the youths to the rights and
privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a
The youths selected each year are all juniors in
their respective schools. The three juniors spent several
weeks at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD participating
in activities, including legislative sessions, court
proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies,
bands, chorus and recreational programs.
Boys State has been a program of The American Legion
since 1935, when it organized to counter the Fascist
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.
The Maryland Boys State typically begins on Fathers
Day and runs through the following Friday. To be eligible
for Boys State, a youth must be a male who have successfully
completed their junior year in high school and not have
entered their senior year of high school.
Any boy who has previously attended a Boys State is not
Applications may be obtained through the local high
school class counselors or by downloading an application by
For more questions, conatct Sykesville Memorial Post
No. 223 at 410-795-7242 or the Department of Maryland
Headquarters at (410)-752-1405.