Boys State

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  1. Army21

    Army21 Member

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    So I have been selected to attend boys state. The problem is my family has a planned vacation and I don't get back from it until the morning that boys state begins. I would have to arrive at the end of the day (best case scenario). I am wondering if anybody knows if boys state would allow me to arrive about a day late? The packet says I must report at 9:00 am. Should I just cancel my vacation? I would really love to attend Boys State. Thanks for your time.
     
  2. bookreader

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    Have you tried contacting them directly?
     
  3. Ice64

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    California Boys State was very clear at an information meeting last weekend that full participation was necessary all week or they would appoint an alternate who could make the full week commitment. But like Bookreader advised, I would contact your specific Boys State administrator.
     
  4. tug_boat

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    In my opinion, I would leave a little early and arrive on time. It is important and does contribute to your leadership portion of your WCS.

    You asked to go, so be there.

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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    Agree with tug_boat, I would make every attempt to get there on time.
     
  6. 1mom

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    Your best case scenario may cause you to miss out on important events like state & city elections of officials or having cities (group) yearbook pictures taken ...... You must be there on time!
     
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  7. SDMom2019

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    I've never heard of a Boys State that allowed arriving late or leaving early. I'm pretty sure it will be all or nothing.
     
  8. 1mom

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    My DS had the time of his life there. He was sad when it ended.
    You only get this chance to go once. So, commit yourself and get there on time like everyone else.
     
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    Boys' State is a wonderful opportunity and a lot of kids would have loved to have been the one selected to go. Show that you value the opportunity and arrive on time like the instructions say.
     
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    As selection gets more and more competitive for academy and ROTC slots I would make every effort to go.
     
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  11. MilitaryParent

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    This might be unpopular, but you need to figure out a way to get to Boys' State. It is a great learning experience, and like being an Eagle Scout, the Academies pay attention when they see it on a resume. . It's a big deal. Unless the vacation has to do with elderly relatives who might pass away, your parents should make arrangements for you to be there. It would be worth your staying home by yourself and getting a family friend or relative to take you to the meeting point. I am sure the local American Legion folks would help you out as well. They are an outstanding group of people. Maybe your parents can fly you home early and a friend or relative can pick you up? Make it work. It's hard to do, but that's the kind of "damn the torpedoes" thing they look for.

    The USMA is all about leadership. Probably more so than any of the other Academies. Boys' State will really help you in that area. You've already shown initiative by looking for help. Good luck!
     
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