Students should arrive between 1:00-5:00pm on Saturday to Lawson Hall located at 2151 4th Street, Charleston, IL 61920. While it is possible to arrive late, everyone is encouraged to arrive during the standard check in time as the program begins promptly at 5:00pm.
Students who are unable to arrive before 5:00 pm Saturday should report to the lobby of Lawson Hall. From there you will be directed to late check-in.
Students attend the final general assembly on Friday morning. The session ends at approximately 11:30am and students are free to leave at this time. While parents are welcome to watch the final assembly from the balcony area of Lantz Arena, students will need to return to their residence halls following the assembly to collect their belongings. If students arrived by bus they should plan to return by bus, being picked up in the same location as drop off immediately following the final assembly. A free sack lunch is available for the trip home.
Quick Info for Parents
American Legion Illinois Boys State
Boys State City and County (if known)
2151 4th Street
Charleston, IL 61920
In person visits
Due to the intense schedule of the program, there is little time for family visits during the week. If parents wish visit, Thursday afternoon is the most appropriate time. If they arrive at this time, they will be able to attend the formal retreat ceremony at 5:45pm and attend that evening’s assembly held in Lantz Arena.
Students are allowed to use their cell phones for personal calls during times that do not impact the operation of the program. Generally, students are more available in the afternoon and after 9:00 PM. Parents are encouraged to wait for the student to call home when time permits.
Emergency Contact Phone
If you need to reach someone person in the Boys State Headquarters (in the event of an emergency only, please):
217-581-5131 (staffed 24 hours a day)
Eastern Illinois University Police dispatch: 217-581-3212
For non emergency inquiries, Boys State Headquarters may be reached at 217-581-7697 (answered during their office hours).