The Arkansas Girls State Committee has been planning all year for you. We can’t wait to meet you. If you have any questions, please contact us. A staff member will answer any questions you have. In the meantime here are questions that are frequently asked.
When is Arkansas Girls State?

The 2019 Session of Arkansas Girls State begins on Sunday, May 26th and ends on Friday, May 31st.  

How do I register to attend Arkansas Girls State?
Once your school officials have determined your eligibility for meeting the selection criteria to attend Arkansas Girls State, you will be asked to complete the Online Registration Application on this website.  When your application is complete, at the end, you will be asked to print out two copies of the form.  One copy should be given to your school, and you should keep the other copy. The School and/or Unit will then take the printed and completed application and submit it, along with the $200 Delegate fee for each application, and send it to:
Arkansas Girls State Admissions American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arkansas 1415 West 7th Street Little Rock, AR   72201
You are not enrolled to attend Arkansas Girls State until your Application is processed and you receive an official congratulatory email letter.  This email letter will also contain important information including your political affiliation while at Arkansas Girls State (Nationalist or Federalist), your City and County assignment and your Residence Dorm assignments, and other specific directions for you to follow.  You will need to print out this official email and bring it with you to your On-Site Registration at Harding University on May 27, 2018.    The letter will also inform you that The Delegate Information Packet is ready to download from this website.
How and when will I receive The Delegate Information Packet?
You are not enrolled to attend Arkansas Girls State until your Application is processed and you receive an official congratulatory email letter.  This email letter will also contain important information including your Dorm assignments, and other specific directions for you to follow.  You will need to print out this official email and bring it with you to your On-Site Registration at Harding University on May 27, 2018.    The letter will also inform you that The Delegate Information Packet is ready to download from this website.
When will I find out my Residence Hall assignment which includes my city group assignment?
You will receive your political affiliation (Nationalist or Federalist) when you receive your email acceptance letter.  This letter will also include other important information such as your City, County and Residence Dorm Assignments.
Will I be able to use my Cell Phone, Text my friends, and post to Social Media?
No.  Once you arrive on campus, and complete your on-site registration, you will begin your Sessions.  The week will be very busy without times for cell phone activity.  A few minutes before “lights out” cell phone use will be available.  Other than those times, your cell phone needs to be in your dorm room.
What if I forget to bring something I need?
We have provided a list of the items you will need to bring with you to Arkansas Girls State.  If you should have forgotten something, we will have a Girls State Canteen where most items will be available for purchase.
What about meals?
The dining hall will be available at certain times set up especially coordinated with the Girls State Sessions.  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 for snacks.
What should I bring to wear?
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.  During the day, most girls wear shorts and t-shirts. It is a Christian campus, and all are required to wear modest clothing.
Can my family visit during the week?

We welcome families to attend our inauguration program on Wednesday evening.

Can I drive myself?
We do not recommend that you drive yourself because of how tired you will be on Friday when you leave. That is not conducive to good driving ability. If that is the only way you can get to Harding University, then you must turn in your keys upon arriving at the On-site Registration.

Location and Facilities 

American Legion Auxiliary Arkansas Girls State will be held on the campus of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.  All young women will be housed in dormitories.  Delegates are supervised throughout the week by a of junior counselors, senior counselors, and Girls State staff members.