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"MBS was a great experience. I learned a lot about government and met a lot of friends who I will hopefully keep for a lifetime."

-- Kent Thomas Buxton '04
Cape Girardeau, MO

Recommended Nomination Process

You, as the high school counselor or the individual designated by the high school as the primary contact, have the vital role of identifying and nominating the most qualified students to participate in Missouri Boys State.  It is very important to the success of the students and the program that you nominate students who meet the eligibility criteria, are dedicated to the program, and will follow through on their commitment to participate in the entire 8-day session.

Only students with outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, character, scholarship, and service to their schools and communities should be considered for Missouri Boys State.   Many alums have shared that Missouri Boys State was one, if not the most, influential and unique experiences in which they have participated.  It is - A Week to Shape a Lifetime!

Recommended Nomination Process:










Getting Started

  • Review your high school’s nomination with the principal/designated administrator and establish that only applications presented by the high school counselor/contact should be signed.

  • All students accepted to participate must be nominated through the process established by his high school.

  • Form a committee of administrators, counselors, teachers, and former Boys State citizens.


Number of Applications to Submit

  • There is not an assigned number of applications which may be submitted by your high school.

  • The total number of applications should be representative of your outstanding student leaders.

  • A local American Legion Post may designate a set number of applications based on the funding they have available but a high school is not limited to submitting that number.

  • Submit additional applications from your school as Alternates who will be accepted if other funds are secured.

Identify Potential Candidates

  • Publicize opportunity - school announcements, website, social media, bulletin board; Recruiting Flier.

  • Review lists of student leaders (i.e., honor society, student council, class officers, clubs, athletic teams, JROTC, community organization - 4-H, Boy Scouts).

  • Consider all eligible young men in the current junior class who meet the Boys State criteria.

  • Prepare a list of Candidates and determine their interest and commitment to participate in the program. 

Share Information with Potential Candidates

    • A Week to Shape a Lifetime recruiting brochure.

    • Direct them to this website.

    • In-school informational presentation by a Missouri Boys State staff member (in-school or virtual platform).  Contact Missouri Boys State Headquarters to schedule.

Select Candidates and Alternates to Nominate

  • Nominated Candidates may be ranked for consideration.  Only candidates with completed applications that are signed by a school principal/designated administrator, parent/guardian, and student will be considered.

  • Alternates will be contacted and accepted as additional sponsorships are located or if a Candidate selected to attend cannot participate.  ALWAYS submit applications for Alternates.


  • 2021 Online Application MUST be completed and printed by each student.

  • Applications are NOT automatically transmitted to the Missouri Boys State Headquarters.

  • Candidates and Alternates and a Parent/Guardian MUST sign the application before submitting to the high school.

  • Principal/designated administrator MUST sign the application endorsing the participation of the Candidates and Alternates.  ONLY applications for Candidates and Alternates identified through the established nomination process should be signed and submitted by the high schoolOrganizations and individuals outside the school should not be allowed to influence the nomination process.


  • Submit to the local American Legion Post Representative or the Missouri Boys State District Chair in your area.

  • Applications will be accepted immediately.  Early submission is encouraged and provides additional time to identify sponsors and for your students to make a commitment to attend well in advance.

  • Maintain copies of applications for your records.


  • Each Candidate must have the program fee paid by a sponsor(s) prior to being accepted.

  • The Missouri Boys State District Chair determines which young men should participate in the program and will forward applications for the young men selected, and all Alternates, to the Missouri Boys State Headquarters for final processing.        
  • Please do not announce or publish the list of Candidates and Alternates until you receive an email notification.  You may also verify acceptance by contacting the Missouri Boys State Headquarters.

Sponsorship Information – Program Fee

  • A sponsorship covers the $500 Program Fee per student (plus a transportation fee* in Counties providing a bus).

  • Sponsorship is generally paid by one or more sponsors such as: an American Legion Post, a civic or service organization, business, school, PTO/PTA, student organization or individual (not related to the participant).


  • Contact the Missouri Boys State Headquarters or your Missouri Boys State District Chair if you do not have sponsorships for your students.
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