DELAWARE’S GIRLS STATE                

The American Legion Auxiliary Delaware Girls State Program is a marquee program that has been training high school girls for leadership roles since 1942. Throughout this week long “simulated government” experience, these girls assume the roles of the future leaders – they run for,and hold offices that mirror our state’s elected offices from Governor to State Auditor.  They learn the fundamentals of the legislative process, the three branches of government and parliamentary procedures. Each girl must write her own potential law and defend it in hopes of making it a law.

Activities include:

  • A one day session for each county provided by each of the County Governments
  • Question and answer sessions with both elected, appointed, county officials and professional staff
  • The students elect their own state officials who then get to shadow their counterparts for a day before actually performing the duties of that office
  • Four mornings of a mock legislative session in the Delaware State House and Delaware State Senate Chambers
  • Four afternoons of classroom sessions of different aspects of state government given by those that actually perform those duties

Application Process

All applicants must be recommended by one of the following:

  • An Delaware American Legion Post, American Legion Auxiliary Unit or the Sons of the American Legion
  • Student’s High School
  • A Military recruiter for one of the US Academies

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • High School Junior girls must be in the upper third of their class
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Real interest in learning about government through practical application
  • Able to attend the entire session from Sunday to Friday
  • Able to stay in the dorm at college campus for the entire program.

There is a $100.00 dollar non-refundable program registration fee. (Needs based assistance is available)

Students who have received one of the above recommendations and meet the listed requirements will be considered for the program. If accepted you will be notified by the Girl’s State Program Director; the enrollment package will be available on this site, distributed by the program director or your school representative.

Got questions, please contact the Girls State Director at  DEGS1919@gmail.com 

The mailing address is:

American Legion Auxiliary
Richard C. DuPont Unit 0018
PO Box 63, Claymont, DE 19703


Girls Nation

Two of the Girl State delegates and alternates are selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in Washington D.C.  Girl Nation senators campaign for political offices, debate legislation and meet their real-life counterparts on Capitol Hill.   Learn more about Girls Nation


Samsung American Legion Scholarship

Worldwide electronics leader Samsung endowed a scholarship fund administered by The American Legion, the program is in appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea’s aid during its struggle against communist forces in the Korean War.  Restricted to high school juniors who attend the current session of either The American Legion Boys State or American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program and are a direct descendant of a wartime U.S. military veteran who served on active duty during at least one of the periods of war officially designated as eligibility dates for American Legion membership.  See the eligibility and other requirements on the American Legion’s website 

IMPORTANT! You must submit your Samsung American Legion Scholarship application online. Once submitted online, please print and bring a copy with you to the Girls State registration. No new applications will be accepted on site . . . only copies of applications submitted online.

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship ONLINE application Scholarship Application Link


How To Draft Bills

How to write a bill – the basics.pptx

Senate Draft Bill.pdf

House of Representatives Draft Bill.pdf


Program Funding

Girls State program is funded through donations from Delaware’s American Legion Auxiliary Units, The American Legion Posts, Sons of the American Legion Squadrons, individuals and grants.

Participating young women may incur nominal expenses for transportation to the site, personal supplies, or a contribution to an optional service project

You can make a tax-deductible donation to help cover the program cost for accommodations and meals, transportation for day trips, other operating office expenses.  Sponsor the $100.00 registration fee or a donation of $550.00 covers the cost for one young woman!    Click here to make a donation


Program Counselors and Participants

The all-volunteer staff comes from American Legion Auxiliary units and former Girls State citizens. Counselors, state and local government officials and speakers participate and provide guidance in their fields of expertise.  Background checks are required for all counselors involved with the Girls State program, if you would like to participate contact the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Delaware Girl State Program Director at DEGS1919@gmail.com

Girl State Program Positions

  • Choir Director – responsibilities include developing the choir
  • Counselors – each counselor is responsible for supervising approximately 30, 16-17 year old girls
  • Junior Counselor – provides support to the counselor
  • Media Director – ability to work with a team
  • Nurses – basic on-site medical care
  • Photographer – digital pictures of program activities
  • Speaker Panel Coordinator – obtaining speakers who will donate their time, work with director to coordinate schedule

Delaware Girls State Alumni! If you have attended a previous session of Delaware Girls State, we would love to hear from you! Please contact the program director at DEGS1919@gmail.com include your maiden name, current occupation, year you attended and Girl State Office held.