Director’s Letter

If you are reading this letter, then you most likely have some connection with Palmetto Boys State. Either you are a PBS alum, or perhaps you had a son, brother, or spouse who attended. Whatever the reason, it is likely you have experienced or have been affected by the impact this one week has had on you or someone close to you.

Friends of Boys State was established in 1988, in part to make sure Palmetto Boys State can continue its tradition of excellence in fulfilling our mission statement:

TO TEACH . . .

The principles of the American governmental and political system.


A commitment towards the ideas of freedom and democracy.


The next generation of Americans to discover the leader within.

Over the past 23 years, FOBS has been an invaluable part of keeping Palmetto Boys State at the top of the national Boys State scene. Year in and year out, Palmetto Boys State is recognized as one of the top Boys State programs in the nation. Based on American Legion statistics as of 2010, Palmetto Boys State is the 5th largest program in the nation. However, taking into consideration our state’s population compared with the 4 states ahead of us, Palmetto Boys State ranks number 1 in the nation in ratio of number of delegates to population. In addition, over the last 15 years, Palmetto Boys State is far and away the leader nationally in program growth, increasing the number of our delegates over that period of time by 180. Palmetto Boys State also has a very rich tradition of excellence among our Boys Nation delegates. Over the last 7 years, Palmetto Boys State has produced one President and 3 Vice Presidents of Boys Nation. Lastly, in 4 of the last 5 years, Palmetto Boys State has produced the national winner of the Samsung Scholarship, a $20,000.00 scholarship.

FOBS support played a significant role in allowing Palmetto Boys State to maintain this level of excellence. But more than that, FOBS provides an opportunity for the Boys State “family” to give back to a program which has meant so much to so many, and has had such a positive influence on our state. Please consider supporting PBS through a tax deductible donation to FOBS. On behalf of the entire staff of Palmetto Boys State, we thank you for being a part of this great program.


Stephen R. H. Lewis
Director, Palmetto Boys State