What to Bring

What to Bring

  • Weather during Boys State can be hot, so dress for Illinois Boys State is casual: Polos, t-shirts, shorts, jeans, gym shoes, etc. are the usual dress. Citizens will not need dress clothes (suit, tie, dress pants, etc.) during Boys State.
  •  An extra-long twin bed is provided in your dorm room; however, you will need to bring your own sheets and pillow or sleeping bag.
  • You will need to bring your own towels and toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothpaste/brush, etc.
  • If you plan to participate in our intramural sports program (basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, or volleyball), remember to bring extra socks and underwear, along with protective gear, braces, etc. You may bring your own light sports equipment (football, basketball, Frisbee, etc.); however, neither spikes nor cleats are permitted.
  • Exercise equipment and a pool are available, so you may wish to bring workout clothes and/or swimsuit.
  • You will want to bring a notebook and pens or pencils.
  • Bring hangers to hang your clothing if desired.
  • Citizens are discouraged from bringing laptop computers and other electronic equipment.
  • Alcohol, firearms, fireworks, or explosives of any kind are strictly prohibited.
  • Any items used for games of chance (playing cards, poker chips, etc.) are strictly prohibited.
  • Campaigning & Materials
    • A Boys State statute prohibits bringing any pre-made and/or computer generated campaign materials or starting any aspects of a campaign prior to the conclusion of the first assembly on Saturday night.
    • A Boys State statute limits the amount that can be spent by a statewide candidate for a single statewide campaign to $40.00 of which no more than $20.00 can come from the candidate himself. You are, however, encouraged to bring supplies for making campaign materials (paper, poster board, markers, masking tape, etc). A campaign must have a Finance Director who must file an affidavit of the value of the materials used. You should bring proof of the cost of the supplies you bring in case you are challenged.  Campaign supplies may also be purchased at the EIU Union Bookstore during the Boys State session.