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"MBS was one of the best weeks of my life. I believe anyone offered the opportunity to go should take it."

-- Nicholas Frank '12
Grandview, MO

Boys State Basics

The Boys State Basics section is to help citizens, their parents, high school counselors, teachers, and principals garner as much information about what to expect from the American Legion Boys State of Missouri program. Please take a moment to click through the sections, and remember, if you still have a question, please contact us!

Citizens discuss their party's paltform.

Students & Parents
The selection process begins with students who are interested in attending Missouri Boys State and their high school guidance counselor (or other party as designated by each high school). Is is very important for students to express their interest in Missouri Boys State to their local school officials!

Please take a moment to read through our eligibility requirements.

Eligbility Requirements

To learn more about college credit and scholarships available to you after successfully completing the Missouri Boys State program, please click on the link below.

College Credit & Scholarships

The Missouri Boys State program is an action packet week. All citizens will be divided into 18 cities with around 30 citizens per city. There are two cities per county and two political parties, the Nationalists and Federalists. Take a moment to click through what you can expect during Missouri Boys State.

Schools of Instruction

Cities & Counties of MBS

Distinguished Speakers

The Missouri Boys State Constitution

Before heading off to any event for eight days, it's always good to know what you are expected to bring with you. We've put together a list of the most recommended items, and several required items.

What to Pack

And finally, we're sure you still have questions. Check out or Frequently Asked Questions!

Frequently Asked Questions


A quick lesson in the law.

Teachers & Guidance Counselors
We've developed a section of our website devoted entirely to Guidance Counselors, Teachers, and Principals. There's also a tool to allow you to help us keep your contact information as accurate as possible.

Counselor Connection

Update Contact Information

Help us find the most qualified candidates for Missouri Boys State.

Eligibility Requirements & Nominations

If you would like a member of our staff to visit your high school and give a presentation on our program, please click below.

Request an In-school Presentation

If you have any questions, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions








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