Every year, Nevada Boys State sends two representatives to represent the state at American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Boys Nation is a week-long program that takes place in the weeks after Boys State.
Instead of the variety of positions that people are elected for at Nevada Boys State, each representative at Boys Nation is already considered a senator for the program.
While at the program, these senators will form committees to discuss the legislation that each senator has sent in before the program begins.
While at the program, senators will learn how legislation is formed on the national level instead of the state level, make bonds with other future leaders across the US, and attend talks with experienced lobbyists and legislators.
Between talks and debate, senators travel to the United States Capitol Building, the Arlington National Cemetery, war memorials, and other sites that are important to our nation’s history. While on Capitol Hill, senators will have the opportunity to meet with congressmen and women from their home state.
Boys Nation is an incredible all-expense paid opportunity available to two delegates that attend Nevada Boys State each year. There are counselors on staff that attended this event, and many Boys Nation alumni have gone on to do incredible things both in the realm of politics and out.
Nevada Boys’ State is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has helped me grow into who I am today. The program offers an “inside look” at how our local and state governments run while allowing delegates the chance to run for office. The counseling staff creates an environment for delegates to not only thrive — but grow. You leave the program forever changed with a newfound sense of honor and duty.
Nevada Boys State was an amazing experience where I made new, diverse, lifelong friends. I wish more programs were as awesome as NBS. My personal favorite part was passing legislation in the actual House of Representatives! So cool!
Trevor GoldsmithWest Career & Technical Academy, 2016
My son attended the 2017 Program of Nevada Boys State and found the event unlike anything he had ever experienced. He loved it, and the friendships he made in the one week, will last a lifetime. We can’t thank the men of the American Legion enough. What they do for the future of these young men is priceless.
This program was truly memorable. I attended as a delegate in 2012 and was able to create and develop new friendships I keep today and skills I continue to use. I highly recommend this program for any high school junior boy who wants to learn more about how local government works and how to develop the best external and internal leadership skills. When you fully engage yourself into the program, Nevada Boys State will be one of the best weeks of your life.
I attended this program as a youth and returned as a staffer. While it is hard to communicate the benefits of this one week program, one of the easiest things to say about Boys’ State is that it is fun. You’ll learn a lot about how your state and local government work, compete against your peers and other teams and realize you can do more than you thought was possible. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about making meaningful improvements to their future and life or who wants to have a fun week away from home at UNR.
The program was phenomenal. I had the time of my life in just one week and made so many friends. I feel that I am a more knowledgeable person now when it comes to politics and that I have a greater understanding of what it means to lead.
It was the greatest experience that I have ever had away from my home for more than a week. I think what you do at NBS [Nevada Boys’ State] is great and I hope it continues for a very long time.
The American Legion has done outstanding things for America’s youth through the Boys State leadership program. When I was a young boy in Searchlight, going to school in Henderson, I had never traveled out of the area except to play baseball. During my Junior year I was selected to go to Nevada Boys’ State. We went 450 miles away to Reno, and that was a big deal for me. It was an experience I will never forget, so I have a great warmness in my heart for the American Legion and for the Nevada Boys’ State.
Senator Harry ReidUS Senate