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The Missouri Girls State Committee has been planning all year for you. We can't wait to meet you. If you have any questions, please send us an email. A staff member will answer any questions you have. In the meantime here are questions that are frequently asked.

When is Missouri Girls State?

The 2020 session of Missouri Girls State begins on Sunday, June 21, 2020 and ends on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

What is the purpose of Missouri Girls State?

The purpose is to promote pride in America and to create a mythical state that the citizens will govern at the city, county and state level. We will have speakers who serve as leaders in our Missouri government as well as hold important offices in our communities.

What should I expect?

You should expect a fast-paced, high-energy educational program designed to test your leadership, citizenship andscholastic abilities. You should expect to compete with the best and brightest high school students in the state of Missouri. You should expect to push yourself like never before. You should expect to commit yourself to the program for the entire week and not allow yourself to be distracted by outside influences. And finally, you should expect to leave the program a better person than you were before you came.

How and when will I receive The Delegate Information Packet?

You will receive official notification by a 1st class U.S. letter near April 1, 2020. The exact date is unknown at this time.

The letter will also inform you that The Delegate Information Packet is ready to download from this website.

Will I get The Delegate Information Packet in the US mail?

No, the only way to get this material is to download it from the website.

When will I find out my Residence Hall assignment which includes my city group assignment?

All staff and delegates will live in Ellis Residence Hall. You will find out your room number and assigned group (known as a "city") when you arrive on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

What time should I check in on Sunday, June 21, 2020?

Registration times and UCM building location for Sunday, June 21, 2020 will be listed in the Delegate Information Packet.

After I check in, can we go to a restaurant for lunch?

No, once you register, you can not leave campus. Eat before you arrive, or have a family member bring "carry-out" back to the campus.

What time can I leave on Saturday, June 27, 2020?

The final assembly is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Parents are invited to the final assembly. It usually lasts until 10:00 a.m. and is followed by the final city meeting, which all delegates are required to attend. Buses arrive about 9:45 to 10 a.m. Additional information will be in The Delegate Information Packet.

Do I need a doctor's signature on my health form?

Yes. The nursing staff is unable to dispense over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin, Tylenol, cough drops, sore throat lozenges, etc., without a doctor’s signature on your health form.

What if I forget to bring something I need?

We have a shopper who will collect money and orders at the beginning of each day. You give her money, she buys your item, and you get the receipt back with change.

What are the living arrangements at Missouri Girls State?

You will live on a floor (called a city) with approximately 33-39 other girls. Each dorm room can house 2 - 3 girls. Every dorm room shares a bathroom, complete with a tub and shower, with another dorm room. The college furnishes sheets, pillow, blanket, and toilet paper. However, some girls bring an additional blanket because Ellis Residence Hall can be cool.

What about meals?

Each meal offers several choices. For lunch and dinner there is always a salad bar in addition to entrée options. It is served cafeteria style, and you can eat as much as you desire. Citizens with special dietary needs should inform the Director at least 2 weeks before arriving to Missouri Girls State.

When the dining hall is not open, you can go to the Girls State Shop, which has ice cream bars, soda, water, candy, and other snacks, including healthy options.

What about souvenirs? Should I bring any money to Missouri Girls State?

In addition to snacks, the Girls State Shop will have souvenirs for every taste and budget. We will have t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, pajama bottoms, drinkware, ornaments, stationery, stuffed animals, and other items. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

The Girls State Shop will also sell access to photographs taken throughout the week by staff photographers. Since it will contain all group photos of all cities as well as candid pictures of events and activities throughout the entire week, a link to download the photographs will be emailed to all purchasers once the photographs are uploaded to the photo sharing site. Our photographers anticipate sending this link within 2-3 weeks after close of Girls State.

You might also want to bring money for any incidentals that you may have forgotten.

The Delegate Information Packet downloaded in the spring will also have more information about souvenirs. Credit and debit cards will be accepted.

What should I bring to wear?

You have guidelines as to what to bring in The Delegate Information Packet. You will have to carry your luggage, so make sure it's not too heavy. There are no elevators in the building, so please make sure you can maneuver the luggage up flights of stairs.

During the day, most girls wear shorts and t-shirts. On 3 nights we dress for dinner with a nice dress, skirt or slacks, and top. Friday night is Inauguration and everyone wears black dress or pants and top. Comfortable shoes are the key because there is a lot of walking on campus between Ellis Residence, the Student Union Building, and Hendricks Auditorium. We also use many other buildings on the UCM campus.

What should I leave at home?

Missouri Girls State is not responsible for any items lost or stolen. Please leave any expensive jewelry or keepsakes at home. We also recommend leaving electronics at home, as they are expensive to replace and you will not have time to use them during the week.

Do not bring any water guns or toy guns.

Any illegal drugs or controlled substances are prohibited and will result in immediate dismissal from Missouri Girls State. Prescription medicine should be cleared through the medical staff upon registration at Girls State.

Missouri State laws prohibit the use of alcohol and tobacco products by minors, and UCM is a smoke-free environment. The use of alcohol or tobacco products by Missouri Girls State citizens is prohibited. Violation of these rules will result in immediate dismissal.

Laser pointers and other laser emitting devices are also prohibited.

Can I bring my own campaign materials?

No. When you, the Citizens, arrive at Missouri Girls State, you are all on a level playing field. You will have access to all of the things you will need to produce your campaign materials while at the program.

Can I bring my cell phone?

Citizens will be permitted to use their cell phones only at designated times and places. Missouri Girls State cannot be responsible for the security of a Citizen's cell phone or its use. Missouri Girls State is sensitive to the need and desire for citizens to communicate with their families. Nevertheless, failure to follow guidelines regarding the use of cell phones may result in the loss of this privilege.

When and where are the briefings scheduled this year?

The briefing schedule will include a wide variety of locations, days and times for your convenience. Choose the most convenient briefing for you. The briefing schedule will be on the Delegate Information page of the website when it is finalized, and the briefing schedule will be included in the official notification letter sent near April 1, 2020.

What activities are included in the Missouri Girls State week?

MGS is designed to ensure that delegates get back what they put into the program. At MGS you have the opportunity to take a leadership role, or to get involved behind the scenes. You will hear the phrase, "get involved" many times. You have the chance to run for political office, to help those running for office, participate in the judicial branch, become a member of the Girls State Highway Patrol, and to participate in group activities, such as your city's project, the State Fair, write for the daily newspaper, join the chorus or play an instrument in the band.

Can I send and receive mail while I am at Missouri Girls State?

We encourage you to send mail to your loved ones through our MGS post office, and family and friends can send you mail at this address:

Delegate's Name
Missouri Girls State
(MGS City), (MGS County)
Warrensburg, MO 64093

You will get the city and county at registration on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Will there be any activities for those who like to sing and play a musical instrument?

We have a chorus and a band that practice during free time, and the practice time is scheduled so that you can participate in both. The chorus performs before the Inauguration on Friday evening. The band plays music at assemblies as well as at Inauguration. There is a closet behind the stage to lock up instruments. There are also auditions during the week for the Thursday night Talent Show. In past years, we've had dancers from ballet to jazz, singers, twirlers, piano and instrumental solos, dramatic and comedic monologues. It's a wonderful talent show, so bring your tapes, shoes, costumes and props.

Do I get 2 college credit hours automatically for attending Missouri Girls State?

You have to actively participate in Missouri Girls State to receive college credit. In addition, each day you will attend the class you chose on Monday morning. You must pass the exam on Friday for that class with a 70% or better, fill out the required UCM paperwork and pay the tuition rate for the 2 credit hours. It is very important to understand that UCM decides whether or not you are eligible to receive the credits. As with all college credit earned during high school, the college you choose to attend has the authority to accept or decline UCM credits that you have earned.

A 3rd College Credit hour has been added. To receive this additional credit hour, the MGS citizen must write a composition to the university's requirements. These requirements will be provided by the university.

The university will notify all MGS citizens who have completed the requirements for college credit via email. You will have approximately 6-8 weeks to apply for the credit after you receive the UCM email. The email will contain the deadline date. After the deadline expires, the offer of credit will be withdrawn. If you are deemed eligible and wish to enroll, please contact the School of Graduate & Extended Studies at (660) 543-4876,, or (877) SAY UCMO. All information will be given at MGS during an assembly.

What should Missouri Girls State delegates wear during the Inauguration on Friday night?

The inauguration of the newly elected state officials is a formal ceremony, and we hope it will be one of your fondest memories of Missouri Girls State. To symbolize the newly formed government coming together, we ask all delegates to dress wear all-black professional attire. In other words, wear a black dress of any length, a black skirt paired with a black top, or black pants and a black top. Please wear shoes that coordinate, i.e., either black or nude-for-you, rather than stand out.

Can my family visit during the week?

We welcome family to attend Inauguration on Friday night. They should arrive about 7 p.m. and go to the Hendricks Auditorium area and sit in the balcony. Your schedule is very tight with dinner and Inauguration, so we provide a reception following the Inauguration at the Student Union where you can visit with family and friends and have light refreshments.

The Saturday morning assembly will include a wrap-up of the week's activities for family to attend.

Can I go home with my family on Friday night after the assembly?

No, you will not be able to go home on Friday night as there are activities on Saturday morning that count toward your credit for completing the week's curriculum. There are several motels in Warrensburg where your family may make reservations.

If my parents come on Friday night and I rode a bus, may I go home with them on Saturday morning?

Check with the Unit that is sending you. If they have no restrictions, then your parents will need to check in at the Director's desk on Friday evening to confirm that you will be leaving with them on Saturday morning. The paperwork is very short. The bus drivers will be notified so they are not looking for you. They have a list of citizens they are responsible for getting back home.

Can I drive myself?

Bearing in mind that an exhausted driver is not always a good driver, we do not encourage driving yourself because of how tired you might be after the activities of the week. However, if driving yourself is the only way you can get to Warrensburg, then you may drive. If you drive yourself, you must turn in your keys to the Director’s desk upon arrival, and the Highway Patrol will be notified. The Highway Patrol will hold your keys and check on the car daily.

Can a relative who lives near Warrensburg come and see me while I am at Missouri Girls State?

Yes, but they must come only during your free time and report to the Director's desk and check in. We will send a runner after you or you may be there at the desk when they arrive. You may not leave the campus with them as we are responsible for your safety at all times. We have a lounge where you may sit and visit in the cool comfort of air conditioning.

What is Girls Nation?

While at Missouri Girls State, you will have the opportunity to compete for Girls Nation. Two girls will be chosen from a group of approximately eight (8) finalists to represent Missouri Girls State as U. S. Senators at Girls Nation, held in Washington D.C. in July. The two Senators will collaborate to write one (1) proposed bill or resolution to present during the senate sessions at Girls Nation. Many delegates seek to be included in the finalist group. The screening and selection process will be explained in The Delegate Information Packet. Selection to Girls Nation is based on legislation ideas, writing and oral communication abilities. Two alternates are also chosen in case one or both selected Senators are unable to attend Girls Nation.