OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
NOVEMBER 15, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to play a critical role in our everyday lives, the Executive Committee of The American Legion Missouri Boys State has continued to re-evaluate the status of our 2021 program. While we are planning to provide Missouri’s young leaders with a once-in-a-lifetime experience in June, we are first and foremost committed to ensuring the safety of all our staff and participants.
While the number of COVID-19 cases spike in our state, we are still hopeful that we will have a positive outlook by next spring. We are encouraged by the news of several vaccines that are providing promising results. We are encouraged by the treatment protocols that appear to be mitigating symptoms and reducing the severity of the virus. As these promising measures take hold, our plans to hold a full session of Missouri Boys State in June of 2021 will continue.
While we are moving forward, we can assure you that we will follow CDC, federal and state guidelines as they apply to our program. We will only hold a program that is safe for all. Obviously, this is a rapidly changing environment, but we will continue to update our plans as needed.
We appreciate the support we’ve received from schools, parents, sponsors and students during this difficult time. We are committed to a safe and productive environment for this outstanding educational experience. Here’s hoping that the coming months get us back on track in fighting COVID-19 and that we are all together in Warrensburg in June.
AUGUST 28, 2020
After careful consideration, the leadership of Missouri Boys State has decided not to proceed with the modified session of Boys State scheduled for November 2020.
The current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic weigh against such a gathering, and we believe this is in the best interest of students, our volunteer staff, and communities across Missouri.
We know this is disappointing news for the students, but there is a silver lining:
Students who were selected to participate in the 2020 session of Boys State will be automatically invited to participate in the 2021 session of Boys State scheduled for June 12-19. This means students can defer their Boys State experience to June 2021, and if they complete the program they will remain eligible for college credit and scholarships.
As we turn our focus to next year, please know this: the challenges of 2020 have not dampened our passion for serving the youth of Missouri. We are confident that Missouri Boys State will return better and stronger in 2021.
Thank you for your continued support of Boys State and the young people of Missouri.
Please stay healthy and safe.
Director, The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc.