WHAT IS AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY BADGER GIRLS STATE?
It is promoted as a government and leadership conference where 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, God & Country and will include daily prayers.
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.
To prepare girls of high school age in Wisconsin for citizenship in a modern world where government touches their lives in many different ways.
To teach the principles of democracy in a representative government
To provide an opportunity for living together as self-governing citizens, sharing experience that demonstrate the duties, privileges and responsibilities of a good citizen
To instill a love of country and a desire to preserve the fundamental features of our form of government as founded by our ancestors.
The American Legion Auxiliary, and certain American Legion Posts are the sponsoring body and pay the sponsorship fee for a delegate to attend American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State. The fee is $300 (per delegate), this fee 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 sponsorship fee. Each Delegate will pay a $25.00 registration fee when they arrive on campus.
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 high school or home school whether she resides in Wisconsin or a neighboring state.
Have an interest in government and citizenship.
Have a scholastic rating in the upper half of her class.
Have outstanding qualities of leadership, good moral character, cooperativeness, dependability and participation in extra-curricular activities.
meetings called orientations will be held in almost every county in
Wisconsin. A schedule can be found under the Orientation info tab. If a
delegate is unable to attend an orientation in her own county she is welcome
to attend a neighboring one.
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.
The American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State week is strenuous, requiring emotional stability and physical stamina, with much cross-campus movement and long hours of group activities. We recommend Delegates be in good health and physically fit.
To protect the health of all delegates and meet state health requirements, a physical examination is recommended within 24 months of the American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State session in June. To access the medical consent & questionnaire forms, click on the Sessions Info tab (located on the home page of this website). It will be the delegate's responsibility to see that the medical form is completely filled out by her parents/guardians (insurance information, date of tetanus shot, emergency numbers, etc.) After the form is completely filled out, make two copies of it, one to hand in at Registration and one copy to be left at home.
Supplementary general insurance is provided for all in attendance; however, their own group insurance will be the primary carrier. We must have all the information requested on the medical form, namely physician name, policyholder's name, insurance company, telephone number, group number and subscriber or policy number. Failure to have this information noted will necessitate a phone call home. Our supplementary insurance will not cover a delegate if she goes off campus without permission. ("Campus" is limited to the area and buildings where general assemblies, lectures, classes and special interest groups are held.)
Every precaution is taken to avoid accidents and sickness at American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State. Mercy Medical Hospital and Aurora Medical Center are available in case of an accident or illness that our nursing staff feels requires their attention. Please remember to include on the medical form an alternate contact including name, relationship, address and telephone number.
The general insurance coverage provided by American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State, Inc. will not cover problems caused by pre-existing conditions. If the considered candidate has a questionable health condition, such as recent exposure to a communicable disease, disability, temporary handicap, or need for a special diet, a letter describing the degree of disability from the parents or guardians to the Executive Director is required so every consideration of the candidate can be made.
The sponsoring Unit or Post is not responsible for transportation to the session. Busses are provided from various areas of the state. Detailed information can be found under the Session Info tab (General Info link) . It is recommended that parents carpool as much as possible (i.e. one family brings delegates in on Sunday, another picks them up on Friday). Due to limited parking availability, Delegates are discouraged from driving their vehicle to the American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State session. If there is no other means of getting to the sessions you must contact the Executive Director for special permission. Do not arrive in Oshkosh with a car without permission!
The delegates register in the Titan Lounge in the Gruenhagen Conference Center Sunday, June 17th between 9:30am and 12:15pm. Oshkosh has made special arrangements for food to be available. However, it will be at your own expense. The first meal served by American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State will be at 5pm on Sunday. Those who must come earlier than 9:30am or later than 12:15pm Sunday must notify the Executive Director.
Parents, friends, contributors and sponsors are invited to attend the Opening Convocation at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 17th and the Inauguration on Thursday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. followed by a reception and the final General Assembly on Friday, June 22nd at 10:45 a.m. These programs are all held at the Kolf Center.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
Registration - Opening Convocation - Getting acquainted - City orientations
- Band and chorus practice - Platform Committee meetings - General Assembly
- City caucuses nominations and primary elections for Senate/Assembly
Monday - Platform Committee meetings - General assembly - Political parties organize - City/Senate/Assembly Campaigning - Band and Chorus practice - Platform Committee meetings - City/Senate/Assembly elections - Party caucuses - Interest groups - County caucuses - Meet your county candidates - General Assembly
Tuesday - County elections - General Assembly - City meetings - Political party conventions - Lobbyists - Senate and Assembly organizational and Bill writing meeting - Political party rally committees - City commissions and officials - County meetings - Political party rallies - Interest groups - Lobbyists - State primary election - County meetings - Careers for Women - General assembly
Wednesday - General assembly - State general election - City meetings - Senate and Assembly - Girls Nation nominating assemblies - County meetings - Interest groups - Lobbyists - Hearings on Bills - General assembly
Thursday - Office hours for State Treasurer/Secretary of State - General assembly - Girls Nation election - Joint session of Assembly and Senate - City meetings - County meetings - State Fair - Inaugural Dinner - Inaugural Ceremony/Reception
Friday - General assembly - Senate and Assembly - Wisconsin Careers and College Options - City meetings
Other Activities - The citizens have an opportunity to participate in Band and Chorus, do reporting and/or artwork for the daily newspaper called BADGER TALES and other recreational activities.
Check-out and departure will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 22nd. Citizens riding on busses will be dismissed first. Parents are invited to attend the closing General Assembly at 10am. You can observe 32 citizens demonstrating the Flag Folding Ceremony, hear the Governor address the citizens of American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State, and view the Power Point Presentation assembled by the Multi Media Group showing some of the week's activities. Parents and/or friends will not be allowed to go onto the floors to assist with luggage due to the congestion on the elevators.
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 Government and Leadership conference 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.