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Questions

What are the dates for the Missouri Boys State program?

What should I bring with me to Missouri Boys State?

What should I leave at home?

What should I expect?

Can I drive my car to the program?

Can I bring my laptop computer, iPad, or other electronic equipment?

Can I bring my cell phone?

What should I do to prepare for the program?

Can I bring a musical instrument?

How much money should I bring?

Can I bring my own campaign materials?

What offices can I run for?

What time do I need to arrive at Boys State?

What if I arrive late?

Do I have to stay all week?

Where is the program located? How do I get there?

When will I be informed of my acceptance into Missouri Boys State?

What is Missouri Boys State's response concerning the coronavirus / COVID-19?

 


Answers

What are the dates for the Missouri Boys State program?

The 2020 Session of Missouri Boys State will begin on June 12, 2021 and concludes on June 19, 2021.  You MUST be registered at the program no later than 6:00 p.m. on the first day of the program.  Additionally, you must not leave the program before 10:30 a.m. on the last day of the program.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

2021:  June 12-19

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What should I bring with me to Missouri Boys State?

First and foremost, bring a positive attitude, a solid work ethic and an open mind. Boys State is NOT a recreational camp, so be ready to work and have fun!  Regarding supplies, you will need to bring the following:

  • Enough casual clothing for eight days and comfortable walking shoes. The weather is hot, so cool clothing is recommended.  Laundry facilities are not available.
  • A coat and tie (or suit) for religious services and special occasions during the week (not mandatory).
  • Toiletries (including SOAP, shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste and deodorant, etc.)
  • A couple of bath towels and washcloths (bed linens and pillows are provided).
  • Notebook paper, pens, pencils and a 3 ring binder are recommended.
  • The packet of material you receive prior to the week of Boys State that includes your Citizen's Daily Schedule of Activities and Boys State Handbook.
  • Your Medical Form completed and signed (notarized if possible) including the signature of your doctor/nurse practitioner certifying your physical fitness.
  • Citizen Authorization and Academic Policy Form - completed and signed.
  • Enough spending money for a few souvenirs, snacks and soft drinks. About $50 - $75 will cover the essentials.
  • Muscial instrument, like a trumpet or bugle, if you play them.  Boys State needs Buglers to play Reveille and Taps each day.
  • Gym clothes, athletic shoes, and/or baseball glove for participating in the sports program.

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What should I leave at home?

There are a few things that you should NOT bring to Boys State:

  • Expensive jewelry, watch, class ring, or any keepsake that would present a problem if lost or stolen.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop computers, iPads, and video games are not needed at Boys State.

Prohibited items include:

  • Pre-printed campaign materials and supplies.
  • Golf clubs, steel cleats, Frisbees, soccer balls, footballs (including Nerf footballs) and any other athletic gear that is not part of the scheduled Boys State athletic program.
  • Water guns, toy guns and any other toy items deemed inappropriate by Boys State staff.
  • Any illegal drugs or controlled substances.  Will result in an immediate dismissal from Missouri Boys State.  Prescription medication should be cleared through the medical staff upon registration at Boys State.
  • Alcolol and tobacco products.  Missouri state laws prohibit the use of alcohol and tobacco products by minors.  UCM is a smoke-free environment.  The use of alcohol or tobacco products by Missouri Boys State citizens is a violation of these rules and will result in immediate dismissal.
  • Laser pointers and any other laser emitting devices.

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What should I expect?

You should expect:

  • A fast-paced, high-energy educational program designed to test your leadership, citizenship and scholastic abilities.
  • To compete with the best and brightest high school students in the state of Missouri.
  • To push yourself like never before.
  • To commit yourself to the program for the entire week and not allow yourself to be distracted by outside influences.
  • To leave the program a better person than you were before you came.

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Can I drive my car to the program?

Yes!  You are allowed to drive your own vehicle to Missouri Boys State. There is even a designated place for you to park.  But, when you check-in with your city counselor, we are going to ask you for your keys. This keeps you focused on the program and from having the urge to go cruising around Warrensburg.  Most important, our insurance does not cover citizens operating motor vehicles during the week of Boys State.  At the end of the week, your car will be in the same exact spot as you left it.  Same mileage and all!

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Can I bring my laptop computer, iPad, or other electronic equipment?

No. There is no need for you to bring a laptop computer, IPad, or other electronic devices to Boys State.  If a device is needed, it will be provided. 

Because of the shear size of the program and the number of citizens, we cannot keep track of expensive and valuable belongings for nearly 1,000 students.  As a special precaution, your city counselor can secure items of value for you but it is best to leave items with great finanical value at home.  Missouri Boys State cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.

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Can I bring my cell phone?

Citizens will be permitted to use their cell phones only at designated times and places.  MBS cannot be responsible for the security of a citizen's cell phone or its use.  MBS is sensitive to the need and desire for citizens to communicate with their families.  Nevertheless, failure to follow MBS guidelines regarding the use of cell phones may result in the loss of this privilege.

There is an official Missouri Boys State app available for iOS and Android devices.  You will be able to login to the app as soon as you check-in the first day of the program.  Useage of the app is not required to attend the program, it is purely a feature to enhance your experience at Missouri Boys State.

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What should I do to prepare for the program?

Get plenty of rest!  Boys State is a fast-paced program.  Also, read the Citizen Handbook you received at the orientation session prior to the Boys State program.  The more you know about the program the better you will fare.  The Handbook contains all the pertinent information about Missouri Boys State.  You may also want to brush up on your public speaking skills - you will need them.

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Can I bring a musical instrument?

If you are interested in auditioning for and participating in the bugle corps you are welcome to bring your trumpet or bugle.  In the past, saxophones, clarinets, trombones and snare drums have also been represented the bugle corps.  Horns are needed to sound Reveille and Taps at the beginning and end of each day at Boys State.

Click here to download the required music.

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How much money should I bring?

Most citizens bring about $50 - $75 for souvenirs and snacks.  The only item we ask that you purchase is a Boys State t-shirt for the group and city photos taken on Thursday.  It can be purchased from the MBS Store for around $15.  The store also has candy, soda, bottled water, bath items, and other Boys State memorabilia.  (If you forgot or need item that isn't available at the MBS Store, talk with your counselor.  These are for necessities only!)

During registration at the program, you will have the opportunity to deposit your money into the Charles Mickey Bank for safekeeping.  You can make purchases at the MBS Store using your MBS Issued ID Badge, like using a debit card.

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Can I bring my own campaign materials?

No, in fact, they are prohibited.  This ensure you, the citizens, are all on a level playing field when you arrive at Missouri Boys State.  You will have access to all of the items needed to produce your campaign materials while at the program.

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What offices can I run for?

There are elected offices on three levels - city, county, and state.  You can run for any office you want whether it be Mayor of your city or Governor of the whole state.  All it takes is determination and the will to succeed.  If you do not win an election, run for another office.  Boys State operates on the leadership of its elected officials.

You can checkout the list of available offices in the Citizen Handbook.

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What time do I need to arrive at Boys State?

Registration begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. on the opening Saturday.  If you are being dropped off by your parent/guardian, riding with a friend, or driving yourself - this is the time you should plan to arrive.  If you are riding one of the buses provided in designated areas, you will arrive around this time.
 
The first City meeting begins at 3:45 p.m.  It's to your advantage to be at the program in time for the first City meeting.  So plan your travel time appropriately so you can arrive and be registered in time to start your week along with the other students in your City! 

All participants MUST be registered NO LATER THAN 6:00 p.m.  NO LATE ARRIVALS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM. 
 
If you have any questions about registration, please contact Missouri Boys State Headquarters.

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What if I arrive late?

Please arrive at the program before 3:00 p.m. on the first Saturday so you can be registered in time to attend the first City meeting.  If you cannot arrive by this time, you MUST be registered by 6:00 p.m.  NO LATE ARRIVALS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

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Do I have to stay all week?

Yes!  It is an honor that you were selected over many other students at your high school to attend Boys State.  Having the best experience possible and garnering the many benefits of Boys State are dependent on your full participation and completing the entire program. 

Any student who does not stay the entire week will forfeit eligibility for all scholarships and college credit, recognition as a Boys State citizen, and inclusion of Boys State participation on college and scholarship applications.  In addition, the funds provided by a sponsor to pay the student's program fees are not refundable.  And, because the funding and available space was assigned to the student - another student with the desire to attend was displaced and missed the opportunity.
 
Citizens are expected to stay through the final assembly which will conclude at approximately 10:30 a.m. on the last Saturday.  NO CITIZEN MAY LEAVE THE PROGRAM PRIOR TO SATURDAY MORNING AT 10:30 A.M. WITHOUT SPECIAL PRE-ARRANGEMENTS AND APPROVAL BY THE DIRECTOR.  Other than family emergencies, illness or extreme circumstances - THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY!

Boys State is exciting and fun!  Get involved!  Don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime - commit to staying and participating the entire week.

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Where is the program located? How do I get there?

The Missouri Boys State program is located on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO which is located about 50 miles southeast of Kansas City.
 
- Directions -
 
From Kansas City: take I-70 East to Hwy 13 (Higginsville junction).  Take Hwy 13 south.  After about 15 miles, take the first exit at the round-about and continue on Business Route Hwy 13 which will take you into Warrensburg.  UCM is located along Business Route Hwy 13/Maguire Street.  Turn east on Christropher Street.  Turn south at the second entrance into the Nancy Kohn parking lot behind the Ellis dorimitory complex.  Citizens will be greeted in the parking lot by Missouri Boys State volunteer staff.
 
From St. Louis: take I-70 West to Hwy 13 (Higginsville junction). Take Hwy 13 south.  After about 15 miles , take the first exit at the round-about and continue on Business Route Hwy 13 which will take you into Warrensburg.  UCM is located along Business Route Hwy 13/Maguire Street.  Turn east on Christopher Street.  Turn south at the second entrance into the Nancy Kohn parking lot behind the Ellis dorimitory complex.  Citizens will be greeted in the parking lot by Missouri Boys State volunteer staff.

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When will I be informed of my acceptance into Missouri Boys State?

Once your application has been received at the Missouri Boys State Headquarters and accepted - you and your parents/guardians will automatically receive an email congratulating you on being selected and accepted to participate.  An email will also be sent to your high school counselor/contact and the principal.

To give you an idea of the timeframe - here's the process:

  • Complete, print and sign your online application and have your parent/guardian sign it too.
  • Turn your application into your high school counselor/contact.
  • The counselor/contact will secure the signature of the principal/designated administrator endorsing the nomination of the applicants.
  • The applications for the students who are nominated by the high school and alternates will be forwarded by the counselor/contact to the local American Legion Post representative for consideration and to secure funding. 
  • The applications and funding are sent to the District Chair for review and approval and then forwarded to the Missouri Boys State Headquarters for processing and acceptance.
  • Emails are sent to the students accepted to participate.

Applications submitted without funding will be entered as Alternates.   Alternates will be accepted and notified by email when funding is located.

Applications are processed daily.

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What is Missouri Boys State's response concerning the coronavirus / COVID-19?

For more information, please view our statement. 

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