Packing List


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It's important to come prepared! This list will help make sure your stay at Boys State is a great one!

Things you've got to have:

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • comb or brush
  • soap, shampoo, toiletries, towels and washcloths
  • sheets, blanket, pillow and pillowcase (twin size)
  • at least 2 pairs of navy blue walking shorts (no cut-offs or denim)
  • 6 pairs of socks (or more; athletic-style socks are best)
  • clothes and shoes for athletics
  • sweater or light jacket (it can get chilly in Radford!)
  • completed Samsung Scholarship application
  • your medical form, signed by legal guardian





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Other things you might want:

  • stationery to write home
  • camera (especially if you want to be a media photographer)
  • clock
  • radio
  • athletic/sports equipment (including flag football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis and table tennis)
  • band instrument (if you plan to be a member of Boys State Band)
  • tools and accessories for your talent (the talent show is Friday night)
  • spending money ($40 will be plenty)




The following items are neither tolerated nor should they even be suspected within the vicinity of Boys State:

  • alcohol
  • tobacco
  • non-prescription drugs
  • weapons (including pocket knives)
  • campaign material





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Boys State will provide:

  • 2 Virginia Boys State t-shirts (extra shirts can be purchased for $8.00 each; keep in mind that you will wear the Boys State shirt every day)
  • lodging and meals
  • services of the on-site nurse
  • accident and health insurance (for medical expenses not covered by delegate's insurance plan)

If you forget any items, our host has a campus store that is well-stocked with many items you might need. You will be informed of its hours during the week.