Boys State 2013

From June 23rd to June 29, Boys State met at Morrisville College in Central New York. At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of citizens.  The training centers on the structure of city, county and state governments.  Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions,court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

The objectives of Boys State are to develop civic leadership and pride in American citizenship, and stimulate a keen interest in the detailed study of our government, to incite in these citizens a determination to maintain our form of government, and to develop in these young men a full understanding of our American traditions and a belief in the United States of America.  Working with these young men are American Legion volunteers from around our State who assist them in developing these skills.

Each year James R. Hickey Post #120 sponsors Pal-Mac High School students entering their Senior Year to both Boys and Girls State to help them develop leadership skills and confidence.  Your support of Post programs and activities helps pay for these young men and women to go to Boys State and Girls State.  This year, Ray Freyn, Past Commander and current 7th  District Chaplin, spent the week working with this most worthwhile program as a counselor at Boys State. Everyone with whom I spoke at the graduation ceremony mentioned the outstanding job he did.   Stop by the Post and ask Ray about the weekʼs experiences and why it is such a worthwhile program for the Post to support.


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