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-- Jonathan Jacob Muff '09
Osage Beach, 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?

How is the food? 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?

Because there are nearly 1,000 participants at the program and you will be actively involved, you may not see your friends and other students from your school on a daily basis.  You'll attend general sessions and Schools of Instructions, eat in the cafeteria, and participate in athletic events - so you may see students you know during these activities and events.

You will not be assigned to a city with students from your high school.  But don't worry - you'll meet many new lifelong friends!

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Can my best friend be my roommate?

No - roommates are assigned before you arrive.  Students who come from the same high school will be assigned to different cities.  We want you to experience meeting new people.  Each year we see lifelong friendships develop during the week.   

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Are there phones available so I can call home?

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, they can do so by calling Boys State Headquarters at 660.429.2761.

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Will I have access to my email?

You will not have any way to access email (except on a cell phone) 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 in addition to a discussion on ethics. These services are general in nature and may not be exactly like 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?

You'll be actively involved in the program during the week and there is not time allotted for visiting with family and friends.  Individuals who are not members of the MBS staff are not allowed in the city areas or to intermingle with our citizens.  So if you forgot something, it must be dropped off at the Missouri Boys State Headquarters and will be delivered to you by a MBS staff. 

We do, however, welcome parents and other family members to come and see the program but they are asked to not interfere with the program...just observe.

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What are the lodging arrangements?

You will stay in the air-conditioned university residence halls for the entire week. You will have at least one and possibly two roommates. Your room will join another room by a shared restroom.  So you will have at least two suitemates in addition to your your roommates.

Bed linens including a pillow, sheets, and a blanket will be provided.   You should bring a 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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How is the food? I have special dietary requirements, will that be an issue?

The University of Central Missouri food service prepares and serves three meals a day in the cafeteria.  There is a vriety of menu items during the week.  It's a lot like the food at your school, only better.

Each year, several citizens and staff members have restricted or special diets - including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, peanut-free.  We work with the Chief to ensure you are served meals that fit  your diet.  Please contact MBS HQ BEFORE the program to discuss your dietary needs.

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What kind of sporting activities are available?

Monday through Friday there will be an athletic period each afternoon before the evening meal.  Every citizen is required to compete with his City against other Cities in an attempt to become the Boys State Athletic Champions and to earn valuable points which will be included in caculating the winner of MODEL CITY.
 
Events include: badminton, bag toss, basketball, softball, track, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and a quiz bowl. 

If you have a favorite softball glove, you are welcome to bring it.

Due to space limitations, there is no soccer or football played at Missouri Boys State.  We ask that you do not participate in any athletic activities outside of athletic period.

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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 or work on a speech.  Meals are also considered "free time" but you are required to sit with your respective City.
 
Everyone is up at 6:30 a.m. and preparing for breakfast which is at 7:00 a.m.  Lights Out is set at 10:30 p.m. - but sometimes this is pushed back due to evening events.  You may think this is too early, but at the end of each day, you will be tired.

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Can I leave the campus during the week?

No.  The Missouri Boys State program takes place entirely on the campus of the University of Central Missouri.  Therefore, you must stay on campus the entire week.  Boys State program boundaries will be fully explained at the beginning of the week.  We ask for and expect your full cooperation.

To get the most out of the program, your complete focus must be on Boys State.  So if you drive a car, your City Counselor will ask you to turn in your keys to help alleviate the temptation to leave the campus.

If you leave campus, you are no longer able to participate in the program.

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

Even if you are of legal age to smoke, the University of Central Missouri 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 Daily Schedule of Activities you'll see that each day is packed with activity.  Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m.  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 in the evening.  Lights Out is at 10:30 p.m. or later.

Your days will be full of activities and FUN!

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Do I have to participate in all the activities?

Commit now to being fully involved.  Push yourself outside of your comfort zone.  Don't sit back and wait - be daring.  Try something new.  Boys State is what you make it.  The more you try - the greater your experience.  So if you don't involve yourself, you are going to miss out on a an opportunity of a lifetime.

In addition, 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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