For Parents

The best teacher is often experience. Learning leadership in the classroom is often too theoretical. Boys State is a practical opportunity to learn leadership skills through role play civic exercise.

Colleges and universities recognize Boys State graduates as advanced and dedicated young men. For this reason the Boys State college fair attracts top tier schools who recruit Boys State participants.

Finally, Boys State is simply fun. Your son will form lasting friendships. The connections made with other Boys State graduates will last a lifetime, and provide social and professional benefits for years to come.

After your son’s application has been processed, you will receive links via email to several online packet files. These files explain what to bring to the session, your son’s elected and appointed offices and a schedule of day-to-day activities. Carefully studying this information will help your son benefit fully from his Boys State experience.

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Tom Brokaw on his South Dakota Boys State Experience from Thane Chastain on Vimeo.