Boys are selected by local high school guidance counselors or principals based upon outstanding character. Final selection and approval will be made by The American Legion. Students must be willing to share what he learns and experiences at Boys State with classmates the following year"


Any civic group, club, union, church, institution, bank, or individual, as well as Legion Posts, may sponsor a boy or boys. The sponsor is responsible for the $150 tuition, and any local transportation fees. The tuition fee covers the entire cost of the program, including meals and a Boys State Yearbook for the participant. The transportation fee which includes travel arrangements provided for boys to and from Charleston / Eastern Illinois University, will be determined by the American Legion Post Boys State chairman.

Tuition Refunds

Refunds of Tuition will be made on the following basis:

  • Refund requests prior to June 1: 100% refund
  • Refund requests June 1 - June 5: 50% refund
  • Refund requests after June 5: NO REFUND

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