Frequently Asked Questions
How are Boys Nation delegates determined?
Two Boys Staters will be chosen to represent Michigan at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. in July. Candidates will be nominated by city counselors and building coordinators. A senior staff committee will have an initial interview with the nominees. The American Legion will select the delegates in a final interview. The delegates and alternates will be announced at the final general assembly on Saturday.
What if my son needs medical attention at Boys State?
Medical attention is available at all hours. Students are instructed to report sprains, cuts, scratches, blisters, and sunburn to their counselor immediately. Parents should explain any special needs, including medication, on your Medical Form. The American Legion Boys State Clinic is located in the Student Union. Medication needing refrigeration may be kept at the reception desk in the student’s dormitory. Please contact the American Legion Boys State Office as soon as possible with any special medical requests.
I take a daily medication, is that a problem?
All medications need to be checked in at the Boys State office and listed on the students’ medical form. Medications need to be in their original containers with the name of the delegate on the label. The medications are distributed at the Boys State office as well. Medication needing refrigeration may be kept at the reception desk in the student’s dormitory. Please contact the American Legion Boys State Office as soon as possible with any special medical requests.
Can I bring and use my cell phone during Boys State?
Cell phone use is only allowed during the recreational time for Boys State citizens. Cell phones must be turned off during meetings, all government functioning times, and general assemblies.
Is there a place for money and valuables while at Boys State?
The Boys State Bank is located in the Student Union. Boys Staters are encouraged to open an account for the safekeeping of their money and valuables. Please bring smaller bills, we will have the ability to store your money safely, but not to break down large bills. The bank will also be selling Boys State hats, pins, T-shirts, yearbooks and stamps.
Are meals included in registration fee?
Yes, beginning with lunch Sunday, all meals will be served in the University Cafeteria. A wide variety of menu selection is provided, with “all-you-can-eat” on many items. Those persons having special food needs should contact the American Legion Boys State Headquarters in Lansing as soon as possible so arrangements can be made.
What if I need to be absent during Boys State?
Absence from Boys State will be by written pass only. Passes will be approved only in the case of extreme emergency or by prior written permission from the parent and must be approved by the Boys State Legion Director; located in the American Legion Boys State office. No citizen is to leave the boundaries of American Legion Boys State.
Can I drive to Boys State?
If you bring a car to Boys State, you will be asked to turn the keys into your counselor as you will not be permitted to use the car while in attendance. Cars will be parked in designated parking lots. Even though the University patrols the parking area, The American Legion and Grand Valley State University assume no responsibility for vandalism, theft, or damage to cars of American Legion Boys State citizens.