Students and Parents

** For more information for Parents, 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 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 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