Missouri Boys State
|Purpose||"To promote leadership, citizenship and the value of the individual voice and vote."|
|Affiliations||American Legion Department of Missouri|
Missouri Boys State is an 8-day youth program held each June to teach Missouri high school students leadership and the workings of government. Missouri is one of forty-nine states (all except Hawaii) with such a program for boys and a separate program for girls sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary. The Missouri Boys State program hosts approximately 960 students, or citizens, and more than 130 volunteer staff members for 8 days on the University of Central Missouri campus. During the week, the citizens of MBS create a fully functioning mock government  modeled after the State of Missouri. Citizens are divided into 16 cities, with two cities per county, and into two political parties (Nationalists and Federalists).
The concept was originally developed in Illinois in 1934 by Dr. Hays Kennedy and Harold Card, both educators and members of the Illinois American Legion. The Boys State program was designed to promote democracy, and counteract the fascist principles taught to the youth in Germany.
The individuals responsible for founding the Missouri Boys State program officially in the Spring of 1938 were:
- Jerry F. Duggan (1886 - 1952)
- Harry M. Gambrel (1896 - 1962)
- Dr. Truman L. Ingle (1894 - 1954)
- A. B. Weyer (1889 - 1977)
- "Dr. Corey Bowman, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- "A word from our Director - Missouri Boys State". Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- "Show Me Progress". Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2011-07-18.
- Muleskinner. 2012-06-21 http://www.digitalburg.com/artman2/publish/top_story_ns_74/Photo_Gallery_Missouri_Boys_State.shtml. Retrieved 10 July 2012. Missing or empty