The members of Post 49 believe it is imperative that our young people are educated in the practical operation of government. We also believe that our organization has an important role to play in this effort, but we do so in a politically non partisan manner. We are proud to support Boy’s State, which is a state wide program sponsored by the American Legion, Department of Alabama. Participating youth, through role playing experiences, become aware of the organization and function of governmental bodies from community through state level. They learn that the future of good government depends upon their character and willingness to become civic leaders, and also to contribute to the political and social progress of our nation.
By helping to sponsor Boys State, it is Post 49’s purpose to teach the concepts of democracy as practiced in a republican form of government, and also an appreciation for the traditions of American style government. The program is conducted annually for a select group of high school juniors. The location of Boys State is the campus of the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa.
The participating boys are chosen from among
interested and qualified students at each high school in Limestone
County. Some of the participants are selected to participate in the
national program, known as Boy’s Nation. If you have a child or
grandchild who you believe could profit from this experience then
have him discuss the Boy’s State program with his high school
counselor. The Carlisle B. Grisham Post 49 works with these
counselors each year to determine which students will participate in
Yancey Mitchell, Boys State Counselor from Ardmore, and Joseph Topliss, 2012 Boys State Lt. Governor, brief the 2013 Boys State delegates and their parents at Post 49 on May 20, 2013 about what the delegates can expect to experience in Tuscaloosa in June 2013.