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"MBS Changed my life and I suspect the program will not only open doors for me, but show me doors I never knew existed. Go Crowder!"

-- Nicholas Carrell '04
West Plains, MO

Schools of Instruction

Citizens learn new skills at Missouri Boys State

All citizens will participate in specialized courses of instruction during their week at Missouri Boys State. They may choose to attend one of the following schools of instruction: Campaigning and Political Operations, Commerce, Journalism and Media, Law, Law Enforcement, Legislative and Executive Policy, and Public Administration. The staff of each School of Instruction is comprised of "real-life" professionals and experts in their respective fields. As the week progresses, citizens use this specialized instruction to design, enact, and evaluate their own municipal, county, and state government operations at Missouri Boys State. Citizens also have the opportunity to earn college credit from the University of Central Missouri for their studies after successfully participating in the program and passing a rigorous examination on Friday morning. More details about the opportunity to earn college credit will be shared with citizens before and during the program.

Government Executive and Campaigning School

Campaigning & Political Operations
The Campaigning and Political Operations School teaches campaigning strategies, how to use the media as a persuasive tool, how to deliver interesting and convincing speeches, and how to create positive perceptions for the general public. This school is also responsible for analyzing the annual Missouri Boys State Public Opinion Poll, which identifies the issues important to citizens. The school is designed for political party leaders, candidates seeking statewide office, campaign managers, political consultants, and anyone else interested in learning more about how to successfully navigate the political process.


The Commerce School serves as the main economic engine at Missouri Boys State. Citizens learn the basic characteristics and operations of an interdependent economy, how businesses function within the economy, and how the intersection of private interests and governmental outcomes impacts the economy and those operating within it. Members of the Missouri Boys State Chamber of Commerce, citizens who are required to attend this school, work with other governmental entities and agencies across Missouri Boys State to create and sustain the conditions needed for a robust economy that serves both public and private interests.

Media School

Journalism & Media
The Journalism and Media School serves as the main media apparatus at Missouri Boys State. Citizens discuss newsgathering and newswriting, the role of the media in politics, journalist ethics, and evaluating news and bias. Citizens then select into three different media: newspaper, radio, and T.V., where they get hands-on training by professionals in each field by creating daily newspapers and radio and T.V. broadcasts in real, authentic studios.

Law School

The Law School is designed like a college-level law school, teaching basic trial procedure, criminal law, legal pleadings, and civil actions. Any aspiring lawyer or judge must attend this school, and citizens are required to pass the Missouri Boys State Bar Exam in order to practice law, just like in the real world. The citizens who attend this school eventually run the Missouri Boys State Court System, which consists of municipal and county courts along with the Supreme Court of Missouri Boys State.

Law Enforcement School

Law Enforcement & Public Safety
The Law Enforcement School gives citizens a look into the day-to-day activities of public safety professionals such as the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The school is taught by public safety professionals, such as members of the Patrol, which has had a longtime affiliation with Missouri Boys State. Topics include aspects of crime prevention and investigation, the responsibilities of a law enforcement official, and providing for the public’s safety. Citizens will be trained in procedures to protect civil liberties during arrest and trial, which they will apply when elected or appointed to law enforcement positions at Missouri Boys State. They also will be updated on the latest methods of work used by various public safety agencies around Missouri and the United States.

Legislative School

Legislative & Executive Policy
The Legislative and Executive Policy School is for citizens elected to the Missouri Boys House of Representatives and Senate, appointed to state-level positions by the Governor, those interested in lobbying, or those who want to learn how the legislative system works. All members of the House of Representatives or Senate along with most state-level appointed officials are required to attend this school. Citizens learn the processes needed to draft and pass bills and resolutions, including parliamentary procedure, and how to work between branches of government to identify and address policy priorities.

Democracy Academy

Public Administration
The Public Administration School focuses on how democracy and citizenship work at the municipal level. While this school is open to all citizens, Mayors and City Councilmen are particularly recommended to attend in order to get a wide range of knowledge to help lead and run their city. A key goal is identifying ways to position a city to win the coveted Harry S Truman Model City Award at the end of the week during Democracy in Action. Citizens learn concepts by analyzing real-life scenarios and discussing how different governmental agencies work on these scenarios.









Did you know...
Each of the schools of instruction are taught by true professionals in their area who volunteer to work with Missouri's brightest young men.



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