C.M. Joslin Post, Aux. & SAL 618


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Boys State boys reported their experience at our Sept meeting and expressed their appreciation to the Post.




This is an email from Mary Diaz, 1st Vice Commander of our Post, that was received from the chairman of the Texas Boys State.

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From: Texas Boys State Chairman <chairman@texasboysstate.com>
Date: August 4, 2020 at 18:22:55 CDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Fwd: ** Boys State Documentary | Big News! | Please Share **

Good evening, Legion Teammates.


The below is propagating thru the Department hubmaster chain.  However, to best ensure maximum visibility given the heavy-lifting you do each year, we also wished to forward directly to Posts for which we have contact data for your Boys State representative(s).  


Thank you for all you do for this program that impacts lives.


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Dear fellow Legionnaires:


Please ensure widest dissemination.  Thank you.


Below is the once-over and latest regarding the highly-praised documentary about your Texas Boys State soon to publicly release (in 10 days).


1.       Fantastic Acclaim & Apple TV Movie Release Soon!


a.       “The sensational winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Boys State is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government.”


b.      The movie will premiere on Apple TV+ on 14 August 2020.


c.       Select theater release was to occur 31 July, but was impacted by COVID.  It is not yet known if theater release will occur, but sources advise it is unlikely.


d.      Reports are the movie will make its international premier, at Sundance United Kingdom, on 9 August.


e.      Sundance Press Release on Grand Jury Prize honors here:  Sundance Press Release - Boys State


f.        Documentary sold to Apple and A24 for record-breaking $12 Million.  News release here:  IndieWire Press Release - Boys State


2.       Watch This!


a.       Go to your Texas Boys State website right now to see the following:


                                                               i.      Apple TV official trailer (2 minutes, 34 seconds) (click on top photo).


                                                             ii.      Neat Twitter video/infographic on the basics of Boys State (1 minute, 47 seconds) (click on smaller photo on the right of the page).


                                                            iii.      Click here to go to Boys State website for all videos:  Texas Boys State - Documentary Movie Page


b.      When released on Apple TV, it will be on-line (like Netflix).  If you wish to watch the movie, you will need an internet connection through your TV or computer to watch.


c.       Official Apple TV+ site for ordering the movie/further info:  Apple TV+ Site (Boys State)


3.       National Legion Media.


a.       “Boys State and Girls State programs around the country really, truly make an impact and spur talented young people to become leaders in their community, and we’re happy there’s a film now that captures that.”  Daren Brabham


b.      Our thanks to Andy Proffet, writer/editor at Legion National, for sharing the story.  His latest (and very well done) article published last week here:   National American Legion Article - Boys State (Texas)


c.       Article link is also found on our Boys State website.


4.       Media Inquiries.


a.       If you get questions from the media, of any type, please point them to us immediately.  We respectfully request that you not engage the media.  We have a media plan and internal experts that know the intricacies and history of our amazing program, the background of the documentary, and other such necessary info and nuances—that team is best equipped to answer all media questions.  Thank you!


b.      Please point any media promptly and directly to Daren Brabham, Assistant Director for Media Relations, at daren.brabham@gmail.com


5.       Attached (PDF) is a December 2019 information paper with some initial basics, if you have interest.


6.       Website.  For future updates, and links to this and other information, please periodically visit the Texas Boys State website:   Texas Boys State - Documentary Movie Page


Have a great one.




Casey Z. Thomas

Chairman, American Legion Texas Boys State





 Ben Hardin, Commander, Post 618, Willis, Texas

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935 when it organized to counter the Fascist inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

High school juniors are selected by local American Legion Posts to attend the program. In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Post, a local business or another community-based organization.

American Legion Boys State is currently conducted in 49 Departments of The American Legion. Hawaii does not conduct a program. As separate corporations, Boys States vary in content and method of procedure, but each and every Boys State adheres to the basic concept of the program - that of teaching government from the township to the state level.

The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State. For online details visit  http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/girls.html  


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