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"MBS was an awesome experience! It not only shaped a lifetime to come, but changed the current path of life I was on!"

-- Christopher Dylan Rucker '10
Huntsville, MO

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Questions

What can my son do to prepare for the program?

What items should be left at home?

We missed our orientation meeting, what do we do?

Should my son bring a coat & tie?

My son is prone to homesickness, what should I do?

 


Answers

What can my son do to prepare for the program?

Make sure he gets plenty of rest! Boys State is a fast-paced program. Also, it is important that he read the citizen's manual you received at one of the Orientation Meetings. The more he knows about the program the better he will fare. The manual contains all the pertinent information about Missouri Boys State. You may also want to encourage him to brush up on his public speaking skills - he will need them.

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What items should be left at home?

There are a few things that should not be brought to Boys State. Things to avoid bringing:

  • Expensive jewelry, watches or any keepsake that would present a problem if lost or stolen.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop computers, tablets, PDA's, CD/MP3 players, stereo systems are not needed at Boys State.
  • Pre-printed campaign materials and supplies are prohibited.
  • Golf clubs, steel cleats, Frisbees, soccer balls, footballs (including Nerf footballs) and any other athletic gear that is not part of the scheduled Boys State athletic program is prohibited.
  • Water guns, toy guns and any other toy items deemed inappropriate by Boys State staff are prohibited.
  • Of course, any illegal drugs or controlled substances are prohibited and will result in an immediate dismissal from Missouri Boys State. Prescription medication should be cleared through the medical staff upon registration at Boys State.
  • Missouri state laws prohibit the use of alcohol and tobacco products by minors. UCM is a smoke-free environment. The use of alcohol or tobacco products by Missouri Boys State citizens is prohibited. Violation of these rules will result in immediate dismissal.
  • Laser pointers and any other laser emitting devices are prohibited.

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We missed our orientation meeting, what do we do?

If you miss your scheduled orientation meeting, it might be possible for you to attend a later one nearby. You can contact the MBS Headquarters at 660.429.2761 or check the list on the website to see if there is one in your area scheduled. Because these meetings are so important and information critical for a successful week are disseminated, we recommend that you make every effort to attend these meetings. If you are completely unable to do so, contact MBS Headquarters.

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Should my son bring a coat & tie?

You are more than welcome to bring a coat & tie, or a suit.  Many of the citizens running for political office (Governor, Lt. Governor, Mayor, etc.)  dress up for photos and campaigning events.  However, this is not required.

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My son is prone to homesickness, what should I do?

Homesickness affects all ages (including moms and dads)! Most will exhibit some symptoms of homesickness during the first night away from home, and in almost every case, the cure comes with the first day of activity. Please do not become alarmed if you receive a homesick letter, phone call, or text message. Also, please choose your words carefully when writing or talking to your son, especially as you depart. Comments about empty rooms, sad pets, and picking campers up early tend to stir up feelings of homesickness.

Avoid making a "come get me" promise.
Many people are nervous when heading off to a camp or event, especially for the first time, and they ask their parents questions like: “If I don’t like it, will you come pick me up?”  Many parents agree to this deal because it gives their kids the confidence they need to show up. 

However, this kind of promise can actually HURT because it means that they might not be totally committed to the idea of staying at the program the entire week.  If you always have your eye on the door and they are ready to call home for a “pick-up,” they won’t do the things needed to fit in and make friends.

If your son becomes homesick, we will do our best to help them enjoy the program and get involved and make friends, but we need to be informed either by you, or your son! We take homesickness very seriously and we train our staff and plan our program in such a way as to avoid homesickness. However, there are a few every year who are unable to shake homesickness. If this happens, we will contact you. Please understand that, should you choose to remove your son from MBS due to homesickness, he will not be eligible for college credit, scholarships or many of the other benefits of our program. 

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