What does a typical session include?
Citizens are divided into two mythical political "parties". The parties do not reflect the two major political parties in today's system, but allow Citizens to gain a special knowledge of how the system works. Elections are held to fill city, parish, and state positions. Activities include government briefings, legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies and conventions, debating, and voting. The Citizens also receive instruction in Parliamentary Procedure. This "hands on" method is unique and extremely effective. Girls State affords participants an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens by informing them about the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship and hopefully encourages their participation in the democratic process as they progress into adulthood. Additional activities include: emergency preparedness training, law enforcement, patriotic ceremonies, and Boy State/Girls State interaction through a joint convocation and social.