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"One of the most enjoyable experiences I ever had!"

-- Edward Brady '67
Gifford, 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, physical disability, and/or dietary restrictions. Can he still participate?

What scholarship opportunities are available?

Can my son receive university credit?

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 is homeschooled?

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

Where is Missouri Boys State held each year?

What is Missouri Boys State's response concerning the coronavirus / COVID-19?

 


Answers

What is Missouri Boys State?

Missouri Boys State is a nationally recognized, eight-day, hands-on leadership and citizenship training program designed to help young men:

  • Develop a knowledge of government at the city, county and state levels and the role and impact of politics.
  • Gain an understanding of the privileges and and responsibilities as citizens.
  • Enhance their leadership skills.
  • Realize their own potential.

Missouri Boys State provides the opportunity to:

  • Interact with the best and brightest students from high schools across Missouri.
  • Learn from experienced professionals.
  • Hear from and interact with state and national speakers.
  • Explore career options through participating in one of seven Schools of Instruction (Campaigning and Political Operations, Commerce, Journalism and Media, Law, Law Enforcement, Legislative and Executive Policy, and Public Administration).
  • Earn scholarships and college credit.
  • Have FUN while learning.

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 to participate in Missouri Boys State.  This ensures all eligible students who are nominated by their high school have the opportunity to attend regardless of their financial background. 

A sponsor is located to pay the program fee (and transportation fee, in areas providing a bus) for each student.  Sponsors include American Legion Posts, businesses, civic groups/organizations, and indiviudals (not related to the student).

Missouri Boys State, a 501(c)(3) organization, is funded entirely through donations.

If you know a business or civic group/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, physical disability, and/or dietary restrictions. 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 BEFORE the first day of the program. 

All medical conditions and/or disabilities should be noted on your son's medical form.

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What scholarship opportunities are available?

Each year Missouri Boys State awards a scholarship to the Citizen of the Week.  The recipient receives a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 each year, renewable for four years) to apply toward tuition to a college or university of his choice. The yearly renewal of the scholarship is based on grade point average, continued service on the Missouri Boys State counseling staff, and other criteria. In addition, one-time scholarships are awarded to the first alternate ($5,000), second alternate ($2,500), and five other recipients ($1,000) to apply toward tuition at the institutions of learning selected by the recipients.

The Harley Wyatt Memorial Scholarship program includes 30 colleges and universities providing over $2,000,000 in scholarships to Boys State citizens. Application criteria and deadlines are included in the Harley Wyatt Memorial Scholarship brochure provided in the packet distributed at the orientation prior to the program.

American Legion Scholarships are available on their website.

Applications for the Samsung/American Legion Scholarship may be completed by students who are direct descendants (i.e., son, grandson, great-grandson) of a man or woman who served on active duty in the U.S. military for one of the periods of war indicated on the application. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. the first day of the program. One winner will be selected at the state-level to compete for ten $10,000 and ten $5,000 national-level scholarships.

Eligibility for all scholarships includes attending and successfully completing the Missouri Boys State program.

A comprehensive list is available on this website.

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Can my son receive university credit?

Successful completion of American Legion Boys State of Missouri qualifies a citizen to apply for two (2) or three (3) hours of university credit in Political Science from the University of Central Missouri. The credit may be used at the University of Central Missouri or transferred to most colleges and universities.

To be eligible, each student must:

  • Successfully complete the Boys State program in its entirety.
  • Receive a passing grade on all examinations and actively participate in the academic portions of the program.
  • Be certified as eligible by the Executive Committee of the Missouri Boys State Board of Directors.
  • Apply with the University of Central Missouri and pay the designated fee by the published deadline.

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 explaining the process to apply and pay for the credit.

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When can I pick up my son?

The session officially ends after the Final Assembly and Awards Ceremony on the final Saturday at approximately 10:30 a.m. at the Multipurpose Building on the campus of the University of Central Missouri. Parents/Guardians and guests are invited. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the Assembly/Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. No student may leave prior to 10:30 a.m. on the final Saturday morning. 

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How many students attend Missouri Boys State?

Nearly 550 students from high schools (large, small, rural, suburban, urban) across Missouri participate in Missouri Boys State.

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

Every couple of years the first Saturday of Boys State coincides with the national ACT testing day.  Many students take the ACT at their high school and have plenty of time to arrive at Boys State during the registration period.  Students who live 4 or more hours from Warrensburg should consider signing up to take the ACT at a test site near or in Warrensburg to ensure they arrive at Boys State in plenty of time.  This is done by the student when he selects his test site during the ACT registration process.  Please contact Missouri Boys State Headquarters for more information.

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What if my son is homeschooled?

Homeschooled students are encouraged to apply!  Homeschooled students must meet the eligibility criteria and and complete an online application.  The application must be submitted with documentation verifying the homeschooled student has completed the required credit hours to hold the rank of a junior in high school and a letter of recommendation and endorsement from a community or civic leader (other than a relative).  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 session section under Photos from Boys State.  You can search the photographs by day, activities, and even your son's name! 

You can purchase an access code in the Online Store which gives you the ability to download and print any or all photographs.

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Where is Missouri Boys State held each year?

For over 60 years, Missouri Boys State has been held on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO which is located about 50 miles southeast of Kansas City.

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What is Missouri Boys State's response concerning the coronavirus / COVID-19?

For more information, please view our statement. 

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