Do I have to participate in all the activities?

2019-03-10T19:19:06-04:00January 3rd, 2019|

Boys State is what you make it. If you don’t involve yourself, you are missing out on a great opportunity. Every activity has the potential to earn awards. The more you are involved, the better your city’s chances of succeeding, and the more you will take away from the program.

What is a typical day like?

2019-03-10T19:15:35-04:00January 3rd, 2019|

After reviewing the citizen’s schedule you’ll see that each day is packed with activity. Breakfast starts at 7:00 a.m. and “Lights Out” is at 10:30 p.m. or later. 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 generally help in the afternoon as well and general assemblies featuring keynote speakers typically take place in the evening.

What is the political structure of Boys State?

2019-01-03T17:13:45-04:00January 3rd, 2019|

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. 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.

Can I leave the campus during the week?

2019-03-10T19:12:41-04:00January 3rd, 2019|

No. You must stay on campus during the entire week. The Boys State program takes place entirely on the campus of Anderson University. If you leave campus, you are no longer able to participate in the program. We must have your complete attention throughout the week. Boys State program boundaries will be fully explained at the beginning of the week. We ask for your full cooperation.

How much free time is there?

2019-01-03T17:11:36-04:00January 3rd, 2019|

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. Meals are also considered “free time” but you are required to sit with your respective city. “Lights Out” is set at 10:30pm, but due to some events this may be pushed back. You may think this is too early, but at the end of each day, you will be tired. At 6:30am, everybody is up and preparing for breakfast which is at 7:00am in the cafeteria. [...]

What kind of sporting activities are available?

2019-03-10T19:11:35-04:00January 3rd, 2019|

Beginning on Monday of the program, there will be an athletic period each afternoon before the evening meal. Every citizen is required to participate in a variety of sporting events. Those events include: basketball, various track & field events, and other sports as facilities are available.

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