Keystone Boys State

Applications Being Accepted for Premiere Leadership Program → due June 1, 2015
York Dispatch article 2-11-2015

GLEN ROCK, PENNSYLVANIA (January 19, 2015) –The Austin L. Grove American Legion Post 403 Americanism Committee announced today that applications for The Pennsylvania American Legion’s premiere leadership program, Keystone Boys State (KBS), are now available and will begin being accepted from February 1, 2015 through June 1, 2015, or until all 300 seats are filled across Pennsylvania.

Boys State has been a program of the American Legion since 1935 and KBS was established in 1937.  It is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students in the nation.  A famous KBS graduate is four-star Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, the current Chief of Naval Operations, the most senior naval officer in the U.S. Navy.  KBS is a participatory program where each young man becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.  At KBS, young men are exposed to the rights and privileges and duties and responsibilities of franchised citizens.  Activities include local government and legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, print and video media productions, a band, and intramural recreational programs.  KBS will again be held on the campus of Shippensburg University from June 21-27, 2015.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young women called Girls State.  Only Boys/ Girls State participants are eligible to apply for prestigious Samsung American Legion Scholarships valued up to $20,000.

High school males residing within the Southern York County School District boundaries, including private and parochial schools as well as home schoolers, who will successfully complete their junior year in 2015, are eligible to apply.  Post 403 is looking to select and sponsor boys with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools.  KBS tuition will be paid for by The American Legion but travel to and incidental expenses at KBS will be the responsibility of the student and his family.

A 2015 KBS brochure providing more information is available at, and the 2015 KBS application is available at

Interested students and teachers may contact Legionnaire Eric Mueller at 410-590-7104 or 717-659-8757 or visit the Post 403 website at, or contact us at


Eric Mueller, Post 403 Media Relations
(717) 659-8757