‘I Learned So Much About Who I Was’

By: Thomas Hamaker, junior counselor By the time I made it to the University of Central Arkansas in May of 2014 for Boys State, I already knew what the week had in store for me. I had heard the stories from past delegates about how the week wasn’t their cup of tea. I...

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A Boys State Brotherhood

By: Ramone Penister, state counselor “America. America. Let us tell you how we feel. You have given us your spirit; we love you so.” These are words sung in unison by the delegates in my county as we waited to check out and receive our certificates and lapel pins. As...

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From a Boys Nation Senator

By: CJ Fowler, junior counselor I remember the night before I gave my speech for Boys Nation like it was yesterday. I was huddled in a common room with four other guys from my county as we frantically attempted to get something inspiring down on paper for our various...

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Dear Parents…

Dear Parents, I’m writing this letter because your son probably has not been keeping in touch as much as you want him to be. I know, I know — you miss him. My mom did too when I was a delegate, but I was so busy having the time of my life. It’s Wednesday night, and at...

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Releasing the Party Animals

As of today, campaigning for state offices has officially begun! State offices includes positions the range from Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General, to Supreme Court Chief and Associate Justices. This morning all delegates split into two groups - the...

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From a Delegate’s Perspective

My experience at Boys State has been truly revolutionary. I have met countless new brothers from around the state, from cities and towns that I had not previously heard of. I have been thoroughly impressed with the organization of the entire event – not knowing what...

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Boys Nation – The Selection

One of the most involved and appreciated processes throughout the week of Arkansas Boys State is currently underway. That process is the selection of the state’s two senators to Boys Nation. What is Boys Nation? Similar to Boys State, Boys Nation is a week long camp...

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From A Junior Counselor’s Perspective

When I was a delegate at Arkansas Boys State in 2014 (Lane County for life!), I experienced the greatest friendships and the greatest minds I had ever witnessed in a group of young men. Those friendships and great minds fueled my desire to come back as a junior...

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Join the Alumni Association

It's never to early to start thinking about joining the Arkansas Boys State Alumni Association! A wealth of knowledge and personal connection travels through ARBS every year. By joining the alumni association, you will have access to a network that can greatly benefit...

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Check-In Is Coming

Move-in day for the 76th session of Arkansas Boys State has officially arrived! That means that throughout the day over 600 young men from across the state will be traveling to The University of Central Arkansas to begin the week that shapes a lifetime. The counselors...

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Arkansas Boys State Names HSHS Principal Dean of Operations

Coordinator Tommy Fowler of Jonesboro has named Lloyd Jackson as Dean of Operations for the Arkansas Boys State Program. Jackson currently serves as principal of Hot Springs High School. Program Coordinator Tommy Fowler states “we are honored to have Lloyd as a part...

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Party Primaries Underway

As I type today, I sit in UCA's Farris Center at the Federalist party convention. Across campus in Old Main Auditorium, the Nationalist party is holding a similar assembly. It is at these conventions that each party will select their candidates for positions all the...

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Party Platforms Determined

On Tuesday, representatives of both the Federalist and Nationalist parties from each county met together to create and discuss their party platforms. These platforms contain the ideologies of the party and present the groundwork for which campaigns will be based...

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Follow us on Social Media!

Believe it or not, this blog isn't the only way you can stay updated on everything happening over here in Conway for Boys State. Check out some of these other avenues you can use to keep up with everything our delegates are up to! Twitter:...

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Campaigning Begins!

Tuesday at Boys State marks the beginning of campaigns for state and district offices. Delegates who were hoping to run for a state office (Governor, Secretary of State, Land Commissioner, Supreme Court Justice, and the like) had to fill out a petition - getting 20...

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Move-In Day

Saturday was the first day at UCA for our counselors. Sunday was the first day at UCA for our delegates, and I think I can speak for all of my fellow counselors when I say that Sunday is our favorite day of the week.  Sunday is so full of new opportunities, new...

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