Frequently Asked Questions

When does American Legion Boys State begin?

Be in your seats and ready to go, No-Later-Than 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Tennessee Tech Memorial Gym.  Check out the following map link for additional information on location, parking, etc.  Click here for a pdf map.   Eat lunch BEFORE you arrive!

How do I reach my son if there is an emergency at home?

Contact Boys State Headquarters at (931) 372-3730. If having problems with that number, contact Campus Police at (931) 372-3234.

Can friends and/or family visit me at Boys State?

No. The program is fast paced and not designed for delegates to have visitors. However on Friday, May 26, 2017, there will be a picnic on the Quad at 6:00 PM and the TTU College Fair will be held in the Roaden University Center which begins at 7:30 and runs until 9:00 PM (this time is subject to change).  This will be for the delegates and their parents.  No visitors will be allowed in the Boys State Headquarters area, to include the residence hall.

Do I need a physical for Boys State?

Yes. The physician release  is emailed to you after completing the online registration and must be filled out by a physician. You must have also had a physical within twelve (12) months prior to the start of Boys State.  You can also access the physician release through the Required Delegate Forms and Instructions block located on the right side of this page.

What kinds of items should I bring?

The notarized Participant Information and Release Form, Physician Release, 1 blanket, 2 sheets, 1 pillow/pillow case, towels, PJs, Sunscreen, toothpaste/brush, clothes hangers, tennis shoes, rain gear, 1 pr dark slacks, socks (several pair, including two dark pair), T-shirts, flip flops / shower shoes.

Optional: tennis racquet, camera, and musical instrument.

Can I bring a cell phone / smart phone?

Yes. 

What sports are offered at Boys State?

Tennis (you need your own racquet), ultimate frisbee, flag football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis (If you have your own special paddle, bring it), and cornhole.  If you plan on playing basketball make sure you bring basketball shoes that will not scuff the gym floor.

If I drive to Boys State, is there a place to park my car?

Yes.  Check out the PDF map link located at the first FAQ.  You will be given a placard to put on the dash of your car at check-in.

When is the first meal?

Dinner is served at 6:00 p.m., Sunday for delegates and counselors. We suggest that you eat lunch BEFORE you arrive at TTU.

What will I need to do if I have to leave early?

If you attend, you are required to attend the entire program until graduation on Saturday. If you cannot attend the entire week, please do not apply.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I may have to arrive after the registration line is closed. What should I do?

As soon as you know you will be arriving late, contact the Boys State office at TTU, (931) 372-3123 and let us know. If this situation arises the day of registration, call (931) 372-3730 or 3123.

I want to be a member of the American Legion Boys State Band. If I bring my own instrument, is there a place where it can be stored safely?

Yes! The TNALBS Band rehearses in the Tennessee Tech Band Hall and students will be allowed to store their instruments there in the evenings. Students should be sure, however, that their instrument is insured (through their parent’s homeowner’s policy) as TTU cannot be responsible for the loss of or damage to private property. Students who wish to participate in the Boy’s State Band should bring their concert instrument to Boy’s State (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba). Percussionists should bring their mallet bags. Members of the TNALBS Band prepare a concert that is played prior to the Inaugural Ceremony for the Governor of Boy’s State and also perform parade music for the Pass and Review Ceremony held in Tucker Stadium. Any marching instruments that are needed for out-of-doors performance (mellophones, marching baritones, sousaphones, and marching percussion) are provided free of charge by Tennessee Tech University. The TNALBS Band is directed by Dr. Eric Harris. He is the director of TTU’s Golden Eagle Marching Band and is a member of the faculty in the Department of Music.

What time are we dismissed on Saturday?

Usually between 11:30 and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Your parents and friends are invited to the closing ceremonies. A parade (Pass-in-Review) will take place on the TTU football field, followed by the Inauguration Ceremony in the Hooper Eblen basketball arena (walking distance).

Can I leave campus during the week?

No. With over 600 delegates and counselors, we restrict off campus travel to emergencies only.  There are defined boundaries the delegates must adhere too.  The delegates are not allowed to go beyond these boundaries unless specifically approved by the Tennessee American Legion Boys State Staff.  The boundaries are 7th Street, Willow Avenue, 12th Street, Dixie Avenue and Mahler Ave.  If a delegate goes beyond those boundaries without specific permission he will be removed from the program.  We will contact your sponsor and high school and explain to them why you are being sent home and why their fees will not be refunded.

How much money do I need to bring?

We suggest no more than $50. All your meals are covered. The extra money would be used for snacks and any souvenirs you might want to purchase (i.e., jackets, shirts, cups, etc. at TTU bookstore). We are not responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.

My friends and I are coming to Boys State. What are the chances of us rooming together?

One of the major benefits of the program is the chance to meet at least 50+ people on your residence hall floor whom you don't know. The room assignments are based on a sophisticated computer algorithm.

I am diabetic. Is that a problem?

No. We have a great medical staff at Boys State and provisions will be made for you to keep any medications you need.

I assume alcohol, tobacco, and drug use are not allowed at Boys State.

A good assumption. But in case you were wondering, if you are caught in possession of, or using alcohol or drugs, you will be sent home immediately. We will contact your sponsor and high school and explain to them why you are being sent home and why their fees will not be refunded.

There is no American Legion in my hometown. Whom should I contact for sponsorship?

While Boys State is a program of the American Legion, many other civic organizations sponsor delegates like Eagles, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, high schools and others. If you have trouble finding a local sponsor to pay the FULL amount, you may use more than one sponsor to help defray the costs or your parents may help to sponsor part of, or all of your costs.