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"As an MBS alumni, I must say MBS was an incredible experience! Keep on keepin' on!"

-- Cole Taylor Duensing '10
Clinton, MO

The 81st Session of Missouri Boys State is Finished!

Democracy In Action, that is one of the hallmark phrases of Missouri Boys State. It also is what we call the program hosted on the final day. During this ceremony, we congratulate exceptional citizens and award them various scholarships. You can check out the results Here.

One of the best ways to remember any experience, especially Missouri Boys State, is to take a photo. We know that the citizens were too busy to take their own, so we did for you!

Check out the Photos from the 81st Session of Missouri Boys State Here!

State Wide Election Results are In! Thursday June 17th

Thursday is a special day at Missouri Boys State. It's group photo day, there are MBS Alumni Career mentoring sessions, the infamous Chicken Patty Day for lunch, and to top it all off: The State General Election! After today, every citizen will know their role at Missouri Boys State, and do their best to make it worthwhile. Tonight, Governor of Missouri Mike Parson will be addressing the citizens at the nightly assembly.

State General Election Results Have Been Announced!

Check out the Results Here!

State Primary Election Results In! Wednesday June 16th

Wednesday flew by for the citizens of Missouri Boys State. A whirlwind of activity, starting off with State Primary Elections. This sets the state for the next and final election: the State General Election. After the parties decide who will be representing them on the final ballot; they have a debate in Hendricks Hall. For many citizens this is the first time they will be able to see what the 'opposition' looks like.

Julian Castro Accepts Lehr Chair! Tuesday June 15th

Tuesday is a Big Day at Missouri Boys State. Early in the morning, the polls open yet again for the citizens of the 81st Session. Now that the cities have been establised; counties are next up to bat! After lunch, the results of the County elections will be tallied and announced! Now the Cities can begin working with their Sister City for their chance to win the Jerry Litton Model County Award. At the end of a day chock-full of activities, the citizens were treated to a speech by Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro.

County Elections Have Been Announced!

Check out the Results Here!

Cities are Established and Locked in! Monday June 14th

The 18 Cities of Missouri Boys State are now set up! In just under 60 hours the first layer to the foundation of Democracy, the City, is complete! City meetings are now run by Mayors, and are governed by City Council's! During Governmental Activies, citizens can now focus on the beautification of their city. Vying for the title of the Model City of the 81st Session of Missouri Boys State; and winning the coveted Harry S. Truman Model City Award!. Following Supper, the citizens headed to the Quadrangle for evening Colors, where they were met by the American Legion Riders. The Citizens were then treated to an interview style presentation between Former NFL Player and CIA Agent Howard Richards and Former Director of Missouri Boys State Mike Stewart.

Tishaura Jones Addresses Missouri Boys State! Sunday June 13th

Boys State was honored to host mayor of St. Louis Tishaura Jones as a keynote speaker Sunday evening. Using the metaphor of the boiling point of water, Jones asked citizens to reach their own 212th degree and generate their own "steam" required for success in their communities and at Boys State this week. Following her speech, she swore in the newly elected mayors of Boys State's 18 cities, officially presenting each city with their leader for the rest of the week.

Saturday June 12th, 2021

Brad Lear, Director of Missouri Boys State, began the 81st session by rapping the famed gavel. This is the official start of the 2021 Session of Missouri Boys State! However, don't be fooled; citizens have already began campagining, building relationships, and crafting their plans for their very own 'Week to Shape A Lifetime'.

The 81st Session began with a special presentation: a discussion between Former US Senator John 'Jack' Danforth, and Dean of the Campagining and Political Operations School Professor Steve Grand. This was followed by questions from the citizens to Mr. Danforth about current political topics.

Former US Senator Jack Danforth and Steve Grand

Staying Updated on the 81st Session of MBS

Curious as to what is happening during the 2021 Session?

Check out our MBS In Action Page, here.

Welcome to Missouri Boys State

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.



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The 82nd Session of MBS
June 11-18, 2022
on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.



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