American Legion Post 178, Marysville WA
American Legion: The Nation's Largest Wartime Veterans Service Organization
American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time
veteransí organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It has 2.6 million
members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.
see below for information on the following American Legion youth programs:
Boys State http://evergreenboysstate.org/
Legion Boys State is easily classified as a leadership action program where
qualified male high school juniors take part in a practical government course
designed to develop in the young citizens a working knowledge of the structure
of government and to impress upon them the fact that government is just what
they make it.
American Legion Baseball
1925, The American Legion has sponsored a nationwide youth baseball
program. During these past eight
decades, millions of young players have enjoyed playing baseball. The American Legion and their 2.8 million
members have raised millions of dollars each year for players to learn the
importance of teamwork, discipline, leadership and good sportsmanship. The American Legion sponsors American Legion
Baseball to give players an opportunity to develop their skills, personal
fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun.
Jr. Shooting Sports : http://www.legion.org/programs/youthprograms/shooting
a three-part program that combines the Basic Marksmanship Course, Qualification
Awards, and Air Rifle Competition. During the past decade of this programís
continued fast growth, thousands of male and female junior shooters have
participated, with a perfect safety record of no reported gun-related injuries.
Participants in The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program can be of
any gender, through the age of 18. Handicapped youth are encouraged to
Basic Marksmanship Course is a comprehensive instruction package for the
beginning shooter that has little or no marksmanship experience. The course
insures understanding by the student and easy use by the instructor. Gun safety
and marksmanship fundamentals are taught through a balanced mix of short
lecture or discussion followed by hands-on activity. The package of instruction
and support materials include:
Guide: Detailed information for the instructor to teach the course.
Handbook: Now in its third edition, this popular handbook is a comprehensive reference text for beginning shooters, thoroughly covering the fundamentals of
Tools - Six quizzes and a final exam.
an effective job is done presenting the Basic Marksmanship Course, most
graduates will want to keep improving their marksmanship skills. The National
Rifle Association and the Civilian Marksmanship Program provide MARKSMANSHIP
QUALIFICATION COURSES for AIR RIFLE. These courses offer personal skill
developments ladder where individual shooters work to achieve established
performance standards. Marksmanship Qualification Courses offer family fun and
enjoyment that can last a lifetime. Junior shooters may enroll in these
programs upon graduation from the Basic Marksmanship Course.
is not a sport which gives an advantage to individuals of great size or
strength. Physical fitness and stamina are important, but it is mental
toughness and self-discipline, which determine success. Competitive shooting is
also one of the few sports where men and women can compete as equals. It is
truly a sport which is OPEN TO ANYONE willing to practice and to test his or
her shooting skills on the firing line.
National Oratorical Contest http://www.waconstitutionalspeechcontest.org/
purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program -
"A Constitutional Speech Contest" is to develop a deeper knowledge
and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high
school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of
leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently,
and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the
rights and privileges of American citizenship.
for the Boy Scout movement came at The American Legion's first National
Convention in 1919. Today, there are more than 2,500 Boy Scout units sponsored
by Legion posts throughout the country. Supporting Boy Scout activities is
natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and
experiences as veterans to bear to help build character and positive traits in
"Young America." Few other post activities generate more goodwill
from the community.
American Legion annually honors The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year at
its National Convention. The winner of the competition receives an $10,000
scholarship and the three runners-up each are awarded $2,500 scholarships.
Further information is available from department adjutants, or the Americanism
and Children & Youth Division: