On behalf of the entire American Legion Boys State of Virginia Board of Directors, leadership team, and staff, we are saddened that we have had to make the decision to cancel this session of Virginia Boys State due to the continued concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. For the health and well-being of the participants and staff, as well as the Radford University employees who assist our program, we felt this was the right call to make with so much uncertainty still ahead.
We do not take this unprecedented decision lightly, as it has only been done once before in program history – during the war years of 1942-1945. We recognize that this may be upsetting news for this year’s participants and our staff alike, and we share in your feelings. The Boys State of Virginia leadership team is working on possible virtual options to engage those students that were hoping to attend this year, and the American Legion of Virginia family will be updated should this initiative move forward.