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126 Atlantic St., McMinnville, Oregon

American Legion Post #21



American Legion Post #21 Representative: 

American Legion Post #21 have sponsored citizens from Amity, Dayton, McMinnville and Perrydale High Schools

The American Legion Riders from Post #21 have sponsored citizens from Sheridan and Willamina High Schools

The Sons of American Legion Squadron from Post #21 have sponsored a citizen from Delphian High School

Thank you to all of our sponsors!


American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

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.

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details visit
American Legion Oregon Boys State is typcally held during the third week of June.  Both American Legion Auxilairy Girls State and Oregon Boys State are now held at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

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