STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A group of young men are spending a week at Mississippi State University to attend a leadership camp.
The Mississippi American Legion Boys State is for high school students who are entering their senior year and have a strong interest in local and state government.
This marks the 70th year that students are able to attend a week-long camp and learn how elections work and what they can do to get involved in their community to make a difference.
The campers spent Monday afternoon playing team sports such as volleyball to learn about sportsmanship.
State and local leaders will also address the campers throughout the week about what it's like to work in a government leadership capacity.
"Some of them are interested in politics, some of them aren't," adds Neal Boone, director of Boys State. "These are just in general leaders of their high school, leaders of their community, not only in the classroom, but in sports fields and in community service, so we really cater to a broad range."
"It just educates you about government and what's going on in politics and everything about our state," added Kyle Holliman, camper. "It's just really good what they have running here."
The leadership camp will remain at Mississippi State University for the years 2014 and 2015.