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"The catch-phrase for Boys State is A week to shape a lifetime but that does not even begin to describe the impact Boys State has on you. You walk out of Boys State not only with new knowledge over government, law, and politics, but with friendships and memories to last a lifetime."

-- Brett Dinkins '07
Annapolis, MO

What to Pack

Heading off to an eight-day program might seem a little daunting when you start to pack your belongings. We've developed this list to assist you in making sure you have everything you need to be successful at Missouri Boys State. There are also several items you should leave at home.

First off, there are some very important forms and documents you were given at one of our Orientation Meetings.

Citizenship Handbook
Your citizenship handbook is one of the most important tools you will use throughout Citizenship Manualyour week at Missouri Boys State. The handbook contains most everything you need to know including a detailed description of Missouri Boys State, an explination of anything you need to know, from a detailed description of Missouri Boys State, an explanation of the levels of government, election processes, historical information and much more. There is also a detailed description of each of the schools of instruction, the materials to be covered during Boys State, and the jobs and activities in each school.

Prior to your arrival at Missouri Boys State, we highly recommend you read Chapters 1-2, 4-5. However, the more you read, the better you will understand the information being presented during your first city meeting at MBS. You'll also be ahead of the game!

As a Missouri Boys State citizen, you will be tested on the information disseminated during your selected School of Instruction. A passing grade is part of the qualifications for College Credit eligibility from the University of Central Missouri.

ScheduleCitizen Schedule
The schedule of activities during Missouri Boys State is seemingly non-stop -- everything you will be doing while at MBS is listed in this schedule, and as you can see, there's very little down time. Please take some time to review, at least, the first couple days.

This tight schedule may seem a little overwhelming at first, but rest assured it's not as crazy as you might think. You will, for the most part, be moving around the program with your fellow citizens, City Counselors and Assistant City Counselors assigned to your MBS City.

Medical and Citizen Authorization and Academic Policy Forms
We require every citizen of Missouri Boys State to have a physical prior to participating in the program.  If Citizenship Manualyou have had a physical within the 12 months prior to Missouri Boys State for Boys Scouts, high school athletics, etc., you can use it for MBS.  For instance, the 2021 session will require each citizen to have had a physical between June 2020 and June 2021.

Just make sure the copies you received from your doctor are signed and dated.  Then you must make two (2) copies of the forms, staple them to the Insurance, Medical and Physical Form you received from us, and bring them with you to MBS.  Don’t forget, you must still complete the remaining portions of the Insurance, Medical and Physical Form.

If you have not previously had a physical or your physical was not completed within the 12 month window prior to MBS, please be sure to schedule one in advance of attending Missouri Boys State and take our form with you to your appointment.

It is also very important that you list any allergies, injuries, operations, serious illnesses, heart conditions, vision problems, hearing loss, or any other important health information in addition to any medications you are currently taking. You should contact the MBS Headquarters (1-877-342-5627) prior to the program to discuss and/or arrange for any special accommodations which may be needed (i.e., mobility, dietary, medical, testing).

In the event of an emergency, you will be treated at either the University Health Center or Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, MO.

The Academic Policy form is required by the University of Central Missouri, our host. It also includes an image release for Missouri Boys State to use your image/likeness in publications, our website, and/or other promotional materials.

No MBS Citizen will be admitted without these completed and signed forms.

School Supplies
We highly recommend you bring following:

  • 3-Ring Binder
  • Notebook paper
  • Pen/Pencil
  • #2 Pencil
    For taking your test and other surveys during the week

Clothes & Toiletries
Summers in Warrensburg, MO can be very hot and humid. We recommend you bring clothes that are comfortable. The dorms and classrooms are air conditioned, however you will be spending time outside for various activities during the week.

Here's a list to get you started:

  • Clothing
    Enough clothes to last 8 days as no laundry facilities are available.
  • Coat & Tie
    If you are considering running for an elected office (recommended but not required).
  • Comfortable Shoes
    You will be walking to reach activities and events during the week.
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies
    Such as: soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, antiperspirant/deodorant, shaving kit, etc.
  • Towels & Washcloths
    We recommend two towels to get you through the week.
  • Gym Clothes & Equipment
    Each day of the week, you will be participating in a variety of athletic events. These may include badminton, swimming, track and field, softball, and basketball.  Make sure you bring tennis shoes and gym clothes. If you have a baseball glove feel free to bring it. Other equipment is NOT necessary – we’ll provide items required for these activities.

Missouri Boys State provides bedding materials (sheets, pillow, and blanket). However, if you wish to bring your own, you are welcome to do so.

Bugle Corps Tryouts

Musical Instruments
Each morning Boys State wakes up to a rousing round of "Reveille" and closes the day with "Taps". If you play the trumpet, or similar instrument, please feel free to bring it. There will be auditions the first evening of Boys State (Required Music)

In previous years, citizens have played the trumpet, saxophone, guitar, trombone, snare drum, and French horn.  We recommend you don’t bring an overly large instrument. Missouri Boys State is not responsible for valuables, but we will give you the opportunity to store these instruments in a secure location.

Spending Money
While you are welcome to bring any amount, we have found that between $50-$75 is all that you really need to get a missed essential, a snack or the latest in Boys State sportswear.

At the Boys State Store you can purchase soda, candy, t-shirts, and other apparel items. We ask that each citizen purchase one (1) MBS t-shirt (around $15/each).

If there is an item you fail to bring, such as soap, deodorant, toothpaste, a limited supply of these items will be available in the MBS Store.

Cell Phone Policy
We understand in our interconnected society that your parents may need to contact you while attending Missouri Boys State. Therefore, we will allow you to bring your cell phone with you. However, we ask you be respectful with its usage. There will be designated periods of time and locations that you may use your cell phone. Social calls, surfing the internet and/or texting are discouraged during Boys State.

If your parents need to get in touch with you regarding an emergency, please have them call the MBS Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627.


What Not To Pack

There are several items you will not need while at Missouri Boys State. These include any valuables, but not limited to, the following:


  • Computers/Laptops
  • Gaming systems
  • Laser pointers
  • Stereos
  • iPods
  • Electric fans
  • Televisions
  • DVD Collections
  • or anything of value that you can't live without

Additionally, please leave the following sporting equipment at home. Anything required to participate in athletic periods will be supplied (with exception of gym clothes!).

  • Golf Clubs
  • Frisbees
  • Hockey Sticks
  • Footballs
  • Soccer balls
  • Hackey Sacks
  • Jarts
  • or other recreational items.

*Missouri Boys State is NOT responsible for valuables.

Pre-printed Campaign Materials
If you are considering running for office, all the materials you will need to run your campaign will be made available to you during Missouri Boys State. Please do not bring any pre-printed, designed, or produced campaign materials with you. If you read through the MBS Constitution, you'll notice such items are "illegal" and may end up costing you an election.





No Valuables
Please leave the following items at home:

  • Computers/Laptops
  • Gaming systems
  • Laser pointers
  • Stereos
  • The Hope Diamond
  • iPods
  • Electric fans
  • Your prize winning baseball card collection
  • Televisions
  • etc.

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