Look for and recommending ways of helping the young people of
Los Alamitos with sports, school awards, Boys state etc.
Especially the children of veterans.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective
educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high-school
students. A participatory program in which students become part of the
operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded
in 1935 to counter the socialism-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.
At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and
responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and
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.
I am deeply sorry that I have been unable to respond sooner to you
about my experience at boys state.
My family and I were moving making
communication hard to access. Now I am able to describe boys state to
you through my eyes. You were correct when you said it was an experience
you'll remember for a lifetime.
I was in the
county of Garcia and the city of Burbank. In my city I have made friends
that I know I will
interact with for the rest of my life. We were
told that in the beginning of the week we would be running for
level positions which I decided against because I thought I could get
more out of the boys state. I joined
the football team with my city
during recreation time so I could bond with them. We almost made it to
championship which was fun.
As the week
progressed we were told by our counselor Dale that we would be running
for county positions.
Initially I wanted to be Chief Administration
Officer but I decided to run for Board of Supervisors so that I could
hold another position. I wrote the speech I would have to give to the
entire county. I showed it to my counselor to
see if there needed
revisions and after reading it he suggested that I run for
Federalist Party Secretary which was
that same night. So I wrote another
speech which would be given in front of the entire Federalist Party.
my speech to the party they had all the candidates for that
position stand. The crowd cheered the loudest for who
they wanted as
their party secretary. It came down to me and another delegate. When the
counselor raised his hand
over my head the crowed roared and I became
the Federalist Party Secretary. I introduced the candidates for the
chairmen and at the end announced the winner who was Kaleb. As soon as a
stepped of the stage more than a
dozen boys greeted me to congratulate
me and discuss what we’ll be doing in the future. That night I as well
Kaleb and others in the federalist party talked about the ‘game plan’
and how we were going to take the seven
positions In the state level.
The next day I ran for Supervisor at large and won. I meet with the
rest of the board to discuss ordinances
and other issues on the county
level. Later that day I met with many boys in the federalist party to
develop our platform.
I separated them into four groups to tackle issues
on a boys state, CA state, national, and international level. At the
end of the night I took all the notes on each issue and typed it into
the 2014 Federalist Party Platform.
after was helping the candidates for the state positions understand the
platform and help them with
the debate after their speech. I gave my
last speech to explain how even though we are separated into different
parties we are still one voice as boys staters and we should vote for
the best candidate whoever that may be.
The competition against the
whigs during the speeches made it seem like it would be a close
election. That shifted
greatly when we came to the debate. Our
candidates shined because they were extremely educated on both the
topics and the platform while the whig candidates seemed to avoid the
When we returned we were confident
because we were sure that our top three candidates did great.
discussed how we would campaign more before the election and then went
to sleep. When they revealed
the results we learned that we the
federalist got all three state positions and we won the majority in
and assembly. After, we went to the capitol. We ate lunch and
took many picture with the surrounding scenery.
When we walked inside
the building we each went to go find our senator and assemblymen. After
certificates I, along with other delegates from my city
visited the gift shop and purchased California bear pins.
It was a great
The day after, my city bonded more,
exchanged numbers and said our goodbyes. We were all sad to
other go but we promised to stay in contact. I would like to greatly
thank you for giving me the
opportunity to experience this. This is a
one in a lifetime thing and I appreciate it more than you may know.
know ill carry this with the rest of my life and this has had a great
positive impact on my life so again thank you.
To look for ways of assisting our Veterans, in and out of the VA Hospital. Organize hospital visits. Work closely with Chaplain Warner, Service Officer Robert O and the VA volunteer coordinator.
Operation Comfort Warriors
is an American Legion National program
dedicated to meeting the needs
injured or ill military personnel by
providing them with
not usually supplied by the government.