American Legion Post 32

A letter from Charlie Towns post 32 Boy State Representative:

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government.

If you have youth boys in the 11th grade (going into 12th next year) who are interested please let me know and I will assist them getting to boys state. The American Legion will pay the fees for them to go minus a $25 application fee. I have attached the Application which can be turned in to me. 

The Samsung Scholarship FAQ is attached to this email and can also be referenced on the below link. 

Boys state this year is  June 18-24, 2023 at Grand Valley State University in allendale Michigan.

Applications are due at the post NLT 12 May 2023. But if you find someone who would like to go after that let me know and we will try to work the packet. 

The American Legion Boys State is a non-partisan, non-political mock government exercise in a model state designed to mirror the structure and operation of its respective state government. It is intended to instill character, the importance of civic engagement and patriotism among rising high school seniors.

By participating in the weeklong program, delegates learn firsthand about leadership, practical citizenship, and the democratic process. It is an excellent academic opportunity and experience.

The program consists of classroom work, lectures, and camaraderie, with delegates taking on elected and appointed roles to experience democracy in action and learn how legislation is passed.

What are the requirements for participation?

Students who have just completed their junior year of high school, and have at least one semester of high school left to complete, are eligible to apply to The American Legion Boys State program.

Ideal candidates are individuals who understand the value of teamwork and possess outstanding leadership, character and community service qualities. An interest in government and public service ensures the student will be actively engaged in the program.

What takes place during the week?

Each day is filled with activities that vary throughout the week:
Speaker presentations, party and city meetings, campaigns, elections, recreation time, band and chorus. The experience replicates life in a college-like environment.

Graduation is held at the end of the week.  Two delegates who will represent State at The American Legion Boys Nation are announced. Parents and visitors are encouraged to attend.

The Samsung Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: High school juniors who are a direct descendant, i.e. child, grandchild, great-grandchild or a legally adopted child, of a U.S. veteran who served during a period of war and is a delegate to either an American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program.

Samsung scholarships may be used for undergraduate studies and applied toward tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Winners are selected according to academic record, involvement in school and community service.

  • Ten National Scholars receive $10,000 each (two from each region)
  • Ten National Runners-Up receive $5,000 each (two from each region)
  • Remaining Department Finalists receive $1,250 each guaranteed

For More information please reach out to me at this email address or go to American Legion Michigan Boys State – A Week That Shapes a Lifetime


If you wish to contact me directly, my email is my phone number is 616 780 8223.


Charles Towns