WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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The final day of the program is especially focused for parental involvement to view the program. On Friday we would like to invite all parents to eat lunch with the Boys Stators from 11:00 – 12:00 next to Luva Mead Hall and then attend a gathering with parents to reflect on the week of what your sons have learned while they are preparing for graduation. In addition, on Friday, we would love to have parents/guardians attend our closing ceremonies, which are scheduled to take place at 1:00 PM. At the conclusion of the Closing Ceremonies the students will be released to return to their dorm to meet with their counselors and check out, please be patient as this takes a bit of time to accomplish as we check out students by room. Thank you in advance as we want to make your checkout process as smooth as possible.
PRESS RELEASE TEMPLATE
Now that the week of Connecticut Boys State has come to a close, we encourage you to spread the news to your local newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, and blogs. Below is a step-by-step guide and a template for sending out a news release to your local media outlets.
- Step 1 — Download the following news release template (in Word document format) by clicking here
- Step 2 — Customize the template for your son/student by inserting his full name and the name of his high school in the first paragraph of the release. These sections are noted with brackets and asterisks, such as [**Insert first and last name here**]
- Step 3 (optional) — You may also choose to add an additional sentence or two about the specific offices your son/student won while at Connecticut Boys State or activities he may have been involved in. The best place to include this additional sentence or two is at the end of the first paragraph. For example: CROMWELL, CT — The American Legion, Department of Connecticut today announced that Jimmy Jones of Cromwell High School has graduated from American Legion Conneciticut Boys State. During the week, Jones was elected city judge, served as a party whip, and participated in the Boys State talent show.
- Step 4— Save the news release and get ready to send it out to local media.
- Step 5 — Identify the local media outlets you plan to contact with your news release. Nearly all news organizations have websites that provide clear instructions for how to submit a news release or a news tip. These submission instructions are usually found under a “Contact Us,” “Submit a News Story,” or “News Tips” link, which is usually found at the very top or very bottom of the page, and sometimes in a left-hand or right-hand menu. Or, you may find a list of staff members for the news organization on the website. If there is no specific instruction on how to submit a news release or news tip, then send the news release as an email attachment to the local news reporter or local news editor. Managing editors, assistant managing editors, and producers (for TV and radio) are also good people to contact.
- Step 6 — Send the news release to the media organization and be available in case the reporter replies to your email with further questions and follow-up.
- Step 7 — Watch your local newspaper, TV station, or radio station to see if your news story got picked up.
- Step 8 — If your news release does turn into a published or on-air news story, we would love to keep track of that. Please notify us of any news mentions at firstname.lastname@example.org
What to expect
What delegates will gain
- A new appreciation for patriotism (flag etiquette, service to both our state and our country, and an understanding of the part they are to play in society as they become adults)
- New and lasting friendships with young men from across the state
- A better understanding of how to build consensus through civil discourse and debate
- Knowledge of the two-party political system and putting that knowledge into action
- An eagerness to be a servant leader in their schools and communities (if they do not already possess such a characteristic)
How parents or sponsors can stay informed during the week
- Check our website for updated information.
- Come to specific events open to parents: Parents Day and Graduation
- Come to specific events open to Legion: Legion Day – Opening & Closing ceremonies
What happens when they return home
- Graduates typically need a day or so to sleep in – they will be quite tired physically
- Delegates should:
- Write a Thank you note to their Sponsoring organization(s)
- Review their packet of materials that they receive upon checkout with them
- Work with the local newspaper to publish the press release about his week at Boys State
(note: if more than one boy comes from that city/community, coordinate placement of the story in the local paper)
- Work with school leadership (principals, coaches, etc.), talk up the program so that you can generate excitement and interest for next year’s group
How Boys State improves a resume for college and beyond
- Connecticut Boys State should be included on college applications – it is seen quite favorably by most universities and has a strong weighting on the scoring system for those seeking an appointment to a US Military Academy!
- Delegates should:
- Make sure to note both the offices sought and/or won, as it shows a passion for trying new things
- Include Boys State pin on Graduation Attire, as it should be seen as a part of the "honors" that High School graduates achieve
- Join groups on both Social Media and via college alumni that have Boys State as a connection point – it is a nice networking tool for both job seekers and career advice
CAN PARENTS AND FAMILY ATTEND THE SESSIONS?
We encourage parental/guardian involvement on Saturday during check-in and then again highly encourage participation of friends and family on Thursday, when we have our final events. Bring your cameras!
CAN MY SON COME AND GO FROM THE PROGRAM?
Boys State is a fast-paced program that requires full attention and complete involvement for the week. Any unique circumstances requiring time away from the program must be cleared with both the Chairman and Director in advance of the program.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY SON MUST LEAVE EARLY DUE TO AN EMERGENCY?
Unfortunately, things happen outside of the program that are beyond our control (such as a substantial health issue for a family member). In these situations, delegates will need to get the approval of both the Boys State Chairman and Boys State Director. Once approved, they will help arrange the logistics of getting the delegate prepared to leave the program.
HOW CAN MY FAMILY FOLLOW ALONG WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING?
HOW CAN I SEND A CARE PACKAGE?
To mail care packages to a delegate during the week of Boys State, use this format:
American Legion Connecticut Boys State Program
[Boy’s State City Name]
Luva Mead Hall
83 Windham St
Willimantic, CT 06226
WHO DO I CONTACT
Contact us here.
What to Bring
Connecticut Boys State Dress Code Requirements:
___ Money to buy Boys State Shirt (see below for pricing)
___ Close-toed shoes, sandals (flip flops are acceptable)
___ Long pants (trousers, jeans, khakis, etc. — shorts are allowed except gym shorts (recreation time only)
___ Belt (Boys State shirt is worn tucked in, except during recreation time)
___ Suit & Tie for Graduation
___ A few ballpoint pens for taking notes
Items that will be provided:
- Connecticut Boys State Program
- Any campaign materials needed (NOTE: outside materials are NOT allowed, please do not prepare, or bring any)
Connecticut Boys State T-Shirt Pricing:
1 shirt: Included
Additional shirts are available for $10.00
Recommended recreation time attire:
___ Athletic shorts
___ Athletic shoes (Cleats are NOT allowed)
___ Athletic socks
___ Hat for athletics
Recommended dorm room supplies:
___ Shower sandals
___ Bath / face towel(s)
___ Face, hand and/or body soap
___ Shaving Kit
___ Toothbrush and toothpaste
___ Personal medications
___ Sheets or Sleeping Bag
___ Preferred blanket(s)
___ Preferred pillow(s)
___ Preferred toilet paper — standard issue provided in dormitory
___ Tissue paper
Recommendations on technology:
Please note personal laptops or tablets are NOT required, will NOT be allowed except during recreation time, and NOT the responsibility of Connecticut Boys State. Any devices needed for program activities will be provided.
___ Cell phone
___ Cell phone charger
___ Cell phone spare battery
- All meals will be provided throughout the program, starting with dinner Sunday, and ending with breakfast Friday
- Participants are welcome to as many helpings as desired
- Vegetarian options will be available
A general store will be available during standard business hours. However, please note that recreation time concludes late in the evenings after the store has closed. So please be prepared by bringing or purchasing the appropriate rations during designated times:
___ Water bottle
Additionally, please consider:
___ Discretionary money for purchases from the general store (see above) or the Connecticut Boys State Store (memorabilia items will be available for sale including graduation cords, sling back backpacks, water bottles, bedding, pillow, sweat pants, and baseball caps — costs range between $5-$20 each for these items.)
___ For anyone planning to try out for the Talent Show, please bring any required props needed to showcase your talents… upon request these can be kept under lock and key when not in use.