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-- Caleb Patrick Crum '10
New Madrid, MO

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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, stereo system, 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 have 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?

 


Answers

What are the dates for the Missouri Boys State program?

The 2017 Session of Missouri Boys State will begin on June 17, 2017 and concludes on June 24, 2017. You MUST be registered at the program no later than 6:00pm on the first day of the program. NO EXCEPTIONS. Additionally, you must not leave the program before 10:30am on the last day of the program.

2018:  June 16-23
2019:  June 15-22
2020:  June 13-20

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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 to last for eight days. The weather is hot, so cool clothing is recommended.
  • A coat and tie (or suit) for religious services and special occasions during the week.
  • Toiletries (including soap, shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste and deodorant, etc.)
  • A couple of bath towels and washcloths (bed linens and pillows are provided).
  • Notepaper, pens, pencils and a 3 ring binder are recommended.
  • The packet of material mailed to you prior to the week of Boys State that includes your citizen's schedule and Boys State Manual.
  • Your Medical Form (notarized if possible) containing your doctor's signature certifying your physical fitness.
  • Enough spending money for a few souvenirs, snacks and soft drinks. About $40 - $60 will cover the essentials.
  • Your Trumpet or Bugle if you play them. Boys State needs Buglers to play Reveille and Taps each day.
  • Your baseball glove, swiming suit, and/or athletic shoes for participating in the sports program. *These items are not required but will come in handy if you plan to participate in softball, or swimming competitions.

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What should I leave at home?

There are a few things that you should not bring to Boys State. Things to avoid bringing:

  • Expensive jewelry, watches or any keepsake that would present a problem if lost or stolen.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop computers, cell phones, pagers, PDA's, CD players, stereo systems are not needed at Boys State.
  • Pre-printed campaign materials and supplies are prohibited.
  • 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 is prohibited.
  • Water guns, toy guns and any other toy items deemed inappropriate by Boys State staff are prohibited.
  • Of course, any illegal drugs or controlled substances are prohibited and will result in an immediate dismissal from Missouri Boys State. Prescription medication should be cleared through the medical staff upon registration at Boys State.
  • 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 prohibited. Violation of these rules will result in immediate dismissal.
  • Laser pointers and any other laser emitting devices are prohibited.

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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. You should expect to compete with the best and brightest high school students in the state of Missouri. You should expect to push yourself like never before. You should expect to commit yourself to the program for the entire week and not allow yourself to be distracted by outside influences. And finally, you should expect 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 place for you to park it. But, when you check in with your city, we are going to ask you for your keys. This keeps you from having the urge to go cruising around Warrensburg. 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, stereo system, or other electronic equipment?

No. There is no need for you to bring most of these things with you to Boys State. If you would like to bring a small radio, that is allowed, but Missouri Boys State cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. 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, items of value can be locked up with your counselor, but please do not bring items that have great financial value. Items such as computers, Tablets/PDAs, stereo systems and CD Players are not needed at the program so please leave them at home.

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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.

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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's manual you received during an orientation session, prior to the Boys State program. The more you know about the program the better you will fare. The manual 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.

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How much money should I bring?

We recommend you bring about $40 - $60. 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 $10. The store also has candy, soda, bottled water, bath items, and other Boys State memorabilia. (If you need an item that you cannot live with out and it can't be found 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 safe keeping.  You will make purchases in the MBS Store using your MBS Issued ID Badge.

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Can I bring my own campaign materials?

No. When you, the Citizens, arrive at Missouri Boys State, you are all on a level playing field. You will have access to all of the things you will need 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 wide, county wide and statewide. 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 runs on the leadership of its elected officials.

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What time do I have to arrive at Boys State?

Registration begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. If you are riding one of the buses this is the approximate time of your arrival. If you decide to drive yourself or someone is dropping you off, please get here around this time.
 
Registration ends at 3:00 p.m. All participants MUST be registered NO LATER THAN 6:00 p.m. NO LATE ARRIVALS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM. We recommend you try to make it by 3:00pm so you can participate in your first City Meeting. It is to your advantage to be at the program on time for the first City Meeting.
 
If you have any questions about registration, please contact Missouri Boys State Headquarters.

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What if I arrive late?

Please be at the program before 3:00pm on Saturday. If you cannot arrive by this time, you MUST be there by 6:00pm. NO LATE ARRIVALS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM. NO EXCEPTIONS!

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Do I have to stay all week?

Yes! Gaining the best experience possible at Missouri Boys State is dependent on your full participation during the whole course of the program. You have been selected over many others at your high school to attend this program. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, leaving early not only wastes your sponsor's money, but also keeps another student from the experience of a lifetime.
 
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!

Those who do not stay the entire week will lose eligibility for scholarship money and college credit. Students should commit to staying 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 South. After about 15 miles you will be in the town of Warrensburg. UCM is located along Hwy 13. Citizens should assemble on the Nancy Kohn parking lot located behind the Ellis dormitory complex. The Ellis dormitory complex is on the left side of Hwy 13 at Christopher Street.
 
From St. Louis: take I-70 West to Hwy 13 South. After about 15 miles you will be in the town of Warrensburg. UCM is located along Hwy 13. Citizens should assemble on the Nancy Kohn parking lot located behind the Ellis dormitory complex. The Ellis dormitory complex is on the left side of Hwy 13 at Christopher Street.

 

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

After you turn in your application to your high school, it will either be approved or denied by your high school principal.  Your school then forwards your application on to the local American Legion representative for their approval and to arrange for funding.  After that step is complete, the application is sent to our Headquarters office in Warrensburg, MO. We make every attempt to process these applications as soon as we get them.  After we process your application your name will appear on our Citizens List.

If no funding has been secured for your application, you will be entered as an "Alternate." 

Once your application is accepted, you and your parents will automatically receive an email from us. We will also send an email to your high school as well.

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