Boys State is an annual one-week summer assembly of high school seniors held in every state in the union except Hawaii. It is sponsored by the American Legion.
The boys for one week organize themselves into rival political parties. Then they conduct mock civil government.
I attended in 1958 in California. It had a profound effect on me. I gained my self-confidence that week. I was elected to state office.
In my day, the two parties were Tories and Whigs. The head of the Whig party was Stacy Keach. The head of the Tory party was Dwight Chapin. Chapin later served as Pres. Nixon’s appointments secretary, and he went to jail as part of the dirty tricks campaign. I almost was hired by Chapin. It just didn’t quite work out. I think that was for the best.
Nobody who worked on Ron Paul’s staff ever went to jail. That was good enough for me.
In 1963, Bill Clinton went to Boys State, and was elected as the Arkansas representative to go to Boys Nation. There, he shook hands with Pres. Kennedy.