Arkansas Boys State 2020 canceled amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Arkansas Boys State leadership team has made the decision to cancel Arkansas Boys State 2020 out of concern for the health and well-being of our staff and students. Registrations will be canceled and refunds administered in full. Communication concerning these processes will be announced in the coming weeks and can be found by visiting our COVID-19 information page.

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HIGH SCHOOLS: Registration for Arkansas Boys State

Our local high schools are a key part to Arkansas Boys State and the transforming of lives for our young men. We ask that these schools send us their best and brightest: leaders on the field and in the classroom, mature, beaming with potential, and ready to shape the future of our state.

When is Arkansas Boys State?

This year marks the 80th session of our program. We’ll be in session May 24-29, 2020, at the University of Central Arkansas.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is $200 per delegate — an incredible value for a week-long, life-changing experience. Scholarships are also available

High School Registration Link

Please report how many students they anticipate sending to this year’s program. The deadline to report how many students you’ll be sending is Jan. 31. This gets you registered in our system!

Delegate Registration Link

The students you nominate must create an account in our registration portal by March 20. Their registration is due by May 1. Once they are signed up, we’ll contact them directly.

Participation and Payment Link

Provide the names of your students who are attending and indicate how you’ll pay for their tuition: via our online portal or via check. Do this by May 1. This allows us to verify our delegates and their registration.

Check your students' registration status!

Are you wondering if the students from your school have completed their registration? Click here for a report on your students’ registration status and whether or not their payment has been processed. 

A message from the director:

Registration Deadlines:

Jan. 31

Schools: please submit how many students you anticipate sending to Arkansas Boys State by Jan. 31.

March 20

Schools: please make sure your students are signed up in our registration portal by March 20.

May 1

Schools: if you’re paying for your students’ attendance, please have payment submitted by May 1.

Registration Steps:

Step 1:

Nominate your best and brightest young men to attend. Report that number and register in our system by Jan. 31 using the High School Registration Link above.

Step 2:

Send the Delegate Registration Link, seen above, to the students you have nominated. Make sure they create an account in our portal by March 20.

Step 3:

Let us know the name of the students you’re sending and how your school plans to pay for their attendance by May 1. You’ll do this via the Participation and Payment Link above, and you can complete payment via the online portal or via check.

Step 4:

Ensure your delegates have completed their online registration via the Delegate Registration Link by May 1. In addition, keep an eye on your email inbox for additional information on registration and how to follow our week at Boys State.

School Registration Documents:

Participation and Payment Form

You will only download and use this form if you elected to submit your delegates’ registration payment via check. If you chose that option, please complete this form and send with your check payment.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between the three registration links to which I have access?
High School Registration Link: You will use this link to register in our system and report how many students you anticipate sending to Arkansas Boys State.

Delegate Registration Link: While you will not register with this link, you will send it to the students you’ve nominated. They’ll use this link to complete their online registration.

Participation and Payment Link: You will use this link to confirm the names of the students you are sending and complete payment for their registration — either via the online portal or via check. We’ll use this information to verify the delegates’ school status and confirm their registration is paid.

How does payment work?
The cost of delegate tuition for Boys State is $200. This includes lodging, meals, and a life-changing leadership and personal development experience. We don’t want our delegates to take on the expense of attendance. In most cases, the sponsoring school or local American Legion Post pays for students to attend Boys State.

Once you have determined how tuition will be covered for your delegates, you will use the Participation Form Link to complete payment. You will indicate, via that link, if you’re paying online or via check. If you’re paying online, you will do it directly in that link. If you’re paying via check, you’ll be given instructions on how to do so.

If a local American Legion Post is paying, they can also use the Participation Form Link to indicate the delegate they’re paying for and how they intend to process that payment.

What if I don’t have 100% of the funds to send my students to Arkansas Boys State?
If your school does not have all of the funds to send your students to Boys State, you have a number of options:

  • Contact your local American Legion Post. As our partner organization, many Posts sponsor their local students to attend.
  • Reach out to your local businesses. In most cases, we’ve found that the community will support their delegates. Even if they cannot, they might be able to help you find another local sponsor or business.
  • Individual donors can sponsor delegates to Boys State, too.
  • If you still cannot find any other supporting funds, we encourage you to call our American Legion Headquarters at 501-375-1104. Ultimately, we don’t want a selected delegate to not attend Arkansas Boys State because of the registration fee alone.
How do I know what my students' responsibilities are in this process?
If you’d like to understand what your students have to complete as a part of their registration process, you can visit their registration page to learn more.

Click here to visit the Delegate registration page. 

Questions about registration?

We’re happy to assist with any questions and concerns you have throughout the registration process. Contact us using the information below.

Partnering with a local American
Legion Post?

Many of our participating schools work together with their local American Legion post to fund parts of the registration process: funding, recruitment, and more.

Recruitment materials:

Promotional Fliers

Looking for some information to post around your campus to promote Arkansas Boys State? We’ve created a package of informational fliers promoting the program for you to print and distribute around campus.

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