Check-in begins at 8:00AM and ends at 11AM.
Upon arrival at Oregon Boys State, you will be issued a nametag and lanyard, uniform shirts, room key, and other essentials. You will immediately go to your room and drop off your luggage, possibly meet your roommate, and change into your uniform. Then, head out and get involved.
Oregon Boys State is an opportunity to stretch yourself. You will be challenged continually by the program, the staff, and fellow citizens to push yourself beyond what you think you can do. Embrace this opportunity to go beyond what you believe are your limitations... and excel. Your first opportunity to do this will begin right after check-in.
Oregon Boys State is held at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Check-in is at Ford Hall, which is located directly on State Street across from the capital buidling. Temporary parking in this area is permitted during drop off, however, we ask that you do not remain there for an extended period of time as other attendees will need to be dropped off at that same area. If your parents want to stay for the Opening Ceremonies, we ask that they park in the free parking lot accessible off of Highway 99E. From Ford Hall turn right on 12th Street and then Right again on 99E.
Depending on your goals and ambitions at Oregon Boys State, there are several different opportunities for you during this time. This process replaces the job fair and so you should take care to arrive early if you want to do any of these things. Some of these opportunities are listed below.
Tests and Auditions: 8:15-11:45
Some program segments have requirements for acceptance into the program. If you want to be a part of these segments, you must take the time during the Tests and Auditions period to seek out and complete those requirements. They are as follows:
Meet-and Greet 9AM-11:45PM
If you aren't doing one of those things, head to Rogers Rehearsal Hall in the Rogers Music Center for a meet-and-greet and to start building the alliances and relationships that will be crucial to your success. This is also where you can sign-up for run for an office.
You may also find this an opportune time to review the rules, laws, constitution, and other information in your handbook. Appointments, positions and Attorneys (those who pass the bar) will be announced during the new Election Convention. You may do this also in Rogers.
First Formation is at 11:45 AM
Be at the Clock Tower by the library before 11:45AM. DO NOT BE LATE (unless you have pre-excused it with The Director.) 11:45 sharp is our First Formation. You will assemble at the Clock Tower in your cities and begin to learn the procedures that will guide you during Boys State.
Open Ceremonies will be held at Noon
During Opening Ceremonies you will be introduced to the American Legionnaires, Boys State Staff, and program. Your family and friends are welcome to attend. The opening ceremony last about half an hour, after which guests are welcome to leave as you will be off on the start of One Week to Change Your Life!
And then it Begins!
A tour of the campus, lunch grouped in cities, program orientation, state, territory, and party meetings and then Election Convention will consume the afternoon. Dinner will follow, and our first activity block, flag retirement, and city meetings will round out the night.
These services are available at Willamette University. There may be a fee associated with the use of these services.
*Located on the first floor of Putnam Hall.
Every day after that you will arise early, work throughout the day in the simulation, attend speakers and learning presentations, and participate fully in the program. You will learn about college credit opportunities, discover the history of the flag, take a break during a daily recreation period or our fun Field Day, attend field trips to different venues in the capital and other locales, and more. You will fall asleep each night exhausted and satisfied only to arise early the next day to do it all over again.
*All location information contained here is subject to change. You should verify upon arrival where you are to meet the different program segments.