Boys State Information as a result of the April 16th Department Virtual Meeting
The Department Commander along with the Boys State Committee held a Virtual Meeting yesterday afternoon for all of the DEC members who had signed on for either the video or telephone presentation. As you probably already knew, there was not going to be an on site program this year due to the extraordinary circumstances that we are currently facing. It was mentioned that UT is not having any on site programs before 1 September.
Unlike other Departments who have chosen NOT to participate in Boys State this year, our Committee felt that is was important to provide an alternative Virtual Program that will be a meaningful experience for all involved as we “Learn by Doing”. The Committee consists of:
Casey Thompson – Boys State Chairman.
Scott Armstrong – Boys State Director.
Kreg Bryant – Assistant Director for Operations.
Mark Mayer – Assistant Director for Programs.
These members of the Committee provided various details of what they felt will create an incredible learning experience for the statesman during this 80th installment. A highlight of the presentation was a detailed explanation of the attached Power Point presentation. The information below are from the notes I took and are listed for the sole purpose of providing some additional information regarding what was discussed to the best of my recollection:
- Various platforms like Zoom and Webex are being considered for large meetings and for smaller events, Google Classroom and Midmixer.
- Statesmen will sign a pledge committing to completing the program.
- The cost is projected to be $100. If a $295 registration fee had already been sent to Department a partial refund will be issued. This also provides the post an opportunity to send more vetted statesmen they may not have been able to afford to send previously.
- Emphasis will be on the small group session to provide a lot of interaction.
- The focus will again be at lower level leadership through the City concept where everyone in that city is accounted for on a daily basis.
- There will be a break for lunch and dinner along with various stretch/restroom breaks.
- We will use a building block process that will be fast-paced and exciting.
- Will provide a HELP Button or 800# for statesmen to use if necessary.
- May provide an opportunity to let guests sign and view some sessions.
- Each statesman will be assigned a “buddy or roommate”.
- No doubt there will be some dropouts like there are during the on-site programs.
- Additional information provided by the Committee will be forthcoming when developed and sent to the post level through the hubmaster network.
- Statesmen will receive a Graduation Certificate.
One area they know will need additional concentration on regards to those statesmen who do not have web access at their residence. The post will need to determine if their sponsored statesman has this access and if not provide that access through other available means.
It is anticipated that the DEC will review the forthcoming resolution tomorrow and vote no later than by COB on Tuesday, April 21. Through the favorable comments by the DEC members yesterday, I feel that it will be approved and the Committee will be able to continue to finalize this virtual program.
Robert L. Masten
Commander, 3rd Division