A week that shapes a lifetime.
Keystone Boys State (KBS) is a week-long summer experience organized by the American Legion that focuses on civics and leadership development. KBS is a week of:
The core of the KBS program is hands-on skill development and structured guidance from experienced leaders. Participants learn to be a better leader by “learning-by-doing” as part of a group of 20-30 other young men from across Pennsylvania. This active learning is enhanced and strengthened by guidance from counselors and members of the American Legion as well as structured classroom lectures by elected officials, senior military officers, experienced businessmen, and leading journalists.
Participants are organized into “cities” in the simulated “51st State of Keystone,” where they’re forced to respond to real-world challenges drawn from Pennsylvania and its cities. Participants run for elected state and local office and work together to develop solutions to the challenging political, social, and economic problems facing our state.
Participants learn about the practical realities of our government and political process and have an opportunity to earn college credit from our host institution, Shippensburg University.
KBS is an opportunity for incredible personal growth, as participants are challenged to face new situations and overcome complex interpersonal and political problems. The week is also a chance for participants to meet smart, driven young men—their peers—from all across our state.