Important Dates and Locations

It is important for you as a Citizen and or an Alternate to make the time to attend an orientation. If you can't make your listed orientation, see if there is one at a different time and place which you could attend. Parents are invited to come with their daughters to hear about the program.

District 1 TBA
District 2 & 3 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
American Legion Post 275
41 Robbins Road
Chicopee, MA
Donna Kmelius, (413) 467-9943
District 4 Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Cleghorn Post 429
200 Daniel St.
Fitchburg, MA
Annette Scott, (978)342-7850
District 6 Wednesday, May 2, 20018 at 6:30 p.m.
American Legion Post 225
592 South St.
Wrentham, MA
Jeanne MacNeil
District 8 TBA
District 9 Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
American Legion Post 312
437 Newport Avenue
Attleboro, MA
Kathy Larivee
District 10 TBA

What is the Selection Criteria?

  • They are a United States citizen or legal inhabitant of the United State and will provide documentation at the start of Girls State.
  • They will be completing their junior year in high school in June 2018.
  • They are interested in government and current events.They have high moral character.
  • They have strong leadership abilities.They have an above average scholastic standing.
  • They want to come to ALA Girls State – not because they were told they had to.

What are the program objectives?

  • To develop leadership and pride in American citizens.
  • To educate citizens about our system of government.
  • To instill a greater understanding of American traditions.
  • To stimuluate a desire to maintain our democratic government processes.

What is ALA Girls State?

  • A study of local and state government. They establish and operate their own cities and towns and state government. Town and City Officials are elected and they then run their respective Cities and Towns. They form two political parties, prepare a platform, nominate candidates for state office, campaign and elect.

    Each girl presents a bill from which five - seven (5-7) are selected. These bills are discussed in their City and Town meetings, in Committee Meetings, presented before a Joint Session of the House and Senate and given to the Governor for final action. The five-seven ratified bills by the attendees, are forwarded to the Massachusetts Legislature for consideration. Senators and Representatives are elected and conduct meetings of the House and Senate, both individually and jointly.

    Before electing the six Constitutional Officers they participate in campaigning, a Press Forum where candidates from both parties are asked questions from the Girls State Press held before their peers, and then visit each City/Town for an up-close and personal view of the candidates with a short question and answer period, and then the citizens have their final election for the candidate of their choice for office.

What other activities do the ALA Girls State Citizens participate in?

  • Press Conference – Press Reporter needed from each City and Town.
  • Newspaper Published – Reporter and Artists needed from each City and Town.
  • Choir/Band – 5 – 8 citizens needed to sing/play at the Inauguration after completing only 2 to 3 rehearsals.
  • Town/City Scenarios
  • Girls State Revue – Individual Talent performers
  • City/Town Books – a report from each Citizen about her position/s held at ALA Girls State and handed into the City/Town Clerks the last night of ALA Girls State

What Do Participants Learn?

  • ALA Girls State is a practical application of Americanism and Good Citizenship.
  • ALA Girls State further teaches a love of God and Country.
  • ALA Girls State trains girls to live together as self-governing Citizens.
  • ALA Girls State informs them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American Citizenship.
  • ALA Girls State helps them understand – so that they may participate in the functioning of Government.
  • ALA Girls State shows them the contributions women can and should make in all phases of Government.
  • ALA Girls State helps them grasp the meaning of some of the responsibilities, which they must assume, as they become adults.
  • ALA Girls State helps them realize that they have a responsibility for the future and that it will be up to them to make it better than it is now.
  • ALA  Girls State Citizens by their experiences learn the value of hope; understanding the rights of others, the value of friendship; and loyalty.

What to Bring

Suggested list of what to bring

To download a printable version of what to bring with you to ALA Girls State click here.

  • BEDDING – Pillows, Sheets, Blankets or Sleeping Bag. Sleepwear!
  • TOWELS – for Showers, Washcloths, Shower Cap, also roll of paper towel.
  • TOILETRIES – Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap, Shampoo, Shower Shoes, Hair Necessities, Sanitary Supplies, Toilet Articles, Contact Lens and Accessories, Makeup, etc. Shower Articles MUST Be Plastic – NO GLASS!
  • UNIFORM DRESS CODES FOR WEEK - ALA Girls State T-shirt, blue jeans / slacks / pants /  capris / Bermuda shorts and comfortable footwear  NO Mini Skirts, Mini Blouses or Short Shorts!
  • DRESS CODE FOR FREE TIME – Blue Jeans, Shorts, Sport Clothes.
  • DRESS CODE FOR INAUGURATION – Nice Dresses, Semi-Formal.
  • WEATHER – Sweaters, Rain Gear (we have had heat waves, cool weather, rainy weather), BE PREPARED!
  • CAMPAIGNS – Cardboard, Construction Paper, Felt Tip Pens, Scissors, Masking Tape, Scotch Tape, whatever else you need to make Posters. NO loose glitter allowed.  NO No Scotch Tape on Walls Allowed.   NO prepared campaign materials allowed. If you come with it prepared, it will be taken away!
  • ALA GIRLS STATE REVUE  – Bring Musical Instruments, Music, Dance Costumes, Props, etc.
  • AL BOYS STATE / ALA GIRLS STATE BAND  – Bring Musical Instruments for combined band.
  • SPORTS –  Balls, Sneakers. No Swimming Pool available. But you can use provided Basketballs, Soccer Balls at the Sports Center
  • MISCELLANEOUS – Desk Lamp, Coat Hangers, Needle & Thread, Safety Pins, Camera and supplies, Small Desk Fan, etc.
  • MONEY – For ALA Girls State Store: Logo Sweatshirts, Bags, Soda, Water, Munchies, etc. Checks & Cash accepted at ALA Girls State Store. There is a College Store, Vending Machines available also.
  • CELL PHONES / IPODS / LAPTOPS – Are allowed during free time ONLY. If on during sessions, they will be confiscated and returned after session. No Text Messaging During Sessions Either.  Any Changes Allowed Will Be By Director Only.

NOTE: NO LATEX BALLOONS ARE ALLOWED - Only Mylar are acceptable - School Policy!



ALA Girls State Rules and Regulations

  • You are required to remain on Campus at all times, except for emergencies.   (Recitals, Tournaments, Graduations, etc are not considered emergencies.)   YOU must make up your mind which function YOU want to attend.   (If you have any questions concerning this rule, please do not hesitate to contact the Director immediately.)

  • Credit card telephones are available, ONLY.   Emergency calls may be received in the office.

  • No visitors are permitted on Campus.   Parents and the Public are invited to attend the Inauguration Program on Wednesday Evening and the Girls State Revue on Thursday Evening, both at 7 P.M. Only – to be held at Stonehill College.

  • Please be sure to return the REGISTRATION SHEET, ALA MASSACHUSETTS GIRLS STATE PLEDGE (signed by YOU and YOUR Parent or Guardian), Girls State Questionnaire, the PARENTS CONSENT/MEDICAL CERTIFICATE on or before the MAY 25, 2018 DEADLINE , so that you may receive your Party assignments.

  • Please be sure to bring the documentation and signed parents form to prove you are a United States citizen or legal inhabitant. (see Under Parents for info and form it also is in the Girls State Packet).

  • Arrive on campus, Saturday, June 16, 2018 between 9:00 a..m.and 11:00 a.m.

  • Depart campus, Friday, June 22, 2018 anytime after 12 PM.

  • All citizens MUST be off campus by 2 PMTHERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Come prepared to be busy, to learn, and to be an active part of ALA Massachusetts Girls State. Plan to run for some office.   Do not come prepared for only fun and games.   It is a learning experience.   ONE, WHICH YOU LEARN BY DOING.


Download the Sponsor Application documention.


Please click here to download the required forms packet. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the forms.

In the packet, you will find the following forms that MUST be returned no later than - May 25, 2018

  • Registration
  • Pledge
  • Medical Consent

Also in the packet you will find information on submitting a Bill. This form is optional.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at


Mission Statement

In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.

Vision Statement

The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion while becoming the premier service organization and foundation of every community providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security.

Purpose Statement

To provide an outstanding, unique, and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of our nation that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government through the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation citizenship training programs.


ALA marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs present in the United States. The program epitomizes the ALA's mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.  The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

Each summer, approximately 20,000 young women participate in weeklong ALA Girls State programs across the nation.  Every American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program operates with the same patriotic values through a nonpartisan curriculum where students assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning as "Federalists" and "Nationalists" to become mayors and county and state officials of their ALA Girls State.

The program is a weeklong immersive learning experience held on a college campus where girls live in "cities/towns" within the dormitory.  The learning, experience, memories, and friendships last a lifetime.

Freedom's Foundation at Valley Forge, PA, has long recognized the Auxiliary for the ALA Girls State and ALA Girls Nation program.   It has also received special recognition from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which has placed this program on its National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.

In 1945, a dream became a reality.   The members of the Department of Massachusetts, American Legion Auxiliary, made extended and very involved plans to begin an ambitious program called ALA Massachusetts Girls State.

The idea of bringing High School Juniors, from all of the High Schools in the Commonwealth, together for a week – to study government structures, by personal involvement took much planning, dreaming and commitment.   Educators and legislators alike applauded the idea, as the first session met at Bridgewater State Teachers College.   The girls and staff at the initial session were told to bring, not only their linens, but ration books as well, as World War II was winding down and all citizens were subjected to rationing.   Auxiliary staff members, who tried to please the appetites of all 200 girls registered, did the many duties of administration as well as the cooking.

ALA Girls NationalALA Girls Nation

July 21-28, 2018

Since 1947, ALA Girls Nation has provided aspiring young women leaders firsthand experience with practical insight into how the federal government works. 

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