Bluebonnet Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas. The session will be at Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, June 11-17, 2017. June 11th is Arrival Day and June 17th is Departure Day.
Registration Requirements: 1. Travel Form, 2. Medical History, 3. Doctor’s Certificate, 4. Waiver of Claim, 5. Media Permission Form
Travel Form – Bluebonnet Girls State will be open for registration at the Alumni Student Center, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, on Arrival Day. Please make arrangements to arrive in Seguin after 12:00 Noon and before 3:00 P.M. on that day. The ALA Unit Chairman will advise each girl about available transportation options in her area (i.e. car, charter bus, plane). Fill in and mail the TRAVEL FORM as soon as arrangements can be made but no later than May 1. If traveling by commercial bus, representatives of the Girls State staff will meet you at the Seguin bus station. If traveling by plane, private arrangements must be made by your Unit, school, or parents for transportation to and from Seguin. Girls State does not provide transportation to and from the San Antonio Airport.
An identifying luggage tag should be attached to all luggage. If traveling by public transportation, you are limited to two regular size pieces of luggage and one smaller bag no larger than a backpack. Bluebonnet Girls State will not be responsible for anything that is shipped; DO NOT send any luggage by parcel post or express.
Medical History and Doctor’s Certificate – Good health and physical fitness are MOST essential to each citizen. The MEDICAL HISTORY form must be filled in by your parents and mailed to the Girls State registrar by May 1. This history does not require a doctor’s visit. The DOCTOR’S CERTIFICATE form must be completed and signed by your physician NO EARLIER than June 5. The DOCTOR’S CERTIFICATE is used to verify that you are in good physical condition and have no contagious or infectious diseases. You must bring it with you FOR ADMISSION on Arrival Day. IT IS YOUR ADMISSION CARD! If you do not present this certificate at the time of registration or it is not properly dated and signed, you will be taken to the doctor in Seguin. Your parents will be billed for this expense.
The Girls State Committee reserves the right to reject any girl who does not meet the physical requirements or who does not bring her Doctor’s Certificate for presentation.
Waiver of Claim and Media Permission Form – The Waiver of Claim must be returned to the Girls State registrar by May 1, in order for the citizen’s application to be complete. The waiver must be witnessed, dated and signed.
REMEMBER, your Travel Form, Medical History, Waiver of Claim and Media Permission Form are parts of your application of registration and must be returned to the Girls State registrar by May 1. Mail the TRAVEL FORM, MEDICAL HISTORY, WAIVER OF CLAIM and MEDIA PERMISSION FORM to Girls State Registrar, PO Box 140407, Austin, TX 78714-0407.
For information concerning the registration process and forms, please contact Girls State Registrar, American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas, PO Box 140407, Austin, 78714-0407 (512-476-7278)
Clothing and Equipment – Please bring items listed below and others you think essential. Laundry facilities are not available. Clothes should be suitable for hot summer weather: shorts and/or slacks, summer dresses, skirts, blouses, pajamas, robe, raincoat, shower shoes, and a light weight jacket or sweater. Cropped tops are not permitted. Dresses or business casual outfits are appropriate for guest speakers, the trip to the Capitol, and other special activities (approximately 3 to 4 should be sufficient). Jogging and/or walking will be part of morning physical activity so bring appropriate shoes. Apart from morning exercise, the program involves lots of walking, so bring comfortable shoes.
- Pillow, blanket, linens for a single bed
- Sufficient towels and wash cloths
- Toilet articles (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shampoo, etc.)
- Note-taking materials (paper, pens, highlighters, sticky notes, etc.)
- Sunscreen, bug spray
- Water bottle
- Quotation books or other materials for speech writing
If you wear contact lenses, bring glasses and/or the lens prescription in case of loss.
Bring any costume and materials necessary to perform if you wish to audition for the entertainment nights. Other than a piano, musical instruments should be brought by you; trumpeters for reveille and taps may be needed. If you qualify, please indicate when you return your Medical History and bring your trumpet.
If possible, contact a former citizen of Girls State. She will be able to give you more information about the program and its activities.
Campaign Material – DO NOT bring prepared campaign material. Blank poster board, butcher paper, construction paper or markers are acceptable to bring. Also, bring string, tacks, and masking tape to hang signs. Campaign materials and essentials may also be purchased in the Girls State store.
Loss of Clothing and Personal Property – Every possible effort will be made to safeguard your property. Girls State cannot assume any responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects. As a part of the program, a Girls State bank will be available for the safekeeping of money and valuables. It will be organized on a deposit and check system. All money, except pocket change, is to be deposited in the bank upon your arrival. You will be refunded, upon departure, any amount not previously withdrawn. Do not bring excessive amounts of money; $100-$150 has proven to be a sufficient amount. If you have a return trip ticket for public transportation, it must be left with the Girls State transportation office. Girls State will not be responsible for valuables not deposited in the bank.
Mail – All mail should be addressed to you, c/o Bluebonnet Girls State, Texas Lutheran University, 1000 W. Court Street, Seguin, Texas 78155. Rules do not permit you to receive flowers or visitors. Please advise family and friends of these rules.
Online Courses – Please do not plan on completing any coursework in online courses during Girls State. The Girls State schedule and lack of available internet services will not permit work on any online courses during the week.
Visitors – Visitors are welcome to attend the closing ceremonies on Departure Day at 8:30 A.M. Please ask them to arrive prior to that time and take seats in the bleacher area. Visits or telephone calls of an emergency nature must go through the Director. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Director of Girls State at Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, Texas (830-372-8000 or 830-372-6496).
Girls State Pledge – Bluebonnet Girls State citizens should keep the following pledge in mind so that there will be an understanding of both the principles of Girls State and your obligations as a citizen. As a citizen of Girls State of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas, I voluntarily make the following pledge:
I will obey the rules of Girls State.
I will be present for every portion of the Girls State session, and I will remain for its entirety.
I will take a serious and conscientious interest in discharging my duties as a citizen of Girls State.
I understand that this is an Americanism program and that it is a study of city, county, and state government.
I will salute the American Flag.
If elected to office, I will serve that office to the best of my ability.
I will abide by the judgment of those responsible for this Americanism program.
I will make a formal report (written or oral) of my impression of Girls State upon my return home.
I will live in residence as a citizen of Girls State.
In so far as possible, I will take an active part in the affairs of the party, the city, and county to which I am assigned.
I will be fair and honest in all my dealings with my fellow citizens.
I am not a member of and do not subscribe to the principles of any group opposed to our form of government.
Return Home – Citizens may check out any time after the presentation of certificates on Departure Day, which will be approximately 10:00 a.m. Please do not plan your departure prior to 10:00 a.m. You should plan to be checked out by noon.