Students arrive at Boys State with draft legislation that they believe should be enacted statewide. Over the course of the week, the boys are split into the State House of Representatives and the State Senate. These legislative bodies debate, modify, and vote on all bills brought before the floor. The process is informative, exciting, and challenging.
Students will have the opportunity to run for office at all levels of government. From city clerk to Governor, positions across the state will be open for election. Boys will have the opportunity to craft speeches, work on campaigns, refine platforms, and debate policy throughout the week.
Boys State staff hold various activities throughout the week. Popular programs include trivia, point/counterpoint, mock trial, and outdoor sports. There is also ample time for interacting with other Boys Staters to build lifelong friendships. The camaraderie is a highlight of the week for many.