Students and Parents

** For more information for Parents and Frequently Asked Questions, please scroll all the way down**

For Students

Dear Delegate to Nevada Girls State,

Congratulations upon being selected as a delegate to Nevada Girls State! A distinct honor has been bestowed upon you! Being selected indicates that you have proven to your school and community that you possess leadership qualities. I am sure you realize that it carries with it a definite responsibility to your school, to your community, to the American Legion Auxiliary, and to the organization(s) which have contributed financially to give you this opportunity.

Girls State is an Americanism study program, which we hope you will find an interesting and rewarding experience. Every effort will be made to give you information and practice in the affairs of government that will increase your interest and usefulness as a citizen; and to further develop the leadership qualities you already possess.

We accept all eligible young women who have submitted the required paperwork and all fees.

  • $250 Registration Fee
  • $40 Materials Fee
  • $75 Bus Fee (if you are getting on the bus at any stop south of Silver Springs. Please see the Transportation Information link below.)

NOTE: Materials Fees and Bus Fees are non-refundable. Registration Fees are refundable if the refund is requested no less than 30 days prior to our session. Payment may be made by check, money order, or credit card. Convenience fees charged if payment is made online with a credit card are non-refundable. 

Links to the forms and instructional materials you’ll need are below. Some of the forms must be returned prior to your departure for the session of Girls State; others will be turned in at the time of registration. Please make sure to pay attention to deadlines for forms that must be submitted and read carefully all instructions for the following materials:

Registration Form – Due by June 1st

Waivers Packet – Due by June 1st

Transportation and Registration Information

Checklist for Attending Nevada Girls State

How to Write a Resolution (if you need examples, visit the “Legislation” tabs under “Past Years”)

Community Issues Assignment – Due at Registration
helpful link: mapserve1.leg.state.nv.us/whoRU/

Packing Guidelines

Samsung Scholarship Application – complete and submit online

 

Here’s to Girls State – The Official Girls State Song
performed by Arkansas Girls State

 

Home Means Nevada – Our State Song
performed by The Killers

 

 

For Parents

Dear Parents of Guardians of Delegates to Nevada Girls State,

When I was asked to be a delegate to Nevada Girls State, the one-sided conversation I had with my parents went something like this:

“Mom, Dad, I am going to this program for a week. I need you to sign this paper, and this paper, please write me a check, and I need you to drop me off and pick me up.”

My parents, bless them, trusted my teachers and shipped me off to a program up in the mountains for a week. They were not entirely certain what the program was about or what I would be doing up there, but they let me go anyway.

Now, several years later, I find myself in the position of Director of this great program and I would like to try to address some of the questions you might have about where your daughter is going to be spending a week of her summer.

Nevada Girls State is a week long, fast paced academic program in a camp setting, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Nevada. Throughout the week the delegates hear from different law makers, elected officials, and government personnel about their roles in the shaping of how our communities function. These young women learn how voting works and participate in elections. They learn about the various elected and appointed offices on the city, county, and state level, and they run for election. They learn to write legislation and participate in a mock legislative session at the end of the week. And of course one of the best aspects of the program is the friendships they will make with young women from all over the State of Nevada.

Many women who have been active in Nevada’s political history are graduates of a Girls State program such as:

  • Frankie Sue Del Papa, former Attorney General for Nevada – attended Nevada Girls State
  • Sue Wagner, former Lieutenant Governor for Nevada, the first woman in our state to hold that position – attended Arizona Girls State
  • Cheryl Lau, former Secretary of State – attended Girls State

Nevada Girls State is held up at the University of Nevada, Reno’s 4-H camp in Stateline, Nevada. We love this location for several reasons: (1) we are the only group up at the camp during our time there; (2) the camp is located right on Lake Tahoe which is a gorgeous setting; (3) emergency services, should they be needed, are just down the street from camp; and most importantly (4) it is a secure location, entirely fenced in with restricted gate access.

WAIVERS, PACKING LISTS, INSTRUCTIONS can be found in multiple places on this page.

REGISTRATION will be from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday in the Education Building at the University of Nevada, Reno’s 4-H Camp, in Stateline, NV (in Lake Tahoe). Please don’t arrive earlier than 5:00pm.

SESSION ENDS: The session will be over at approximately 10:30 to 10:45 A.M. on Saturday. If you are picking up your daughter by private transportation, please be there by 10:30 A.M.

CANNOT ATTEND:
If, due to some unforeseeable circumstance, your daughter is UNABLE to attend Girls State, please contact the your UNIT or COUNSELOR IMMEDIATELY. Please also notify the program Director. Email is the best method: NevadaGirlsState@gmail.com. Materials fees and bus fees are not refundable and, if less than 30 days notice is given, neither are registration fees.

CHANGE IN TRANSPORTATION: If your travel plans change after you have sent in the transportation form, be sure to notify the Program Director immediately. Email is the best method: NevadaGirlsState@gmail.com.

The EMERGENCY telephone number at Girls State will be (775) 224-0073. This is the Director’s cell phone number, and should be used in an emergency situation only.

There will be items for sale at camp:

  • A Nevada Girls State CD that will contain all the pictures from the session as well as resolutions, the voting results of the resolutions, the election results, as well as contact information for the delegates (contact information is only on the CDs for delegates). These cost $25.00.
  • Nevada Girls State sweatshirts. These also cost $25.00.
  • Snack items available for purchase. Delegates aren’t able to keep food in their dorms. The prices are cheaper than can be purchased at a convenience store. In the past we have been able to sell most items between $0.25 to a $1.00.

Please understand that the selling of these items is mainly cost covering. We are not looking to profit on items sold here and any proceeds do go directly back to the program.

We would like to remind you again, that your daughter is expected to stay the whole week at Nevada Girls State. The program is such that she will need to complete the full week to receive the maximum benefits from it. Any delegates who may have to leave early are required to inform the Director of the situation PRIOR to the program and a note from a parent or guardian is required to release you from the program.

If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call or write me, Daela Gibson:

My telephone number is (775) 224-0073;

e-mail: NevadaGirlsState@gmail.com

Very truly yours,

Daela Gibson
Director, Nevada Girls State
American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Nevada

Here again are all the forms you and your daughter will need to complete and other useful information. Remember, we accept all eligible young women who have submitted the required paperwork and all fees.

  • $250 Registration Fee
  • $40 Materials Fee
  • $75 Bus Fee (if you are getting on the bus at any stop south of Silver Springs. Please see the Transportation Information link below.)

NOTE: Materials Fees and Bus Fees are non-refundable. Registration Fees are refundable if the refund is requested no less than 30 days prior to our session. Convenience fees charged if payment is made online are non-refundable. 

Registration Form – Due by June 1st

Waivers Packet – Due by June 1st

Transportation and Registration Information

Checklist for Attending Nevada Girls State

How to Write a Resolution (if you need examples, visit the “Legislation” tabs under “Past Years”)

Community Issues Assignment– Due at Registration
helpful link: mapserve1.leg.state.nv.us/whoRU/

Packing Guidelines

Samsung Scholarship Application – complete and submit online

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Be a Delegate?
YES! If you are a young woman and have just completed your junior year of high school, we would LOVE for you to join us at Nevada Girls State! Just make sure that you find a sponsor to pay your $250 registration fee, that you or your parents are able to pay the $40 materials fee and $75 bus fee if you’ll be picked up south of Silver Springs, and that you read and fill out all the necessary forms.

Young men who have happened upon this website and are interested in the program are invited to visit Nevada Boys State.

How much does Girls State cost?
We charge a $250 registration fee, a $40 materials fee, and a $75 bus fee for those catching the bus anywhere south of Silver Springs. (That’s $290 without the bus fee, $365 with the bus fee included.)

Do I need to include anything with my application (e.g., a resume, recommendations, a transcript)?
While some Auxiliary Units require additional paperwork in order to complete their selection process, in most cases it is not necessary to include anything with your application. If you are working with an Auxiliary Unit, please contact that Unit to confirm what it is they require. Additionally, please note that Nevada Girls State accepts all applicants for whom the registration and materials fees have been paid.

How long is the bus ride?
From Las Vegas, the bus ride is about 9 to 10 hours long, depending on how many stops are made. Obviously for anyone catching the bus north of Las Vegas, the bus ride is a bit shorter.

What is the weather like?
The weather is generally quite nice, although it can be cold at night and in the early morning. With this being said, the weather can vary wildly. In years past, we have experienced heavy rainstorms and even snow as late as June and July. Pack warm clothes as well as lighter items, just in case.

What do I need to bring?
There are many items that you may find useful during the Girls State session. Here is a link to some Packing Guidelines.

Can I bring food?
No. We promise to feed you three meals a day, so you won’t need to bring any food. Also, we do not allow delegates to keep food in their cabins because it attracts insects and animals.

Will there be a store? What will be available? How much do things cost?
We do have a store, which we call the Snack Shack. The Snack Shack has soda and bottled water for sale, as well as some snacks, such as a variety of candy bars, chips, etc. These cost from 25 cents to $1, depending on the item. You can also purchase Nevada Girls State sweatshirts, charms, and photos at the Snack Shack. All items in the Snack Shack are sold at cost; we do not make any money from them.

What if I’m vegetarian/vegan/lactose intolerant/gluten intolerant?
If you have special dietary requirements, please make sure to note them on the Medical History and Insurance Coverage form in your Registration Packet. We will make sure that you are accommodated.

What are the rooms like?
The rooms are fairly basic. They contain 7-10 sets of bunk beds and nothing else, so you will need to bring your own bedding. We suggest a fitted sheet for a twin size mattress, a sleeping bag, and an extra warm blanket, as it can get cold at night. Only one of the buildings has carpeted floors, so we also suggest bringing a pair of slippers for the mornings and evenings.

How much sleep can I expect to get?
You can generally expect to get 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Of course, remember that this may vary based on such factors as how much sleep you want to get, how much you choose to participate in activities such as campaigning, and how much you chat with the other delegates at night.

Is there Wi-Fi?
We do not allow delegates to use the wi-fi connection, nor do we allow the use of computers or cell phones while any meetings of the session are in progress. Additionally, delegates bring electronic devices at their own risk.

Will we be able to go to the lake?
It is a possibility, but we do not guarantee that delegates will get to go to the lake. It depends on how much time there is in the schedule as well as the availability of certified lifeguards amongst the staff.

Can I leave the campground?
No. For safety reasons, we do not allow our delegates to leave the campground during the week expect during field trips that are part of the program.

What if I have an emergency?
Individual and off-camp emergencies will be addressed on a case by case basis. PARENTS: If there is a family emergency and you do not intend to bring your daughter home from camp, please do not inform her of the emergency. By telling her, you have only separated them from a necessary and important support system and created an extremely stressful environment. If you do intend to pick up your daughter early, please contact the director to inform her of the situation immediately, and tell your daughter only once you have arrived at the campground.