2020-2021 Boys State Committee

As of 3/25/2020: 2020 Boys State and Boys Nation has been cancelled. On behalf of the entire American Legion Boys State of Virginia Board of Directors, leadership team, and staff, we are saddened that we have had to make the decision to cancel this year’s 78th session of Virginia Boys State due to the continued concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. For the health and well-being of the participants and staff, as well as the Radford University employees who assist our program, we felt this was the right call to make with so much uncertainty still ahead. Learn more by viewing our news page.

Chairman:  Bob Shumar (284)

Vice Chairman: Ken Knight (176)

Members: Bill Stramm (56), Jim Flint (127), Denis Confer (57), Douglas Morgan (74), Thom Guthrie (17), Steve Cox (29), Bob Brady (247), William Chan (39), Steve Robertson (290), Marty Pfeifer (176), Ed Amoros (176), Michael Gogan (16), Jim Walsh (244)

Officers of Board of Directors

Director: Linden Dixon (139)
Deputy Director: Michael Burnett (290)
Registrar: Denis Confer (57)
Advisers: George Blume (182), Thomas Saunders (29)

Boys State Corporation Officers

President: A.B. Brown (74)
Vice President: Matthew Hartman (1776)
Secretary: Scott Maddrea (244)
Treasurer: Larry D. Greene (252)

Purpose: To formulate, recommend and implement adopted policies and procedures for the promotion of Boys State of Virginia and to assist the its Board of Directors in the coordination and implementation of the overall program.

Reporting: The Chairman of Boys State Committee reports its actions and activities to the Department Executive Committee.

American Legion Posts select outstanding high school students to attend Boys State/Boys Nation every year. During the week-long program, participants receive instruction on citizenship and experience first-hand how their state and federal governments function.  For more information contact Program Director Linden Dixon (703) 878-9118.

The following forms/documents should be used for the 2019 Session of Virginia American Legion Boys State:



Boys State Counselor 2019



Boys_State_Delegate Pledge Card_2019


Please note that all staff volunteering at Virginia American Legion Boys State must complete a background check prior to attending Boys State.  Please click the following link to complete the background investigation.


For More Information on the American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation, please see below:

Visit the Virginia American Legion Boys State Website for more information

Visit the Ameican Legion Boys Nation Website for more information

Attendance at Boys State can add valuable scoring points for Military Academy Applications.  Learn more by reviewing the Academy Day Support Document.