What is Girls State?

Although the American Legion Auxiliary instituted Girls State in 1937, the Texas program started three years later with the first and second Bluebonnet Girls States held at Baylor University in 1941 and 1942, respectively. Meetings were suspended during World War II, recommencing in 1946. One of the most influential figures in Bluebonnet Girls State history was Frances Goff, who began working with the program in 1947 and served as Director from 1952 until her death in 1994. The Girls State program in Texas has been one of constant improvement and growth. 


At Girls State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs. 


During past sessions of Girls State, citizens have been privileged to hear many outstanding speakers including: then Governor George W. Bush, former Presidents George Bush and Lyndon Baines Johnson, First Lady Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson and Miss Barbara Jordan. Former Girls State citizens Gov. Ann W. Richards, Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Judge Bea Ann Smith and others have also returned to the program as guest speakers.


Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • be a female high school student

  • have successfully completed her junior year

  • have at least one semester remaining

  • have not previously attended Girls State

  • be recommended by her school officials

  • have parents’/guardians’ permission to attend

  • be certified by the sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary or Legion post, and

  • sign the Girls State Pledge


Candidates must also demonstrate:

  • Strong academic performance (e.g., a quick study) to thrive in this fast moving program

  • Excellent Interpersonal skills (e.g., gets along very well with others from all backgrounds)

  • Exhibited leadership (e.g., a leader of leaders)

  • Solid Oratorical skills (e.g., a persuasive speaker and confidence shown in group settings)


Texas Lutheran University in Seguin

17 - 23 June 2018​

What is Boys State?

A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. 


At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs. 


Eligibility

Candidates must:

  • be a male high school student

  • have successfully completed his junior year

  • have at least one semester remaining

  • have not previously attended Boys State

  • be recommended by his school officials

  • have parents’/guardians’ permission to attend

  • be certified by the sponsoring American Legion post, and

  • sign the Boys State Pledge


Candidates must also demonstrate:

  • Strong academic performance (e.g., a quick study) to thrive in this fast moving program

  • Excellent Interpersonal skills (e.g., gets along very well with others from all backgrounds)

  • Exhibited leadership (e.g., a leader of leaders)

  • Solid Oratorical skills (e.g., a persuasive speaker and confidence shown in group settings)


University of Texas at Austin

10 - 15 June 2018

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Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary for high school juniors, respectively. Boys and Girls are usually nominated by their high school during their junior year.


We encourage area teachers, counselors, and principals to send eligible juniors attend this worthwhile annual program. contact us for any questions. 

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