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ALJBS Coronavirus Pandemic Update #5

Updated 4-18-2020 2:00pm

We continue to be amid an unprecedented national health crisis. The leadership team at American Legion Jersey Boys State has been monitoring this situation daily. The well-being, health, and safety of our delegates, staff, speakers, and everyone else who supports ALJBS is of the utmost importance to us. We worked with public health officials, the State of New Jersey, the American Legion, and Rider University as far as how the coronavirus pandemic would affect this year's session.

We have made our final decision regarding our 75th annual session originally scheduled to take place from June 21st to June 26th, 2020. Please continue to monitor our website ( going forward for the most up-to-date information regarding ALJBS.

  • Effective today, April 18, 2020, our 2020 session has been postponed to 2021. Our 2021 session, to be held June 20th to June 25th, 2021, will be a "joint session" with both seniors selected to be 2020 delegates and juniors selected next year as 2021 delegates. We explored a number of alternatives for our 2020 session and believe that we selected the best alternative that combines the well-being of our delegates, staff, speakers, parents, and Legionnaires along with our desire to give those selected as delegates the opportunity to experience Jersey Boys State in-person. We have addressed many of your questions regarding our plans at We did not take this decision lightly and wanted it to be informed, well-thought out, and as thorough as possible. We believe that we have accomplished that. That is the reason we did not make a hasty decision on our plans for the 2020. We apologize if our delay in coming to this decision caused you any inconvenience.

  • Effective April 15, 2020, all in-person County orientation meetings are cancelled. We will to post a "virtual" county orientation on our website at by May 1st. We will also provide a link to enable parents and delegates to ask questions about ALJBS. Information regarding 2021 in-person county orientations, including locations, times, and dates will be posted at a later date at

  • We have put on hold posting the link to CampDoc for delegates to submit their medical information. If you have already completed your application other than your medical information, a link will be emailed to you at some point in early 2021. If you have any questions about CampDoc or submitting your medical information, please send them to:

  • Should you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at

We greatly appreciate your cooperation and support. Once again, the well-being, health, and safety of our delegates, staff, and everyone who supports American Legion Jersey Boys State is of the utmost importance to us. For those of you directly or indirectly affected by the virus, our thoughts are with you and your family. Please stay healthy and safe.

County and Post Chairmen, please click here for the full text of this release including planning information as it pertains to interviews, delegate selection and more information.

David S. Bagatelle
Executive Director
American Legion Jersey Boys State

Theodore J. Howarth, Jr.
American Legion Jersey Boys State Corporation

originally posted April 18, 2020