Governor Bob McDonnell paid a visit to the Virginia American Legion's Boys State at Radford University.
It's the 71st session and runs through Saturday.
The governor talked about how important it is for the teen boys to develop leadership skills, saying it will soon be up to them to guide Virginia into the future.
Boys State has more than 1,000 participants.
The governor also visited Girls State this morning.
Girls State is at Longwood University this year.