Please check out our entire web site; however, the following questions seem to be frequently asked.

What is the purpose of Arkansas Girls State?

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 Arkansas government as well as hold important offices in our communities.

What will Arkansas Girls State cost?

Arkansas Girls State is a well-known program of the American Legion Auxiliary. The staff is 98% volunteer, most are members of the ALA or are former Girls State citizens. The $200 Registration fee is paid by the auxiliary unit sponsoring the citizen, a sending school or a contributing organization who has provided the tuition fee. Each delegate brings some spending money for souvenirs, snacks and other essentials throughout the week.

What if my daughter decides not to go?

If she is the delegate and has received the official notification letter; we need to be notified immediately. We can notify an alternate who is “waiting in the wings” for the opportunity to go. If someone does not tell us and “just doesn’t show up”, the Auxiliary Unit or the contributing organization forfeits the $200. The Auxiliary Unit, contributing organization and the high school, as a courtesy, will be informed of the unfortunate turn of events.

Has anyone ever been that inconsiderate?

Unfortunately, yes!

How do I contact my daughter while she is attending ALA Arkansas Girls State?

She may bring a cell phone but will be limited in the times when she can access it.  Our delegates are there for a specific reason, and their full attention is required for them to be successful.  Feel free to send messages through voicemail or text, and she will receive them when her day has concluded.

Is there an emergency phone number at the university?

We have several numbers for you to call depending upon the time of day:  We will provide those to you when registration is complete.

What if my daughter gets sick or hurt at Arkansas Girls State?

She will be given prompt medical attention. A doctor’s signature on the medical form allows our staff nurses to dispense “over the counter” medication such as aspirin, Tylenol, cough drops, sore throat lozenges, etc. The Nurse’s Station at Arkansas Girls State will be provided to each delegate upon arrival.  If it is determined she needs emergency medical care and needs to be seen by a doctor, she will be taken to the hospital and you will be called immediately.

Will my daughter be supervised the entire week?

Yes, your daughter will be assigned to a group of young women with a “City” name and each city has a counselor and an assistant counselor. We also have other staff members who assist with Girls State who help in supervising and guiding the girls throughout the week. A delegate has the option of signing out a key to her Residence Hall room. A refundable $10 deposit will be required.

On-Site Registration and Medical Certificate

On-site American Legion Auxiliary Arkansas Girls State Registration is required for every delegate and will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday, May 29, 2016.  Each delegate who has received notification of acceptance to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Arkansas Girls State, must also register on-site at the beginning of the session, at the dorm where she is assigned.  She must also bring with her a Doctor’s Medical Certificate of Health (physical) completed within the previous thirty (30) days of the commencement of the session.  

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Non-Refundable Fees and Leaving the Session

All fees to the ALA Arkansas Girls State Session are Non-Refundable. If the delegate must cancel attendance to ALA Arkansas Girls State they must notify their school AND the American Legion Auxiliary Headquarters before Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  All fees are non-refundable, and cancellation may allow another delegate to attend if space is available.

If illness prevents the attendance of a delegate, the ALA Girls State Office at Harding University must be notified by telephone before noon on Friday, May 27, 2016, at (479) 754-1901.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Delegates will not be allowed to arrive late, leave early, or “check out” for any part of the session.  Delegates who cannot attend the entire session should not be selected as delegates.