Requirements for Participation

For Boys State 2021 Only - Young men graduating High School will be eligible to attend to gain the experience they missed due to the pandemic. However, high school graduates will NOT be able to hold office.

Any boy who has previously attended a Boys' State is not eligible to attend a second session.

Outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools and community should be considered.

An interest in the governmental process.

Above average scholastic standing.

The prospective delegate and their parents must be residents of the state of Tennessee.

Selection of those to attend Boys' State is based on the following:

  • A recommended list of candidates to interview is made by the high school at which the eligible boys are enrolled.
  • Posts will interview those recommended and make their selections based on the interview and other criteria such as a resume or written assignment.
  • Those not selected as primary delegates become alternates in case a primary delegate cannot attend.