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2020 Applications Will Be Available Later This Fall


Thank You

First of all, a big thank you to you and your local Boys State committees — it is through your efforts that we are able to continue to run one of the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school seniors-to-be in the state of Texas.

We value both your ownership of and involvement in the nomination, selection, and registration process each and every year!  The 75th session of Texas Boys State is just around the corner — we are very excited about what this year’s program holds for the young men.

Like all previous years, you are empowered to work with local schools as you see fit to filter and vet qualified candidates you wish to nominate for the program! The lifeline of Texas Boys State is you!

We have greatly increased our online marketing and personal outreach to schools themselves through this website so that we can take better advantage of the school’s insight into potential nominees. That was done on purpose, as they have up to 3 years in knowing the young men on a day-to-day basis, and we want to embed in their minds the importance of “pipe-lining” students year after year for participation in the program. Surveys show the best way to do this is both via a top-down approach (e.g., materials on a global website like this one) and a bottom-up, local, relationship-oriented approach (e.g., you working a grassroots campaign in your communities). In summary, it takes constant communication at all levels to consistently attract the finest candidates to the program!

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Process & Instructions

Steps for the Legion to take to complete the process

  1. Determine the number of students you wish to send. We know that this number can vary each year, so ensure your committee agrees to the goal.

  2. Print marketing materials.

    If instead you do not have access to a printer for your computer, contact Travis Arreaga at tmarreaga@gmail.com and provide him with your mailing address and the number of copies you need, and he will mail these to you.

  3. Contact your local High School’s Lead Guidance counselor and/or Lead principal. Schedule a meeting with them (and/or their designees) in person so you may build the relationship and review the materials together.

  4. During this meeting, educate the school’s representative on the target profile of the student we are seeking for Boys State. This can be based upon your own personal experiences and your post’s desires. Note, however, that our standard profile is found under School Administrators.

  5. Once you and the school agree on nominees for the program, schedule interviews with them and/or their families at a mutually agreeable time. If you so choose, you may use the paper application form from previous years to help vet the young men

    Please note, however, that actual application is processed online.

  6. Upon completion of the interviews, select and confirm your delegates. Be sure to let the school know your choices and provide any feedback to them so they can adjust their approach in the selection process in future years if required.

  7. Point the young man and his family to this website to apply. Once the application is completed, the applicant will gather all required signatures and then return to the Legion representative/designee, whereupon you will review for completeness and then sign as well in the appropriate location of the form.

  8. Once all signatures are gathered, please forward both the completed form and payment directly to Austin. If the delegate did not apply online, please include the paper application as well with appropriate signatures. Mail to:

    • Attn: Mamie Hughes
      The American Legion
      Department of Texas
      P.O. Box 140527
      Austin, TX 78714

  9. Please complete your selection process and have all registrations completed for those you are sponsoring by May 1.

NOTE: ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED AND PAYMENT RECEIVED IN AUSTIN BY MAY 1. Any applications and payments received after this time will be placed onto the waitlist, and participation is not guaranteed after that date.

We are on our way to 1,000+ delegates!

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Logistics

Tuition

Tuition for the American Legion Texas Boys State Program is $295 per Statesman and the check for participants is to be sent to the following address:

Attn: Mamie Hughes
The American Legion
Department of Texas
P.O. Box 140527
Austin, TX 78714

Please make all checks payable to American Legion, Department of Texas with "Texas Boys State" noted on the memo line of the check.

Program Location

The Dormitory complex is found on the Northwest Corner of the campus. Both the Dropoff and Pickup for personal cars and Chartered buses should be at the 27th Street Garage near the Kinsolving Dormitory where registration will occur. The Garage is located one block north of Dean Keaton (old 26th Street) and on University Ave. (next to the All Saints Episcopal Church).

Please refer to this map for a visual prompter to assist you with planning your trip.

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Volunteer

Requirements and Process for Counselor Selection

In order to be a successful participant in the Texas Boys State program, we must ensure that staff are sufficiently familiar with the Texas Boys State programming, including politics, recreation time activities and logistics.

  • Therefore, the planning committee reserves the right to request additional requirements for any staff applicant who hasn’t a) experienced Texas Boys State as a delegate and b) actively participated in the program within 5 years.

  • Although we are an open and transparent organization, we believe that a nuanced understanding of our complex program is required to provide meaningful critiques and feedback. Therefore, our formal feedback mechanisms require submitters to have at least 2 years full-time attendance to the program.

  • First year “observer” status for new requests to participate. Observers may be asked to perform administrative tasks that help streamline the program, without major delegate-facing roles.

Minimum Requirements for Counselors

The Texas Boys State program involves a LOT of physical activity and relatively long hours (6 am to Midnight).  Although there are administrative staffing roles for those who cannot perform all of the following, even those in admin roles will need to walk a minimum of two miles per day over relatively moderate terrain on campus.  It is highly recommended that a potential applicant for the role of Boys State Counselor make any physical or health restrictions known early in the process.

The majority of program staff should meet the following requirements:

Have the ability to:

  1. Walk an aggregate of 8 miles daily in 90-100 degree heat

  2. Walk continuously for up to 1.5 miles per expedition in 90-100 degree heat (crossing UT campus)

  3. Walk an aggregate of 10 flights of stairs per day

  4. Walk continuously up 4 flights of stairs per expedition

  5. Navigate a campus map

  6. Be able to react to and incorporate sudden changes in the day’s program activities

  7. Be extremely prompt and punctual throughout 7-day program

  8. Function (with required enthusiasm and energy) for seven consecutive days between the hours of 6 am and Midnight.

  9. Have the patience and willingness to manage a large group of 17-year old boys with high energy.

In addition, a staff applicant must feel comfortable and be able to directly command up to 50 young adults, many of whom are varsity athletes and either the No. 1 or No. 2 student in their high school class.

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