Girls State FAQs and Tips

Are there scholarships available?

Develop public speaking skills to open new doors!

Yes! You might be eligible for a scholarship JUST because you are attending Girls State! The Samsung Corporation (yes the one that made your TV, phone or tablet) has a scholarship for one delegate from each Girls and Boys State in the country. The winners at the state level are entered into a pool from all the Girls and Boys States for a larger scholarship. This isn’t an application that can be left until the last minute. There is also the Verna Vance Scholarship, based on participation and awarded at the end of the week. Visit the Scholarship page for details!

What sort of shoes should I bring?

Come prepared to learn and have new experiences!

Bring shoes that are comfortable for walking as we are going to be walking all over campus all week. Flip flops don’t do well at Girls State because they tend to break by the 2nd or 3rd day! If you are bringing new shoes to Girls State, break them in beforehand by wearing them now. It will save your feet a few blisters. A lot of people wear their running shoes and trade them for dress shoes in assemblies.

Do we need to bring hangers?

Yes! Longwood doesn’t provide hangers, just the closet space.

What will be in my room at Girls State and will I have roommates?

Your dorm room at Girls State has a beds, dressers, desks and closet space. You share a room with 1-2 people and a bathroom with 2-5 other people.

Junior Auxiliary Members may have special responsibilities.

What else should I bring?

You might want to bring a water bottle (32 oz. or less) to refill with water when you go to the dining hall. And although it’s hot outside in June, sometimes the dorms and auditorium are chilly, so bringing a blanket for the dorm and light sweater for the auditorium is a good idea! Read the complete packing list on this page.

Extra looong sheets? A basket for toiletries?

An item on the packing list is Twin XL (extra long) sheets. Most college dorms have Twin XL mattresses on the beds, so think of this as a jumpstart to what you will need for college in a year. Another handy thing to have is a small shower caddy to keep all your shower/personal things together, again, something that really comes in handy for college. You will be sharing a bathroom with at least 2 other people, and there isn’t a lot of room to leave everything in the shower.

Are there hand towels and/or paper towels in the dorms and bathrooms?

While Longwood does provide us with toilet paper, we are on our own for hand towels/paper towels in the dorms. Be sure to pack a hand towel or some paper towels. Thinner towels are great for Girls State because they take up less room in your suitcase and they dry a lot quicker!

What will be the theme of your city?

Will I have lots of time to catch up on sleep while at Girls State?

Get plenty of sleep before you come. There is no down time. The day begins early, ends late, and the schedule is non-stop.

What can I do to prepare?

Think of party platform issues, legislative bill ideas, cheers to show party spirit, and ideas for your city’s theme.

Be sure to NOT bring campaign materials already made, speeches already written, or discuss your intentions on the internet.

Should I bring my laptop? Is wireless access available to citizens of Girls State?

You will meet new people and create friendships that last a lifetime!


Laptops should be left at home. Internet access will be made available through a computer lab at Virginia Girls State. Wireless internet is not available to delegates attending Virginia Girls State.

Is my dorm room locked?

Although all buildings are locked at all times and only staff has keys, dorm rooms will not be locked. All valuables should be kept on your person or left at home. Virginia Girls State and the American Legion Auxiliary are not responsible for lost or stolen items left in dorm rooms or on the campus of Longwood University.