|Missouri Girls State||June 23 - 29, 2013||University of Central Missouri||Warrensburg, MO 64093|
We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about Missouri Girls State. We have posted all kinds of info about the program. We are planning more resources to the site - so check back.
The American Legion Auxiliary believes that educating our youth about the basic ideals and principals will help ensure the survival of our republic.
The Missouri Girls State Committee has been planning all year for you. We can't wait to meet you. If you have any questions, please send us an email. A staff member will answer any questions you have. In the meantime here are questions that are frequently asked.
The 2013 session of Missouri Girls State begins on Sunday, June 23, 2013 and ends on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
The purpose is to promote pride in America and to create a mythical state that the citizens will govern at the city, county and state level. We will have speakers who serve as leaders in our Missouri government as well as hold important offices in our communities.
You will receive official notification by a 1st class U.S. letter near January 1, 2013. The exact date is unknown at this time; however, an announcement will be posted on the Home page to let you know when the letter was mailed.
The letter will also inform you that The Delegate Information Packet is ready to download from this website.
No, the only way to get this material is to download it from the website. KEEP IN MIND, however, that some of the documents are timely. If you wait too long to download the packet and you want to apply for the Samsung Scholarship, some military documents and information needed to be attached may be difficult or impossible to get from the U.S. Government Records Center. The Samsong Scholarship also requires a high school administrative signature and school seal.
All staff and delegates will live in Ellis Residence Hall. You will find out your room number and assigned group (known as a "city") when you arrive on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
Registration runs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Ellis Residence Hall cafeteria.
No, once you register, you can not leave campus. Eat before you arrive, or have a family member bring "carry-out" back to the campus.
The last assembly is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. It usually lasts until 10:00 a.m. followed by the last city meeting. Buses arrive about 9:45 to 10 a.m. Parents are invited to the last assembly. Final information will be in The Delegate Information Packet.
Yes, if you want the nursing staff to dispense "over the counter" medication, such as, aspirin, Tylenol, cough drops, sore throat lozenges, etc.
We have a shopper who knows the discount stores like the back of her hand and is an extremely efficient shopper. You give her money, she buys your item and you get the receipt back with change.
You will live on a floor (called a city) with about 33-39 other girls, but you will have only one roommate. Two rooms share a bath in between which has a tub with shower. The college furnishes sheets, pillow, blanket, and toilet paper. However, some girls have brought an additional blanket because Ellis Residence Hall can be cool. A delegate has the option of signing out a key to her room during registration on Sunday morning. There will be a $10 refundable deposit.
The dining hall is on the lowest floor in Ellis Residence. Each meal offers several choices. For lunch and dinner there is always a salad bar in addition to pizza, hamburgers, fries and an entrée. It is served cafeteria style and you can eat as much as your girlish figure desires. Citizens with special dietary needs should inform the director at least 2 weeks beforehand. When the dining hall is not opened, you can go to the Girl State Shop and It has ice cream bars, soda, water, and candy snacks. There are also healthy choices available.
Absolutely, in addition to snacks, the GS Shop will have souvenirs galore for every taste, every budget. We will have t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, pajama bottoms, drink ware, ornaments, stationery, disposable cameras, stuffed animals and other items as well. A souvenir picture CD will be sold in the GS Shop. Since it will contain all group photos of all cities as well as candid pictures of events and activities throughout the entire week, the CD will be mailed to customers after its has been professionally copied. Time frame is 2-3 weeks after close of Girls State. You might also want to bring money for any incidentals that you may have forgotten. The Delegate Information Packet downloaded in the spring will also have more information about souvenirs. Credit and debit cards will be accepted.
You have guidelines as to what to bring in The Delegate Information Packet. You will have to carry your luggage, so make sure it's not too heavy. You could be lucky and be assigned on the 4th floor. During the day, most girls wear shorts and t-shirts. On 3 nights we dress for dinner with a nice dress, skirt or slacks and top. Friday night is Inauguration and everyone wears black dress or pants and top. Comfortable shoes are the key because there is a lot of walking on campus between Ellis Residence and Hendricks Auditorium. We also use many of the buildings on the UCM campus.
Each ALA district schedules a briefing to familiarize delegates and their families about MGS. Usually, a delegate attends the briefing scheduled by the ALA district sending her. However, if that day is not available to a delegate, the delegate and her family can attend another briefing. The briefing schedule will be on the Delegate Information page of the web site when it is finalized and the briefing schedule will be included in the official notification letter sent near January 1, 2013.
While the American Legion Auxiliary feels that all information provided by the website and the ALA briefings etc, is all important, specific material has been included in the "take-home test". This test in mandatory. It will be part of The Delegate Information Packet. The answers will be provided; each delegate will correct her own test, score it and turn in the corrected answer sheet to Registration on June 23, 2013.
At MGS you have the opportunity to take a leadership role, or to sit back and observe. You will hear the phrase, "get involved" many times. We can guarantee you will get out of the experience what you put into it. You have the chance to run for political office, to help those running for office, and to participate in group activities, such as your city's project, the State Fair, write for the daily newspaper, join the chorus or play an instrument in the band.
We encourage you to call home and let the folks know that you made it if you came by bus. You can bring a cell phone but you can only make and receive calls while in Ellis Residence. A phone that rings during assembly in Hendricks Auditorium will be confiscated and returned to you at the end of the week. The schedule is jam packed so you might not be able to call as much as you would like. We encourage you to send mail to your loved ones through our MGS post office, and family and friends can send you mail at this address:
Missouri Girls State
(MGS City), (MGS County)
Warrensburg, MO 64093
You will get the city and county at registration on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
We have a chorus and a band that practice during free time (you can do both.) The chorus performs before the Inauguration on Friday evening. The band plays peppy music at assemblies and also plays at Inauguration. There is a very convenient closet behind stage to lock up instruments. There are also auditions during the week for the Thursday night Talent Show. In past years, we've had dancers from ballet to jazz, singers, twirlers, piano and instrumental solos, dramatic and comedic monologues. It's a wonderful talent show, so bring your tapes, shoes, costumes and props.
You have to actively participate in Missouri Girls State. In addition, each day you will attend the class you chose on Monday morning. You must pass the exam on Friday for that class with a 70% or better, fill out the required UCM paperwork and pay the tuition rate for the 2 credit hours. It is very important to understand that UCM decides whether or not you are eligible to receive the credits. As with all college credit earned during high school, the college you choose to attend has the authority to accept or decline UCM credits that you have earned.
A 3rd College Credit hour has been added; to receive this additional credit hour, the MGS citizen must write a composition to the university's requirements. These requirements will be provided by the university.
You have approximately 6-8 weeks to apply for the credit after you receive the UCM email. The email will contain the deadline date. After the deadline expires, the offer of credit will be withdrawn. If you are deemed eligible and wish to enroll, please contact the School of Graduate & Extended Studies at (660) 543-4876, email@example.com, or (877) SAY UCMO. All information will be given at MGS during an assembly.
The inauguration of the newly elected state officials is very elegant and we hope it will be one of your fondest memories. Each girl is asked to wear a black dress of any length with shoes that coordinate or black pants and top.
We welcome them on Friday night. They should arrive about 7 p.m. and go to the Hendricks Auditorium area and sit in the balcony. Your schedule is very tight with dinner and Inauguration so we provide a reception following the Inauguration at the Student Union where you can visit with family and friends and have light refreshments.
NEW for 2012: Saturday morning assembly will include a wrap-up of the week's activities for family to attend.
No, you will not be able to go home on Friday night as there are activities on Saturday a.m. that count toward your credit for completing the week's curriculum. There are several motels in Warrensburg where your family may make reservations.
Check with the Unit that is sending you. If they have no restrictions then your parents will need to check in at the Director's desk on Friday evening to confirm that you will be leaving with them on Saturday morning. The paperwork is very short. The bus drivers will be notified so they are not looking for you. They have a list of citizens they are responsible for getting back home.
We do not recommend that you drive yourself because of how tired you will be on Saturday morning when you leave. That is not conducive to good driving ability. If that is the only way you can get to Warrensburg, then you must turn in your keys upon arriving at the Director's desk and the Highway Patrol will be notified. They will hold your keys and check on the car daily.
Yes, but they must come only during your free time and report to the Director's desk and check in. We will send a runner after you or you may be there at the desk when they arrive. You may not leave the campus with them as we are responsible for your safety at all times. We have a lounge where you may sit and visit in the cool comfort of air conditioning.
While at Missouri Girls State, you will have the opportunity to compete for Girls Nation. Two girls will be chosen from a group of approximately eight (8) finalists to represent Missouri Girls State as U. S. Senators at Girls Nation, held in Washington D.C. in July. The two Senators will collaborate to write one (1) proposed bill or resolution to present during the senate sessions at Girls Nation. Many delegates seek to be included in the finalist group. The screening and selection process will be explained In the delegate information packet. Selection to Girls Nation is based on legislation ideas, writing and oral communication abilities. Two alternates are also chosen in case one or both selected Senators are unable to attend Girls Nation.