Annual trek to Boys State of Virginia, now at Radford University

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Annual trek to Boys State of Virginia, now at Radford University

By way of explanation for those that don't know what the Boys State of Virginia is, this is from the Daily Progress:

Boys State, the annual summer gathering of Virginia high school students studying government, is not being held in Lynchburg for the first time in more than 40 years.

Instead, about 800 rising seniors assembled Sunday at Radford University for the start of a week of political activities that include electing their own governor, sheriffs and other political figures.

They'll also hear speeches from Gov. Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, as well as state legislators, mayors, police officials and more.

The counterpart program, Girls State, is being held at its usual location, Longwood University in Farmville.

Basically, what we do is replicate state governemt from the ground up.  The Boys are divided into 16 cities named after military heroes from the state of Virginia.  This year I am the counselor for "Lee City" named after the famed Confederate General.  The boys so far seem pretty good, although I had 5 no-shows which hurts our voting strength a bit when the conventions begin. I did manage to get kids to volunteer for every slot I needed though, from sports to Beter Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure and other like classes.

My blogging may be somewhat sporadic, but I will be trying to do some each day if possible.  Going to attempt to get some videos up of my kids as well, so you can see how amazing they are.  I know a lot of people think that this younger generation lacks the understanding of our times, and that they seem apolitical.  Not so with these kids, who are across the board the best that Virginia has to offer.


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