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-- Nicholas Carrell '04
West Plains, MO

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Questions

Will I see other people from my high school during the week?

Can my best friend be my roommate?

Are there phones available so I can call home?

Will I have access to my email?

What religious services are available to me on Sunday?

Can I have visitors while I'm at Missouri Boys State?

What are the lodging arrangements?

What is the food service like? I have special dietary requirements, will that be an issue?

What kind of sporting activities are available?

How much free time is there?

Can I leave the campus during the week?

I'm 18 years old, am I allowed to smoke?

What is the political structure of Missouri Boys State?

What is a typical day like?

Do I have to participate in all the activities?

 


Answers

Will I see other people from my high school during the week?

Probably not. We try to take the students from the same high school and place them in different cities. Because there are nearly 1,000 participants in the program, you will most likely not see your friends. When you leave the program, hopefully you will have made friends countless others from around the state.

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Can my best friend be my roommate?

No. We want you to have the experience of meeting new people. We try to divide up the students who come from the same high school into different cities. The chances of you seeing one of your friends from home are very slim due to the shear number of citizens at Missouri Boys State.

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Are there phones available so I can call home?

There are very few pay phones available for you to use. Every effort will be made for you to have the opportunity to call home, but time is limited. You will be able to call home periodically, but should not expect to do so every night. If parents or relatives need to contact a citizen, you can do so by calling Boys State HQ at (660) 429-2761.

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Will I have access to my email?

You will not have any way to access email while at Missouri Boys State. However, your parents can send you a message from this website and we will make sure it is delivered to you in your city.

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What religious services are available to me on Sunday?

Missouri Boys State offers three religious services on Sunday morning during the program. We offer Protestant, Catholic and Jewish services. These services are general in nature and may not be exactly compatible with your worship service at home. We ask that you understand that we cannot offer services that match each specific religious preference. To do that would take more facilities and resources than Boys State can offer. We ask that you keep an open mind and participate in these services in the spirit in which they are offered.

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Can I have visitors while I'm at Missouri Boys State?

Yes. We welcome parents and other family members to come and see the program. We do however, ask them to not interfere with the program...just observe. Contact with your son will be limited and should not interrupt the flow of events during the week. Due to space limitations, we will not be able to provide accommodations for guests. However, there are several hotels in the city of Warrensburg that are very convenient to the UCM campus.

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What are the lodging arrangements?

You will stay in the university dorms for the entire week. You will have at least one and possibly two roommates. Linens will be provided, except for washcloths and towels. We suggest you bring a couple of towels because it is a long week and there are no laundry facilities available.

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What is the food service like? I have special dietary requirements, will that be an issue?

The UCM cafeteria provides dining facilities for the entire week. It's a lot like the cafeteria at your school, only better. We provide three meals a day with a variety of menu items during the week.

Several citizens and staff members attending previous sessions have required restricted or special diets, including vegan and vegetarian.  Please contact MBS HQ for more information.

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What kind of sporting activities are available?

Beginning on Monday of the program, there will be an athletic period each afternoon before the evening meal. Every citizen is required to participate in a variety of sporting events.
 
Those events include: basketball, softball, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, bowling, and track & field and other sports as facilities are available.
 
Due to space limitations, there is no soccer or football played at Missouri Boys state. Secondly, we ask that you do not participate in these or any other athletic activities outside of athletic period. If you have a favorite softball glove, you are welcome to bring it.

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How much free time is there?

We keep you busy pretty much the whole week. During the day there may be some free time set aside, but this should be used to study for your schools of instruction. Meals are also considered "free time" but you are required to sit with your respective city.
 
"Lights Out" is set at 10:30pm, but due to some events, this may be pushed back. You may think this is too early, but at the end of each day, you will be tired. At 6:30am, everybody is up and preparing for breakfast which is at 7:00am in the dining hall.

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Can I leave the campus during the week?

No. You must stay on campus during the entire week. The Missouri Boys State program takes place entirely on the campus of UCM. If you leave campus, you are no longer able to participate in the program. We must have your complete attention throughout the week. Boys State program boundaries will be fully explained at the beginning of the week. We ask for your full cooperation. If you drive a car, we will ask you for your keys to help alleviate the temptation to leave the campus.

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I'm 18 years old, am I allowed to smoke?

Even if you are of legal age to smoke, UCM is a smoke free campus and smoking will not be tolerated.

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What is the political structure of Missouri Boys State?

Missouri Boys State is a pure democracy in that every citizen is allowed to vote and participate in the political process. Each citizen will be assigned a political party prior to coming to Boys State. Missouri Boys State employs the two party political system. The two parties at Boys State are called the Federalist Party and the Nationalist Party. Neither party is associated with any real life political party. Each year, citizens develop their own party platforms and their own style of governing.

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What is a typical day like?

After reviewing the citizen's schedule you'll see that each day is packed with activity. Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. and "Lights Out" is at 10:30 p.m. or later. Schools of Instruction typically take place in the morning, lunch is at noon and city/county activities are in the early afternoon. Sports competitions are right before the evening meal and general assemblies featuring keynote speakers take place immediately after.

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Do I have to participate in all the activities?

Boys State is what you make it. If you don't involve yourself, you are missing out on a great opportunity. Every activity you involve yourself in earns points for your city. At the end of the week, the city with the most points earns the prestigious Harry S. Truman Model City award. The more you are involved, the better your city's chances of winning, and the more you will take away from the program.

"I wish I knew that getting involved early doesn't mean I'm going to miss out on something later, but that I'm going to have an awesome time.  I waited a couple of days before doing anything and I wish I hadn't.  I also wish I would have read the chapters mentioned in the orientation ahead of time and picked a couple of offices that sounded interesting.” -- Jack Laskowitz 'MBS 2000

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