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American Legion Boys State & American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are nonpartisan programs that teach young men & women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. Since the inception of the State programs in the 1930's, over one million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works.

High school boys and girls, who have completed their Junior year, spend an intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens at American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary-sponsored State programs. In Virginia Boys State is held at Longwood University and Girls State is held at Radford University.  Expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post.

Participants learn how to participate in the functioning of their state's government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens. 

At Gloucester High School, the NJROTC Instructors nominate 2 Rising Senior Students to attend Boys or Girls State in addition to any students nominated by the Counseling Department



The American Legion Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program serves to introduce youth to the field of law enforcement’s  principles, discipline, ethics, physical fitness, and teamwork. Programs are conducted in cooperation with local and state law enforcement agencies, and are typically held during the summer at the various law enforcement facilities.

At Gloucester High School, the NJROTC Instructors nominate 6 Rising Seniors to attend the Virginia State Police Junior Cadet program held at the State Police Academy in Richmond.


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