Rules & Procedures
The rules are created by the program staff and are as follows:
- Be safe, respectful, and responsible.
- Follow staff directions immediately.
- No weapons, including firearms, simulated weapons (i.e. nerf guns), knives, or other devices intended for bodily harm.
- No illegal drugs, tobacco products, marijuana in any form, e-cigs (vaping) or alcohol are permitted.
- Do not leave the simulated state area unsupervised. Never leave Willamette University Campus without permission.
- No undirected fraternization with the opposite sex.
- Attend all functions and keep the schedule.
- Dress in the Boys State uniform at all times, except during athletic events or after hours*.
- Any damage done by you to the University, Legion or others personal property is your responsibility.
- Sexual harassment and/or hazing of any kind is not tolerated.
- Cell phones should be kept on silent at all times and only used when appropriate.
- Citizens must be in their dorm buildings after hours* unless they have permission to be out or are escorted by Staff.
*After hours is defined as 11PM to 7AM.
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Rules are not subject to negotiation, change, or disobedience. Any exceptions to these rules must be authorized by the Director of Boys State. Citizens who are found to be in violation of one or more rules shall be reported to the Director. The consequences for breaking a rule can lead to dismissal and being sent home.
The safety of the citizens is our top priority. As such, please carefully observe and adhere to the following rules and procedures:
- Citizens who bring vehicles need to register them with Boys State and surrender their keys for the duration of the week. The American Legion Boys State assumes no liability for theft, damage, or loss to vehicles brought to Boys State.
- Visitors must register with the Director and are accepted only when activities are not going on, or if alternate arrangements have been made in advance.
- Alert the Director and/or Boys State Medical Officer of any possible allergies, medical or psychiatric conditions, medications or any other impairments or different abilities or needs you may have immediately upon arrival at Boys State. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
- Prescription and non-prescription medications must be in their original containers with the citizen’s name AND the pharmacist or manufacturer instructions on the label. For the safety of all citizens, all medications need to be surrendered to the Medical Officer, who will supervise dispensing of prescription medication according to the prescription.
- Immediately report any injuries or accidents to the Director or Medical Officer.
Rules vs. Laws
Rules are created by the American Legion. They are designed to provide a safe, educational atmosphere for citizens and staff. They are not subject to debate or revision, and serious consequences exist for violators of the rules. Please read and carefully adhere to all rules.
Laws are created by the legislature at Oregon Boys State. Breaking a law (a “crime”) subjects citizens to the consequences that exist in the law. If no law exists on a certain subject then no crime can be charged. These laws are to be created and changed by the citizens of Boys State. The laws are considered to be organic, in a constant state of flux. Laws written during the current session of Boys State are enacted and enforced during the next year of Boys State, unless they are drafted as emergency legislation, in which case they become law immediately. Laws are discussed in detail later in the handbook.