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227 Brigham Hill Rd
Essex Jct, Vermont 05452

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(802) 535-2716

Dave Cobb, Director - Email

Green Mountain Boys’ State is a leadership development program for rising high school senior boys. The focus of the program is Vermont town, county, and state government. Delegates are elected and appointed to offices within the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of government. They work on issues relating to Vermont, and debate and discuss these issues during the Thursday session at the State House in Montpelier, VT on Thursday. If you are considering making application to one of the Service Academies, Boys’ State is a must!

Dates & Times: Sunday, June 16, 2019 @ 12:00 Noon – Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Location: Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont.      Cost: $275 per delegate

General Schedule:
Sunday: Delegate team building; Vermont political party information; developing your political platform.
Monday: Election of town officers, Town Orientation, Town Meeting, work on Town Problem
Tuesday: Primary election for state and county offices, Town Meeting, work on Town Problem
Wednesday: General Elections, Town Meetings, and Organization of Legislature
Legion Recognition & Parents’ Night: Band Concert, Inauguration of State officers.
Thursday: Legislative session at the Capital in Montpelier, All-Star games, Marco the Magician
Friday: Town Meetings, awarding of Model Town and scholarships, selection of delegates to Boys’
Nation Program in Washington, DC, closing and departure for home.

Band is a proud tradition at Boys’ State. Other activities include soccer, basketball, volleyball, and swimming. Delegates organize tennis, running, Ultimate and other activities to take advantage of the facilities at Northern VT University - Lyndon. NVU-L makes their facilities available to the delegates throughout the week.

Scholarships are awarded to NVU – Lyndon, NVU- Johnson, Castleton University, and Norwich University. Boys’ State provides two recommendations for scholarship to Middlebury College. The Samsung Corporation awards a scholarship of $800 to a direct descendant of a US wartime veteran. The American Legion awards three cash scholarships in honor of past directors Richard Curtiss, Harry Loyzelle, and Norm Messier.

Boys’ Nation Program:
Two delegates will be selected to represent Vermont all expenses paid at the Boys’ Nation Program in Washington DC in late July.

Staff & Volunteer Resource People:
The staff is comprised of teachers, administrators, business owners, lawyers, legislators, and past delegates. All are volunteers who donate a week of their time to work with our delegates.

Throughout the week, many of Vermont’s elected and appointed officials supplement the members of the staff. These professionals include town government officials, law enforcement officers, local development authorities, staff from the Vermont League of Cities & Towns, representatives from the Vermont School Boards Association, members of the Vermont House of Representatives, The Vermont Senate, the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, and Auditor of Accounts.

Additional Information:
Please contact Dave Cobb, Director at any time at dave.cobb.vt@gmail.com or consult the American Legion – Department of Vermont web site at www.vtlegion.org .

Joe Brody, St. Johnsbury Academy and Jack Fannon, St. Johnsbury Academy 2018 Boys’ Nation Delegates

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Department of Vermont HQ
126 State Street, P.O. Box 396
Montpelier, Vermont 05601-0396
(800)501-7131 (Toll-Free in VT)
Fax: (802)223-0318


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