American Legion Boys and Girls State are among the most respected and selective 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 and Girls State have been a program of The American Legion and Auxiliary since 1935.

At American Legion Boys and Girls State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion and Auxiliary post, a local business or another community-based organization. This year the Charleston American Legion Post #8 and Ladies Auxiliary were fortunate enough to receive assisting sponsorship donations from the following; P & S Propane, JR Burt – Burt Farms, Charleston Auto Parts, Charleston Super Stop, James McFerran, Hug Chevrolet, Hank Hauser, Simmons First National Bank, First National Bank, Emily’s Flowers & Gifts, Smith Mortuary, Dale’s Auto Service, Shelter Insurance-Jim Milam, The Bargain Center, Wayne Ayers, Schmitz Family Practice, CV’s Family Foods, and Subway.

The 2013 Arkansas Boys State session will be held Sunday, May 26th through Friday, May 31st, 2013 on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Conway. The 2013 Arkansas Girls State session will be held Sunday, May 26th through Friday, May 31st on the Harding University Campus in Searcy.