Whenever possible, a packet of material is sent to each Boys
State delegate in advance of his arrival. However, sometimes
we do not receive the registration
material from a delegate's local sponsor until just prior to the start of
Boys State. We will also accept registration material presented by the delegate
Accordingly, if you are chosen to attend Boys State but have not
yet received your admission packet - please plan to arrive at Andrews
Hall of Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, on Saturday
afternoon, June 12, any time after 1:00 p.m. You will be warmly
welcomed and we will be happy to quickly process your application
immediately upon your arrival.
The material you would otherwise have received in advance of your arrival is
Arrival and Departure
You should plan to arrive at the Eastern Illinois campus after
1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. At that time you should report to
the registration area in Andrews Hall which is located on 7th Street
on the south end of the campus. No noon meal will be served at camp
on this day.
Plan to leave the campus any time after 11:30 noon on Friday, June
18. Lunch will be available on campus that day for those who wish
to have lunch before leaving.
Boys State Band
Music, sousaphones and percussion instruments will be provided
by Eastern Illinois University, other potential band members
should bring their instruments with them. Percussionists should
bring sticks and mallets; tuba players mouthpieces and bits;
brass players, instruments, oil and mutes; reed players, instruments
and extra reeds. Lyres and folding stands are useful.
Emergency Phone and Mail
While at Boys State your mail should be addressed to:
American Legion Premier Boys State
(Boys State County)
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
The emergency telephone number is (217)581-3759. Use this number for EMERGENCY
ONLY. Please see that the emergency number is given to anyone who needs it.
Campaign supplies and materials may be brought with you even
though those may be purchased at the EIU Bookstore. However,
no campaign signs or flyers of any nature, including computer
generated, may be prepared in advance of your arrival to Boys
Due to the intense schedule, there is little opportunity
for parents to visit campus during the week, but if parents contemplate
a visit, we suggest that Thursday afternoon is the most appropriate
time because of the formal retreat ceremony scheduled at that
time. Telephone calls, to you at camp, should be placed only
in genuine emergencies.
What to Bring From Home
- Two face towels and two bath towels
- Usual shaving and toilet articles including soap
- Three lightweight shirts such as polo or T-shirt
- A sweatshirt, light jacket or windbreaker
- At least one pair of long pants such as blue jeans
- Several pairs of shorts or cutoffs
- A week's supply of underwear
- Six pairs of white athletic socks
- Two twin-size sheets, one blanket, pillow and pillowcase
(sleeping bag if preferred)
- Track or sports uniforms, heavy white socks, athletic shoes,
swim suit (cutoffs not permitted) and any light sports equipment.
(No golf spikes or cleats) Tennis racket optional
- Notebook, pens, pencils and material for making campaign
- NO firearms, fireworks or explosives of any king. NO liquor,
To reduce the possible injury, boys competing in sports such
as soccer, basketball, football, etc., are encouraged to bring
protective gear such as knee and leg padding, ankle wraps, etc.
This is especially important for any previous injuries.
You should not bring a suit, sport coat, dress shirt, or necktie.
There are no occasions at which such attire is appropriate. Even
in you are elected to state office you will not have occasion to
wear a suit or tie.
Here at Illinois Premier Boys State program we also offer Citizen
Services. This is where you purchase Post Cards, Postage Stamps,
Extra Boys State T-shirts and/or Shorts. You may check out books
on Abraham Lincoln and other pertinent materials. We also conduct
a banking service. The main purpose of this service is to have a
safe place for the Citizens to keep their money while at Boys State.
The money is available to them during Posted Banking hours the entire
week and must be withdrawn by close of banking hours on Thursday
evening. It is our feeling that when attendee's bring large sums
of money with them, the possibility of theft is there. The Boys
State Bank can help eliminate that temptation. Please, make it a
part of your earliest plans to stop by one of our bank branches
and check out the services we offer. There is a Citizen Service
Center set up in each dining hall for easy access.
You will be given your dormitory and room assignment upon arrival at Boys