Youth development is a key part of the Post’s Mission
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Law Camp: Safety Training at all levels
This youth program has existed since 1935, and is held each year, running for about one week in the month of June. Boys, (young men) make application to become candidates following junior year of high school. Those selected are headed for an enjoyable series of days of learning at Western Oregon University, in Monmouth, Oregon.
The course of activities are designed to give participants a working knowledge of the structure of city, county and state governments. Students hold elections of their fellow mates for offices within mock bodies of these government organizations. They hold realistic business sessions and organize committees for action on proposals. Senate rules are observed to debate relevant bills. There may even be “hands on” sessions of legal court room proceedings. Not all time is spent at academic endeavors, as physical competitions are made available also.
Throughout the week of Boys State, learning is centered on our forms of government and how they work. Emphasis is also placed on becoming acquainted and working together with other students.
Girls State: Developing America’s Young Women
The same fundamentals outlined above in Boys State also hold true for Girls State. Girls State is held separately from the boys gathering. Leadership and Citizenship are the focal points of this program sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary. Girls State, American Legion Auxiliary Oregon, is held at Willamette University, located across from the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
Partnering with the Boy Scouts to Develop future Leaders
American Legion of Milwaukie, Oregon has enjoyed an ongoing relationship with a local chapter of the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts join with our American Legion when it comes time for Flag Disposal. Flag disposal is called for when the Flags have come to an end of life for proper display. They may be torn or badly soiled by flying in smoky air while on display. When this occurs, there is a standard Flag burning ceremony that is held annually by Scouts and American Legion. Proper respectful procedure is observed with flags totally consumed by fire.
On Memorial Day, the local chapter of Scouts joins with the Legion for ceremonies at two of our local Pioneer Cemeteries. Scouts march into a display area with a folded American Flag to hold a Flag raising ceremony. A Scout bugler sounds To The Color as the Flag is raised. At this same event, Scouts and Legionnaires place small American Flags next to the headstones of all veterans that lie in rest there.
On special occasions, invitations are received by the American Legion to attend Scout award ceremonies. Viewing the award of Eagle Scout is a memorable event for parents, Scouts and Legionnaires.