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-- Tyler Whitworth '12
Nevada, MO

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Questions

What is Missouri Boys State?

How much does it cost?

Is my son covered by insurance in the event of an accident?

Who are the staff members?

My son has a medical condition or a physical disability, can he still participate?

What scholarship opportunities are available?

Can my son receive college credit?

If I come visit, where can I stay?

When can I pick up my son?

How many students attend Missouri Boys State?

What if my son has to take the ACT on Saturday?

What if my son has been home-schooled?

Can I get copies of the photos taken during the program?

Where is Missouri Boys State held each year?

 


Answers

What is Missouri Boys State?

Missouri Boys State is an eight-day summer program designed to help young men realize their own potential by participating in one of the most highly acclaimed leadership programs in the country. More information can be found in the About Us section of this website.

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How much does it cost?

There is no cost to the student or parent for admission to Missouri Boys State. Missouri Boys State is funded entirely by Legion Posts, businesses and service organizations. Each student is sponsored by a local business, Legion Post or service organization.

If you know business or service organization willing to sponsor a Boys State citizen, please contact Missouri Boys State Headquarters.

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Is my son covered by insurance in the event of an accident?

Yes. Missouri Boys State carries medical insurance coverage on all students and staff members participating in our program. The insurance policy acts as a secondary policy to any coverage the student carries under his parent's insurance policy. Should the parent and/or student be uninsured during the time the student participates in our program, our insurance policy becomes primary coverage.

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Who are the staff members?

The administrative staff, counseling staff, and athletic supervisors who are in charge of the individual phases of the program are trained leaders and experienced youth counselors who donate a week of their time as public service.

Each member of the staff is giving back to the program's participants the same excitement, inspiration and value, the Boys State program gave them when they were citizens. Our volunteers work hard each year to provide the citizens of Missouri Boys State the best experience possible.

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My son has a medical condition or a physical disability, can he still participate?

Missouri Boys State strives to make the program accessible to as many students as possible. If your son has special needs please contact Missouri Boys State Headquarters. Also, please note that any medical conditions or disabilities should be noted on the applicant's medical form.

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What scholarship opportunities are available?

Each year Missouri Boys State awards a cash scholarship to the "Citizen of the Week". All citizens who successfully complete the week of Boys State are eligible for the Harley Wyatt Memorial Scholarship program. Over 30 colleges and universities participate in the program and provide over $2,000,000 in scholarship money to Boys State citizens. Look for the Harley Wyatt Memorial Scholarship brochure in your registration packet for details on how to apply with the participating colleges and universities. A comprehensive list is also available on this website.

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Can my son receive college credit?

Successful completion of American Legion Boys State of Missouri as defined by the course syllabus distributed during the program qualifies a citizen to apply for two (2) or three (3) hours of university credit from University of Central Missouri.

Qualified citizens will be contacted by the University of Central Missouri in the Fall following their participation in the program. Each qualified citizen will be sent a letter or email from the University by October 1 explaining the process to apply and pay for the credit.

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If I come visit, where can I stay?

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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When can I pick up my son?

The session officially ends after the "Democracy in Action and Final Awards Ceremony" on Saturday morning, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Parents are cordially invited to the "Democracy in Action and Final Awards Ceremony" which begins at 8:00 a.m. No student may leave prior to 10:30 a.m. on the final Saturday morning. If you pick up your son on Saturday morning, please be sure to notify the Boys State District Chairman of your plans.

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How many students attend Missouri Boys State?

There are nearly 1,000 students from every corner of Missouri in attendance at Missouri Boys State. Only students who have two semesters of high school left, have completed the 11th grade and have not previously attended a Boys State program are eligible to attend Missouri Boys State.

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What if my son has to take the ACT on Saturday?

Every couple of years the beginning of the session coincides with the ACT testing day. Based on distance from Warrensburg, some students will sign up to take the ACT in Warrensburg to ensure they will arrive at Boys State in plenty of time.  This is done by the student when he selects his test site during the ACT test registration process.  Please contact Missouri Boys State Headquarters for more information.

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What if my son has been home-schooled?

There is nothing that excludes a home-schooled student from attending Missouri Boys State, as long as he meets the eligibility requirements. Please see the Eligibility Requirements Section of this website. There you will find eligibility requirements and the Official Application. If you have any further questions, you may contact Missouri Boys State Headquarters.

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Can I get copies of the photos taken during the program?

During the week, we sort through thousands of photos taken by our photographers and post them online in the MBS In Action section.  There, you will find a photo gallery, as well as photos on each day's pages.  We have partnered with Shutterfly.com to professionally print and handle the shipping of these photos in a variety of sizes and formats!

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Where is Missouri Boys State held each year?

For over 60 years The Missouri Boys State program has been hosted by the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO which is located about 50 miles southeast of Kansas City.

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