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June 18-23, 2023

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Government Leadership Conference

What is American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State?

It is promoted as a government and leadership conference where the entire delegation will become a fifty-first state and will function according to the laws of the State of Wisconsin. Each day will focus on the various aspects of state government, God & Country and will include daily prayers. Other days at Girls State will be given to the various activities of government. Girls State is not a recreational program. It is a school of government training for which the girl has been selected by her school and the local Unit. She should come prepared to apply herself diligently to the program as it is scheduled. The citizens are divided into political parties, the Federalists and Nationalists. They develop their own party platforms and formulate their own issues.

The girls "learn by doing" as they function on city, county and state levels by electing officials in the manner prescribed by regular election procedures and conducting business on those levels. Every girl is encouraged to participate in some level of the governmental process.

For Program Information Contact:

Department Chairman Dany Thompson

Vice Chairman SuAnn Pagel-Rast

Executive Director Dee Woolf

Assistant Executive Director Joanie Dickerson

American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Wisconsin

2930 American Legion Drive

P.O. Box 140, Portage, WI 53901-0140

Phone: 608-745-0345

Fax: 608-745-1947


ALABGS Website:


Dates And Location

American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State will be held on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, June 18-23, 2023.  Delegates will be housed in Gruenhagen Conference Center (208 Osceola Street) and all meetings will be held in various campus buildings.


The sponsorship fee is $400.00 per delegate.  Make checks payable to ALABGS (American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State) and send to the American Legion Auxiliary Department Headquarters (PO Box 140, Portage, WI 53901). A $50.00 fee will be withheld for expenses already incurred when a cancellation of a delegate/alternate is received on or after April 16.  After May 1, there will be no refunds.  There will be an appeal process in special cases regarding refunds.  The Executive Director will handle appeals on a case by case basis.  Units are encouraged to inform their school(s) of this so delegate(s) are aware of the seriousness of their commitment.

Candidate Eligibility

Girls sent to American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State are to be selected by the high school faculty, working with the sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary Unit. Each girl must meet all of the following eligibility requirements before being considered a candidate:

  1. Be enrolled in the junior  year  of a Wisconsin public, parochial, private or home school whether she resides in Wisconsin or a neighboring state.

  2. Have an interest in government and citizenship

  3. Have outstanding qualities of leadership, good moral character, cooperativeness, dependability and participation in extra-curricular activities

  4. Have a scholastic rating in the upper half of her class.


Orientations will be held virtually.  Delegate(s), alternate(s), parents, school personnel as well as Unit members are strongly recommended to watch the orientation video. There are also plans to have online question and answer sessions in the spring where parents and delegates can ask questions the orientation did not answer- those dates will be posted at

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