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Create a Family Account on apply.aljbs.org


Complete your
ALJBS application


Register for ALJBS*, then join us in June

*includes $300 tuition

Don’t wait: apply to ALJBS today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Boys State?

ALJBS is a week-long program running from Sunday, June 18, through Friday, June 23, 2023. Delegates must stay for the entire duration of the program, unless excused by the Executive Director for legitimate reasons (graduations, etc.).

Where is it held?

ALJBS is held at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ (about ten minutes away from Trenton).

When is it held?

ALJBS is held the week of Father’s Day each year. This year’s session begins on Sunday, June 18, and runs through Friday, June 23, 2023.

Will it be onsite or can I go home?

All students must stay on campus throughout the week unless dismissed by the director. Once you check in on Sunday, you are part of the program for the week.

What happens during a typical day?

A day at ALJBS usually runs from about 7:00am through 11:00pm, with speakers, campaigning and voting, sports and recreational activities, and other things throughout the day. You can find our full schedule at www.aljbs.org/events/.

Who is eligible?

​Young men who are finishing their junior year of high school and live in New Jersey are eligible for ALJBS.

Is there college credit for this?

College credit is available through Rider University. Details and cost summaries can be found at www.aljbs.org/collegecredit/.

How can I learn more?

​Our website www.aljbs.org has lots of information about the program, and you can find photos and videos on our social media accounts @ALJBS.

How much does it cost?

Attending ALJBS costs:

  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • ​$300 tuition cost that includes food, housing, and delegate supplies (including textbook, lanyards, etc.)

My school is still in session. Can I attend?

Boys State is treated like a field trip by most schools that are still in session because it’s not a regular camp. You can get 3 college credits for attending, so schools tend to treat it as an excused absence. If it’s finals week, students usually take finals before or after attending Boys State! You should talk to your school counselor, as they usually know how Boys State has been treated in the past at your school.

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