A program of this scope encompasses many important objectives. The American Legion feels the following are the most important:
In the actual selection of Boys State citizens, merit and ability alone are the basis for selection. Boys State is not a program for underprivileged boys nor is it a summer camp for recreation. American Legion Posts or other community-minded organizations often pay fees, or "tuition," with little to no expense to the young men.
We wish to secure equal delegate representation from all areas of the State of Texas; therefore, the Department Boys State Committee asks for one or more boy(s) from each accredited high school (public or private) to be nominated by the school to attend.
To be selected for nomination or appointment as a Texas Boys State delegate, the candidate must demonstrate:
Texas Boys State is honored to continue its long relationship with the University of Texas at Austin. The Texas Boys State program is one of the largest summer camps to be hosted by the university. All of the Boys Statesmen attending will be housed in the Kinsolving Complex of dormitories on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. During the week of Boys State, daily office hours for Monday -- Friday of Texas Boys State are from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where Do I Park?
Please check with the sponsoring post on what arrangements need to be made for transportation to and from Austin for the statesman.
Citizens driving vehicles to Boys State do so at their own risk. Upon arrival, the car must be parked in a designated area (the closest Parking Garage is the 27th Street Garage on campus) and locked. Statesmen are encouraged to deposit their car keys in the Boys State safety deposit box. The approximate cost, based on previous years, is $75-95 per week, payable in advance upon arrival.
Citizens are not allowed to drive their cars during the program. Although the University Police routinely patrol the parking areas, automobiles are vulnerable to vandalism, theft, and damage. The American Legion assumes no responsibility or liability for private vehicles belonging to Boys State citizens or staff members.
To mail care packages to a delegate during the week of Boys State, use this format:
American Legion Texas Boys State Program
[Boy’s State City Name and his Roster number]
2605 Whitis Avenue
Austin, Texas 78705
Yes! Though we have a limited amount of musical instruments available to borrow, we always prefer that you bring your own (even large ones like drums and tubas) as well as your foldable music stand. We will keep them under lock and key when not in use. Percussionists should also bring their own sticks and specialized equipment. The Boys State band rehearses during recreation time each day.
Near the end of the week, we will have a Boys State Talent Show. It is always amazing to see the Talent that exists with this group! Bring your props, instruments, and other items that are needed to showcase your various talents... we will keep these under lock and key when not in use.
We encourage parental/guardian involvement at the plenary sessions (usually around 7:00 p.m. each evening). We highly encourage participation of friends and family on Friday, when we have our final events. Bring your cameras!
In a word – yes; however, there will be times where we do not allow usage (such as during Flag lowering, visiting dignitaries, plenary session speakers, etc.).
Boys State is a fast-paced program that requires your full attention and complete involvement for the week. Any unique circumstances requiring time away from the program must be cleared with both the Chairman and Director in advance of the program.
Unfortunately, things happen outside of the program that are beyond your control (such as a substantial health issue for a family member). In these situations, you will need to get the approval of both the Boys State Chairman and Boys State Director. Once approved, they will help arrange the logistics of getting the stater prepared to leave the program.
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The final day of the program is especially focused for parental involvement to view the program. On Friday morning, we are having a “come and go” College Fair for the Statesmen from 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. at a campus location on the UT-Austin campus (we will make sure you can locate it via signage that morning), and you are welcome to meet with college admissions professionals at that fair as well. A sample of some of the scheduled schools that plan to be in attendance (subject to change, of course) are the following: Abilene Christian, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Iowa State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, North Texas, Ole Miss, SMU, Southwestern, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, The Citadel, UT-Austin, and West Point, to name but a few.
In addition on Friday, we will be gathering with parents who wish to attend at about 10:45 to reflect on the week of what your sons have learned while they also have a similar meeting with their Boys State City members (we will direct you to that meeting location via signage). At the conclusion of that event, we would love to have parents/guardians attend our closing ceremonies, which are scheduled to take place during the late morning hours. We will also make sure to point you to that campus location through signage.
Now that the week of Texas Boys State has come to a close, we encourage you to spread the news to your local newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, and blogs. Below is a step-by-step guide and a template for sending out a news release to your local media outlets.