WE ARE A COMMUNITY, TOGETHER WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE FUTURE.
Girls State is a very important part of the American Legion Auxiliary's Americanism program. Designed to train future stateswomen in the science of government, Wisconsin launched American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State in 1941 with 138 citizens participating. The program has grown to over 725 citizens yearly and continues to be a major project of the Department of Wisconsin's American Legion Auxiliary. This program does not discriminate against race, creed or color.
The American Legion Auxiliary, and certain American Legion Posts are the sponsoring body and pay the tuition fee for a delegate to attend American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State. The $250 (per delegate) tuition covers room, meals, study materials, etc. but not transportation. Contributors such as civic organizations, service clubs, businesses and school groups can help support the program by paying all or part of a citizen's tuition.
To develop leadership skills
To instill pride as American citizens
To educate citizens about our system of government
To instill a greater understanding of American traditions
To stimulate a desire to maintain our democratic government process
WHAT IS AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY BADGER GIRLS STATE?
The entire delegation will become a fifty-first state and will function according to the laws of the State of Wisconsin. Each day will focus on the various aspects of state government.
Citizens "learn by doing" as they function on city, county and state levels by electing officials in the manner prescribed by regular election procedures and conducting business on those levels. Every girl is encouraged to participate in some level of the governmental process. ALABGS should not be confused with recreational or sport programs.
ALABGS government and leadership conference is designed to educate the citizen on the function of government. Each citizen has been selected by her school and the local Unit. She should come prepared to apply herself diligently to the program as it is scheduled.
American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State is held beginning the third Sunday of June at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. Delegates are housed in the Gruenhagen Conference Center and all meetings are held in various campus buildings.
American Legion Auxiliary Units and local high school educators work together to select girls to attend American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State by evaluating potential leadership qualities of the delegates. Prospective delegates must meet all of the following criteria before being considered a candidate to attend American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State:
Be enrolled in the junior year of a Wisconsin public, parochial, private or home school whether she resides in Wisconsin or a neighboring state.
Have an interest in government and citizenship.
Have an interest in government and citizenship
Have outstanding qualities of leadership, good moral character, cooperativeness, dependability and participation in extra-curricular activities.
The week at American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State is strenuous—requiring emotional stability and physical stamina—with much cross-campus movement and long hours of group activity.
It is strongly recommended that all delegates, alternates, school faculty, parents and Auxiliary members attend an orientation course held in various counties around the state. This provides an opportunity for delegates and parents to be educated about American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State.
Parents, friends, contributors and sponsors are invited to attend the Opening Convocation on Sunday, the Inauguration on Thursday (followed by a reception), Wisconsin Careers and College Options and the final General Assembly on Friday.
Note: Full program details are provided to sponsors, participating high schools and selected delegates.