For Virginia Boys State Counselors


Retuning Counselors and Staff Members

After completing your background check, please see attached letter from Chief City Counselor Jarad Phelps

One of the secrets to the success of Virginia Boys State is the group of outstanding counselors who enjoy working with Virginia's future leaders.

To apply to be a Virginia Boys State Counselor, meet these criteria:

Be at least 18 years of age

If you attended Boys State, there must be at least one year between attendance at Boys State and serving as a counselor

Have no criminal record

Undergo a background check — cost is $12. This button opens a new window (or tab) in your browser and takes you to the secure American Legion website. Follow the instructions to apply for Boys State counselor.

Background checks are required of all staff members who are involved with the boys of Boys State. We must attest to Radford University that all Virginia Boys State counselors are of the highest caliber and no individuals with criminal histories involving crimes against children, are volunteers with Boys State. This process is to protect the program, you, and the participants.


Preference for counselor positions is given to Legion members and Sons of American Legion members.

If you have any questions, contact Chief City Counselor

Jarad Phelps

Mail the completed application to:

Jarad Phelps
10815 King Nobel Lane
Bealeton, VA 22712