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"I think Boys State is a truly exceptional program and I consider it an honor that I was able to attend. There's no way I can repay you for the help you've given me towards being a better man."

-- Kolby Drake Kallweit '04
Wheatland, MO

Recommended Nomination Process

As a high school counselor, you have the vital job of identifying and nominating the most qualified students to attend Missouri Boys State. It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the most influential and unique experiences that participants will ever experience. However, it is important that

those whom you nominate will be dedicated to the program and follow through with their commitment to attend the session for the entire week should they be accepted to our program.

Only students with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service to their schools and communities should be considered for Boys State.

Recommended Nomination Process:

  • Form a committee of administrators, counselors, teachers, and former Boys State citizens.

  • Review the qualifications and selection process which are outlined in the Boys State booklet, A Week to Shape a Lifetime.

  • Seek interested students by broadcasting during school announcements and/or placing information in the school bulletin or newspaper, and distributing the Recruiting Flier available on this website

  • Review lists of student leaders (i.e., honor society, student council, class officers, clubs, athletic teams, JROTC, community organizations – 4-H, Boy Scouts) to identify potential candidates.

  • Consider all eligible young men in the current junior class who meet the Boys State criteria.

  • Prepare a list of candidates and determine their interest and commitment to participate in the program.  Each applicant must commit to attending the Boys State program in its entirety.  No late arrivals or early departures will be allowed.  No shows and cancellations are taken very seriously.

  • Share the Boys State booklet, A Week to Shape a Lifetime, with potential candidates and/or direct them to this website (www.moboysstate.org) for more information.

  • Schedule and hold an informational presentation at your school for eligible candidates conducted by a Missouri Boys State staff member. To schedule a presentation, contact the Missouri Boys State Headquarters.

  • Select candidates to nominate. Qualified candidates may be ranked for consideration and recommendation by sponsors and the District Chairman. Please do not submit a list of candidates without completed applications.

  • Select alternates to nominate. Alternates will be contacted if circumstances keep a candidate selected to attend from participating in the program or as additional sponsorships are located. ALWAYS submit alternates.

  • Have candidates and alternates complete the Online Application  Online applications are NOT automatically transmitted to the Missouri Boys State Headquarters for consideration.  After completing an on-line application, the application MUST be printed and then signed by the student and his parent/guardian prior to submission to the high school.

  • Obtain the signature of the principal endorsing the participation of the candidates and alternates.  The principal should only sign applications for candidates and alternates identified through the nomination process.  Organizations and individuals outside the high school should not be allowed to influence the nomination process.  Only applications identified through the nomination process and signed by the principal will be accepted.

  • Submit completed and signed applications for the candidates and alternates to the local American Legion Post or the Boys State District Chair in your area.  Refer to our website for a list of District Chairs and the counties they represent.  Application deadline to the Boys State District Chair is March 1st, unless otherwise noted.  If an American Legion Post is located in your area and participates in the process, please submit the applications so the Post Representative can meet the March 1st deadline to the Boys State District Chair.  Applications will be accepted immediately and early submission is encouraged.  Maintain copies of the applications for your records..

  • The Boys State District Chairman grants the final authorization in determining which young men participate in the program. To ascertain the District in which your high school is located, please consult the list of Missouri Boys State District Chairmen.

PLEASE DO NOT ANNOUNCE OR PUBLISH THE LIST OF CANDIDATES AND ALTERNATES UNTIL IT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE BOYS STATE DISTRICT CHAIR AND CONFIRMED BY THE MISSOURI BOYS STATE HEADQUARTERS.  YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL WHEN A CANDIDATE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED TO PARTICIPATE.  YOU MAY ALSO VERIFY ACCEPTANCE BY CONTACTING THE MISSOURI BOYS STATE HEADQUARTERS OR ON OUR WEBSITE.

Sponsorship Information – Program Fee

  • A sponsorship covers the $400 program fee (plus transportation* in districts providing a bus).

  • Sponsorship of Boys State participants must be undertaken by The American Legion Post, a civic or service organization or business.

    Sponsorships may also be funded by the school, PTO/PTA, or student organization.

    PARENTAL OR FAMILY SPONSORSHIP IS NOT PERMITTED. 
    The candidate and the parent/guardian are prohibited from personally paying any portion of the $400 Program Fee or Transportation Fee and are not required to make any deposit or financial guarantee prior to being accepted to Missouri Boys State.

  • Most high schools have established lines of communication with their local American Legion Post or other sponsoring organizations.  If not, we urge you to contact the local American Legion Post or Missouri Boys State Headquarters for more information about sponsorships.

  • If you do not have sponsorships for your students, please let us know.  We are ready to assist in finding sponsors for your students.  Please contact the Missouri Boys State Headquarters or your Boys State District Chair

*Districts with a Transportation Fee

District

5

10

11/12

14

15

Transportation Fee

$55

$90

$90

$90

$50

 

For more information, please see our Registration Area.

 

 

 

Did you know...
We have over 65% of all Missouri High Schools participating in Missouri Boys State?

 

 

 
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