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"The experience is head-spinning at first, then invigorating for the week. The lessons I took home included establishing a stronger work ethic, collaboration, negotiation, discipline, and making friendships beyond one's comfort zone. The lessons stick from senior year in high school through college, one's personal life and a professional career!"

-- Paul Chris Turner '81
Jefferson City, MO

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Welcome to Missouri Boys State

The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is an eight-day hands on experience in the operation and fundamentals of government. Missouri Boys State draws together the best and brightest high school juniors to help lead them down the path of individual success and leadership through "doing," not just learning.

One idea paramount above any other at Missouri Boys State: That the individual is the one with the power to change the world. Whether athlete or politician, journalist or scientist, each and every one of us has the power to make a difference in the world.

Using our democratic system as a basis, we equip the participants, or citizens, each year to construct their own state, utilizing the core values that hold true in our everyday lives. We teach the need for competition, the value of public service, the strength of the individual voice and vote. By reinforcing these basic American ideals, we help to shape the future of our society. This is what the American Legion Boys State of Missouri program is all about.

Citizens of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri are eligible to receive college credit and scholarships for participating and successfully completing Boys State.

2015 Session Information

The 2015 Session of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is in the books! Congratulations to all 976 citizens, now Alumni! You worked hard during the session and made lots of new friends and memories to last a lifetime.

Now that you have returned home, make sure you take a look at all the photos we captured during Boys State -- these are available for purchase via Shutterfly.com. Also make sure you have ordered your copy of the 2015 Video Yearbook DVD.

Finally, make sure you have joined the MBS Alumni Association and followed their page on Facebook!



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Eric Wilson Brown, Dearborn, MO was selected as one of 98 national finalists for the Samsung American Legion National Scholarship at the annual Missouri American Legion State Convention held July 9-12, 2015 in Springfield.  Brown was selected by the American Legion Department of Missouri Education and Scholarship Committee from 120 applicants.  Brown will compete nationally for one of approximately ten Samsung American Legion scholarships expected to total $20,000 each which will be awarded by The American Legion this fall.  By virtue of his selection as a national finalist, Brown will receive a $1,100 scholarship, if not selected as a national winner. [more]





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The 77th Session of MBS
June 18-25, 2016
on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.


From The Director
Director Matt DameronOn behalf of the Board of Directors of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc., I am pleased to join over 100 volunteer staff members in saying, "Welcome to our website." I hope you will take a few minutes to browse and learn more about this outstanding program. [more]

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