The American Legion Post 147



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Hoosier Boys State

Closing Ceremonies

June 15, 2012





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Staff Day

The Day is here it's "On the Road Again" American Legion Hoosier Boys State here we come..I Hope Trine University is ready for us, Staff and @ 700 boys. We are are going to experince "a Week to Shape a Lifetime" during our "75th" Session.


Hoosier Boys State Staff meeting and Dinner at Golf Course Club House, Delicious food and a wonderful time renewing friendships, making new ones and gain valuable information. 




This is the 75th year of Hoosier Boys State being held from June 10 through 16, at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.  The Hoosier boys sate program is a week long learning experience in the application of the process of the Democratic form of government.


The cost of the Boys State program is paid by American Legion Post 147 of Jasper.  Co-sponsoring civic organizations are the Jasper Lions Club, Jasper Jaycees, Jasper Knights of Columbus Council 1584, Raymond James Investments, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club of Jasper, Optimist Club, American Legion Post 147, Sons of the American Legion, Marine Corp League; Southern Indiana Leathernecks, Holy name Society of St. Josephs Church, The Jasper Corp., Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Riders 147, Holland American Legion Post 343, Jasper Engines, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Chappell (in Honor of John K. Chappell American Legion Department of Indiana Past Commander and Linus G. Bohnert WWI veteran and a past long term trustee of Post 147) and anonymous donors.


American Legion Post 147 Chairman Daniel B Lawson, The 8th District and The Department of Indiana would like to say thank you to all the Sponsors for their generous support in providing an opportunity for these young men with a life changing and educational experience, especially this year being an election. Again on behalf of the Delegates and all of those evolved we say Thank You In appreciation for you assistance.




Chairman for Jasper Post 147

Daniel B Lawson
2561 Birk Dr
Jasper, IN 47546
Cell: 812-631-4728


American Legion Boys State is among the most respected 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. Indiana Boys State was established in 1937 and was first held at Butler University in Indianapolis.
High school juniors are selected by the local American Legion Post, S.A.L. Squadron and local sponsors to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post and S.A.L. Squadron, along with local religious and civic organizations as well as individuals.

The Jasper American Legion Post 147 and S.A.L. Squadron currently sponsors 1 young man each from Jasper High School and local sponsor’s select additional young men from the Jasper area.  These sponsors range from the Jasper K of C, St Joseph Holy Name Society and the Optimist Club of Jasper and many others. The current cost is $300.00 per student. There is “No” Cost to the student or families. The cost is covered by the Sponsors.
American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 (states) Departments of the American Legion. Hawaii does not have a program.


Dear American Legion Boys State Citizen,

Congratulations and welcome to The American Legion Boys State family! I am confident that you will not be disappointed with your decision to participate in this outstanding citizenship education experience. It will likely influence your life decisions in ways that you cannot fully appreciate until years later.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students in the nation. As one of more than 20,000 young men who participate nationwide in this activity, you will experience government in a practical sense by actually participating in it. American Legion Boys State is a leadership action program; one that teaches government and its structure. It proves that government is just what you make it. You will find it to be challenging and sometimes tiring, but I’m certain you will always find it to be enjoyable and educational!

Our form of government requires citizen involvement if it is to continue. The American Legion Boys State program strives to meet that objective. If this government “….of the people, by the people, and for the people” is to continue, the burden of the task rests squarely on your shoulders and those of your generation.



Some pictures of Boys State 









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"A Week to Shape a Lifetime"
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The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State.

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