Frequently Asked Questions

Students

Is this a military style camp?
No, Boys State is an educational camp that gives young Arkansans a better understanding of how elections and state government work in their state.  You learn by doing in a mock state.  From actually campaigning in a party primary to making sure that you get legislation passed that benefits your cities. By the end of Boys State you will have a better idea of how democracy works in a state and local government.
I’ve heard we can’t walk on the grass. Why?
There are over 700 students attending Boys Sate each year. Many of the paths we walk on are repetitive. We stick to the sidewalks so we don’t wear tracks into the grass at U.C.A.
Is this a conservative or liberal camp?

No, Boys State does not advocate for any one political or religious ideology.

Is Boys State good for my College resume?
Yes, many universities and colleges revere American Legion Boys State as the premier leadership camp in the country today.
What should I bring to Boys State?
One fitted twin bed sheet and one other sheet, blanket, pillow, toilet articles, towels, wash clothes, & coat hangers. You will be furnished with TWO t-shirts to wear during the day. We will have more county t-shirts available for purchase at the canteen.  Athletic shorts, cut-offs, or non-Boy’s State shirts are not permitted except during recreation and bedtime. Overalls, caps, and hats are not permitted. One pair of pants (jeans are okay)  will be needed to wear to the State Capital on Friday, but its not required. Casual shorts or pants will be needed for the rest of the week. You may need a raincoat or sweater. It is strongly encouraged that you pack writing utensils (like pens, paper, even poster board & markers) as well as three dollars in quarters. Almost every office you run for requires a 25-cent filling fee. The dorms at U.C.A. have very effective air conditioning units. Bringing an extra blanket for your bed is recommended. During Recreation time a pool is available so bring a pair of trunks if you want to swim. A deposit of $20.00 will be charged for the key to you room. You will pay this when you check into your dormitory. The deposit will be refunded when the key is returned.
What can I not bring to Boys State?
No television sets, refrigerators, computers, video games, or video cameras. Cell phones are allowed but only during designated times. Our policy for this is similar to most schools. The phone will be taken up and the delegate may get it back from the Coordinator. If parents have an emergency they can contact camp headquarters at 479-283-1609. That phone number will be available at registration.
Will I have an opportunity to buy extra supplies during camp?
Yes, extra t-shirts, toilet articles, pens, stationary, campaign material, and snacks can be purchased during canteen breaks. Regular meals will be furnished three times daily at the cafeteria.
If I want to be part of the Boys State band or choir what should I bring?

Boys State Band will be a part of the activities for those who play an instrument if you play a flute, clarinet, alto or tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, or mellophone, you will need to bring it with you to Boys State. Percussion instruments will be provided for the week but you must bring your own sticks/mallets. Tubas, baritone saxophones and baritones are usually available. Call 870-918-4211 for information concerning the availability of any instrument. Boys State Choir will be a part of the activities during the week for those who would like to sing. Delegates can be a member of both the Band and Choir. Please report to Old Main Auditorium on Sunday at 4:45 p.m. for the organization meeting for Band and Choir.

Can I drive myself to Boys State?
Yes, if you drive your own vehicle, you must park in a designated area and give the keys to your Senior Counselor until time of departure. You will not be allowed to leave the premises at any time without proper approval and chaperoning. It’s important to park your car in the designated areas. Ask your Senior Counselor where to park upon arrival so as to avoid being towed.

Parents

Where and what time should I have my son there and where and what time can I pick him up at the end of camp?
Boys State will be held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. Registration will begin at l:00 P.M. and close at 3:00 P.M. Registration will be located at the HPER Center on Students’ Lane. Boys State will adjourn the following Friday at 3:30 P.M. You will pick your son up outside of their dorm. A map of U.C.A. can be accessed by clicking here https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxdeOQ_vAxhBQnEzTlUtSnZId0k/view

It’s strongly suggested that you print this map and bring it with you on registration day so as to navigate campus more easily.

If I want to mail my son a letter or package how would I do so?
To avoid having your mail lost or returned please use the following example:

 

DELEGATES NAME
ARKANSAS AMERICAN LEGION BOYS STATE
DELEGATES BOYS STATE COUNTY/CITY
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
CONWAY, ARKANSAS 72032

Is this a military style camp?
No, Boys State is an educational camp that gives young Arkansans a better understanding of how elections and state government work in their state. You learn by doing in a mock state. From actually campaigning in a party primary to making sure that you get legislation passed that benefits your cities. By the end of Boys State you will have a better idea of how democracy works in a state and local government.
Is this a conservative or liberal camp?

No, Boys State does not advocate for any one political or religious ideology.

Alumni

The Boys State week gave me a lot. How can I give back?
The cost to put Boys State on each year is tremendous. You can help us by making a financial donation to the American Legion Boys State program by clicking here.

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