The Massachusetts Junior Classical League (MAJCL) is an organization centered in Massachusetts which aims to increase the promotion of Classical studies in the modern world. The MAJCL is a member of the national organization, the National Junior Classical League, which is the main governing body of all state JCL chapters. The MAJCL is also the parent organization of a variety of JCL and Classics clubs centered at various schools within the state.

The MAJCL hosts a wide variety of events and activities throughout the year for students in Massachusetts to enjoy. Every October we host a Kick Off event to start off the MAJCL year with the launching of catapults and ballistae. We then host Classics Day, which is a set of workshops for students to learn more about various topics of antiquity. Finally we hold our largest event-State Convention-in April. This convention is the culmination of the MAJCL year and provides great opportunities for both competition and camaraderie. The MAJCL also represents the state at Nation Convention, which takes place at a university during a week in July; National Convention is where students from around the world gather to compete and demonstrate their passion for the classics

Spirit at Nationals Purple and Gold Day
Spirit at Nationals: Purple and Gold Day
Photo Credits: Emma Cohen

The JCL offers a fun and wholesome experience to any student of the Classics, no matter what their interests are. We host competitions for a range of skill sets including academic testing, drawing and painting, speaking and rhetoric, sporting events, and many more! The JCL also provides opportunities to show passion and dedication through spirit at conventions. We also hold elections for officer positions at State Convention, so student leadership and responsibility are encouraged and nurtured as members of this organization. The JCL provides a platform for every student to find their passion and connect with others who share similar goals and ideas. The MAJCL prides itself in it's ability to support and guide students into becoming stronger and more mature individuals who appreciate the lasting legacy of Classical civilizations in our world today.

The Phoenix of the JCL
Photo Credits: Emma Cohen

The JCL Creed

We the members of the Junior Classical League, covenant to hand on the torch of classical civilization in the modern world.

We believe an acquaintance with the civilization of Greece and Rome will help us understand and appraise the world of today,

which is indebted to the ancient civilization in its government and laws, literature, language and arts.

We affirm the JCL experience develops responsibility, fosters brotherhood, promotes enthusiasm, encourages competition, inspires dedication and enriches our total growth.

The JCL Song

Seeking the best, the highest our goal
Working for greatness through glories of old.

Searching the realms of the golden past,
We follow the classics' truths that last.

In knowledge, truth, and fellowship, we're growing everyday
The friendly hand of J. C. L. aids in every way.

In Rome's proud steps we're marching on,
with every true colleague,

And for ever we'll hold to the Purple and Gold, of the Junior Classical League.