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"I had no idea what I was in for, having had no prior interest in the political process at any level. But on the day the votes were tallied and the announcement was made that I won the highest executive position in the state I was overwhelmed with joy and excitement. I had a new outlook on what our government officials go through to get where they are."

-- Aaron Nickens '88
Kansas City, MO
Elected MBS Governor

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Democracy in Action

The 2017 Missouri Boys State Awards ceremony was held in the University of Central Missouri Multipurpose Building on Saturday morning. The countless accomplishments made throughout the week were formally recognized with an award ceremony, marking the end of a fantastic 78th session of Missouri Boys State. Throughout the week, these high school juniors were given the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and understand the impact they can have on themselves and the world around them. These leaders have made lifetime friends and memories, truly making Boys State A Week To Shape A Lifetime.

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.

Lt. Gen. Martin R. Steele at Missouri Boys State 2015

“This is an extraordinary leadership experience. I don’t think you’ll encounter another one like it during your high school years, and perhaps for some of you – and even many of you – for the rest of your lives. 

I went to Boys State 52 years ago, I still communicate with people today, as if we were there.  The fact that when we arrived, none of us knew each other, but today we still maintain contact with one another – it’s what you will do.  You’ll realize that the things you learn here will hold you in good stead the rest of your life.”

- Lt. General Martin R. Steele, June 2015


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The 79th Session of MBS
June 16-23, 2018
on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.


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