There are many different ways to distinguish yourself at Boys State. Here are just a few of them.
American Legion Boy’s Nation Boys Nation is a national session held in Washington D.C. Much like the Boys State program, Boys Nation is a mock government run by students. Oregon Boys State is allowed to select two citizens from its citizenry to attend this highly prestigious session. The American Legion staff and Program Staff select four candidates through an interview process by ranking among the highest of all the nominees and going through a second round of interviews. After selection, two candidates are elected by general election and named “Boys State Senator” and sent to Washington D.C. The runner’s up are designated as Alternates in case the Boys Nation Representatives are not able to attend the national session in Washington D.C.
Samsung Scholarship. American Legionnaires select the winner based on pre-determined criteria as established by the national organization of The American Legion. The winner at Oregon Boys State will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship. In addition, his application will be eligible for a $20,000 scholarship, if selected. The citizen must be a descendent of a United State military veteran. All applications must be submitted online prior to attending Boys State. For information, check out the eligibility requirements and application procedure on this page.
First Citizen: The First Citizen is the individual whom the Boys State program staff feels best exemplifies the spirit of Oregon Boys State. The First Citizen is chosen through an evaluation process by Program Staff. Upon his return to Bys State, he serves as the spritual leader of the program the following year, leading the program and citizens through their daily schedule, maintaining discipline and morale, and supporting the needs of the executives and program staff in the coordination of the program.
First City and First County: The Boys State program staff and executives observes the involvement of all citizens, counties, and cities during all aspects of the program throughout the week. Cities and Counties are judged not only on the successes of individuals within the group, but also on activities of the group as a whole. The display of positive energy, engagement, problem solving ability, teamwork, and leadership of the basis for judgment. The First Citizen announces the outstanding city and county of the year's session at the closing ceremonies.
Bob Fawcett Junior Counselor Leadership Award: Named in honor of Bob Fawcett, Boys State Director from 1984-1988, this award is given to the Junior Counselor with outstanding leadership, personal skills, and proven responsibility. Program Staff and executives choose this position.
The American Legion Bob Holmes Leadership Award This award is presented to the staff member best exemplifying the spirit of the Oregon Boys State program. The Program Staff staff select this member of their group for his contributions and leadership during the session.
Grady Bourell Award This award for leadership among the senior staff is given to a staff member showing dedication to the program and vision with respect to the future of Boys State. The Staff select the recipient of this award.